- The Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce will welcome Cherie Sonsalla as its new executive director next week.
replaces Katie Miller, who announced in December that she would
be leaving to work for Eppstein UhenArchitects in
Milwaukee/Madison, where she would assist school districts in
southeastern Wisconsin with facilities planning and related
communications and community engagement efforts. According
to the announcement Friday, the chamber’s board of directors
voted unanimously to approve Sonsalla for the position after a
search committee conducted extensive recruitment efforts and
reported them to the executive committee. Sonsalla will start at
the chamber on Monday.
am honored to join the Oconomowoc
Area Chamber of Commerce,” Sonsalla said in the announcement.
“The chamber’s work is vital to the business community and I
look forward to working with the chamber’s board, volunteers
and staff to grow the organization and to promote the interest
and ensure the livelihood of local business.”
will be relocating to Oconomowoc from Ely, Minnesota where she
was the Ely Chamber’s executive director, as well as the
tourism bureau marketing coordinator for five years. Prior to
that, she worked in several leadership roles with Ashley
Furniture for nearly 25 years.
had a number of strong candidates,” said Chamber Board
President Ann Lueth. “Sonsalla was the ideal choice. She
brings nearly 30 combined years of diverse business and chamber
experience. With her exceptional background and warm
personality, she is uniquely positioned to succeed in this
is a graduate of Viterbo University in La Crosse and holds a
Bachelor of Business Administration degree in organizational