Founded in 1932, the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce is a key part of the business community and a driving force in the economic development of the Kennebec Valley region. Our mission is to enhance life quality by strengthening our regional economy.
With over 600 members of varying sizes and industries throughout 23 communities, the Kennebec Valley Chamber provides countless services to the community and our members. Some of the key functions of our chamber are legislative support, community events, educational seminars, economic development, and business networking opportunities.
The Kennebec Valley Chamber’s region includes Augusta, Belgrade, Chelsea, Dresden, Farmingdale, Fayette, Gardiner, Hallowell, Jefferson, Litchfield, Manchester, Monmouth, Mount Vernon, Pittston, Randolph, Readfield, Richmond, Somerville, Wayne, West Gardiner, Whitefield, Windsor, and Winthrop.
Katie Doherty, President & CEO
Katie has been with the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce since 2015 as Program Director. Katie came to the Chamber with a strong resume of business operations, management & marketing experience, and a degree from Thomas College. Katie has shown exponential knowledge and charisma that the prospering Kennebec Valley needs. In addition, Katie is passionate about her community involvement and encourages more business leaders in the area.
Promoted to President & CEO in February 2017, Katie is directly responsible for the full range of Chamber activities and work programs, organizational structure, and procedures. She is also responsible for the growth and maintenance of membership and facilities management. In addition, she works closely with the Board of Directors on long-range planning and goal setting.
Katie resides in South Gardiner with her husband Chris, their daughter Scarlett, and their dog Layla. They enjoy spending time with family and friends and, in the summer months, you can find them on the golf course.Email Katie Doherty
Lindsay Corbett, Chief Operating Officer
Lindsay joined the KV Chamber in February 2018 as the Office Manager. She is a Thomas College graduate who previously spent six years working as a Finance Manager for Kaplan University before making her switch to the Chamber. Since the switch, she has been an invaluable team member with her can-do attitude and attention to detail.
Lindsay is a proud Board Member of the Greater Augusta Area Back to School Program and was recently appointed to the Chief Operating Officer's role in 2021. She is responsible for the development, execution, and enablement of success for the Chamber.
Not only is she a COO, but she is also a full-time mom and partner to her wonderful wife and two children. They enjoy spending their time going on camping trips around Maine.
Melissa Walden, Membership & Development Manager
Melissa joined the Chamber in October 2021 as the Membership & Development Manager. She is a University of Maine graduate who previously spent six years working as a Development Manager for the American Lung Association managing large-scale events including the Trek Across Maine.
Melissa is responsible for the recruitment and retention of Chamber members. Her role also includes educating members about the benefits of membership including sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Reach out to Melissa if you’re thinking about joining the chamber or are currently a member and want to learn more about your benefits!
Melissa enjoys many outdoor activities. When she’s not in the office you can find her mountain biking, hiking or camping. Melissa is the owner of Melissa Walden Photography, a local business that offers lifestyle portrait photography and landscape prints.
Iris Alexander, Marketing & Events Manager
Iris joined the Chamber in June 2021. With a solid social media and marketing background gained from Interning with the Margret Chase Smith Foundation and Townsquare Media, Iris was excited to find an opportunity in her hometown of Augusta, Maine, that allowed her the chance to be a part of her community. A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with a degree in Leadership and Management, Iris is pleased to start her career with a team of experienced and knowledgeable women.
Though not all her time is spent in the office, she can be found running along the Kennebec Rail Trail or in Barnes & Noble searching for a good book. For all of your marketing questions, please feel free to email her or connect via LinkedIn.
Earl Kingsbury, Chair
City of Augusta
Tim Walton, Chair Elect
Walton External Affairs
Michele Pelletier, Vice Chair
Performance Foodservice - NorthCenter
Matthew Tardiff, Treasurer
J.S. McCarthy Printers
Alec Rogers, Past Chair
Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel
Cathy Demerchant, Human Resources
Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.
Katie L. Doherty, President & CEO
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Medows Golf Club
The University of Maine at Augusta
Lipman, Katz & Boston, P.A.
Camden National Bank
Sprague & Curtis Real Estate
G&E Roofing Co., Inc.
Central Maine Pyrotechnics
Ganneston Construction Corp.
Stained Glass Express
Macomber, Farr & Whitten
Kennebec Savings Bank
Central Maine Power
Cross Employee Benefits
Central Maine Pyrotechnics
From I-95 South: Take Exit 109A and keep right to merge onto Western Avenue. Take a right into Augusta Crossing, then take a Left at the light near Target. This will bring you to a light back onto Western Avenue - get in the center lane to turn left. Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce will be on your right.
From I-95 North: Take Exit 109 and keep right to merge onto Western Avenue. Take a right into Augusta Crossing, then take a Left at the light near Target. This will bring you to a light back onto Western Avenue - get in the center lane to turn left. Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce will be on your right.
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.