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.