• Board & Staff

    The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is led by a 15-member Board of Directors as well as professional staff members. A majority of board members are elected to three-year terms by the general membership. The board meets monthly and directs the activities of the organization according to the Chamber's Bylaws which are available for download here.

  • Elected Members:

  • Tena Bennett Tena Bennett

    Board Chair

    Tena Bennett is the Director of the Student Center at Southern Illinois University where she oversees the facility and dining operations as well as a variety of programming efforts and mass transit for campus.

    A resident of Carterville, she has lived in the community for 15 years and worked at SIU in various roles within Student Affairs. Tena currently chairs the Chamber's Leadership Carbondale program and serves on various committees while pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at SIU.

  • Steve Quinn Steve Quinn

    Chair Elect

    Steve Quinn is the Business Manager for Samron Midwest Contracting. Samron is a full service general contractor working primarily in Southern Illinois and surrounding regions. Steve has been active in business leadership in Southern Illinois for over 20 years and has served on numerous economic development committees in the area.

    Steve is a member of the Carbondale Chamber Economic Development Committee and serves on the sub-committee tasked with attracting and retaining business in the Carbondale area.

    Steve and his wife Angie currently live in Carterville and have two grown children who are both proud graduates of SIU

  • John Dosier John Dosier

    John Dosier is the President of First Southern Bank. He has been with First Southern since its inception in 2002. Prior experience was with Magna and Union Planters banks.

    John has a Bachelor in Business Administration and Marketing from McKendree College. In 2008, he was, inducted into Academy of Excellence for Business at McKendree University.

    John’s Chamber Involvement consists of Former Carbondale Chamber Board member, Past Chamber President 1999 and 2000, 2001 Chamber Business Leader of the Year. Additionally, First Southern Bank was the 2005 Business of the Year.

    Other board service includes Carbondale Business Development Corp., Southern Illinois Research Park, Jackson Growth Association, Community Bankers Association of Illinois. Dosier was formerly a board member for SIU Foundation, SIU College of Business, SIU 2020 and Southern at 150.

    John and his wife Kay have two sons Ryan and Robby.

  • John Rathjen John Rathjen

    John Rathjen currently works as general manager of Vogler Motor Company. He has been with Vogler for 13 years. Previously he worked at Steve and Barry’s Sportswear as a store manager.

    He graduated from John A. Logan with an Associate degree in Business and Administration as well as from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science in Management.

    John lives in Murphysboro with his wife, Morgan, and sons Deacon and Baylor.

  • Justin Zurlinden Justin Zurlinden

    Past Chair

    Justin is a Realtor with Realty Central  in Carbondale. A graduate of the School of Architecture at Southern Illinois University, he lives in the Tatum Heights neighborhood in Carbondale with his wife, Emily, and their son Oliver.

    After graduating from SIU in 2011, Justin opened Vintage Soul Furniture, a furniture resale shop that funded a local non-profit organization working with homeless people and underprivileged children.  After three years of running his business, he transitioned from selling couches to houses. He currently specializes in first-time homebuyer programs, estates, and senior relocation.

    Justin is also a member of the Preservation Commission for the City of Carbondale, which serves to protect architectural gems in Carbondale and empower people to restore and memorialize important places, people, and events in our community.

  • Shane Carsrud Shane Carsrud

    Shane is a Commercial Officer at Banterra Bank. He is a graduate of Carbondale Community High School, holds a bachelor’s of economics from Southern Illinois University, and a master’s in Business Administration from Webster University.

    Shane is a member of the Rotary Club of Carbondale-Breakfast, finance chair of Our Savior Lutheran in Carbondale, treasurer of Carbondale Tourism, and a member of Carbondale’s Community Development and Loan Grant Board. He has been involved with several other community organization and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Carbondale.

    Shane and his wife Jessica reside in Carterville with their two children.   

  • Carolin Harvey Carolin Harvey

    Carolin Harvey is currently a councilwoman on the Carbondale City Council. She previously worked at SIUC in the Bursar’s Office, Division of Continuing Education, and Registrar’s Office.

    She attended Miles College, John A. Logan, and SIU. She has been involved with the Chamber through attending monthly luncheons, volunteering for the golf scramble, and helping with other events.

    She and her husband James have two children.

  • Christopher Swims Christopher Swims

    Pastor Christopher Swims has served as senior pastor of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church since 2010.  In additional to his role with the Chamber, he is active in a number of civic, professional and religious organizations.

