• Staff

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  • The 2024 SBCC Staff

  • Donna Watts, IOM, AACE  |  President & CEO
    (251) 943-3291 | Email

    Donna Watts, President/CEO of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

    Donna Watts has been a cornerstone of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce since 1997, bringing over 38 years of experience in business development and community enhancement to Baldwin County. Prior to her role in Foley, Donna led the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce for 12 years, establishing herself as a pivotal figure in the local business community.

    As President & CEO, Donna has also overseen the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation and contributed her expertise to numerous boards, including the Business Council of Alabama and the Coastal Resiliency Coalition leadership team. Her vision and leadership have driven significant initiatives, such as the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival and the South Baldwin Chamber Total Resource Campaign.

    Donna's dedication to community service and business development has earned her multiple accolades and recognitions. Notable achievements include:

    • Graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Georgia, Intensive Economic Development program at Auburn University, Economic Development program at Georgia Tech, Leadership Baldwin, and Leadership Alabama.
    • Initiated the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival (2004) and Chicago Street Supper Club (2011).
    • Launched the South Baldwin Chamber Total Resource Campaign – Chamber Choices.
    • Created the Youth Leadership Development Program - Junior Ambassadors (2000).
    • Established the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation (2004).
    • Founding Member of the BCA/CCAA Partnership (2008).
    • Chairperson of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (2009).
    • Rotarian of the Year, Foley Rotary Club (2009-10).
    • Board Member of the Alabama Partnership for Children (2011-15) and Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance (2013).
    • Recipient of the BCA/CCAA Partnership Thompsonian Leadership Award (2015) and CCAA Distinguished Service Award for 30 years of service in chamber executive leadership positions (2015).
    • Accredited Chamber Executive, CCAA (2015-19).
    • Member of the 25+ Year Club, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (2016).
    • Awarded the Jamie Wallace Award by the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (2018).
    • Spearheaded the first Capital Campaign for Workforce Development known as The Gateway Initiative (May-Dec 2017).

    Donna is deeply committed to helping individuals achieve the American Dream. She has witnessed the community's resilience through natural disasters and economic challenges, and she continues to foster a sense of unity and perseverance in Baldwin County.

  • Travis Valentine, IOM, AACE  |  Chief Operations Officer
    (251) 943-1036 | EMAIL

    Travis Valentine COO of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

    Travis joined the South Baldwin Chamber team in 2015 and has forged many connections within the business community as Membership Director and now Vice President of Investor Relations, spanning Gateway and Chamber-worlds. Travis was an integral element to the formation of the Gateway Initiative during its inception and eventual kick-off in 2018. His day-to-day job involves interacting directly with members and prospective members to help build their businesses and innovate to meet the demands of today, which is what he loves the most; he said, “creating connections and sharing the genuine benefits of membership is my favorite thing about this job – it is a pleasure to witness positive change in someone’s life or their business.”

    Those that have gotten the chance to interact with Travis know he is full of energy and optimism, professionally and outside of the office. Although he never truly takes off his ‘chamber hat’, when he is away from his desk, he is an avid dad: his children Tatum and Holden, alongside his beautiful wife, Merritt, have a lot of fun living in South Baldwin. In full Travis-spirit, you might be interested to know a few things about him: although he is from Colorado, he’s never been skiing; he can name all 46 US Presidents and all 50 states/capitals (without using Google) and has spent many hours willingly coaching youth basketball! And speaking of, he’d ask that you remember that “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” obviously a personal motto for Travis, in a role that relies heavily on positivity and resolve.

  • Derrick Cook, CPA, MBA  |  Chief Financial Officer
    (251) 943-1065 | EMAIL

    Derrick Cook, CPA, MBA

    Derrick joined the Chamber team in January 2021. Originally from the small town of New Brockton, AL, he moved to Foley after obtaining his Master's in Business Administration from Troy University in 2011 to work with a local public accounting firm. Derrick earned his CPA license in 2015 and has eight years of experience in public accounting. During that time frame, he built a relationship working with the Chamber of Commerce through various member events and assisting with financial services. In January of 2024 Derrick accepted the Chief Financial Officer position. 

