• Chamber Ambassadors

    The Chamber Ambassador Program is a membership outreach and retention program designed to involve and inform all Chamber members. Ambassadors are volunteers who, on behalf of the Chamber, make good will calls to encourage strong continuing membership and active support of Chamber programs. Our select group of Ambassadors attend Chamber events such as dedications, ribbon cuttings, and Business After Hours socials, and enjoy the benefits of continued networking opportunities and close involvement with the community. 

    If you are interested in being an Ambassador, please contact the Chamber at 706-745-5789 or email membership@blairsvillechamber.com.


  • Alysia Hargus, Ambassador Chair

    Aflac Benefits Advisor

    Phone: 706-994-9711

    Alysia Hargus has been a member of the Blairsville - Union County Chamber of Commerce since 2013 , serving as a Chamber Ambassador for the Blairsville - Union County Chamber of Commerce since 2016 and currently serves as Ambassador Team Leader. Licensed in Georgia and North Carolina, Alysia is an Independent Insurance Agent for Aflac , serving as a Benefits Advisor for area business owners and individuals . Alysia is also a professional photographer, operating Alysia Hargus Photography. Alysia’s photography services include portraits, sports photography, concert photography and commercial projects. Alysia is active in the community, as well. She is a member of Tri-State Business Women, Mountain Networking Referral Group, and serves as Publicity Officer for the Union County Saddle Club.

    Keltsey Lee

    Comfort Keepers

    Phone: 706-835-2607

    Keltsey Lee is one of the Internal Care Coordinators at Comfort Keepers of Blairsville, GA. Keltsey has a passion for caring for people. She knows that care is not “one-size-fits-all” and understands the need to tailor care needs for every situation and every person.  In 2014 Keltsey joined the Comfort Keepers team as a caregiver in the field.  In 2015 she assumed a full-time role in the office and in 2019 she moved forward as the lead ICC.  The role of Internal Care Coordinator allows Keltsey to be in direct contact with clients, employees, marketing and part of the recruitment team.   Keltsey acts as a liaison between clients and staff.  She is also part of their recruiting team and works part of the time in our Franklin NC office. 

    Keltsey is a life-long resident of Union County and resides here with her husband, Brandon. When not working, Keltsey enjoys hiking, kayaking and spending time with her family in our beautiful Union County and surrounding areas. 

    Deanna Myers

    Edward Jones - Oleg Malyshev, Financial Advisor

    Phone: (706) 835-1385


    Ginny Gurley

    United Community Bank

    Phone: (706) 745-2151


    Crystal Potter

    Comfort Keepers

    Phone: (706) 835-2607

    Crystal Potter is the External Care Coordinator and LPN at Comfort Keepers of Blairsville, GA.  She has been with Comfort Keepers since 2011.  Crystal began her role as the ECC in 2019. As an ECC, her job entails developing and maintaining professional relationships with referral sources and potential clients.  She also works closely with the Internal Care Coordinators at Comfort Keepers to ensure the best client experience and care.

    Originally from Florida, Crystal moved to north Georgia in 1992 and has been in Union County since 2000.   She has two children, Gavin and Karson, and enjoys any time she spends with them.  She enjoys kayaking, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

    Shannon Larsen

    Volunteer Coordinator - Homestead Hospice

    Phone: (706) 835-3960

    Shannon Larsen is a (mostly) lifelong resident of Union County and has been in the medical sales and marketing field for most of her career. She is currently the Volunteer Coordinator for Homestead Hospice based out of Blairsville. As Volunteer Coordinator, she is responsible for the recruitment and retention of Hospice Volunteers for 9 counties in North East Georgia.

    Shannon is a devoted mother to 15 year old Ethan and 11 year old Ashlynn and a rambunctious Band and Cheer mom, respectively. She also serves as the Band Booster Treasurer. She loves the outdoors, and you will likely find her on the weekends taking advantage of our beautiful surroundings hiking, camping or kayaking with her kids and dear friends.

    Kimberly Miller

    University of North Georgia

    Phone: (706) 946-5460


    Sharon Davis 

    Realtor - Remax Town & Country

    Phone: (706) 745-8097

    Sharon Davis, a retired educator, is currently a realtor with Remax Town & Country and is licenced in Georgia and North Carolina. She has been a member of the Chamber since she and her fiancé moved to the beautiful North Ga Mountains to be near her only grandchild. Sharon is currently enrolled in Leadership Union 2020 and involved in Blairsville’s Kiwanis Club. She looks forward to serving in her new community as an ambassador to this wonderful small town in the mountains! 

