• Chamber Staff

  • Each one of the Chamber staff is committed to ensuring that partner services and commitments are fully implemented and delivered. Partner benefits are paramount, and through the staff's dedication and continual partner out-reach, the on-going development of such is possible. Partners are not just Partners, they are family! They are family with whom strong ties and relationships have been established. Partners recognize and appreciate the relationships that they have with this loyal staff.

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  • Ray Villegas, IOM

    President

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  • Biography Biography

    After graduating with an accounting & business administration degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Ray spent the early portion of his professional career within the wireless telecommunications industry, working in sales management for nationwide/global companies such as Cingular and AT&T Wireless.

    After moving to the Orlando, FL area in 2004 and working as a partner in a small business, he then joined the staff of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce in 2008 as the director of membership. During his tenure there he received multiple scholarships to attend the Institute for Organization Management (IOM), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for Chamber and non-profit leadership, which he completed in 2015. Villegas was then elected to serve on the Institute’s Board of Regents for the Southeast Region where he continues to serve today. In 2016 he transitioned to the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce as Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently was elected to serve on the volunteer Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) in 2018.

    In January 2019, Ray has now come onboard as the President of the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce. He is excited to work with the wonderful Chamber staff, Board of Directors, and Chamber Partners to collectively represent and push forward the Chamber mission to strengthen and positively impact the Mount Dora and Lake County communities as a whole!


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  • Keri Bourne

    Executive Assistant

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    Keri brings to the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce 18 years of bookkeeping and administrative support experience. She is a native Floridian who grew up in Maitland. Keri and her husband, Gordon, moved to nearby Sorrento in 2000 to fulfill their desire of raising their two children in a small town environment. She and her husband now reside in downtown Mount Dora. Keri loves her position with the Chamber of Commerce and being involved with the community.


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  • Michele Giancola

    Director of Program Development

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  • Biography Biography

    A native of Pittsburgh and having lived in five major metropolitan cities with a career in the airline and travel agency industries, she and her husband of 38 years moved to Mount Dora in 2012. “What a change. What a remarkable, fabulous and refreshing change!” Realizing that this town and the people truly embrace new comers and tourists just as it does its longtime residents, it was immediately clear that they had decided on the perfect place to call home.

    Becoming part of the Chamber Team, with its unending support of community and business endeavors, truly iced the cake!!!


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  • Dennis Siewert

    Director of Marketing

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    Dennis is a native Floridian, having grown up in Winter Park. He served in the armed forces for a brief period before beginning a 40-year career in local television advertising sales and management with multiple stations throughout the country. Dennis resides in Mount Dora with his wife Cher and Yorkshire Terrier, Brie. Dennis enjoys being involved in the community and working with the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce.


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  • Pat Gasper

    Visitor Center Assistant

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    Pat grew up in the Hudson River Valley of New York. Moved to South Florida in 1976 with her husband, four daughters and a Great Dane. Arrived in the Mount Dora Area in 2012 and is enjoying her life here and working for the Mount Dora Chamber.


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  • Katie Schmalenberger

    Administrative / Visitor Center Assistant

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    Katie was born and raised in Lake County and currently resides in Eustis. She attended all Tavares schools and Lake Sumter State College. She is thrilled to be a part of the Mount Dora Chamber team and is looking forward to working with the wonderful people of the community.