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Meet the Gallatin Chamber Team

Meet the Gallatin Chamber Team

The Gallatin area has so much to offer and we are eager to help you continue to make the most of it. Let us help you experience the support of our team, educate the community about your offerings, and engage with other members in meaningful ways. 

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Kim Baker, IOM, TCEcD

Chief Executive Officer

Kim Baker began work with the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce in November 2013 and was named CEO in February 2015.

Calling Gallatin home since 2000, Kim is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication as well as University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services, where she obtained her Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCEcD) designation. Additionally, Kim completed the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives Institute as well as four years of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute, obtaining the designation “IOM”. In 2022, Kim became a US Chamber Business Leads Fellow, after completing a fellowship focused on pressing education and workforce challenges, nationwide.

Kim is a graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee, Leadership Sumner, Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee’s Transit Citizen Leadership Academy, and currently serves as the program coordinator for the Chamber’s Leadership Gallatin, launched in 2019. Kim currently serves as a board member for Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives, United Way of Sumner County, Gallatin Shalom Zone, Volunteer State Community College Foundation, and Recovery Court of Sumner County. Kim considers herself to be a lifelong learner, valuing the importance of education in our community, and enjoys serving on the Career and Technical Education Advisory Panels at her alma mater, Gallatin High School, and also Station Camp High School. As an alumna of Pope John Paul II High School, too, she is proud to serve as a member of their recently developed Innovation Advisory Team.

Kim was named Leadership Sumner’s Alumni of the year in 2019, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive’s Top 40 under 40 in 2021, and Pope John Paul II Preparatory School’s Mentor of the Year in 2023.

Prior to joining the Chamber team, Kim spent many years in the service industry tending bar as well as working as a nanny for local families. Because of this, Kim still enjoys free-lance bartending and working with children. Sometimes, you can find her and her husband serving as “local celebrity” bartenders at fundraisers where they donate their time and she considers some of her best days when she’s invited to read to local kiddos!

Kim is a Wonder Woman enthusiast (you won’t ever see the two of them at the same time – think about that), has a niche for event planning, and is passionate about small business as well as local growth and development. When Kim is not spreading the local love around Gallatin, she enjoys spending time just about anywhere with her history-lovin’ husband, Ryan, Eagle Scout bonus son, Hayden, and wild, redheaded daughter, Annlyn Graham. Add their wild hound dog, Georgia, to the mix, and you can officially say Gallatin, Tennessee has a circus!

Zena Parks

Chief Operating Officer

Zena Rodgers Parks began work with the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce in February 2007 as Assistant Director and was named Chief Operating Officer in November 2014. She celebrated her 15th year with the Chamber in 2022. Before coming to the Gallatin Chamber, Zena worked in the Optometry field as an Optometric Assistant and Administrative Assistant for over 20 years. She was also licensed in health, life, property and casualty insurance.

Zena is a lifelong resident of Gallatin, contributing a wealth of knowledge of the community to the Chamber and its visitors. She attended Middle Tennessee State University where she studied Business Administration. Zena completed her training in the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives Institute in March of 2009 and continues to attend continuing education courses throughout the year. Currently, Zena serves as the market manager of the Gallatin Farmers Market under the umbrella of the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets and the Tennessee Farmers Market Coalition. 

She has served as Vice President of Historic Cragfont and on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Gallatin Downtown Library and Greater Gallatin, Inc./Downtown Gallatin. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Historic Rose Mont, Zena was also active in the Junior Service League of Gallatin where she served on the Fundraising committee, the Board of Directors, as Secretary, Provisional Chairman, and President in 2009-2010.  In 2007 she won the Junior Service League’s President’s Award.

In addition to her community involvement, Zena is quite the craftsman with her fabulously designed jewelry pieces created by hand and inspired by her nieces, Ella and Grace, she also enjoys painting. She enjoys attending live sporting events as well as a variety of musical performances in and around the Nashville area. Zena loves to travel and is always looking forward to her next adventure.

Debby Haddock

Director of Sales

Debby Haddock has been with the Chamber since the summer of 2010. As Director of Sales her main responsibility is handling the advertising sales for the annual Chamber publication, as well as membership and sponsorship sales.

Although a native of the Pittsburgh, PA, area, Debby lived in New Orleans for over 35 years and considers herself a true Southerner at heart—after all, her mother was from Texas. Debby and her family moved to Gallatin from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She has been a Jazzercise Franchised Instructor since 1989 and owned two Jazzercise locations employing seven other instructors in the New Orleans area before moving here. She still teaches Jazzercise in Gallatin for a local Franchisee. Because of being a self-employed small business owner herself, Debby is able to understand the challenges many of our local business owners tackle to achieve success, especially advertising and marketing.

