River Country Chamber of Commerce of Newaygo County announces Kelly Rider as incoming Executive Director
“We are delighted to announce that after a comprehensive search, River Country Chamber has hired Kelly Rider as our new Executive Director” stated Dale Richardson, Chamber President.
“Kelly has a strong background in the skills we need to move the organization forward, and also has deep Michigan and local roots.”
Kelly will succeed Colleen Lynema, who will retire from this position after 11 years.
Ms. Rider, originally from Brimley, Michigan in the upper peninsula, completed her undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University and now resides in Grant with her husband Kirk and two children.
“I am thrilled with being selected for the position of Executive Director during a period of substantial growth” stated Kelly. “I am excited to shift my career gears and invest my time and energy into my own community and see what kind of impact I can make in my own hometown. I’m excited to get to know the people and businesses that make this community such a great place to raise a family."
For the last 20 years Kelly has been employed by Sparta Area Schools, holding titles ranging from athletic Trainer, administrative assistant to the athletic director and Athletic Director or the last 10 years. Her family time centers around the gym, courts, or fields watching our kids play basketball, volleyball, football, baseball, and softball, as well as traveling and making memories all over the country.
“Kelly’s enthusiasm and excitement are contagious- She is looking forward to jumping in with both feet” stated Lynema. “I look forward to assisting Kelly as she transitions into the role as Executive Director. The River Country Chamber is on the right path for a bright future.”