Tasha Kitson has lived in the Plainfield area for just over 6 years. Tasha is originally from Washington State where she and her family lived until she was in the sixth grade. Afterwards she and her family moved to Florida where she graduated high school and attended a small University in North Carolina where she received her degree in liberal studies. Shortly after she began working in Admissions for her alma mater, then began to explore a career in community relations once arriving in Illinois.
Tasha had a chance to be a member of the PACC while working at Rasmussen College where she sat on the 5k committee, the Ambassador Committee, and attended many of the chamber events. It was then where she began to know the business community and when the opportunity to become part of the PACC staff presented itself, which was an opportunity she welcome wholeheartedly.
To quote Tasha, “Becoming a part of the Plainfield Area Chamber has been a very rewarding experience for me. I have always enjoyed getting to know the community I live in and work in. Since being at the Chamber we have had opportunities to grow and extend more into our community. We have an awesome team here in our chamber office and we have seen tremendous growth over the past few years, I thank our members and Board of directors for all your support so far.”
Tasha currently resides in Plainfield with her daughter Caelynn.
Vitella Barnes has lived in this area for over 15 years, and grew up by Midway Airport. Since moving out here and having had such a great experience, she has wanted to become more involved in the communities in her area to help them become even better places to live. Vitella enjoys working with people and hopes to make an impact by assisting all Plainfield residents and business owners achieve their dreams and goals. Vitella currently holds a B.A. in Business Management from the University of Robert Morris. Vitella hopes to be here for many years to come!
Vitella and her husband Dan reside in Plainfield, and have 3 children (Dennis Jr., Allison, and Anthony) and 2 dogs (Bella and Ivy).
Mari Edmondson was born and raised in Woodridge, Illinois. She moved to Plano Texas, spending 13 years there before she moved back to Channahon, Illinois 6 years ago. In Texas, Mari started working for the Chamber of Commerce, where she realized how much she enjoyed learning about the businesses in the community and finding ways to help them grow their business. As the NEW Membership Relations Director, Mari plans to utilize her years of experience in assisting the members, building lasting relationships and growing the chamber.
Mari resides in Channahon, Il and has 2 children (Justin, who resides in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and Brendan, who resides in Dallas, Texas). Mari is also the proud grandmother of twin granddaughters. Mari donates some of her personal time by volunteering to many worthy organizations.
"This is a very rewarding position meeting new residents and educating them on the Chamber Members and the community of Plainfield. The Chamber has a bag of goodies that each resident moving in to Plainfield and Plainfield School District receives through this program. This includes a map, business directory, several coupons and gadgets from our local businesses."
Kellie was born in Joliet but grew up in the very small town of Kingston, Tennessee. She moved back to the area in 1998 where she met her husband, Tom. Together they have a beautiful little girl and one rescue dog.
Kellie is a running and fitness enthusiast. When not greeting new residents she's finding interesting new ways to keep herself and her family active and healthy.