Logan County Chamber of Commerce's board of directors unanimously confirmed long-time county resident Tammy Tinsley as its new executive director.

Tinsley, who has lived in Logan County for approximately 24 years, begins work Monday. The 2016 Chamber president, Joe Hendricks, said the board is excited about Tinsely joining the chamber as the new director and believes she brings a strong skill set and the experience needed to progress on what the chamber has accomplished in the last several years.

Tinsley replaces Ryan Craig, who went back to running his newspaper, The Todd County Standard.

“I want to continue to see my community be successful because Logan County has a lot to offer,” Tinsley said. “Right now we have a really good chamber and we want to build off that and make it grow. I hope to be able to help build off that.”

The new executive director is a native of Logan County’s neighboring Todd County. She is a Western Kentucky University graduate, where she received a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on business. What her degree really focuses on is the psychological and sociological part of dealing with business, according to Tinsley.

Previously, Tinsely worked for the American Cancer Society for 10 years where she gained experience in strategic planning, large community event planning and supervising staff and volunteers. 

During her time there, Tinsley was also an advocate for the protection of health of public workers. She was instrumental in Barren River District Health Department's partnership with the American Cancer Society to pass smoke-free ordinances in Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Glasgow and Hopkinsville. 

Tinsley said she really enjoyed the work she did at the American Cancer Society, but felt led to work in the community where she and her family live. She said she’ll be able to use her skills in her new position at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.

“With my previous experience, I’ve had the opportunity to network and lobby to work for a healthy Kentucky,” she said.

Tinsley said her new position consists of a lot of marketing, lobbying and retaining members. Her ability to make connections and work with business people, mayors and commissioners will be key as executive director, Tinsley said.

The chamber is a non-profit business organization located in Russellville, funded by membership dues and fundraisers. Several local businesses are members, as well as businesses from surrounding counties. 

With the additions in Logan County of the new Champion Petfoods USA plant, and the advancements of not only large businesses, such as Logan Aluminum, but also smaller businesses, Tinsley said she sees the growth and wants to be involved.

“Something really intrigued me about being able to work in this community,” Tinsely said.