    Christopher holds a bachelor's degree in interpersonal communication from Southern Illinois University. He lives in Carbondale with his wife Brittany and daughters Carrington and Kennedy.

  • Jolene Falat Jolene Falat

    Treasurer

    Jolene Falat is the Assistant Vice-President & Branch Manager of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust in Carbondale.

    She has served as the treasurer of the board of the Science Center of Southern Illinois and is chairperson of the “Chef Clash in the Arena” (formerly “100 Men Who Cook”) annual fundraising event that benefits several local charities.

    Jolene attended the University of Illinois and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Mid-Continent University. She and her husband Steve live in Murphysboro and have three grown children, all who have graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and three grandchildren.

  • Jason Chrzan Jason Chrzan

    Jason Chrzan is the Vice President of Keller's Crossing Golf Resort and Stone Creek Properties. He oversees the daily operations, regional marketing strategies, digital platforms, web design, and overall Stay and Play tourist golf groups from the metropolitan areas.

    Jason volunteers locally as the Judge Advocate for the Marine Corps League #812, as a LIFT mentor, and a Jackson County CEO mentor. He enjoys assisting local organizations supporting veterans and their families.

  • Nic Skovgaard Nic Skovgaard

    Nic Skovgaard is the founder of AlterEgo Marketing, a full-service creative agency with clients spanning Southern Illinois, Tennessee, Missouri, and Western Kentucky. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a degree in Public Relations in 2007.

    Nic is a graduate of the Leadership Carbondale program, The Wizard Academy, and has been recognized as one of The Southern Illinoisan's 20 Under 40. He serves on the Chamber's Ambassador Committee, is a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Rotary Club. He is also currently facilitator for the Jackson County CEO program.

    Nic lives in Herrin with his wife Nancy and four young children. 

  • Al Taylor Al Taylor

    Al Taylor is the Vice President/Administrator of the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Previously he served as community hospital CEO in facilities in Western Tennessee and North Carolina.

    He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Health Administration.

    Previously, he was a Chamber of Commerce board member for Dunn, North Carolina and Albemarle, North Carolina. He has also been a Paul Harris Fellow for Rotary Club, a Fellow in American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and ACHE Regent for North Carolina.

    He and his wife Kassie have three children.

  • Appointed Members:

  • Mike Henry Mike Henry

    Mayor,
    City of Carbondale

    Mike Henry is the owner of Henry Printing and is currently in his first term as mayor of the City of Carbondale.

    Mike is married to Terri Walters Henry, an area real estate agent. He has three sons and two daughters, with eight grandchildren. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.  While a student at SIU, he opened a typing and copying business in 1972. That business has grown into what is now Henry Printing. 

    He serves as the City of Carbondale's representative on the Board of Directors. 

    He served as Board Chairman for the Chamber in 1984.

  • Austin A. Lane Austin A. Lane

    Chancellor,
    Southern Illinois University

    Austin A. Lane became the chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale on July 1, 2020.

     

    A native of New Jersey, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Langston University, his master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, and his Ed.D. from the University of Alabama.

     

    A 25-year higher education administrator and faculty member, Lane has served as president of Texas Southern University, executive vice chancellor of academic and student affairs at Lone Star College System, president of Lone Star College-Montgomery, vice president for student affairs at Tyler Junior College, and dean of students at the University of Texas at Arlington.

     

    Dr. Lane has served on a number of boards and has been deeply engaged in the communities he serves.  He was recognized among the 2017 top minority professional leaders in Greater Houston, recipient of the 2015 Drum Major Award, 2014 Interfaith of The Woodlands Hometown Hero Honoree, and 2012 Pacesetter of the Year for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.

     

    He is married to Loren Lane and has three children, Lauren, Chase and Lance.

  • Ryan Thomas Ryan Thomas

    Principal,
    Carbondale Community
    High School

    Ryan Thomas has been Principal of Carbondale Community High School District 165 since 2018 and has previously served as Assistant Principal and Special Education Teacher in the district. Mr. Thomas is a CCHS graduate and holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University and McKendree University.

    Ryan lives in Carbondale with his wife Vanessa and their three daughters, Hannah, Lydia, and Ruby.

  • Chamber Staff:

  • William Lo William Lo

    CEO

     

  • Bryant Brooks

    Marketing & Office Coordinator