Staff & Volunteers
At the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber & Visitor Center you will find an experienced, dedicated staff and many enthusiastic and talented volunteers serving the City of Hopewell and Prince George County with a population of 59,000.
The Chamber At A Glance
The Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization that serves the needs of business, non-profits and government agencies of all sizes. We connect our members to resources and to each other and the region. Once you learn some more about us you will see how our work impacts the entire community. Read on to learn about our committed Chamber staff, committees, volunteers and interns – our dedicated and talented staff who are a resource for your business; and for newcomers and visitors.
Becky McDonough is CEO of the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber. Following a career in Specialty Chemical Sales for a Fortune 500 Company Becky joined the Chamber in 1998 as Executive Vice President. She was promoted to CEO in July 2014, and now oversees the Chamber and our collaborative venture, the state-certified H/PG Visitor Center.
Becky is a past president of the Hopewell Rotary Club, past board member of the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and served recently as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Greater Hopewell Coalition. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Health Science from the University of Georgia, and a certificate from the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive (VACCE) Institute. In 2014, she graduated from Lead Virginia, an educational program for business and community leaders from across the state of Virginia. A native of Prince George, Becky and her family enjoy rural life. She loves networking, yoga, cooking, kayaking, reading and travel.
Gail Kostro joined our staff in May of 2014 as an administrative assistant, following a 30-year career in office administration, including accounting, customer service and special events. Before coming to the Chamber, Gail worked mainly in the construction industry and was involved with the building of the Hopewell Co-Generation Facility and the former LG&E Co-Generation Facility. A native of Prince George County, Gail enjoys spending time with her two granddaughters and her beloved dogs (a dachshund and a half yorkie-half dachshund mix) and with her friends.
Shirley Parker focuses on Tourism as our Customer Service Representative. She has been employed at the Visitor Center since 2003. Shirley continually familiarizes herself with the ever-changing tourism assets in the Commonwealth and she maintains contacts with fellow tourism centers throughout the State. She keeps up with local and regional events and edits the new Tourism Newsletter.
Shirley moved here from Wise County, Virginia in 1967 retiring from Civil Service at Fort Lee in 2001 where she had worked as a Programs Analyst/Secretary/Clerk Stenographer for 31 Years.
Shirley loves to travel, read, watch old movies, and do arts and crafts like crocheting, sewing, folk art painting, jewelry making. Visitors warm to her, which is why she has so many repeat customers!
Rachael Brendel joined our staff in March of 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. Prior to her work with the Chamber, she worked as a Release of Information Specialist at Kenner Army Health Clinic. She is currently pursuing her degree in Human Resource Management.
Rachael is a native of St. Amant, Louisiana and has permanently settled in Prince George County following a period of travel as an Army spouse to her husband of 10 years. She has four children that keep her on the go with their activities such as Boy Scouts of America, Theater Company at Fort Lee, competitive dance, karate, and various sports. She loves to travel, scrapbook, and listen to all genres of music. Rachael is an avid reader and lives for her family’s next visit to Disney World!
The Chamber is able to provide extraordinary value to the members and the community because of the contributions of the volunteers. Each year over a hundred volunteers come together to work alongside staff and the Board of Directors to execute our strategic plan.
Each summer, the H/PG Chamber and Visitor Center brings on several interns to assist with admin, tourism, special events, advertising and promotion, and more. Interns gain real world experience while learning and exploring various career opportunities, and networking with business professionals. This internship experience serves beneficial throughout interns’ academic career and long term endeavors. HPG Chamber welcomes all majors.