EXECUTIVE TEAM


Michael

A native Tucsonan, Michael’s twenty-two-year professional career has primarily centered on political strategy, business development and advocacy, and organizational management. He actually enjoys politics and policy (early in his career he was Chief-of-Staff to Tucson City Council Member Fred Ronstadt) and leads the Chamber’s local government affairs and initiatives. Between trying to reduce government intrusion into business and advancing talent development and attraction, Michael is committed to making Tucson a great place to live, work and play.

Hobbies:

Ice hockey goaltender, classical guitar, painting (mainly in the form of duplicating Rothkos and Thiebauds), live music, travel

Fun fact:

Michael was named the Official Scorer for the Tucson Padres AAA Baseball Club from 2011 – 2013. The team moved to El Paso in 2014.

MICHAEL GUYMON

Interim President & CEO






    INVESTOR RELATIONS


    Carrie

    Carrie is an outdoors girl most comfortable wearing jeans, cowboy boots and riding her horses. She relocated to Tucson from Bend, Oregon, 16 years ago with her husband and two children, to enjoy the beautiful Arizona desert and sunshine. Left behind in Oregon were her eclectic jobs of farming, banking, jeweler, owner of a floral shop and a tile manufacturing company.


    Hobbies:
    Horseback riding, running, traveling


    Fun Fact:
    Carrie broke her finger while trying to kill a spider.

    CARRIE GILCHRIST

    Director of Business Development


    Heather

    Heather hails from Maryland and headed west to Tucson seeking year-round sunshine after starting college in chilly Boston. She’s had unusual jobs, such as being a “ramp rat” who guided in planes and made a living for many years by painting murals. More recently, she sold website design services and was a writer/editor for a tourism-marketing company

    Hobbies:
    Hiking, photography, traveling, travel blogging

    Fun facts:
    Heather can unicycle and once won a trip to Scotland where she learned the craft of making Scotch.

    HEATHER WUELPERN

    Director of Communications


    Christie

    I’m a native Tucsonan who has been dedicated to the community in the capacity of a business developer, lender/banker, event planner, escrow officer, 1031 exchange coordinator, assistant, recruiter, committee member, chair of committees, board members of for-profit and non-profit, volunteer, teacher, caregiver, friend, and mom of three amazing adult kids who have blessed me with two grandkids!

    Through my personal journey in life, I have mastered the art of life balance, rolling with the punches and not losing composure, and wearing a smile every day no matter what.


    Hobbies:
    Family, music, travel, rodeos and ice hockey. I hike Tumamoc Hill 3 times a week with my favorite coach who happens to be the love of my life! The view from the top is amazing!


    Fun Fact: 
    Loves practical jokes, played clarinet in the U of A Marching Band, zip lined in the rain forest in Hawaii, and my favorite movie of all time is “The American President”. Yes, I am a hopeless romantic at heart.

    CHRISTIE LEE

    Member Services Director


    Fernanda Quintanilla

    Fernanda is a Tucson transplant from Texas and has lived in Southern Arizona for the last 10 years. A proud Wildcat, she obtained her Masters in Public Administration and spent more than five years of her career serving the community in the public sector before joining the Chamber. Her passion is to make Tucson a better place for the four small Tucsonans that she and her husband John have the privilege of bringing up.
     
    Hobbies: Weightlifting, travel, and murder documentaries
     
    Fun Fact: Though Fernanda enjoys exercise she is athletically challenged – there is not one sport that she plays well.

    FERNANDA QUINTANILLA

    Director of External Affairs


      Tammy

      Tammy landed in Tucson at an early age as the result of her father’s military transfer to DMAFB.  After graduating from the University of Arizona she worked behind the scenes for a local architecture firm for 10 years before moving into the property management arena. In 1999, Tammy joined the Chamber team.

      Hobbies:
      Gardening, travel, basket weaving, crafts

      Fun Fact:

      WHEREAS Tammy has assisted with more than 1,000 ribbon cuttings, she is literally comfortable running with scissors!

      TAMMY JENSEN

      Member Services Manager


        Shirley

        Shirley started out life (and spent many summers) on a dairy farm in Ohio before moving to Tucson in 1961.  She enrolled in the Cooperative Office Program her senior year at Cholla High, through which she became employed part-time by the Tucson Chamber of Commerce. During her college years at the University of Arizona, she continued working at the Chamber and has been here ever since.


        Hobbies:
        Needlecrafts, scrapbooking, bowling, reading


        Fun Fact:
        Shirley has been called a “ding-a-ling” as one of her many musical talents is playing handbells.

