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Our Staff

Elaine Spalding

Elaine Spalding

(704) 633-4221 |

Elaine Spalding has served as President of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce since May 2013. She has helped the Chamber receive national recognition with 2017 Top 10 Retention Award; 2016 Top 10 Retention Award; and, 2015 Chamber of the Year Finalist from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

She is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) and serves on the CCE Commission. She is also a U.S. Chamber Institute of Management (IOM) Graduate.

Her other board involvement includes:  President of the Carolina Chamber of Commerce Executives; Board of Salisbury Rotary Club; Board of Rowan Economic Development; Graduate of Leadership Rowan; and, volunteer with Communities in Schools.

Spalding received her Bachelor of Science degrees in journalism and speech from Murray State University. She is married to Watercolor Artist Keyth Kahrs (Railwalk Gallery) and they spend their free-time kayaking and hiking with their dog, Barkley.

Yalanda Edwards

Yalanda Edwards

Business Director
(704) 633-4221 |

Yalanda Edwards serves as the Office Manager for the Chamber. She is a proud graduate of Salisbury High School and Strayer University receiving a Master’s degree in Business Administration with concentration in Human Resource Management. Yalanda has over 20 plus years of office and accounting experience. Yalanda and her husband, Trent lives in Salisbury with their children. In her spare time, Yalanda enjoys shopping, spending time with family and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Erica Church

Member Services Director
(704) 633-4221 |

Erica Church is the Chamber’s Member Services Director with responsibilities for membership, Ambassadors/ribbon cuttings and Leadership Rowan. She has over twelve years of experience in development, event planning & communications working for various political campaigns and non-profits in North Carolina.  She lives in Salisbury with her husband Aaron and children Spencer, Finley and Mary.


Tina Jamison-Cowan

Adminstrative Assistant
(704) 633-4221 |

Tina Jamison-Cowan is the Administrative Assistant at the Chamber.  Formerly, she has worked as a property manager and has extensive experience with several banks in the Rowan area. In her spare time, Tina enjoys cooking and shopping.  Tina and her husband, Howard, have two lovely daughters and live in Salisbury.


Ambassador Volunteers

In addition to our Board of Directors, volunteers serve as Ambassadors to welcome new members to our Chamber and serve on the Membership Committee.

Donna Groce, Ambassador Committee Chair, Trinity Oaks

Teresa Dakins, Ambassador, Membership Committee, Dragon Boat Chair, Tradeshow Chair, Trinity at Home, Inc.

Kristen Trexler, Novant Health Foundation-Rowan Medical Center

Keyth Kahrs, Ambassador, Rail Walk Studios & Gallery

Jayne Land, Ambassador, Membership Committee, Century 21- Towne & Country

Tony Shaw, Ambassador, BB&T

Jason Slusser, Salisbury Post

Dr. Kimberly D. Kelsey, Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc.

PJ Ricks, Ambassador, retired educator

Brad Foster, Dreamency

Joe Girdler, Membership Committee, JG Media LLC

Carolyn Glasgow, Ambassador, Piedmont Players & Eastern Costume Company

Rosalind Hines, Ambassador, Workforce & Development Chair, Waggoner Realty