The Chapin Chamber Ambassadors
The Chamber Ambassadors help our partners connect to the events and initiatives of the Chamber. Ambassadors reach out several times throughout the year to keep partners informed, introduce partners to programs and areas of interest as well as provide valuable interaction between partnership and staff. They volunteer to help at chamber meetings and events, and assist the Chamber President as needed. The Chamber’s Ambassadors are a reflection of the chamber; they have outgoing personalities and genuinely care about the Chamber and its partners.
Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce 2023 Ambassadors
Hey friends! My name is Shannon Albers and I’m a Realtor with The Albers Team at Keller Williams Realty. I have been a licensed agent since 2017, but just recently decided that I wanted to dive head first into the business. My husband, Greg and I are both from this area and both graduated from Irmo High School. After a couple moves away, we decided this is where we wanted to raise our kids. (Connor- 9, Hadley-5, & Emilia-1) I absolutely love my job and love that I get to help people buy and sell one of their biggest assets. (I especially love helping first time home-buyers by educating them on the process) When I’m not working, you can find me at the ball field, behind home plate cheering Connor on or texting Greg (coaching advice) or chasing around Hadley and Emilia. We love trying out new restaurants around the Chapin area or shopping at some of the local boutiques. I am so excited to be a Chapin Chamber Ambassador, and cannot wait to say hey to you at the next event!
Ruby Ballesteros has been a Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce member for over one year. She also serves as Vice President of the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo board. She is a Pet Sitters International Organization member, an Irmo Chamber Diplomat, and a U.S. Army Veteran serving during the OIF/OEF campaign.
Ruby is an entrepreneur owning RubyRed’s Pet Care, LLC, and Foxy Raven Creative Studio, LLC, a proud veteran and woman-owned small business in the Midlands while holding a BSBA from the University of Phoenix.
As an entrepreneur, she has been nominated for various awards, including the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year Award, Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award, and Launch Award.
Betty owns a full-service leisure travel agency, Dream Vacations by Betty Barrett. She works with clients to turn “travel dreams into memories”. Travel has always been her passion and nothing makes her happier than discovering new places, cultures and people.
My name is Christina Chappell and I am the Retail Banking Manager of the Ballentine branch of Security Federal Bank. I grew up in Southwest Florida, where I was raised by my maternal grandparents. Growing up, my Aunt, Uncle and cousins lived in Forrester Acres, so we visited Columbia and the surrounding areas frequently. I moved to New Jersey in 1998 and spent three very long winters in the Northeast, where my daughter was born in July of 2001. I quickly realized that I prefer sunshine to snow, so in 2002 I joined my grandparents, who retired in 2001 relocating from the Florida Gulf Coast, to the shores of Lake Murray in Chapin.
My husband (Cody) and I live just outside of Chapin proper, with our three human children – Mikayla, Clay and Porter, four fur babies Bailey & Rylee (the pups) and Waylon & Willie (the goats) and our daughter’s fur baby Beau, the sweetest most adorable can do no wrong grand-dog that ever existed.
I have been the Retail Banking Manager for almost five years now, but was the Executive Director of this very Chamber for several years prior to starting at Security Federal Bank. I continue to be impressed with the growth the Chamber and our community have realized in the last few years, and am very excited to serve the Chamber Partners alongside Paul and his awesome team! I have definitely found my niche in banking, and I love what I do, and the community bank where I am blessed to be able to do it, but the Chapin Chamber will always feel a little bit like coming home.
Marcia Pierce is an accomplished professional with a passion for fostering positive relationships and
driving community engagement in the financial services industry. With over 25 years of experience,
Marcia has a proven track record of developing and executing successful community outreach programs
that enhance brand reputation, promote financial literacy, and address the specific needs of diverse
Marcia’s expertise lies in creating mutually beneficial partnerships with local organizations, nonprofits,
and educational institutions to deliver impactful initiatives. By actively collaborating with community
leaders, she has successfully implemented financial education workshops, scholarship programs, and
charitable initiatives that have made a tangible difference in the lives of individuals and families.
Marcia is known for her exceptional communication skills and ability to connect with people from all
backgrounds. She excels at articulating complex financial concepts in a relatable manner, enabling
individuals to make informed decisions about their financial well-being.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Marcia is an active volunteer in her local community.
She serves on the board of organizations dedicated to promoting financial literacy among underserved
populations, further exemplifying her commitment to making a positive impact beyond her professional
Marcia holds a Bachelor degree in Education and is a long time resident of Chapin.
Sara Rendelman is the co-publisher of Chapin Neighbors magazine. She’s an active member of the local community and was named the Chapin Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year in 2022. Sara is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, the mother of 9 children and is married to the most wonderful man in the universe.
An original Chapinite! My family name is a road, an island and a neighborhood. I love BBQ and cook outs, but it must be mustard based sauce. I have a Paralegal Degree and have worked in criminal, civil, health care, estate and family law. This served me well when improving collections in homeowner’s associations. I obtained the highest certification as a PCAM (Professional Community Association Manager), owned an Association Management firm with 22 Associations for over 6 years in Murrells Inlet, SC. Once I decided to move back to my hometown of Chapin, I changed gears once again to concentrate back on bookkeeping for small businesses and contractors. Familiar with construction all my life, I quickly met contractors who needed my expertise. Through word of mouth, I was introduced to my partner of R Bettis Construction, and we found we complimented each other. In 2020 we formed R Bettis Construction. We now hold a DBE certification and work with the federal, state and local government performing a variety of services from brush/vegetation management, interior and exterior upfits, and construction consulting to private and public companies. I also still own To the Moon & Back, LLC; a back office bookkeeping small business with 6 small business clients. One thing to know about me, I love Chapin and want to see it and it’s people taken care of. The Chapin Chamber helps with that, which is why I am proud to serve as Ambassador.
Would you like to be an Ambassador?
Ambassadors help the Chapin Chamber President and staff at events, ribbon cuttings, and monthly partner meetings in addition to contacting their assigned group of partners monthly by email, phone, or in person. We want our applicants to understand that we are asking them to volunteer their time. Ambassadors help promote the benefits of joining the chamber and help recruit new partners; they add value to our program by supporting our partners and welcoming them to the chamber. In return, our ambassadors receive recognition and exposure for their business.
Chapin Chamber Ambassador Application