Mission: To identify, motivate, and help professionally develop emerging leaders from a cross-section of the community and enhance their potential for community leadership by exposing them to the opportunities and challenges of our community.


Contact: mattoonemergingleaders@gmail.com


2020 Board

President – Jordan Russell (West & Co)

Vice President – Mike Cook (ISS Insurance)

Secretary – Kim Ryan (The First National Bank)

Treasurer – Amber Bullock (Rural King)

Marketing Chair & Past President – James Rieck (Express Employment Professionals)

Membership Chair – Ashlee Stanfield (Rural King)

Professional Development Chair – Michelle Pullen (First Mid Bank & Trust)

Social Chair – Laura White (Land of Lincoln Credit Union)

Philanthropic Chair – Briana Whitley (Wells Fargo Advisors)


2020 Calendar (Anticipated-subject to change)

January 23 (Professional Development)-Josh Bullock (President, Lake Land College) speaking on demographics and socioeconomic impact at Honey Bee Café, 12-1 PM

February 27 (Professional Development): “MEL 2020 Update” at Mattoon Public Library, 12-1PM

March 19 (Social Event)- Cancelled due to COVID19

April 23 (Professional Development)- Cancelled due to COVID19

May 21 (Professional Development)- Cancelled due to COVID19

June 25 – Zoom virtual meeting, 12-1PM, Josh Butler (Truth & Grace Fellowship) speaking on work/life balance in our current environment

July 16 (Professional Development)-TBD

August 27- Cancelled

October 22- Cancelled

November 19 (Professional Development)-TBD

December-No events-Happy Holidays!


Annual membership runs from April 1st-March 31st each year. Annual cost is $50 if your employer is a current Chamber member. Cost is $75 if your employer is not a current Chamber member. There will be approximately 8-9 Professional Development luncheons and 3 social events throughout the year. The target membership for this group is young professionals age 21-40 looking to network and expand their professional development. Guests are invited to attend our events to learn more before signing up for $5 to cover food cost. We welcome your feedback, ideas, and questions at mattoonemergingleaders@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Membership application form