GENOA – Cortney Strohacker is ready to carry on the work of her predecessors at the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce.
Strohacker started as the new executive director of the chamber Dec. 2 after being active in many area community projects for 16 years, according to a news release. The chamber’s board of directors unanimously chose her for the post several weeks before she started and so far have made her feel at home.
“Everyone is helping out and giving their words to the wise,” she said.
Board President James Wilson said only three people applied for the position after the previous director, Kristie Mulso, left Nov. 18 to work as an administrative assistant for the Genoa-Kingston School District 424.
Strohacker’s familiarity with Genoa made her a strong candidate for the position, Wilson said.
“She knows just about everyone in town,” Wilson said.
Strohacker said she is looking forward to collaborating with Genoa Mayor Mark Vicary, along with the Genoa-Kingston School District, Genoa Main Street and local organizations. She sought the position because it seemed like the perfect way of using her skills.
“It was like I couldn’t design a more perfect job for myself,” she said.
One of her goals is to help continue the growth of businesses.
“And really, help businesses be successful and help them grasp the social networking that is available,” she said.
Another project, one Strohacker has worked on for five years with area churches and Neighbor’s House, is a summer reading program for low-income children in Genoa. Last summer the program served 75 children, she said.
Another goal of hers is to continue the growth of the chamber’s membership. Wilson has said Mulso helped expand the chamber from 91 to 144 members. It’s one of his hopes that membership will keep rising.
“We definitely want to keep that momentum moving forward,” Wilson said.
Strohacker has a teaching degree from Northern Illinois University and has two children who attend schools in Sycamore, according to a news release. She said she enjoys living in Genoa, because everyone is caring and genuine with each other.
“People just go over and beyond to help their neighbor out,” Strohacker said. “It really is a way of life.”