Meet the Chamber Staff
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is operated by a dedicated staff committed to community service, the advocacy of our members and the furthering of the Fairfield mission. The Chamber plays host to more than monthly events, hundreds of committee meetings and dozens of gatherings each year. Our staff makes it happen.
Chamber Executive Director
Detra grew up on a small dairy farm in northeast Iowa. Spending her formative years on the family farm fostered her love of nature and the outdoors. Detra earned a B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University and started her career as a naturalist before advancing to executive responsibilities. She served as Executive Director at the Louisa County Conservation Board and Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development before joining the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce in 2016.
Detra, her husband Shawn, and two children have called Fairfield home for over a decade. "We moved here in 2005 and found this eclectic community was perfect for us.” Detra was excited to become Executive Director for the Chamber because “it knits together all the things I am passionate about: sustainability, community development, economic development...and opportunities for growth and change in the greater Fairfield area."
In her free time, Detra serves on the Board of Directors for Fairfield Band Aides (Band Boosters) and Fairfield Education Foundation. She enjoys playing in the Municipal Band and taken to the stage for few Fairfield Area Community Theater productions. And, not straying too far from her roots, Detra and her family enjoy kayaking, wilderness camping, and tending to their chickens and livestock on their hobby farm.
Fairfield native, Brittney is happy to be back in her hometown. As a child, a passion for spending time outdoors with her family quickly shaped her future. Combining her love for the natural world and her desire to educate, she decided to pursue a career which combined both. Brittney went to the University of Northern Iowa to earn her B.A. in Earth Sciences. After several internships with various County Conservation Boards across the state, she settled in Louisa County as their Environmental Education Coordinator. After a few years, job opportunities arose in Fairfield and the Tiller’s jumped on their chance to move back.
In 2017, Brittney began working as the Event Coordinator at the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce. This position allows her to work part-time with two other Chamber Members: Impact Fitness & Sport Performance and Jefferson County Conservation. Brittney, her husband Matt, and their son are the park hosts at Jefferson County Park. With all positions, she is able to pursue her passion of working with children and educating the public!
Brittney enjoys paddling, camping, and exploring different wildlife areas in her spare time. Brittney is also on the Carnegie Museum Foundation Board and is a Trails Council member.
Lindsey was born and raised in Iowa City, but has lived and traveled all over the world, including Hawaii, Spain and Morocco. Her love of learning about other cultures brought her to study international relations and Spanish at the University of Iowa, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011. While living in San Sebastián, she researched gastronomic societies of the Basque Country as well as perfected many international dishes and continues to have an immeasurable love for food and cooking. She also loves the natural world and being outdoors, which contributed to over ten years of retail management experience primarily at Fin and Feather: The Great Outdoors Store and Scheels All Sports. Lindsey lives in rural Libertyville with her husband, Jeremy and their two dogs, Elle and Opal.
In 2013, Lindsey moved to Fairfield and began working as Administrator at the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Some of her responsibilities include welcoming new businesses to the community, supporting and advocating for all Chamber members and organizing a variety of networking events for the public and members alike.
"What I enjoy most about being involved with the Chamber is connecting the community with our diverse members. I love knowing what is happening in the business world of Fairfield and being able to point people in the right direction for information. Much of this information is learned from organizing and participating in the many networking events the Chamber offers, such as our monthly Business After Hours, Speed Networking or the Leadership Fairfield Program.”