    Outside of work, Derrick and his wife lead an active lifestyle. Derrick takes part in various recreational sports, volunteers at his church, and enjoys the beautiful scenery that southern Baldwin County has to offer. "I truly enjoy being able to continue my work as a CPA with the Chamber, Foundation, and Gateway team. Outside of the finance area, I also love getting opportunities to network and support our members and community. It's a multifaceted role that keeps my workdays busy and fun."

  • Kylee Raulerson  |  Executive Director of the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation
    (251) 943-5520 | EMAIL

    Kylee Raulerson

    Kylee joined the Chamber team in November 2016 as the Event and Foundation Assistant, and soon after advanced to Event Operations Manager for the South Baldwin Chamber. In January 2021, she accepted a new role as the Executive Director of the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation. In her career with the Chamber of Commerce, she has made quite a name for herself for her skills in event planning and execution, and marketing. As a Foley High School Alumni and mother of two children who attend our Baldwin County Public Schools, Kylee is passionate about serving this community and the schools our Foundation serves. In her role as Executive Director, she manages the Chamber Foundation's education enrichment programs and development efforts, coordinating grants and leadership development throughout ten public schools and three private schools in South Baldwin County. These schools also benefit from the SBCF Student & Teacher Grants program and connections with corporate partners and funding opportunities through the Foundation. In her spare time, Kylee can be found up in the gym working on her fitness, on the ball field cheering on her two sons, or cooking up some delicious (cajun-inspired) meals for her whole family.

  • Rachel Spear  |  Director of Events
    (251) 943-5550 | EMAIL

    Rachel SpearRachel is the Event Director for the South Baldwin Chamber. She is a native of Foley, AL, and graduated from Foley High School in 2006. Rachel has just over 10 years of experience in the hospitality/restaurant industry where she held many different roles including corporate certified trainer. During her career in the hospitality industry, Rachel completed her associate's degrees in Hospitality & Restaurant Management and Event Planning. She began her involvement with the South Baldwin Chamber through volunteering with events and was offered a part-time position with the Chamber Foundation in 2014. Since then, Rachel has held the position of Executive Assistant of the Chamber Foundation, Event Assistant of the Chamber, and was promoted to the Event Director in October of 2016. "It has always brought me a great deal of pleasure to plan things that make people happy! Quality of life is so valuable, and I believe that by being a part of planning community events that bring businesses, locals and tourists together to experience memorable moments is my way of giving back to this community that I have called home my whole life. I do more than just plan events though and I am very honored to be a resource for businesses and individuals in this community to connect". Rachel and her husband, Daniel, have been married since 2015 and reside in Foley where they raise their daughter, Lena.

  • Lori Pressley  |  Director of Communications
    (251) 943-5510 | EMAIL

    Lori Pressley

    Lori joined the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce in October 2018 as the Director of Communications. With a rich career in both education and industry, Lori brings valuable experience and insight to the Chamber. She holds an associate's degree in business administration and is a proud, long-time resident of Baldwin County. Her professional background includes six years as a budget analyst at Rohr Southern Industries (now Collins Aerospace of Foley) and twenty-two years as a technology coordinator and teacher at St. Patrick Catholic School. Her diverse experiences have equipped her with a strong foundation for her role at the Chamber.

    Lori has been instrumental in modernizing key communication channels for the Chamber, Gateway Initiative, and Chamber Foundation. She has led efforts to digitize the Chamber's media, including the Monthly Newsletter, and has continuously updated the Chamber website. Lori also manages social media content, news releases, and emails, ensuring timely and effective communication with the community. She produces engaging business spotlights such as ribbon-cutting videos and SBAwesome customer service award videos. Outside the office, Lori cherishes time with her friends and family, especially her children and grandbabies.

