• Carbondale Chamber of Commerce

  • 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:

  • Shane Carsrud Shane Carsrud

    2018 Chairman

    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.   

  • Jolene Falat Jolene Falat


    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.

  • Jeremy Clow Jeremy Clow

    Jeremy Clow is the founder and CEO of Saluki Craft Co. A native of Effingham, he holds two degrees in architecture from Southern Illinois University.

    He strives for partnerships with fellow businesses and promotes all economic development in Carbondale, especially the downtown. He is a block captain for Carbondale Main Street and served for two years on the Downtown Advisory Committee.

    Proud to be a Saluki, he continues to support various programs at SIU: sponsoring “Start Seeing Pink” at the Student Center, Sunset Concerts, various design-affiliated student organizations and the Touch of Nature Environmental Center. 

  • 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 daughter Carrington.

  • Jim Jacobs Jim Jacobs


    Jim is the owner of Jacobs Air Conditioning and Heating. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Jim and his family relocated to Carbondale from South Florida in 1993.

    Jim serves on the Chamber’s Ambassadors Committee and also is a member of the Better Business Bureau, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and the Building Performance Institute.

    Jim and his wife Deann live in rural Carbondale and have five children.

  • Marcia Sinnott Marcia Sinnott

    Marcia Beth Sinnott is a realtor at Five Star Realty. She previously was an elementary teacher for Carbondale Elementary, where she served two terms as president of the Carbondale Education Association. Marcia earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southern Illinois University.

    Marcia has served on a variety of committee chairmanships with the Egyptian Board of Realtors and Illinois Association of Realtors. She was awarded Egyptian Board of Realtors - Realtor Associate of the Year in 1983. Marcia also is the charter president of Friends of the Carbondale Public Library. She is also a charter member of the Rotary Club of Carbondale-Breakfast.

    She is a member of the Ambassador Committee and received the Chamber Service Award in 2015. 

  • Ted Gutierrez Ted Gutierrez

    Ted J Gutierrez is the managing director for Jackson County Mass Transit District. Previously, he has worked with the Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University and worked in mortgage and retail banking. He earned his MBA from the University of Redlands (San Diego Campus) and his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

    Ted serves on the Human Relations Commission in Carbondale, is a board member of United Way of Southern Illinois. He lives in Carbondale with his wife Jennifer, three dogs and a cat and his son Reese graduated from CCHS in 2016.

    Ted was appointed by Past Chairman Darren Berger to fill a vacancy on the Baord of Directors.

  • Diane Hood Diane Hood

    Diane Hood is the manager of The Furniture King in Carbondale. She and her husband, Estus, have been Southern Illinois residents for 30 years. Diane serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale, the Carbondale Community High School Foundation, the SIH Foundation and the NAACP. She is active in Toys for Tots and was named the 2016 Carbondale Citizen of the Year.

  • Darren Berger Darren Berger

    Past Chairman

    A native of the community, Darren Berger attended Carbondale Community High School and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He works as a business development specialist for The Bank of Carbondale.  He was elected to the Carbondale Chamber Board of Directors in December 2013.

    Darren is a member of the Chamber’s Saluki Pride Committee, the Chamber's Economic Development Committee and chairs the Membership Committee. He was the recipient of the Chamber Service Award in 2014.

    Darren also volunteers as a member of the board for the Carbondale Boys and Girls Club and for other civic and charitable causes throughout the region.

  • Justin Zurlinden Justin Zurlinden

    Justin is a Realtor with RE/MAX Realty Professionals 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 foster children. 

    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.

  • Tena Bennett Tena Bennett

    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.

    A resident of Carterville, she has lived in the community for 11 years and worked at SIU in various roles within Student Affairs. Tena currently is a member of the Chamber’s Ambassadors Committee and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at SIU.

  • Melissa Lewis Melissa Lewis

    Melissa works as director of external sales for Walker's Bluff, an area winery, restaurant, event center and destination. She and her husband, Jarred Lewis, reside in Carterville and have five children together ranging in age from twin 5-year-olds to the sixth grade. 

    Melissa is a graduate of  Illinois Benedictine University and she earned a branch manager’s certification from the Illinois Bankers Association in 2007.

    In addition to serving as president, Melissa is a member of the Chamber’s Ambassadors Committee, serves on the organization's Membership Committee and was the 206 chair of the organization’s Board of Directors.

  • Appointed Members:

  • Mike Henry Mike Henry

    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.

  • Carlo Montemagno Carlo Montemagno

    Southern Illinois University

    Carlo was named chancellor effective Aug. 15, 2017. 

    He is an internationally recognized expert in nanotechnology and biomedical engineering, focusing on linking multiple disciplines to solve problems in areas of health, energy and the enviornment. He holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural and biological engineering from Cornell Univesity, a master's in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Penn State and a doctoratge in civil engineering and geological sciences from Notre Dame. 

    He serves as the University's official representative on the Chamber board.

    Carlo and his wife Pamela have two children and five grandchildren.

  • Daniel Booth Daniel Booth

    Carbondale Community
    High School

    Daniel Booth has served as principal of CCHS since 2011, following terms as assistant principal, dean of students and a health education/driver’s education teacher.   He received his undergraduate degree in health education, and a master’s in educational administration, both from Southern Illinois University.

    Daniel serves on the Chamber board representing elementary and secondary education and was appointed to the board by Carbondale Community High School District No. 165 Superintendent Steve Murphy.

    He resides in Carbondale with his wife Ashley and their two children.

  • Chamber Staff:

  • Les O’Dell Les O’Dell

    President / Chief Executive Officer

    Les joined the Chamber staff in January 2013, bringing with him a nearly two decades of involvement in the Carbondale business community. The holder of three degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he is known to many as a freelance journalist and humor columnist.

    Les and his wife Christine live in rural Carbondale. They have four children and one foster son.  The eldest two are both fourth-generation SIU graduates.

    Email Les here.

  • Emily Buice Emily Buice

    Member Events and Communication

    Emily is a junior at Southern Illinois University majoring in Public Relations and History. Originally from Tallassee, Ala., Emily is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, Saluki Ambassadors and currently serves as the vice president of Undergraduate Student Government.

  • LeAnne Gaydos LeAnne Gaydos

    Executive Assistant / Office Manager

    LeAnne joined the Chamber staff in August 2017, following a successful career in retail advertising and customer service.  She attended Kansas State University and she is a Certified Nursing Assistant.

     LeAnne lives with her family in De Soto. She is active in her church and several charitable causes.

    Email LeAnne here.   

  • Gabrielle Ramos Gabrielle Ramos

    Special Events and Marketing

    Gaby is a junior in Hospitality and Tourism Administration at Southern Illinois University. Originally from Hoffman Estates, she is captain of the Marching Salukis Colorguard, treasurer of the SIU American Sign Language Club and a member of Delta Phi Epsilon.

  • Lindsey Perry Lindsey Perry

    Graphic Designer

    Lindsey is a senior at Southern Illinois University majoring in Communication Design. She is responsible for print and digital design for all Chamber programs and events. A native of Southern Illinois, Lindsey and her husband Logan live in Herrin.

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