Chamber Ambassadors

The Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are a special group of business professionals and community leaders that have chosen to volunteer to represent the Chamber of Commerce and the community it serves. As ambassadors, these individuals assist in welcoming new members to the Chamber as well as to the community, making Chamber functions and events successful and enjoyable, and helping to promote and execute the Chamber’s primary mission and goals to the best of their abilities.

If you’re interested in representing the greater Niles community by volunteering in the Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program, contact Eileen Villanueva at 269.683.1833.


Meet our Ambassadors


Becky Brown | Edward Jones

Becky Brown has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones for over six years. She began her career with Edward Jones over 14 years ago as a branch office administrator. Becky is also dedicated to supporting her local community, not just as an ambassador of the Chamber, but also as an active member of the Niles Service League!

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Chris Rayl | Culligan of Michiana

Chris is a licensed water specialist with Culligan Water for Cass County, Michigan. When he is not taking care of people's water needs, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four amazing children. Chris is also a Sergeant in the Indiana Guard Reserve and enjoys volunteering with Hello Gorgeous. If you ever have a problem with your water, just say "Hey, Culligan Man!".

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Cindy Cohen | C2 Your Health

Cindy is a certified health coach, nurse, wellness consultant, published author, and sought-after national speaker. In 2002, Cindy founded C2 Your Health and has been championing and inspiring healthy living around the world one person at a time through health coaching, corporate wellness, and community seminars. Cindy has had a passion for guiding individuals and businesses towards healthy living since winning many awards through the years including the Wellness Council of America’s Top 50 Health Promotion Professional award in 2016. 

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Fern Hollingshead | Teachers Credit Union

Fern has been a resident and member of the Niles/Buchanan community for over seven years. Fern loves helping people, whether it is serving the community or helping people finance their dream homes. She currently volunteers with the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency to provide home-buyer education as well as being an active affiliate member of the Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors.

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Jennifer Valentine | Angelic Cleaning Service

Jennifer is the president of Angelic Cleaning Service. Angelic Cleaning Service was founded in 2000 with a mission that reads, “Where Good Business Beats the Competition”. Jennifer studied law at Kaplan University and continues to pursue further education. Jennifer believes that everyday is a chance for a better tomorrow.

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Marci Taylor | WSMK 99.1fm / WNIL 107.5fm

Marci has been employed by WSMK/WNIL for the past 22 years where she currently serves as the General Manager. Additionally, Marci has been a member of the Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Program since 2005 and was named the “Chamber Ambassador of the Year” in 2019.   Marci is  also dedicated to supporting her local community, not just as an ambassador of the Chamber, but also as an active volunteer in the community.

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Mike Peters | East Main Gardens

Mike has been a pillar in the Niles Community for over 60 years. As the owner of East Main Gardens Florist, he is carrying the family business into nearly 100 years of serving the Niles and surrounding areas. In addition to the family business, Mike has also carried on his father's tradition of putting Santa in the river each and every year with his Santa's helpers. When he is not busy running the business and spending time with his children and grandchildren, Mike also enjoys volunteering and supporting several local organizations. 

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Rickey Miller | Teachers Credit Union

Rickey has been a member of the Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Program since 2011 and was named the “Chamber Ambassador of the Year” in 2017, 2018, and 2020! Additionally, Rickey has been employed by Teachers Credit Union for the past 27 years where he currently serves as the Business Services Relationship Officer.  Rickey loves the opportunity to connect with businesses in the community to share all of the resources that the Chamber and Teachers Credit Union have to offer!

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Sharon Douglas | Chemical Bank

Sharon began her career in banking with Chemical Bank in 1987. She attended Lake Michigan College and received an Associate's Degree in Applied Business in 2006. Soon after, Sharon attended Siena Heights University and received her Bachelor’s in Business, majoring in accounting, in 2010. Additionally, Sharon is a current member of the Niles Kiwanis Club.

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Shawn Sieplinga | Brentwood at Niles

Shawn has been working in the medical field for over 24 years in a variety of roles. She started her healthcare career as a CNA in a nursing home, which started her love for working with the elderly and debilitated/disabled population.  She continued working and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management from Spring Arbor University. Shawn is currently working at Brentwood at Niles where she is able to continue to assist the aging population and help them to find comfort in a new home environment.  

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Tamiko Brown | Old National Bank

Tamiko is the Assistant Branch Manager for Old National Bank in Niles. If you are looking for financial advice or looking to develop your financial literacy skills, Tamiko is more than happy to work with you on these items. With over 20 years of customer service experience, Tamiko takes pride in ensuring every customer sustains financial growth. As the Treasurer for the Ferry Street Resource Center in Niles, Tamiko is also an active volunteer in the community.

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Thad Payne | United Federal Credit Union

Thad has been a supporter of the local community since his days at Niles High School. With over 20 years in the financial industry, Thad uses his lending and customer service experience to help others reach their goals by building long-lasting member and client relationships. As a community advocate working with United Federal Credit Union, Thad is passionate about being a go-to resource for local business owners and has supported efforts to help several non-profit organizations advance their missions.

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Tiffany Rusher | YMCA of Michiana

Tiffany serves as the Director of Group Fitness at the YMCA of Southwest Michigan and is a recent graduate of the Southwest Michigan’s Accelerated Leadership Program. Tiffany was bestowed a great honor of being invited to be the national presenter at a fitness/dance convention in Atlanta, Ga, and Chicago, IL. Tiffany loves volunteering, outreach and community work, along with spending her time with her family. 


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