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Meet the team!
Angela Dudek, Executive Director
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Dudek is the most recent member to join the small, but mighty Rocky River Chamber of Commerce staff. Starting in September 2018, Dudek came on board with great excitement to meet the members of this highly revered organization. “The enthusiasm of our members and the exciting events this Chamber hosts are what drew me to this opportunity,” Dudek said. “Everyone is so welcoming and kind, it’s a great group of business-minded people to work with every day.”
Dudek is a resident of Lakewood, OH but grew up in Tallmadge, OH. After graduating from Bowling Green State University, she moved to “the big city of Cleveland” and loves everything about living on the lake. Diehard Browns fan from birth, Dudek loves all CLE sporting events and takes any opportunity to hit Huntington Beach in the summertime.
Outside of work, Dudek can be found at the Rocky River Reservation, running or biking, or on a restaurant patio in River, enjoying a mimosa and good conversation over brunch – her favorite meal of the week!
FUN FACT :: Wedding bells are ringing for Dudek, as she plans her wedding November of 2019!
Donna Kopina, Executive Assistant
Kopina started her tenure at the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce in 2005. “It’s a perfect position for me – the members, the events and the financial part of my responsibilities. I enjoy it all,” she shared. Each year, she looks forward to all of the Chamber events, but especially the annual Christmas Party. “Everyone is in a festive mood and excited to celebrate together – plus, it’s my favorite holiday,” Kopina says.
A resident of Bay Village, Kopina spends her time outside of work reading, being in nature, playing game – especially cards, and doing yoga! She enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.
Kopina is proud to work for such an influential organization in our community, she cites the Chamber as being beneficial because of the knowledge members and residents acquire regarding businesses through membership, our website and networking, both formal or informal.
FUN FACT :: Kopina loves to travel, her favorite trip was a cruise on the Baltic Sea with 7 ports – including Russia!
Marissa Thompson, Intern
A senior at Lutheran West High School, Marissa Thompson joined the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce for a one-year internship. She came on board in August 2018 and has been a huge help in the office and at large Chamber events. “I like that I get to meet many new people through the many Chamber events. The events are so much fun, and I love that I get to be a part of them,” Thompson shared.
Thompson learned about the internship through a friend at school who had previously held this position. Thompson explains that “she told me about it and it sounded like an amazing internship, so I decided to apply. I was so excited to find out that I had received the internship and I'm so thankful for this amazing opportunity.”
Outside of school and her internship, Thompson likes to read, sew and knit. She enjoys the theater and loves going to Playhouse Square to see shows with her friends - they are even season ticket holders!
In the Fall, the Chamber will be sad to see Thompson go, but excited for her new adventures at Kent State University as a Fashion Design major and Costume Design minor.
FUN FACT :: Thompson likes to stay busy! She has been involved in the drama program at Lutheran West and helps with costumes and stage managing for their school plays. She has also been a member of the school’s color guard team for four years and served as co-captain her senior year. And, as a senior, Thompson decided to pick up a new hobby and join the golf team!