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    Ambassador Program

    The Ambassadors are a prestigious group of Chamber members who want to volunteer their time to be a more active member within the Chamber as well as within the Ruston-Lincoln business community. 

    Being an Ambassador offers you a unique opportunity. Ambassadors work with the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce staff and Board of Directors to increase membership, improve member retention, strengthen awareness of Chamber benefits, volunteer their time to assist with various Chamber events, as well as being a part of the decision making of our business community.

    Ambassador of the Year Recipients:
    2014 - Sunni Chavallier
    2015 - Kristi Hardaway
    2016 - Sonja Burris
    2017 - Sonja Burris (Pictured right with Chamber President, Judy Copeland.)

    About Sonja
    Originally from Kansas, Sonja worked 15 years as an engineer for large manufacturers in several states.  For the next 12 years she put an MBA to use in the retail industry, owning/operating a hobby shop in South Carolina.  Sonja enjoys the arts, especially music, and staying fit.  She and her husband Mark have been married for 26 years.
    During each of the four years that she’s lived in Ruston, Sonja has become more impressed with this gem of a town. Leadership, diversity, education & lifestyle are just a few reasons that she and Mark chose to retire here. Weather and the beauty of nature helped, too.
    Sonja became involved in community activities while searching for an area business to purchase.  As a Chamber Ambassador, she visits member businesses to see if there is anything they need from the Chamber.  Sonja served as a mentor for the Young Entrepreneur Academy for two years.   She has attended practically every ribbon cutting and business after hours since she became an ambassador.  And the search for a small business continues...

  • Meet our Ambassadors

  • Program Manager
    Mariah Smith

    Student, GSU

  • Ashley Avery
    First National Bank

  • Sonja Burris  
    Sonja Burris
    Community Volunteer

  • Jamie Brown Corley
    1st Franklin Financial

  • Danielle Horton
    Country Inn & Suites

  • Audra Mahoney
    Advantage Resources

  • Dayna Poppen
    Holiday Inn Express

  • Cathan Brooks
    Henderson Financial

  • Sunni Chevalier
    Advantage Resourcing

  • Carlyn Harbour
    Best Western PLUS

  • Benay Knowles
    Courtyard by Marriott

  • Jonathan Magee
    BVM - Ruston Living

  • Stacy Scheer
    The Arbor & Terrace

  • Ron Veitch
    Anti Pest & Veitch

    Callie Bujol
    Bank of Ruston

  • Rachel Cooper
    Ruston Daily Leader

  • Rev. Billy Harris
    St. Mary's Baptist Church

  • Victoria Sexton
    First National Bank

  • Erika McFarland
    Story Tellers - Life Changing

  • Anthony Nana Tchakounte
    Ruston Cleaning Services

  • Our Pillars