January 13, 2020 (Goshen, NY) – The Orange County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Heather Bell as its Director of Membership.
Heather Bell has a strong background in non-profit leadership, community collaborations, business development, and advocacy. Heather served as Executive Director of YMCA of White Plains. In that role she oversaw operations, staffing, and programming including aquatics, fitness, childcare, and camp. Under Heather’s leadership, YMCA of White Plains membership, family programming, and community collaborations grew and flourished.
Heather earned an AAS in Business Administration from Berkeley College and was inducted into their alumni hall of fame. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational and Human Resources from Nyack College. She proudly shares that one of her life accomplishments is earning a 4.0 while working full-time and raising her then 6 and 4 year old boys as a single mother. Both adult boys now serve in the United States Military.
In addition to her corporate work with Heineken USA in Community and Government Relations, Heather pursued her entrepreneurial passion by establishing an award-winning event planning company. Understanding the needs and challenges of a small business is an area that Heather has been able to apply to other areas of her career in grassroots development.
She was selected to attend and completed the YMCA’s prestigious Executive Preparatory Institute. Heather previously served on several non-profit boards, including the Women’s Empowerment Institute, and was recently named to the Orange-Ulster BOCES CTE Advisory Board. She is currently a participant in Leadership Orange’s Class of 2020.
Heather can be reached at HeatherB@OrangeNY.com or 845.294.1700 ext. 1106.