    Al Haywood

    Pathway Christian Counseling 

    Phone: (478) 278-0173

    Ambassador of the Year

    Al Haywood is the CEO for Pathway Christian Counseling, Inc. and Pathway Corporate Care. He has been married for 32 years to Beneta who is a Labor and Delivery nurse at Northside Cherokee Hospital in Canton. Al and Beneta have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. They moved to Blairsville in July 2018. They are active members of First Baptist Church. Al comes to us from Dublin, GA. He graduated from Dublin High School, Middle Georgia College in Cochran (AA General Education), Mercer University in Macon (BA Theology), Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville (MBA) and Pillsbury Seminary in Bridgeton, MO (PhD Biblical Counseling with concentration in Crisis and Abuse Therapy and Integrated Marriage and Family Therapy. He is licensed by the National Christian Counselors Association. He established Pathway Christian Counseling in 2007 and has been practicing for the past 13 years. He established a sister organization, Pathway Corporate Care, in 2019 and presently serves as Corporate Chaplain for several different local organizations. He serves as 2020 president of Mountain Network Referral Group and was awarded 2019 Ambassador of the Year by the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce. Pathway Christian Counseling is located at 215 Blue Ridge St., Suite B in Blairsville. You can check out the ministry at www.pathwaychristiancounseling.com or www.pathwaycorporatecare.com or by calling 706-400-9994 or texting 478-278-0173.

    Missy Mashburn - Ambassador of 3rd Quarter 2019

    Mountain Home Health Services

    Phone: (706) 745-5101

    Missy Mashburn is the Community Liaison for Mountain Home Health Services.  She has worked in home health for 28 years.  Her passion is helping others and assisting patients and families to get the in home care needed to recover and rehabilitate at home.

        She and her husband, Morris, have been married 26 years and they have been blessed with two step sons and a daughter-in law, Matthew, Katie and Adam. Missy has 3 wonderful grand-kids, Chloe Max and Iris.

    Her hobbies include reading and outside activities.  She loves spending time with her grand-kids.  Missy's favorite place to be is at the beach--ANYWHERE-ANYTIME.

    Rhonda Patterson 

    Homestead Hospice 

    Phone: (706) 835-3960

    Meet Rhonda Patterson Hood. She is a fourth generation native of Union County and she loves serving her community. After graduating Young Harris College and University of Georgia with a Journalism, Public Relations Degree, she achieved her MBA while balancing her family and career in bank marketing. Rhonda honed her marketing and public relations skills in banking and finance for 16 years and then jumped into real estate marketing for 5 years. She's currently pursuing the medical industry with Homestead Hospice & Pallitive Care as their Community Relations Manager responsible for educating the community about the future care benefits for our Senior Demographic. 

    Paula Pendleton

    Emory's A/C Heating & Refrigeration, LLC

    Phone: (706) 745-2606



    Bradley Barrett

    United Community Bank

    (706) 745-0427

    Bradley is a native to Towns County, GA and has always loved the small community atmosphere. Bradley has a beautiful wife and daughter. He is a member of Enotah Baptist Church, while also being an active member in supporting his wife and daughter in Girl Scouts. His hobbies include family time, adventures and a lot of Disney.

    Bradley has been with United Community Bank for several years in different capacities, ranging from operations to retail. He has recently moved to the retail side of banking and has since enjoyed being a more active member in the community.

    Pam Scruggs

    Jerae's Unity Alpacas

    Phone: (478) 278-0147

    Pam Scruggs is the co-owner of Jerae’s Unity Alpacas and a wine guide with Traveling Vineyard with her husband.  Previously, she was a math teacher in middle Georgia for 30 years.  She and her husband, Jerome have been married for 14 years. Between the two of them, they have 4 children and 8 grandchildren with 1 more due in July 2020.  Her hobbies include reading, photography, camping, fishing, and watching romance movies.  She also loves traveling both inside the United States and to foreign countries.  Her favorite place to be is anywhere with her husband and other family members.


    Roberta Ford

    Mary Kay Beauty Consultant

    Phone: (706) 897-0245

    Roberta has been a Mary Kay Ind. Beauty Consultant for 22 yrs (She won't share her age but... over 50), She has used Mary Kay products for over 40 years. Roberta is also Ambassador for The Mary Kay Foundation.The MKF was founded in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research for cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence. She is the Co-Founder of the Adopt-a-Grandparent Community Outreach program since 2013 and honored to be Ambassador for the Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce. When you purchase your skincare products and color cosmetics from her business you're purchasing from a direct sale business that is manufactured here the USA. That means her inventory is HER inventory and your purchase is directly from her - A LOCAL BUSINESS. We all know how important it is to support local businesses. Customer service has always been her number one priority.  Treat yourself and call Roberta today to schedule your personal appointment 706.897.0245.  Share Your Smile - You're Beautiful!

    Sharon Penner

    Origami Owl - Sharon E Penner, Independent Designer #3027

    Phone: (770) 789-2044


    Kitty Mauzy (Board Member)

    United Community Bank 

    (706) 439-218