South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce hires Education Specialist to the Gateway Initiative Team
The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce and introduce the newest addition to the Gateway Initiative Team, Terri Onderdonk. Terri brings a unique dynamic to the group with twenty years of business and marketing experience, as well as six years in the classroom as a “Highly Qualified Teacher.” Her education began with Communications at the University of South Alabama, with corporate training along the way and more recently added Education, BS, also at the University of South Alabama. Originally from Mobile, Terri and her family have routinely visited our beaches, and now call Gulf Shores their home.
Terri’s primary focus will be to help develop classroom connections to on-the-job training and create opportunities to showcase the advantages of the Apprenticeship Program, and its subsequent career pathways to students, families, community, and businesses, both locally and beyond. Her strength in determining the source of an issue, flushing out possible roadblocks, and finding and applying creative solutions will assist in translating business and industry pain points into solutions and practice in and out of the classroom.
“Terri’s unique blend of business and education experience is exactly what our Gateway Team needed to push out programming to the next level,” said Sally Westendorf, Community Betterment & Pro-Business Advocacy.
In the position as Education Specialist, Terri will be the liaison between our elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education providers, working with them to tailor programs and curriculum to benefit our businesses while opening up career pathing opportunities for students.
About the Chamber — The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce was established in 1944. Our membership includes small businesses, corporations, associations, professionals as well as associate members who believe in the work of the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber office is located in the heart of South Baldwin County, Foley, Alabama, which serves as a gateway to many beautiful destinations throughout our area. Our Mission: To enhance the economy by providing information, services, leadership and vision.
About the Gateway Initiative — The Gateway Initiative, “Chamber-Driven Business Solutions.” The initiative includes three Program of Work Initiatives, each with a specific mission, detailed objectives, and projected outcomes: (1) Business Driven Talent Development and Recruitment; (2) Community Betterment and Pro-Business Advocacy; and (3) Existing Business Growth and Retention. Positive economic growth and community well-being require long-term strategy combined with bold approaches and a leadership team to make it happen. Led by some of the top business minds of the region, the Gateway Initiative will create regional partnerships to collectively address and bring solutions to Baldwin County problems.