Jeremy Stafford- Office Manager
Kaitlyn Bair – 2020 Intern
“Alexandria-Monroe High School senior, Kaitlyn Bair is earning classroom credits while experiencing two sides of the business world splitting an internship between non-for-profit, the Alexandria-Monroe Chamber of Commerce and a for profit business, Lindsey Cuneo State Farm.
Bair said she wanted to experience both aspects of business as she prepares and plans to attend college to study Business and Accounting following her 2021 graduation from AMHS. Bair spends each morning at one of the locations for her internship followed by classes at AMHS in the afternoon. She became interested in studying business her first year at high school when taking Linda Paddock’s Intro to Accounting class. She hopes through the internship program at AMHS she will gain the inside view of how things go and work in the office atmosphere.
During her time at the Chamber office, Bair has created the newsletter, attended board meetings, and worked on events with Director, Ashley Olibas. Olibas said, ” While a kind of whirlwind getting asked to share an intern with Lindsey Cuneo, it has been a real treat. Lindsey has had many interns over the years and has created a great rapport with our local high school. I am very grateful Lindsey gave me that little push I needed to say yes. Kaitlyn has proved herself to be timely, orderly, attentive and creative. Weekly she constructs images that convey the benefits of membership to our community, thus learning a bit about advertising. She participates in our Chamber Board of Directors monthly meetings, and will next month be presenting an intern report. We are excited to see what she designs with the ‘Shop Small Saturday,’ program this November. Many excellent things should be watched for from Kaitlyn, from a talented athlete to a go getter in business, we’re here for the growth. ”
While working with Cuneo at the office, Bair said she has been active by processing payments, issuing light payment reminders, and attending community service at Pete’s Pantry on Thursdays with Cuneo. “It means a lot,” Bair said, “that the school is supportive of the program. We can go out and explore career opportunities.”
The daughter of Andy and Melissa Bair of Summitville, Kaitlyn transferred to Alexandria Community Schools in the seventh grade. She is a member of the AMHS softball and volleyball teams. Bair recently committed to Huntington University to play softball in the fall of 2021.”
Article by Jenny Corbett- Alexandria Times Tribune