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    Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 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.


    Pictured right: Ambassador Program Manager, Linda Graham and Sonja Burris 2016 Ambassador of the Year

    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 25 years.

    Sonja said although she is still relatively new to Ruston, she loves it here.

    Sonja and Mark hoped to retire close to their families in Kansas and Texas. In search of scenic forest views and weather similar to that of their homes, the couple discovered Ruston where they bought a home.
    Sonja became involved in community activities while searching for an area business to purchase.  As an 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 last year and is a mentor again this year.   Sonja and her husband have attended just about every ribbon cutting and business after hours since she became an ambassador.  They are still searching for a small business to buy and fill their time with.

  • Meet our Ambassadors

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    Melissa Carpenter
    Ambassador Program Mgr.

  • Jeremie Dark
    First National Bank

  • Danielle Horton
    Country Inn & Suites

  • Jeremy Hebert
    Edward Jones Advisors

  • Jonathan Magee
    BVM - Ruston Living

  • Eric McCulloch
    Edward Jones

  • Ron Veitch
    Anti Pest & Veitch

  • Anthony Nana
    Ruston Cleaning Services

    Jessica Hicks
    MassMutual Louisiana

  • Sunni Chevalier
    Advantage Resourcing
    2014 Ambassador of the Year

  • Cathan Brooks
    Henderson Financial

  • Benay Knowles
    Courtyard by Marriott

  • Ashley Johnson
    Manpower Temporary Services

  • Jessica Hughes
    Riverport Creative Group

  • Josh Wagenaar
    Edward Jones

  • Jamie Brown Corley
    1st Franklin Financial

  • Interested in becoming an Ambassador? Find out about the program in the Ambassador Handbook.

  • Our Pillars

  • Sonja Burris  
    Sonja Burris
    Community Volunteer

  • Victoria Lindsey
    First National Bank

  • Teena Doxey
    Ruston Nursing & Rehab

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

  • Priscilla Samaniego
    First National Bank

  • Audra Mahoney
    Advantage Resources

  • Carol Speaks
    Liberty National Insurance Everett Agencies

  • Thank you to our Pillars: