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Rebecca Ivins, Interim President & CEO

Rebecca Ivins’ experience in the construction industry spans a decade, working on both the owner and construction manager side. Her servant attitude and friendly personality have helped to create deep relationships with clients. Rebecca strives to forge partnerships early in her projects among all stakeholders and is quick to look for ways to improve processes.

In addition to her Interim role with the Chamber, Rebecca is Client Solutions Manager at Hourigan and the Immediate Past Chairwoman of the Chamber Board. Prior to working at Hourigan, Rebecca was the Business Development Manager for Gilbane Building Company (Richmond) and Director of Business Development for JLL. She is a graduate of the University of Akron.

Andrea Copeland, Chief Operating Officer

Andrea Copeland started her Chamber career in 2007, volunteering with the Chamber’s Ambassador Corps. Through the Corps, she provided frontline support for all the chamber events, connecting with and building relationships with our members, many of whom are still involved with the chamber today.

In 2012, Andrea joined the chamber professional staff as the Director of Member Education Services, bringing with her more than 15 years of experience in the preschool, public school, and private college sectors. Andrea was also hired to direct the chamber’s signature program, Leadership Charlottesville, successfully serving both roles until assuming the position of Committee Engagement Director in 2020. The Board of Directors selected Andrea as the Chamber’s Interim President in January 2023, and she served in this capacity for four months. In June 2023, Andrea was named Chief Operating Officer.

Andrea is a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville, the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE) Management Program, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) Emerging Leaders Circle. In August 2023, she graduated from the US Chamber of Commerce executive leadership development program with an Institute for Organization Management (IOM) designation.

An active member of her community, Andrea volunteers on several local boards and committees, and is the longtime emcee for the area’s favorite family holiday event, Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination. She is a graduate of Piedmont Virginia Community College and Old Dominion University. Andrea enjoys singing, traveling, gardening, hosting dinner parties, and spending time with family, friends, and her sweet fur baby, Bella.

Ann Marie Hohenberger, Director of Community Engagement

Ann Marie Hohenberger is a professional communicator and organizer who believes in the power of communities to build a better future together. Most recently, she served as the Chamber's Marketing & Communications Director, highlighting the Chamber's mission and members across a variety of channels. Ann Marie is a 2023 graduate of the Leaders Lab of Greater Charlottesville and now serves as the Director of Leaders Lab.

Ann Marie learned essential skills for community engagement as a volunteer with Transition Charlottesville Albemarle and later joined the board of the Ridge Street Neighborhood Association, serving as president from 2016 to 2020. In 2015 she helped launch the Cville TimeBank Repair Cafe, organizing volunteers to keep hundreds of useful items out of the landfill. She graduated from the University of Virginia a while ago and has filled the years with interesting work in various industries – along with volunteer service, creative projects, enjoying the outdoors, and raising a family.


COL (Ret) Lettie J. Bien, Defense Affairs Committee Program Manager

A retired Army Reserve officer, an attorney and community activist, Lettie has extensive experience working economic development issues in the domestic and international private and public sectors.  Her military background is in intelligence and special operations and she is a combat veteran with tours in Iraq and throughout Latin America. She has served as president of a chamber of commerce, worked for two Fortune 500 companies and has practiced law with a large firm as well as her own law firm. She is a fierce advocate for Veterans and their benefits and has recently been working with the University of Virginia to strengthen its programs for undergraduate student veterans.

Sharon Engle, Accounting/Financial Services

Sharon Engle is a self-employed bookkeeper who works with several Charlottesville businesses. She’s been in business for herself for 17 years. She enjoys gardening, cruising, and volunteering with various local organizations. She has been with the Chamber since 2017.

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Heidi Billington, Leaders Lab Manager

Heidi Billington is the manager of the Leaders Lab of Greater Charlottesville. Her professional background is in Management Consulting, with a specialization in testing and implementation of retail software systems for Fortune 500 companies.

Heidi holds a BA in History and MS in Recreational Studies from the University of Florida, as well as an MS in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University. As an active member of the community, Heidi has served as a board member and Treasurer of the PACT Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit supporting the mission and vision of Stevenson Elementary's PACT progressive education program, where she effectively managed an annual budget of $300,000.

In 2020, Heidi relocated to Charlottesville from California, along with her husband, twin daughters, and their dog. Among her diverse hobbies, she enjoys cooking, fitness activities, art collecting, watching college football, reading, and rehabilitating furniture.


Tara Andrews, Intern

Tara Andrews is a student at the University of Virginia. She earned her Bachelor's degree with a double major in Economics and Religious Studies in May 2023. She is also a Master in Public Policy candidate in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at UVA. Her studies have focused on economic development and international finance with hopes to pursue a career in economic development research after graduation. Originally from New Jersey, Tara has lived in Charlottesville for the past four years.