Debby and her family embraced Gallatin with a passion and feel very much at home here. The people, the beauty, and the lifestyle of Gallatin certainly made it easy to fall in love with Tennessee!

Debby’s husband, Doug, is retired from pharmaceutical sales, and is enjoying retirement with gusto!  They have two grown sons.  Alexander (and his wife Angie) live in the area with their son, Charlie, who was born in November 2018.  Debby proudly added  “Grandma” to her resume.  Their younger son, Holden, lives in Denver, CO.  She is very proud of the fact that both of her sons are Eagle Scouts.

Her hobbies include making pearl jewelry, traveling, and spending time with family—especially at our local restaurants

Angela Anderson

Member Experience Coordinator

After spending 27 years in Air Force life and being lucky enough to travel the world, Angela and her family decided to settle down in Gallatin in 2016. This transition was the first time Angela ever planted real roots for anywhere longer than 4 years so they had to pick a good place she says! The strong sense of community, along with the beautiful landscapes, amazing schools, and the small-town charm, were the main reasons they chose Gallatin. 

She attended both Penn State University and the University of South Carolina where she studied Mass Communication. Angela completed two years of Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives Institute in 2020 and is currently working towards completing four years of the US Chamber Institute for Organizational Management where she will earn the designation of IOM.

Prior to joining the Chamber team, Angela launched her own business, Anderson Lane Photography, capturing special life moments for her clients. 

With a background in photography and marketing, her role as the Chamber’s Member Experience Coordinator is to make sure we are getting your businesses news and events out into the community to reach as many people as possible. She’s also there to help you with the ins and outs of navigating your Chamber membership and benefits. 

When Angela isn’t helping our members at the Chamber, she can be found cheering on Super Bowl Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles as well as spending time with her husband Gary while attempting to capture and photograph precious memories for their children Aiden, Brady, and Isabella and spending far too much money at Target (unless her husband is reading this; in that case, she just strolls around looking at things).

Christy Ladd

Director of First Impressions

Christy is the smiling face you see when you call or walk into the Chamber office. 

She’s fun, vibrant, and compassionate about others and her community. After years of travel in the United States and abroad, Christy became a permanent resident of Gallatin in 2008. Since 2021, Christy has served as the Chamber’s Director of First Impressions  and in 2022, she completed the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executive Institute.

A native of North Louisiana, Christy studied at the University of Louisiana at Monroe before following her passion for kids and traveling. From 2002-2007 she traveled as a team member with the gospel group The Martins and the bluegrass gospel group The Isaacs. While on tour with both groups, Christy fell in love with Tennessee. After her tenure with the gospel groups, she decided to remain in the Nashville area and quickly knew Gallatin was the place to make her home. With her extensive knowledge of the music and touring industry, Christy was an asset at local coach leasing companies and continues to maintain relationships in the music industry.

A small-town girl at heart, Christy says what she loves best about Gallatin is the people. She is an avid supporter of local businesses and can be seen around town at many events throughout the year. Christy brings her enthusiasm and love of community to the Chamber.

In Christy’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Allen, their son, Gibson, and Goldendoodle, Louie. Strolling around town, bicycling down the greenway, and planning DIY projects for the honey-do list are just a few of her favorite activities.

Savannah Dana

Program Coordinator

As the newest member of the Gallatin Area Chamber team, Savannah has been keeping programs running smoothly since her 2022 start. While her official title is Program Coordinator, Savannah is primary manager of the Chamber’s social media channels as well as the group coordinator for GYP, the Chamber’s Gallatin Young Professionals program.

 

Though Savannah is originally from Indiana and currently resides in Hendersonville, you’ll be quick to realize that Gallatin for sure has her heart. Savannah graduated from Volunteer State Community College in 2022 with an associate degree in Business Management and two technical certificates – one in Business Administration and another in Technology & Entrepreneurship. Savannah has completed one year of Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives Institute, with plans to finish in 2024.

 

As a business owner herself, Savannah knows the importance of support and enjoys sharing resources with our small and big businesses. Like those who support her polymer clay earring startup, Winnie + Kate Clay Co., she loves cheering on our members as they follow and live out their dreams.


When Savannah is not leading a GYP function, sharing our members on social media, or creating the latest clay earring design, you can find her spending time with her husband, Anthony, and precious daughter, Ryleigh. They love doing things together outdoors like camping and hiking with golden retriever Winston! Savannah is fueled by people and it’s not uncommon to see her meeting new folks while shopping all the businesses around town, walking the greenways, attending local events, and yes, even on the occasional weekend Target run!