Working Hard for Columbus and Our Members
How can the Columbus Chamber help you? Our team of business experts is here to provide information and connect you to resources and services.
President & CEO
Don DePerro, President and CEO of the Columbus Chamber, previously served as president and publisher of Columbus Business First where he enjoyed a newspaper career that spanned over 30 years. He has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Media Advocate of the Year for the state of Florida and has received six American City Eagle Awards for Excellence – the highest honor awarded to American City associates – as both an editor and publisher. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Don remains heavily involved in countless community initiatives. Don and his wife Lia have three children, including one Buckeye, and live in Dublin, Ohio.
Desmond “Dez” Bryant
Vice President of Government Relations
Kelly Campbell, CPA
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Born in Cincinnati and a transplant to Central Ohio, Hope has a great passion for Ohio businesses and the community. As an Otterbein University graduate, Hope brings more than 20 years of strategic and creative marketing experience to her role as Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. As an accomplished leader, marketer, and researcher providing data-driven solutions, she has been recognized for dedicated leadership, ideation, and solution implementation. Prior to joining the Chamber, Hope was the Sr. Director of Sales Marketing and Research for Gannett | USA Today | Dispatch Media Group for nearly 10 years.
Expanding upon her commitment to the Central Ohio community, Hope also serves on the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Central Ohio.
Hope lives in Grove City with her husband, Jason, and has two daughters and four dogs (yes, FOUR!). In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, attending the theater, and volunteering.
Vice President of Talent & Workforce Development
Kelly Fuller loves to help people discover and develop their gifts, and as the Chamber’s Vice President of Talent and Workforce Development, she gets to do just that. Her entire career has existed in the workforce development space, beginning at Discover Card in 1986. Now with the Chamber, Kelly works to serve the workforce and economic development needs of its membership and the greater Columbus community.
Kelly is a graduate of Miami University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Outside of the office, she is an avid runner, published poet and a mother to her two children. No matter where you might run into Kelly, one thing is certain; she is dedicated in supporting your business to find candidates who will make a difference for your bottom line.
Vice President of Membership
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access
As the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) at the Columbus Chamber Foundation, Sherrice activates systemic change strategies for equity and inclusion in the business community.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Sherrice served as the Director of Change Management at NiSource, one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States. Sherrice spent 19 years at Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company, holding leadership roles in Organization Effectiveness, Talent Management, and Leadership Development.
Sherrice holds a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Organizational Leadership and Management from Franklin University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University. She cooks with her family and practices yoga in her free time.
Sherrice holds a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Organizational Leadership and Management from Franklin University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University. She cooks with her family in her free time, creates herbal medicine, and practices yoga.
Director of Development
As Development Director, Danielle uses her expert storytelling to drive support for the Columbus Chamber’s Foundation which focuses on Workforce Development and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access.
Danielle graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She spent six years with American City Business Journals on the audience team which allowed her to develop a marketing and membership strategy for both Columbus Business First and The Houston Business Journal. While with ACBJ, Danielle became the youngest Audience Development Director in the history of the 43 markets due to her ability to pair business development strategies with tactical marketing methods.
Before joining the Columbus Chamber, Danielle worked at REDI Cincinnati, a nationally ranked economic development organization. She built strategic marketing plans and led digital marketing and lead generation for the region’s four coreindustry sectors. Danielle managed REDI’s website redesign, supported over 200+ project wins and partnered on marketing for the LVI Super Bowl and 2026 World Cup pitch.
Danielle’s passion is for people. She loves to grow business through the stories and experiences of local businesswomen and men in the community.
In her free time, Danielle loves to adventure around with her family. They love to absorb art, culture, and sample cuisines. She resides in Upper Arlington with her husband, daughter, and two rescue cats.
Director, Columbus Region Logistics Council
Christine has always been a natural-born connector whether it was for work or personal. This “talent” began for Christine back when she was in high school and continued to follow her through her adventures and journey’s in her hometown of Bloomington, IN, Arizona, California, back to Indiana, and on to OHIO where she landed in 1991. When you meet and talk with Christine, she is more than likely already thinking about how she can connect you with someone else she knows!
Christine lives in Groveport with her husband, two youngest children, cat and dog. She and her husband have three older children who reside on their own and growing their own families. Christine has run a community non-profit for 15 years that supports families in crisis with rent, utilities, car repairs, and medical needs.
Kayleigh was raised in a very small town in eastern Ohio and moved to Columbus after graduating from Muskingum University with a B.A in History and Communication. After working in the events realm for several years, and after graduating with her MEd, she returned to Columbus to accept a role with the City of Gahanna and Gahanna CVB where she spent 4 years planning large community events and outdoor initiatives. She is excited to work with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and help execute the wonderful events and educational sessions. In her free time, Kayleigh enjoys going to the local professional sports matches/games. She also spends time finding the best free live music sessions and festivals to attend during the weekends.