  • Jeanette Harris  |  Executive Assistant + Member Services Representative
    (251) 943-1064 | EMAIL

    Jeanette Harris

    Jeanette Harris joined the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce in February 2013. As the Executive Assistant and Member Services Representative, she plays a crucial role in managing information and database functions, ensuring seamless communication with member businesses about the benefits of their membership. Jeanette is dedicated to providing detailed information on various Chamber programs and conducting new member orientation sessions, helping businesses maximize their engagement and resources.

    In addition to her member services role, Jeanette supports the CEO/President of the Chamber and is a familiar face at all Chamber functions and events. Her involvement and commitment help foster a strong sense of community and connection among members.

    Jeanette resides in Foley with her husband Ricky and their dog Zena. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, visiting the beach, and spending quality time with her family.

  • Reagan Goff, BA  |  Programs & Events Assistant
    (251) 943-5590 | EMAIL

    Reagan Watkins

    Reagan joined the South Baldwin Chamber team in August 2022 to serve as the Programs & Events Assistant. A native of Montgomery, she played collegiate softball at Jacksonville State University, where she graduated with highest honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Reagan moved to Foley full-time in 2021, where she has since worked in youth development, serving in special events, outreach, and membership services. She has a passion for the people in our south Baldwin communities and is especially eager to build new relationships through her work at the Chamber.

    Reagan adds, “Our cities and towns are made of such extraordinary people who have so much to contribute to our ever-growing communities. There are so many opportunities to create enjoyable and exciting events and programs that both locals and visitors will remember for years.” She enjoys traveling and exploring, staying active, trying new coffee shops, and enjoying the beauty of the Gulf Coast alongside her husband, Zach.

  • Gateway Initiative

  • Tyler Morgan  |  Director of Career & Business Development
    (251) 422-0942 | EMAIL

    Tyler MorganTyler joined the Gateway team in March 2021 assisting and championing the Gateway Initiative. A Montgomery native, she grew up vacationing on the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast like many Alabamians. She has a B.F.A. from The University of Mississippi (Hotty Toddy!) and an M.A. Ed. from Auburn University - Montgomery. Tyler’s experiences and skills in the education world were a key factor in the team’s decision to bring her on board; however, her background in the fine arts and years of event planning experience also brings an edge to the initiative. She taught junior high school for six years, managed events and sales for Perdido Beach Resort for three years, and later joined the Mobile Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, gaining additional experience in corporate, association, convention and lodging sales with a market that expanded all over the country. “I am passionate about our ever-growing community, and truly understand why educating the workforce and employing our businesses with strong, sustainable, career-minded individuals in South Baldwin county is so important for the future,” said Tyler. She lives in Foley with her two fur babies, Mia and Stevie. In her spare time, she manages her own event planning business, enjoys working in her art studio, taking her dogs on adventures, and loves to cook while spending time with her family and friends.

  • Annie Lineberger  |  Marketing & Data Analyst Manager
    (251) 943-1062 | EMAIL

    Annie LinebergerAnnie Lineberger, the Marketing and Data Analyst Manager, brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her role. Born and raised in Fairhope, Alabama, Annie is deeply rooted in Baldwin County, yet her sense of home extends to Austin, TX, Worcester, MA, and Clemson, SC, where she forged lasting friendships and embraced diverse cultures. May 2024, she earned a Master's in Marketing from Clemson University, complementing her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Visual Art from the College of the Holy Cross. In her spare time, Annie enjoys working out, swimming, arts and crafts, and exploring local restaurants, but she cherishes moments spent with family and friends at the beach above all.

    "Having grown up in Baldwin County, I would love to play an integral part within the community that has gifted me so much. Working for the Gateway Workforce Initiative and two Chambers of Commerce is a great opportunity to utilize my skill set to give back to the place that raised me," said Lineberger. The initiative is excited to welcome Annie and have her join both chamber teams.

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