Chamber hires new director

Longtime area banker Peg Kelley tabbed to replace Beverly Durant


The Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce has a new director.

Peg Kelley, a longtime Elizabeth resident known to many around the area through her work as a community banker, has assumed leadership of the organization.

Her first day on the job was Dec. 9. She replaces Beverly Durant, who resigned in October after leading the Chamber since January 2008.

Joining Kelley at the chamber is Nancy Corrado, who started Dec. 16 and will serve as the chamber’s administrative assistant.

Both Kelley and Corrado will work half-time at the chamber office, with Corrado taking the morning shift and Kelley the afternoon shift.

“We’re still trying to get the office organized,” Kelley said.

An Indiana native who moved to Elizabeth from Denver in 1993, Kelley worked for many years at Community Banks of Colorado in the Safeway Shopping Center and said she was “excited” about taking over at the chamber.

“I know and have worked with so many people around the community through the bank,” she said. “I’m really thrilled about the opportunity to lead the chamber.”

Kelley said the coming year should be an interesting one at the chamber since more than half of the board members are new.

Joining the chamber board this year are Claudia Henning, Ed Robinson, Samantha Tanner, Janie Taylor and Ron Patera.

Returning board members include Ann Koontz, Joyce Dickinson, Donya Lewis and Debbie Ullom, who currently serves as the board president.

The chamber board will hold its first meeting of 2014 on Jan. 10. At that meeting, the board will install a new slate of officers.

The chamber office is located at 166 Main Street, Suite E.

Those wishing to meet the new director and/or join the chamber can contact Kelley at (303) 646-4287.


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