Lake Country Chamber of Commerce
20/21 Board of Directors

Jennifer Madsen
Oyama Zipline Adventure Park
Jennifer Madsen, along with her husband Peter, are the owners of Oyama Zipline Adventure Park. 
This is the tenth season of providing customers Zipline Guided Tours and fifth for the Aerial High Ropes Park and Kid’s Monkey Play Park. 

As HR Manager, Jennifer excels at leading a team of 25 employees while wearing many more hats running both the Adventure Park and Arcadia Virtual Reality Lounge which she and her husband and son, Erik, opened three years ago. 

Jennifer and her business partners, at both businesses, strive to bring not only a great experiential activity to their customers, but to become community collaborators with other businesses and organizations. 

Jennifer has been a member of the Chamber Board for four years and looks forward to continuing her work as Chamber President.

Melissa Cooney
Associate Member
Whether in business, parenting, community, or social/extracurricular activities, I am a firm believer in the philosophy of 'It takes a village'. I believe every individual can bring their own unique strengths and talents to matters and only when everyone is mutually focused on the best result can the best results be achieved.

I believe strongly in businesses connecting with other businesses and locals to drive the overall success of the community. 
I also believe open, genuine, and respectful discussion of differing opinions and ideas is incredibly valuable and needed to keep us sharp and engaged.

My family and I are incredibly proud to be a part of the Lake Country community.

Jeff Schall
Realtor - Sage Realty Executive Group
Jeff has almost 20 years in the real estate. He worked his way up in the real estate industry to the position of Controller in a Real Estate Investment firm. 
Jeff also has a Psychology degree from California State University Northridge and started his transition to Lake Country after vacationing here in 2006. He quite literally bought 4 cases of wine and negotiated a home purchase in 10 days. For the transition Jeff took a short break from real estate and worked in outside sales for over 5 years in the beauty business with territories in the Shuswap, Kootenay Boundary, North, Central & Southern Okanagan. He became very familiar with the Okanagan and surrounding areas with all his travels.

Real Estate has been a passion of Jeff's. He has parlayed his degree in Psychology, experience in both the commercial / investment side in real estate coupled with his outside sales experience to help his clients each step of the way whether buying or selling a home.

Jeff has been a member of the Chamber Board for three years. He is currently the Board's Treasure and also is on The District of Lake Country's, Economic Development & Tourism Committee.

Chris Lewis
Tourism Kelowna
Chris Lewis is the Director of Visitor Experience with Tourism Kelowna. He is an Alumnus of the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus and has lived in the Okanagan Valley for most of his life.

He is the current President of Lake Country Community Policing and although he lives outside the District boundary Chris is passionate about supporting the businesses and residents of Lake Country.
He also takes great pride in advocating for sustainability and accessibility in all aspects of a community.

Chris is very excited to be serving his first full term on the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce Board and has been actively involved in previous events and assisted the Chamber Visitor Centre task force to write their application to the District of Lake Country.

On weekends you can find Chris with his family exploring parks, trails, and other outdoor spaces around Lake Country and the Okanagan Valley.


Oscar Barnes
D. Oscar Barnes, Lawyer
D.Oscar Barnes has been a resident of Lake Country for 11 years, having moved from California in 2008.

Mr. Barnes obtained his Master’s Degree in Criminology in 1989, and completed his law degree in 1995. 

He has operated his own successful law practice since 1998 and has been a lawyer with offices located in Winfield since 2010.

D.Oscar Barnes is currently a Director with the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce and has enjoyed his work on the board over this past year. He is passionate about the community of Lake Country and looks forward to continuing as a Director in 2020/2021.

Carla Carlson
Comfort Suites Kelowna
Carla Carlson is the General Manager of the Comfort Suites in Kelowna.
Carla is actively dedicated to the business of the Thompson Okanagan, with over 16 successful years of managing hotels and an additional 21 years of managerial leadership positions in sales/marketing, public affairs within the hospitality/tourism/transportation industry. 

