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Chris McGowanChris McGowan

Chris McGowan serves as the President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and The Siouxland Initiative (TSI). A licensed attorney in the State of Iowa, McGowan has been involved in economic development efforts in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota for over twenty years.

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, McGowan received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota earning a double major in Government and Management. He served in the Iowa Air National Guard and as a Fortune 500 Account Executive prior to attending graduate school. Chris earned his Juris Doctor from the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan and worked in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the Department of Justice at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit while attending law school.

McGowan joined TSI in August of 2003 and was promoted to President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and TSI in 2011.

Barbara SlonikerBarbara Sloniker
Executive Vice President

Barbara Sloniker serves as the Executive Vice President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and The Siouxland Initiative (TSI). Sloniker has been employed by the Chamber for the past 26 years.

Raised in Sioux City, Sloniker received a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Iowa State University. Sloniker joined TSI in October 1997 and was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Siouxland Chamber and TSI in 2011.

Sloniker’s responsibilities include developing/lobbying legislative agendas in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota and on the federal level including coordination and planning of the Annual Siouxland/Washington Conference and Bi-Annual Tri-State Governors’ Conference; monitoring/advocating for transportation improvements: highway, rail, river, airport; overseeing Chamber’s fundraising events; economic development; serving as Executive Director of the Dakota Valley Business Council; and serving as Air Service Development Director for the Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field.

Lori AllenLori Allen
Director of Finance

Lori Allen joined our organization in August of 2011 and serves as the Director of Finance for the Siouxland Chamber, The Siouxland Initiative and the Siouxland Chamber Foundation. Lori’s primary functions include membership invoicing, payments, payables, payroll, financial reporting and budgeting. Lori also acts as the Human Resource Coordinator managing all aspects of employee benefits and serves as liaison to IT personnel for maintenance of office equipment/network system.

Lori is a native of Mapleton, Iowa and continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa. Lori then joined the United States Air Force and served 4 ½ years with tours in Biloxi, Mississippi, Prum, Germany, and Las Vegas, Nevada. After this enlistment Lori and her husband Eric spent 12 years in California before returning to Iowa to raise their 2 daughters.

Tasha PointerTasha Pointer
Executive Assistant
712.255.7903 ext. 210

Tasha Pointer serves as the Executive Assistant for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and The Siouxland Initiative (TSI). She provides administrative support and assistance to the executive staff, while serving as the liaison to the Chamber and TSI boards.

Tasha enjoys spending time with her family which includes trips to Ohio to visit her daughter and son-in-law. She loves spoiling her little morkie, Romeo, who requires a LOT of attention. Her favorite hobby is four-wheeling with her family and friends.

Teresa_RosenboomTeresa Rosenboom
Director of Communications

Teresa Rosenboom serves as the Director of Communications for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and The Siouxland Initiative (TSI). In her role, she manages the Chamber’s social media presence, website and member correspondence including the “Week at a Glance” e-newsletter.  Teresa also supports the Executive Vice President in event coordination of the Dakota Valley Business Council’s Pierre lobbying trip, Siouxland/Washington Conference and the Tri-State Governors’ Conference.

Teresa attended Northwestern College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. When not in the office, you might find Teresa out running or walking, biking, playing pickleball, or out on the golf course.