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Webinar: Revisiting Educator Externships


It was a challenging year for work-based learning programs due to COVID-19, and educator externships were no different. Though the Maryland Chamber of Commerce had fewer externships available and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce suspended theirs for the summer of 2020, they were back in full force this past summer. Demand for their programs didn’t fall - they increased exponentially. Join this webinar to learn how each chamber determined the needs in their community, what’s worked so far and what’s next as they consider growing their programs.


  • Meredith Rozanski, CPA

    Meredith Rozanski, CPA is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, a combined five-star accredited chamber of commerce and regional economic development entity.

    In her current role, Meredith is responsible for the operational and financial activities of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.; the Bowling Green Area Chamber Foundation, Inc.; the Bowling Green Area Economic Development Authority, Inc.; the Inter-Modal Transportation Authority, Inc.; the South Central Kentucky Regional Development Authority, Inc.; the South Central Kentucky Business PAC; and the South Central Kentucky Training Consortium, Inc.

    Since joining the Chamber in November 2012, Meredith has been appointed to the Bowling Green-Warren County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Technical Advisory Committee, the SoKY Marketplace board of directors and the Kentucky Chamber’s Education and Workforce Council.

    Prior to Bowling Green, Meredith was the Chief Financial Officer for Avalex Technologies, Inc. in Gulf Breeze, Florida, a lead innovator in the design and manufacture of rugged surveillance equipment. Meredith was responsible for the financial, human resources, IT, production and quality departments. Before Avalex Meredith served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for ten years. This 2,000 partner regional chamber managed chamber operations, economic development, tourism and armed services outreach for Escambia County, Florida. Meredith began her accounting career working for Saltmarsh, Cleveland and Gund in Pensacola, Florida, a large regional firm. During her tenure in public accounting Meredith worked corporate and personal income tax as well as for-profit, non-profit and governmental audits.

    In 1996 Meredith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and in 2003 a Master of Accountancy, both from the University of West Florida. Meredith is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Florida. Meredith has a daughter, Britney.

  • Whitney Harmel

    Whitney Harmel is the Vice President of Membership and Development at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Maryland Chamber Foundation. In this role, she advances and oversees development and fundraising efforts, manages the day-to-day activities of the membership department, and establishes relationships with strategic partners, members, and funders to better understand their unique needs, challenges, and goals in an ever-changing 21st-century workforce.

    In addition, Whitney is responsible for fundraising and for the development and execution of all programs for the Maryland Chamber Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s four-week Teacher Externship Program and is proud of the way the program has successfully built bridges between educators and businesses.

    Working at the Maryland Chamber for the last three-and-a-half years has given Whitney a broader view of how Maryland’s small businesses are innovating and driving our economy and making a difference in our communities. Whitney’s volunteer experience, especially her leadership roles at the United Way of Central Maryland and the Red Cross of Central Maryland, have amplified this awareness.

    Whitney attended Virginia Tech where she received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. On the weekends, you can find Whitney spending time with friends, hiking local trails, traveling to unexplored cities or trying something new and adventurous.

  • Sandra Baker

October 28, 2021
Thu 3:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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