38R Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA  01950  |  978.462.6680  |

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Chamber Staff and Board of Directors


Chamber Staff

staff_terry_2015Terry Thompson

Vice President of Operations

978-462-6680 ext. 120

All those things that you assume ‘just happen,’ are actually the work of Terry.  She works behind the scenes.  She manages the finances, operations, maintenance, and reeling in of Ann and Chris’s crazy ideas.  Believe it or not, Terry has been with the Chamber of Commerce for 31 years.  She’s a native of Newburyport and knows all the stories of the ‘good old days.’

Terry is a graduate of Katharine Gibbs Business School with an Associates Degree in Business.  She resides in Kingston, NH with husband Elmer and three boys, Junior, Dylan & Lane.

staff_chris_2015Chris Johnston

Director of Membership Development

978-462-6680 ext. 140

A decision was made that the office was in need of another high energy, customer service & business development guru to help the Chamber in its continuing efforts to regularly reach out and touch both new and potential customers. Ironically, Chris happened to walk in the door a few minutes later and he was blown away with the opportunities to roll up his shirt sleeves and get involved! It was a no-brainer… he had to take the position. He’s tasked with signing up new members and keeping them happy.  He also dabbles in a little bit of marketing.

University of Rochester is his alma mater and the Simon School of Business Administration is what is on his MBA diploma.  He lives in Newburyport with his better half, Grace and their daughter – Flinn. 

staff_anne_2015Anne Jarvis Wilt

Member Services Coordinator

978-462-6680 ext. 130

The biggest challenge in the world would be to write Anne’s job description.  There isn’t much that she won’t handle for our office. From support for our members… (Anne is the one to call to get any answer to any question); to managing volunteers, coordinating networking events, tracking down dues payments, taking all the crazy phone calls we get and A LOT MORE.  Just like Terry – she’s been here for a while!  Involvement started in 1990 as a volunteer on a myriad of committees to helping out the Chamber staff to finally becoming an official employee in 2004.

Anne lives in Newburyport  and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a B.S. in Physical Education….who knew!

Paula_Sawyer-2017Paula Sawyer

Communications Coordinator

978-462-6680 ext. 170

Little known fact about Paula – she is the only person in the world that was born a Graphic Design expert. Seriously!

Well, not really, but you might think that. On a cold January day in 2017, Paula trekked uphill from her home in Ipswich and entered the hallowed halls of the Chamber of Commerce and immediately tackled the monumental task of making sense of our email marketing, social media and print design.

Prior to her arriving at 38R Merrimac Street, she was mentored by the infamous Don Draper then started her career as the Graphic Artist and Studio Manager for Arnold Worldwide and various other Graphic Design roles (two of those facts are true and one is false). She is now where she belongs along the mighty Merrimack River.

In the few hours that she is not toiling away on projects, she enjoys being at home with her husband, Ron, and their Jack Russell Terrier. She is originally from a small suburb of Boston called New York City. Other interesting facts: novice violinist, Apple geek, art lover, self-declared foodie and…lover of 80’s era UK Alternative music.

Rock on Paula. Rock on!

Seasonal Information Booth

Ann Brown | Ellen Taplin  |  Abigail Brown

Chamber Office Volunteers

Doris Allen, Trisha Buckley, Susan Diamantopoulos, Cindy Hatem, Debra Kennedy, Debbie Knight, Adrian Leighton, Pat Mele, Phyllis Minehan, Carol-Ann O'Neill, Mary Rocco, and Dave Stawasz.

Board of Directors

David A. Strand (Chair) Strand Marketing, Inc.

Julie Ganong (Chair Elect) Chococoa Baking Company

Daniel Schaffner (Treasurer) Fritz DeGuglielmo, LLC

Nancy E. Jones (Clerk) Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank

Danielle Perry  (Vice Chair) Anna Jaques Hospital

Christopher R. Sullivan (Vice Chair) Institution for Savings

Mark Bailey (Director) Eastern Insurance Group

Grace Gonzalez Connolly (Director) Law Offices of Connolly & Connolly

Mark Iannuccillo (Director) Bucciarelli's Butcher Shop & Deli

Craig Martin (Director) Alfa Laval Inc. Contherm Product Center

Kathy Aiello Atlantic Hospitality Group

Michelle Ault Turning Point, Inc.

Steven J. Boselli Darling Consulting Group

Lisa Burke Farley's of Newburyport

Jason Charette American National Insurance

George Ellison Baystate Financial Services

Taunya Wolfe Finn Wolfe Adventures & Tours, LLC

Matt Khatib  M.K. Benatti Jewelers

Michael Munday  Arwood Machine Corporation

Bill Nichelmann  The Grog Restaurant

Ginny Roberts New England Development

Michael Trotta Crystal Engineering