If the name Donna Dallesasse sounds familiar, it should! We give a Donna Dallesasse Award every year, kind of our equivalent to a chamber member of the year designation. We found this informative clipping in our archival dig, so this week we'll share a few tidbits about administering the Chamber.
Donna was the fifth professional administrator for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, but the first with the title "Executive Director." Prior to her accepting the role in October 1983, various people held the title of "professional administrator."
There was also a period of time between 1960 and 1983 when there wasn't any person tasked with professionally administrating the Chamber. Instead, the board of directors worked alongside an executive secretary to take "care of the business of the Chamber."
Three people followed in Donna's footsteps as Executive Director. When Holly Deitchman took over in February 2014, the position was renamed President and CEO. In 2019 Margaret Perreault became the new president and CEO, becoming the 10th professional Batavia Chamber administrator.