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, IOM
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.
She sits on multiple boards and committees throughout the Kennebec Valley and State. She also is a proud board member for the New England Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Executives. She was also a honoree for the 2022 Mainebiz Next UP 40 under 40, Maine State Chamber Executive of the year in 2022. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Katie resides in South Gardiner with her husband Chris, her two children Scarlett and Grayson, 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 >
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.
Membership & Development Director
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 branding and portrait photography.
Event & Program Manager
Shelly joined the chamber in September of 2023 as the Event and Program Manager. Shelly studied early childhood education and previously spent her years teaching Pre-k through 8th grade. In that time, she also studied business management at Kaplan University. She spent much of her life planning events for the fun of it, from holiday parties as a child to weddings, community events, and fundraisers as an adult. She is a self-taught event planner and relies on her natural creativity and organizational skills to bring an event to life.
Shelly is responsible for the planning and management of all chamber events and programs. She is excited to add her expertise to our events. Please reach out to Shelly if you have any questions regarding any of the events that the chamber hosts.
Shelly resides in Augusta with her son, Kainen. Together they like to attend Kainen’s baseball games and swim meets. When not at sporting events, Shelly likes to travel. Her favorite places to travel to are Washington DC, Boston, and New York City, but she loves to explore anywhere new!
Michele Pelletier, Chair
Performance Foodservice - NorthCenter
Amy Marston, Chair Elect
Central Maine Power Company
Lori Dube, Vice Chair
Sprague & Curtis Real Estate
Matthew Tardiff, Treasurer
J.S. McCarthy Printers
Tim Walton, Past Chair
Walton External Affairs
Cathy DeMerchant, Human Resources
Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.
Katie L. Doherty, President & CEO
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Medows Golf Club
Lipman, Katz & Boston, P.A.
Camden National Bank
G&E Roofing Co., Inc.
Cross Employee Benefits
Earl Kingsbury, Past Chair
City of Augusta
Central Maine Pyrotechnics
Ganneston Construction Corp.
MIKA's Awesome After School & Summer Camp Program
Macomber, Farr & Whitten
Maine Evergreen Hotel, Gallery of Maine Art, and Hearthside Vine & Tap
Kennebec Savings Bank
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: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.