New executive director for Chamber of Commerce named

By Gary Scott on December 16, 2014 at 3:09pm

Jacksonville has a new Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

Lisa Musch takes over from Ginny Fanning, who held the position for 13 years and recently was elected Morgan County Commissioner.

Musch was born and raised in Chapin. She went to Triopia High School and earned a business degree from Western Illinois University. She’s worked in Jacksonville at Production Press, Farmer’s State Bank, Advanced Recruiters, and the Jacksonville Journal-Courier as the newspaper and education coordinator.

“I’m really looking forward to working with all of the great people at the Chamber. They’ve got a lot of great people volunteering their time to work and serve on the numerous committees there, and so I’m very excited about that,” says Musch.

“I’m just really excited to get in the Chamber and work with the people here to just really push business and its membership’s goals forward in a positive manner.”

Musch adds that Jacksonville is a great community that she and her husband love as they raise their children.

WLDS-WEAI Sales Manager Mark Whalen, who is the 2014 Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman, says five candidates were interviewed for the position.

“All five of them would have been worthy enough for the job. It’s a difficult decision, but in the end, I think the committee’s extremely happy with the fact that we arrived at Lisa Musch,” says Whalen.

“Very impressed with her in the interview process. She’s done a number of things in the past; she’s volunteered on the Chamber, she’s served on the Chamber board. She’s very active; the jobs that she’s been in, she’s been very good at, so I think in the end, probably, all signs pointed to her,” he adds.

Whalen notes Ginny Fanning performed the job at a high level for the 13 years she served as executive director. Musch adds she was an outstanding leader.

“I just really hope to follow in her footsteps by representing and promoting the Chamber and its membership with just as much success as she did during her tenure,” she says. “She started a lot of great programs, so I’m just looking forward to moving forward with those and then just seeing where things take us.”

Musch has also been the president of the Passavant Auxiliary, the United Way, and currently serves on the Passavant Foundation board. She’s also been involved with the Triopia High School alumni and athletic boosters.

Musch says she’ll begin the position next month.