Chamber Ambassadors are a select group of volunteers who assist the chamber in the mission of promoting the economic prosperity of our region. If you have never attended a chamber event, one of our Ambassadors would love to invite you as a guest. Feel free to contact any member of the Ambassador team regarding chamber events, programs, or services.
My husband and I are both proud small business owners – he is the talent behind the video production company Creative124. We love living in Pittsburg with our two yorki-poos Scout and Duke. My previous endeavors have been opening a local coffee shop, consulting small businesses, and traveling the country providing leadership development to college women. I love inspiring confidence in women which was a major reason I wanted to own a boutique! I only have one special talent and that is being able to rap the entirety of “Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice.
Wood-Dulohery Insurance, Inc.
As a Commercial Insurance producer Chris specializes with businesses, and farms all over the four states to help them manage their risk, to be more profitable. Whether that is on the property & casualty side or with employee benefits. Chris is a Certified Authority on Work Comp holding that designation, Chris has sat on the board of the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents, along with being a committee member of the Technology, Membership and Young Agents committees. He is a current board member of SEK Inc., a regional economic development organization created by Southeast Kansas businesses and Government entities that help to enhance the economic climate of Southeast Kansas in a 12 county region. Chris currently serves as Vice President and Membership Chairperson for Pittsburg Noon Kiwanis. He has been with Wood-Dulohery Insurance, one of the largest locally owned independent agencies in southeast Kansas, for 15 years. He is married and has seven children that keep him very busy. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting , fishing, golfing and watching many of his kids sporting events.
Community Development Specialist
City of Pittsburg
Brittan has served as the City of Pittsburg’s Community Development Specialist since 2018. Her work can be seen in the planning of many of the Downtown events we’ve grown to love, as well as new housing developments coming to Pittsburg. Brittan also works directly with volunteer boards such as Imagine Pittsburg 2030 and the Downtown Advisory Board to bring their ideas for community involvement to fruition. In addition to her work at the City, Brittan is the Owner of local boutique, Sonder & Co. She translates her passion for community into her business model as she provides a platform for local makers and artists to sell their products through Sonder’s umbrella branding. Brittan is proudly rural by choice and strives to create community and respect through service to those around her.
Security 1st Title
Shannon Brutchin is the County Manager for Security 1st Title in Pittsburg and has served in the title industry for over 13 years. While she enjoys the researching and the closings of properties, Shannon also values working with her clients to make sure she can bring them the best experience possible. In addition to being a Chamber Ambassador, Shannon also serves on the Chamber Board, is a member of the Pittsburg Noon Rotary Club, serves on the R.V. Haderlein School Site Council and she volunteers throughout the community. She has been married for 18 years and has three wonderful children that keep her busy and very involved in the community and the schools.
Dr. Mark Johnson
PSU – College of Technology
A University Professor at Pittsburg State University’s College of Technology Department of Technology and Workforce Learning, Dr. Johnson teaches classes in Human Resource Development and Industrial Management and is a coordinator of PSU’s newly established Minor in Innovation Engineering. Known as Pittsburg State University’s “Memory Guy”, he learns and remembers the names of every student in his classes the very first night of class. Dr. Johnson is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences. He has been named Outstanding Teaching Faculty at PSU three times and was named the National Outstanding Career and Technical Educator in 2000. An active member of Gorilla Toastmasters, Dr. Johnson was most recently awarded the Toastmasters International organization’s highest honor as Distinguished Toastmaster August 2014. Dr. Johnson has been a champion for the Chamber’s Leadership programs for more than a decade, helping create the Crawford County Youth Leadership Program and the Leadership High Program that have reached the lives of more than 8,000 students since 2003. He was recognized as the Chamber Volunteer of the Year in 2012. In addition to his duties as a professor, Dr. Johnson serves as a training consultant with the Theatrical, Stage and Motion Picture Employees, as well as the Carpenters, The Painters and Allied Trades, The Plumbers and Pipefitters, and The Utility Workers all across the U.S. and Canada. He resides in Pittsburg with his wife Jacki.
Community National Bank and Trust – Pittsburg
Brian Lorimer has 15 years finance experience with time at Abbey Title Company, Arvest Bank and now Community National Bank. He enjoys working hand in hand with borrowers to achieve their financial goals and make their lives better. Brian is a Missouri Southern grad with a BSBA in Economics and Finance. He earned his MBA from William Woods University. Brian loves giving back to his community having chaired the United Way Campaign, Past president of the Pittsburg Sunrise Rotary, a board member for the Children’s Advocacy Center as well as an Ambassador for the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. He has been honored to receive the award of Volunteer of the year for both United Way and Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. Brian has been married to his beautiful wife Jamie for over 15 years and has four amazing children. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family; playing, officiating and coaching volleyball; or remodeling their loft home in downtown Galena, KS.
Lori Ann Spachek
State Farm Agent
State Farm Insurance/Lori Ann Spachek
I’m Lori Ann Spachek and I’ve been a local State Farm Agent since 2005. Being a Chamber Ambassador gives me an awesome excuse to leave the office and get out and network with other business owners who share a common interest in serving their community, listening for new ideas, and having their voices heard, all while eating pastries! My team and I take pride in having over 45 years of combined Insurance and Financial Services expertise, including Life Insurance, Business Needs, Retirement Planning, and Legacy Giving. Our mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. At the Lori Ann Spachek Agency, we’re making a difference in Pittsburg, one client at a time!
Personal Lines & Small Commercial Producer
Ryan Insurance, LLC
Born and raised in Pittsburg Kansas, Katie earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in the area of Family and Consumers Sciences as well as her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Pittsburg State University. OAGAAG, she went on to teach full time as an instructor in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at PSU. A move to Kansas City, several career changes, and 4 kids later, Katie found herself back in Pittsburg where she is currently employed as a Producer for Ryan Insurance; specializing in personal lines and small commercial insurance. Katie attributes her shift in employment to her passion for Consumerism, and although she’s dedicated to providing service to businesses that drive the local economy, she has always identified professionally with the simple goal of building relationships to serve people in the community hands on.
Customer Solutions Manager
KCP&L | Westar Energy, both Evergy companies
As a regional Customer Solutions Manager, Kari works as a trusted energy advisor and economic development liaison across more than 20 counties in Southeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri. She grew up south of Girard, just a mile from where she and husband, Matt, live and farm today. Kari attended Kansas State University and earned a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Communications. Her experience in Marketing and Communications led her to positions at Fort Scott Community College, the City of Parsons as PIO/Community Development Director, and currently to KCP&L | Westar Energy, both Evergy companies. In 2019, she was named a Pittsburg Chamber Woman of Distinction, and has received multiple awards for her accomplishments. She was named one of Joplin Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and has earned two Kansas Department of Commerce Main Street Awards for program development and marketing. She has a passion for improving the region and is an active member of the Project 17 – Together We Succeed Board of Directors, was elected to the K-State Research & Extension Wildcat District Board working throughout Crawford, Labette, Wilson and Montgomery counties, and is a member of the Kansas Economic Development Alliance. She enjoys working with students through the Crawford County Youth Leadership Program among other volunteer activities.