Locally, Carla is a Director with the Tourism Kelowna Board and is wholeheartedly dedicated to the growth and support of Lake Country businesses and the region.

As a board member for the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce this past year, Carla has been actively engaged in all board meetings, introducing LC Ambassador program and participated in many monthly meetings.

Blaine Rhymer
Associate Member
Over the past 4 years, to my enjoyment, I have attended most of our Chamber’s events. I have helped Kim at these events at the front door and selling raffle tickets. I have volunteered at the Lake Country Customs & Classics Car Show. I have also been an active member and supporter of the Breakfast Club.

I believe that I would bring my strong small business (23 years General Insurance Agency owner) experience specifically in the areas of:

1). Organizational skills.
2). New member prospecting.
3). Ongoing sales and support strategies for our existing Members’ businesses.

I sat on 2 different Non-Profit Daycare boards. I was actively involved with all of my 3 children’s community club outdoor & indoor soccer teams, fund raising, tournament organization and awards ceremonies. 

Kassi Neary
O'Rourke's Peak Cellars
Kassi is a Chartered Professional Accountant working as the Director of Finance at O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars. 
She has a vast range of experience, from public and private company audit to small business bookkeeping, including two years of accounting and advisory work in the Cayman Islands.
She is a motivated team player and enjoys working with others to achieve common strategic and financial goals.
Living in beautiful Lake Country with her family, she strives to make a positive impact in both her personal and professional life, as well as within the community.

Adam Taylor
Adam Taylor is a Territory Account Manager with innov8 Digital Solutions, a local company providing business technologies to help companies control costs, boost productivity and secure data.

Adam has 20 years of experience in Sales and Customer Service in various roles throughout the Okanagan Valley.

He has previous experience with Motionball Marathon of Sport, the Canadian Cancer Society and coaching soccer and in his spare time enjoys camping with his wife and four kids.

Susanne Jones
Susanne has been working and residing in Lake Country with experience in Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for over twenty years.

Susanne's son attended Davidson Road Elementary , George Elliot Secondary and Okanagan College and she is proud that he now serves in the Canadian Armed Forces.

"It is now time for me to give back to this wonderful community where so many memories have been made both for my family and all the visitors we have entertained and welcomed here over the years"

With running and establishing two new businesses she looks forward to supporting, liaising , listening to and serving the Business's of Lake Country.

Tyler Bartley
Lifestyles Coffee
Tyler Bartley is a young entrepreneur who took his love of good coffee and turned it into a successful brick and mortar and online eCommerce business in Lake County.
Tyler doesn’t just sell good coffee, he creates good coffee as he sources out the best beans throughout the world and custom roasts and blends the beans with functional ingredients to create unique and delicious blends to help people move throughout their day. Lifestyles Coffee has become one of the favorite drop-in spots in the Okanagan and their coffee is sold online throughout Canada.

Before the coffee business, Tyler channeled his creativity as a decorative concrete contractor starting in Alberta and moving his operation to Kelowna in 2017. His vision took dull driveways, patios, and pool decks and turned them into works of art. Known as the Picasso of concrete, Tyler made a name for himself in the construction and design industry in Alberta and BC. 
With strong skills in project management, strategic growth planning and business start-up, Tyler is an accomplished multi-faceted entrepreneur with a broad range of knowledge and experiences.

Suzanne Nazareno

Suzanne Nazareno is the Manager of Conferences & Accommodation at UBC’s Okanagan campus. In this unique category of visitor accommodations, Suzanne leads strategic planning, manages the conference sales team, the front office guest services, and contract management for 700 guest rooms.  
Suzanne has been active in the Okanagan community volunteering with Canadian Cancer Society and serving on event committees with the Central Okanagan Hospice Society.    
Advid golfer, and yes to the “hole in one” club as luck would have it!  Suzanne also enjoys being a tourist and host to her own visitors seeking exciting Okanagan experiences.
Suzanne values organizational excellence and believes the visitor experience is a story that represents who we are as a community and where we want to go.   
We encourage and support a healthy business community in Lake Country!