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President and CEO
Deb Settle is President and CEO of the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. Since assuming her position in 2009, she has worked to expand business in the area and has served as a community advocate in many capacities.
In just two years, Settle has expanded NEJC Chamber’s membership and strengthened services provided. She oversees the operational functions for the organization, initiates and facilitates the overall strategic plan and works to promote and enhance the Chamber’s image throughout Johnson County.
Prior to the Chamber, Settle had 24 years of experience in the banking industry with her most recent position as the regional vice president for retail administration.
Settle is actively involved in a number of professional and community organizations. She is a registered lobbyist with the state of Kansas and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Johnson County Service Corporation and the Shawnee Mission Rotary Club. Settle is the former Chair of the NEJC Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, board member for the Roeland Park Aquatic Advisory board and the Bankers Institute.
Program and Events Director
Lauren Vaughan is the Program and Events Director for the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. She joined the Chamber in May 2012.
Lauren is responsible for all programs and events with the Chamber including: Leadership Northeast, Annual Gala, Golf Tournament, Edge JC, Ambassadors and regular networking events. She also loves coming up with new ideas to get members and the community involved in supporting each other.
Previous to the Chamber, Lauren received a degree in Interior Design and minor in Leadership Studies from Kansas State University and has practiced at a local architecture firm and wholesale distributor showroom. Her most recent work has been with Hillcrest Covenant Church where she heads up the Young Adult Ministry.
Lauren is also a graduate of the Kauffman FastTrac New Venture Program through UMKC and active in the Northland TriDelta Alumni Group. Lauren loves Kansas City, and in particular the state of Kansas!
Business Development Director
Mr. Bogan comes to the Chamber with eighteen years’ experience in retail and external affairs. He offers an extensive history with the NEJC Chamber: 2007 Chairman of the Board and Board of Directors Member, multiple committees and is a 2004 Leadership Northeast Graduate. He has a BS Degree in Telecommunications from DeVry University, 1994, and a BA Degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas, 1987.
His interest are his family, economic development, community involvement, city and state government, golf and classic cars.
Erin Smalley is the Communications Director for the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. She joined the Chamber in February 2013 as an intern and will begin working full-time in May.
As the Communications Director, Erin is responsible for all activities that are centered on Chamber communications including social media, email publications, print and graphic design, as well as updating the Chamber website.
Erin is currently a senior at William Jewell College and will graduate with degrees in Business Administration and Spanish. While at Jewell, Erin has been active in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and the Pryor Leadership Studies Program. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, she is excited to call Kansas City her new home and to grow her business network through the Chamber and its members.