Aaliyah is a proud Lao-American that was raised in a small suburb called Whitehouse in Northwest Ohio. She eventually moved to Columbus in 2016 to pursue a degree at The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business. She graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, with a specialization in Marketing. She worked in the marketing realm for several years with various internships/jobs, while pursuing a degree at OSU! After graduating with her B.S., she accepted a Marketing position with the Columbus Clippers Baseball Team where she spent 1 year as an intern (during college), and then after graduation, spent 3 years working as the Assistant Director of Marketing, In-Game Entertainment + Promotions, as well as the Director of Social Media for her final year with the Clippers. She is excited to work with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and help provide marketing expertise to the Chamber's members. When Aaliyah isn't in the office, she enjoys going to "happy hour" at local restaurants, and visiting various Metro Parks in Columbus. She also spends time finding concerts to attend, taking her Doberman Silas for walks, traveling, cooking, and boating at Lake Erie.
Chris is a native of Central Ohio, growing up in Whitehall. Chris previously worked at the Columbus Partnership as the Administrative Coordinator for the Smart Columbus team. For Smart Columbus, Chris provided support to the Executive Director, facilitated external engagement, was the go-to contact for engagements at the Smart Columbus Experience Center, served as project manager for two Harvard Business School FIELD Immersion MBA teams, and supported the 2022 Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Prior to joining the Columbus Partnership, Chris was the owner and principal agent of brand consultancy Stamplify Branding. Through Stamplify, Chris has worked with businesses of all sizes, from local State Farm insurance agency to Wilson Sporting Goods, providing expertise and thought leadership in messaging strategy and engagement execution. In addition to having a unique understanding of the private sector of Columbus, Chris has a deep knowledge of and commitment to supporting the non-profit community, too. Chris currently serves as Treasurer of the Whitehall Education Foundation and is the Vice President of the Roosevelt Foundation. Chris previously served on the United Way of Central Ohio's LINC affinity group steering committee for four years, culminating as chair during the United Way's 2019-2020 campaign year, as well as in the past being a trustee for the boards of the PAST Foundation and Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce, respectively.
Member Research Specialist
Ariana Garvin recently moved to Columbus, Ohio after graduating college at Wittenberg University with a major in Political Science. Ariana grew up in Springfield, Ohio where she worked with their Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau and did outreach for local nonprofits. She has experience with connecting with business owners who share similar goals and passions. Ariana grew up watching her father run his two small businesses and wanting to help in any way she can. Seeing how important small businesses’ success is in a small town, she wants to apply the same level of excitement to Chamber members. Being new to Columbus, she’s looking to dive into the community here and connect with new people. When Ariana has free time, she enjoys trying new local restaurants and coffee shops, spending time with family, or reading a good book.
Member Resource Specialist
Becca Shull was born and raised in North Andover Massachusetts, and moved to Columbus after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University. Since moving to Ohio Becca has learned to be an avid Ohio State fan. With her previous experience with small businesses, she is excited to help support small businesses meet their goals. When Becca is not in the office she is trying new restaurants in Columbus, spending time with her dog Chuck, or hanging out with family.
Member Resource Specialist
Nick was born and raised in the far east side of Columbus and after graduating college moved to Victorian Village like a true city dweller. He grew up going to countless CBJ games with his dad and is now an avid fan.
He graduated from Wittenberg University with a double major in Communication and Sports Management. He spent the last 3 years in the healthcare industry where he would help people navigate the complex healthcare system. In his free time, you can find him around town trying all the coffee shops you can think of, being outside, or spending way too long in the Trader Joe's frozen food section.
He is excited to connect with you and make sure that you are getting the most out of your membership with the Columbus Chamber, email him today! (bonus points if you include a picture of your dog)
Business Development Representative
Holly Gallucci brings more than 15 years of experience with her to the Columbus Chamber as a business-to-business Advertising Account Executive with Columbus Monthly magazine and The Columbus Dispatch. Her familiarity and understanding of central Ohio businesses are most helpful in her role as a Business Development Representative, finding solutions for your company’s needs.
As a graduate of Worthington Kilbourne High School and The Ohio State University, Holly is a true Buckeye with her eye on making our Columbus area partners become even more successful!
When pursuing other interests, Holly is busy being a wife and mom of one daughter, plus two energetic kittens! She also enjoys volunteering at her child’s school, jogging & exercising, socializing with friends, and vacationing in Florida.
Business Development Representative
Business Development Representative
Will Thieman grew up in Upper Arlington, OH and is passionate to see Central Ohio grow and thrive. Will graduated from Ohio Wesleyan Cum Laude, and was captain of the tennis team his senior year. After graduating college, Will entered the real estate world: investing and managing residential real estate and representing buyers and sellers of commercial properties. During his tenure in commercial real estate, Will strategized with many business owners, and gained a wealth of experience. He is excited to work with businesses in Central Ohio and help them grow.
While Will is not working at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, he is coaching, writing or traveling. Will coaches high school tennis, and is the girls coach at Olentangy Liberty and boys coach at Upper Arlington. Will is the published author of a historical fiction book called Come Back Home, and hopes to publish a few more books. When he’s not writing or coaching, Will loves to travel. He’s been to 12 countries and hopes to visit a dozen more!