        SHIRLEY WILKA

        Executive Assistant


        Lucinda Del Rincon

        Lucinda is from Douglas / Agua Prieta, Sonora Mexico, a border town two hours Southeast of Tucson. She moved to Tucson to go to the University of Arizona and pursue a career in Visual Communication. After graduation she worked in various art fields and even had her own event decorating business. Life happened and things changed landing her at the Children’s Museum Tucson as their Membership Coordinator. During her time at the Children’s Museum Lucinda had several roles as Event Coordinator and Manager of Community Engagement. After seven amazing and wonderful years at the Museum Lucinda decided it was time to keep learning and growing and applied her new learned skills to a new adventure at the Tucson Metro Chamber.

        Hobbies:
        Traveling, Dancing, Reading Books and Comics, Spending time with family, friends, and her puppies – Bacon and Lana.

        Fun Fact:
        Most people think her name is Lucy; both Lucinda and Lucy are a fan of Star Wars, lol.



        LUCINDA DEL RINCON

        Events and Program Coordinator



          OPERATIONS


          Carissa

          Carissa has called Tucson home her entire life and, now as a mother of two, she is proud to be raising her family in the same community she grew up in. While she loves Tucson’s warm weather, Carissa has chosen a career path where she can help others succeed from the comfort of an air-conditioned office. Through the years Carissa has managed offices, planned and executed events, and held various roles in marketing and communications.

          Hobbies:
          “Quality control” for home improvement projects (her husband loves this), reading, cheering her kids on from the sidelines of the soccer field

          Fun Fact:
          Carissa has a fear of birds – yes, even cute little ones such as ducklings. 

          CARISSA FAIRBANKS

          Director of Operations


            Diana

            Diana is a California girl originally, although she lived on military bases throughout the U.S. for 18 years until she settled in Tucson. She worked in the jewelry industry, had her own daycare business for 17 years, and did office administration for a mortgage company. Perhaps you’ve seen her on the Chamber’s Univision commercial. She’d be happy to give you her autograph.
            Hobbies: 
            Dancing, listening to live music, doing construction projects

            Fun fact: 
            She lived on a farm for three years in Sonora, Mexico, where her dad owned a vineyard. She loves the country life.

            DIANA CORTEZ - LUNDIN

            Administrative Coordinator


            David 

            David is from Los Angeles, California, although he lived in Mexico for a couple of years before moving to Tucson for the heat and the saguaros. He graduated from Pima Community College with a degree in graphic design and multimedia. A wonderful serenity has taken possession of his entire soul, like these sweet mornings of monsoon which he enjoys with his whole heart.


            Hobbies:
            Drums, guitar, skating, working out, Gameboy, running


            Fun facts: |
            David recorded his band’s demo in a random house near Tucson High Magnet School.

            DAVID LONG

            Creative Manager



            EXECUTIVE TEAM


            Tucson Metro Chamber President and CEO Amber Smith

            AMBER SMITH

            President & CEO


            Image of Executive Staff Member Michael Guymon, Vice President at the Tucson Metro Chamber

            MICHAEL GUYMON

            Vice President

            Local Community & Government Affairs


            Image of Public Affairs Staff Member Robert Medler, Vice President of Public Affairs at the Tucson Metro Chamber

            ROBERT MEDLER

            Vice President

            State & Federal Affairs


              SHIRLEY WILKA

              Executive Assistant


              INVESTOR RELATIONS


              Image of Business Development Staff Member Carrie Gilchrist, Director of Business Development at the Tucson Metro Chamber

              CARRIE GILCHRIST

              Director of Business Development


              Image of Business Development Staff Member Adam Begody, Business Development Executive at the Tucson Metro Chamber

              HEATHER WUELPERN

              Director of Communications


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              CAROL GATEWOOD

              Director of Special Projects


              Sector Partnerships

              ADAM BEGODY

              Senior Account Executive


                Sponsorships

                JASON COOK

                Senior Member Services Manager


                Small Business Services

                VALERIE VARGAS

                Member Services Associate


                Member Celebrations

                TAMMY JENSEN

                Member Operations Manager


                OPERATIONS

                Image of Business Development Staff Member Carrie Gilchrist, Director of Business Development at the Tucson Metro Chamber

                CARISSA FAIRBANKS

                Director of Operations


                  CYNTHIA BEVING

                  Finance Manager


                  DIANA CORTEZ

                  Administrative Coordinator


                  DAVID LONG

                  Creative Manager