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Dawson County Chamber of Commerce welcomes three new members to Board of Directors
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The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has added three new members to its Board of Directors for 2022. 

The three new members who will serve on the Board of Directors in 2022 are Joan Lee, Amy Palmer and Kris Elliott, according to a press release by the chamber. 

Joan Lee earned her Master of Education degree in 1995 from North Georgia College and State University. She taught business administrative technology and accounting for more than 20 years at Lanier Technical College, where she also served as division chair for business and computer sciences. She was recognized as a 2011 master teacher and continues to teach computer workshops as a Microsoft Office specialist master trainer. 

“Lee assumed the role of Director of Continuing Education in the economic development division in 2015 where she manages short-term training provided by Lanier Technical College throughout their seven-county service area,” the release said. 

Amy Palmer serves as the outreach coordinator for The Place of Dawson. She is a Rotarian and a board member of the Dawson County Rotary Club, as well as a member of the SHINE BNI Chapter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public and social services from Kennesaw State University, where she minored in human services. 

According to the release, Palmer has lived in Dawson County for 19 years and loves her community. She and her husband Michael have a teenage son, Cole, and a dog, Marshall. She and her family attend and volunteer at Local Church Dawson and are very active in scouting. 

“She loves working for a non-profit and helping people live with purpose,” the release said. “She enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies and reading.” 

Kris Elliott is the banking center manager with Bank OZK. He started his career as a part-time teller with BB&T where he was promoted to market leader before transitioning to Bank OZK. He grew up in Odessa, Texas and served as an airborne infantryman in the army, moving to North Georgia in 1998 and to Dahlonega where he met his wife, Jennifer, at the University of North Georgia. 

“Over his 14-year career he has helped his clients achieve the financial success they desire, while focusing on both personal and business relationships,” the release said. “His belief is that clients and his team deserve the best he can offer every day.” 

Elliott and his wife have a 13-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son. In his free time, he loves golfing, wake surfing on Lake Lanier, rooting for the Dawgs, vacationing in Disney and traveling. 

According to Mandy Power, president and CEO of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, all three of the new additions to the Board of Directors will bring valuable experience to the team. 

“We are thrilled to have Joan, Amy and Kris join the Board of Directors,” Power said. “Their experience and background will complement the experience we already have on our high performing board.”