Meet our Board of Directors for 2016
President- Becky Gaines, New Palestine Main Street
Becky was the Publisher of the New Palestine Press for over 8 years. She is a trained graphic artist and has created many logos for corporations throughout her 25 years in the graphic field. Before the New Palestine Press, she enjoyed working in graphics in Carmel, IN. She has entertained audiences with her stand-up comedy and enjoyed performing at different establishments in the Indiana area. Becky also served as a motivational speaker for fourteen years.
She has held office for the New Palestine Chamber of Commerce and enjoys being involved in community activities. She is the President of New Palestine Main Street.
Becky and her husband Ted have six children. Leann lives in Franklin, IN and is a 17 year English teacher at Fishers High School; Ed is a veteran of Desert Storm and works for the United States Postal Service in Colorado Springs, CO; Renee works out of Anderson in Dunkirk Indiana; Nikki lives in Connersville, IN and works with special needs adults; Dan now lives in Corpus Cristi, TX and works in marketing and graphics for a company there; Mike is also a teacher at Fishers High School and lives in the Fishers area. He is their Ladies' Varsity Basketball Coach.
Ted and Becky have five grandchildren they love very much. They enjoy riding their Harley Davidson whenever they can.
Her motto is: "It is not what your Chamber can do for you... It is what can you do for your Chamber!"
First Vice President- Jeff Bell, Bell Mortuary & Crematory
Jeff's funeral homes are family owned and operated businesses. They are a full service funeral home from funeral services with burials to funeral services with cremation. They are large enough to give families the same service as the largest funeral homes around, yet small enough that each family gets the level of attention and care they deserve. Jeff and Lynnette Bell along with their three children two sons Elijah and Jonah and daughter Addison own and operate Bell Mortuary & Crematory, Royster-Askin-Sandrock Chapel and their newest location Shangrila Chapel. Jeff is a 1986 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, IN. A native of Madison, Indiana, Jeff is a 1984 graduate of Madison High School. He married the former Lynnette Swise who attended New Palestine High School and later graduated from Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis. The young couple made their first home in New Palestine, an area they came to love. They are members of the Brookville Road Community Church, New Palestine, New Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, New Palestine Lions Club, New Palestine American Legion Post 182 (Sons of the Legion), Indiana Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. Jeff along with his family are involved in many civic and community activities.
Second Vice President-
Treasurer-Greg Douglass, Mama Nita's
Secretary-Teresa Smith, Hoosier Hear Gear
Representative-Gary Halliburton,Progressive Hair
Gary was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 1956. He moved to Finly, Indiana in 1966 and graduated from New Palestine High School in 1974. He participated in basketball, track, Fellowship of Christian Athletics and Future Farmers of America. He worked various jobs from 1974 to 1978 including retail, manufacturing, management and maintenance. He attended and graduated from Pivot Point Cosmetology School in 1979. He worked for two locally owned hair salons. He opened Progressive Hair in 1981, which is located at US 40 and Mt. Comfort Road. He taught for Kenra and has attended various classes on business management, advertising and all types of hair styling. He joined the New Palestine Chamber in 2008 and graduated from LHC in 2010. He is a member of Burge Terrace Baptist Church where he is active in the choir. He has an 18 year old son. He loves working in NewPalestine and has a strong desire to see it thrive.
Representative-Debby Hidebrandt, New Palestine Veterinary Clinic
Debby became part of the New Palestine Business Community in March of 1982. At that time, Debby and her husband, Wes, purchased the New Palestine Veterinary Clinic. Wes was the active member of Chamber until Debby changed professions and joined him at NPVC. Throughout the years, Debby has maintained several rolls at NPVC. Today, Debby primarily acts as Practice Manager. Throughout the years, Debby served the Chamber as President and Treasurer. She also managed the kitchen at the Holiday Emporium for 10 years. Currently, Debby is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chamber with the official duty of representing the Chamber on the Board of the Hancock Economic Development Council. Debby is an active member of Cross of Grace Lutheran Church, Hancock Economic Development Council, and the Auxiliary to Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. Debby is the mother of three young men and a daughter in-law. When Debby is not spending time with her family, she is boating, bicycling, cooking or walking the beaches in Venice, Florida.
Representative Roger Holder, New Palestine Main Street
Roger is a retired elementary school principal. His last 12 years of practice was at Morristown Elementary School. He spent 36 years in service to young people. He taught all subjects in grades 5 and 6 for ten years before moving into the office. During his entire adult life he has refereed high school and college athletic events in football and basketball. He was chosen for a bit part in the movie “Hoosiers.” He also has a passion for golf and music. As a member of the Praising Hims Gospel Quartet, he helped raise over $125,000 for the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. He and his beautiful wife, Anita, have lived in the New Palestine area since 1977. They have two children and five grandchildren. They spend lots of weekends “on the road” since their grandchildren live in Tennessee and North Carolina and visits are frequent.
Roger now is employed by New Palestine United Methodist Church as the Director of New Member Assimilation and Parish Visitation. Read his blog at www.npumccaringministry.blogspot.com.
Executive Director-Caralee Griffith, New Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce
Caralee is the Chamber's first employee at the office in the New Palestine Town Hall. She is a graduate of New Palestine High School and received a BA in Psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Since then, she has worked in the mental health field in Indiana and Texas. She worked for the State of Indiana as a Claims Adjudicator for Social Security Disability prior to having her son. She proudly stayed at home with Alex until he began school in the fall of 2010. Her hobbies include scrapbooking and making handmade cards. She is delighted to be able to work back home in New Palestine!