The next time you attend a Chamber or business community event in Winston-Salem, you may notice some friendly new faces on the Chamber team. Three new staff members have joined the Winston-Salem Chamber over the past several weeks. Sandra Boswell, Executive Assistant, was hired following the retirement of long-time Chamber employee Patricia Newman. Katie Collins assumes a newly-created role as the Vice President of Strategy and Engagement, forming a Membership, Marketing, and Events division for the Chamber. And veteran public policy expert Calvin McRae has filled the Chamber’s Director of Government Affairs position.

“Welcoming Sandra, Katie, and Calvin to our team not only brings us back to full capacity as a staff but also further aligns our team with our strategic plan and our mission,” says Mark Owens, President and CEO. “They are each very talented in their fields and bring a lot of experience that will help the Chamber to grow and provide value to our members. I am extremely pleased to welcome each of them to the Chamber team, and to welcome Katie and Calvin to Winston-Salem.”

We encourage you to get to know our new staff members. They will be on hand at a variety of upcoming events, notably the Candidate Forum and the Chamber’s 133rd Annual Meeting. Calvin is organizing an upcoming non-partisan Candidate Forum presented by the Chamber on October 17th. Katie is working with her division to facilitate the Annual Meeting, brought to you by Wells Fargo, on October 24th.

Sandra Boswell-Executive Assistant

Sandra Boswell lives in Advance and is a native of the area. She has spent the last eight years at Wake Forest Baptist Health working in alumni development and supporting the CEO, CFO and Director of Nursing for the Health Network. Sandra also spent five years at Wake Forest University in athletics supporting the Executive Director of the Deacon Club. Prior to that, she worked for the Davie County Schools. She enjoys traveling and spending time visiting her two sons in Atlanta and New York.

Katie Collins-Vice President of Strategy and Engagement

Calvin McRae-Director of Government Affairs

Calvin McRae has over ten years of experience in policy and government, starting out on Federal and State electoral races, and later as a Project Manager for nationwide policy initiatives at Washington, D.C. consulting firms. Calvin has worked on diverse projects such as the fiduciary rule, healthcare, green energy, economic development, technology, and faith-based initiatives. Calvin studied at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and King University’s Graduate School of Business. He is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina where he attended Charlotte Christian School. Recently, Calvin and his wife Mo welcomed their first child, Emma. He is fiercely passionate about Panthers football and Carolina basketball, and loves traveling the world with his family.