I-70 corridor

chamber of commerce

2023 Board of directors

Becky Zierer | President

As president, Becky ensures that the Chamber is able to work for its members and community as you've come to expect from this great  association. Becky Zierer and her husband, Larry, have owned LaZyB Acres Alpacas, south of Bennett, CO, since 1998. She retired from Lucent Technologies in 2001 and began 15 years of volunteering for the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies serving on the Board of Directors as President and Vice President. She was also the Manager of the Great Western Alpaca Show from inception in 2003 until 2016 and in 2008 created the Alpaca Show at the National Western Stock Show serving until 2016. In 2013 Becky started the Bennett Community Market and that market celebrated six years. Becky is the Vendor Coordinator for Bennett Days since 2014 and for Pedal the Plains in 2018. She is a member of the Bennett Art Council, the Corridor Creative Arts League, REAP’s Agritourism Committee and is a Director for REAP. Becky enjoys living in the I-70 Corridor and hopes to use her background in volunteering and organization to serve the I-70 Corridor Chamber of Commerce.  

Lindsey Wheaton | Vice President

Lindsay Wheaton, owner, Claws and Paws Pet Sitting has been a long time reliable volunteer, member, town representative,  and now Vice President.  She says, "after I sold the Veterinary Clinic in Bennett, I needed something to do! I had worked at a local boarding facility, and started looking for pets when the owners were unhappy with boarding their pets.(they were nice kennels, just some owners did not like that experience for their pets) I live in Bennett but serve the whole I-70 corridor. I enjoy our little neighborhood book club, taking the sewing class at the library and cooking. I also love my 3 cats! I hope to help make the Chamber more well known on the Corridor, and to participate and to assist in holding events along the corridor. "

angie bedolla | Strasburg representative

As the Local Government and Business Relations Manager, Angie will be responsible for managing and expanding CORE’s relationships with governmental partners and key accounts to ensure alignment and support through expanded programs, economic growth, and changing energy landscape.  She will also support efforts to identify future power needs for commercial and industrial members.

Angie joins CORE after five years at Xcel Energy, where she was an account manager focused on electric sustainability, energy efficiency, electric vehicle initiatives, and demand response programs. Prior to that, she was in corporate economic development at Xcel Energy and was an economic development specialist at Adams County Economic Development.

Angie served as Councilwoman for the City of Thornton, representing Ward 4 in 2020 and 2021, where she initiated and fast-tracked grant programs for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. She also supported redevelopment, business attraction and expansion, and business support services to the existing business community.

“Angie’s background in both the utility and economic development spaces is a tremendous asset to our cooperative,” said Rob Osborn, Director of Business Development at CORE. “Her ability to support stakeholders and key accounts will benefit not only CORE but the regions we serve now and in the future. Bringing talent like Angie to our team expands our ability to be a trusted energy adviser for our members.”

Kristy Funk | Treasurer

Kristy has been a long time member of the I-70 Chamber of Commerce, and we couldn't do it without her!  Her expertise in finances keeps us on track.  She works with her husband, Lance, at Grothe Financial Services in Bennett.  She volunteers for practically everything and is now on the Pickleball team at the Bennett Rec. Center!

Nathan Sumner | Bennett Representative

Welcome to our newest board member, Nathan Sumner.  Nathan joined the chamber last year after his ribbon cutting.  He has been an avid supporter of the community and Chamber since then.  SUM Financial Services Group is located in Denver and Bennett, CO. We service clientele along the whole I-70 Corridor. In addition, we utilize virtual meeting options to service clientele in various other locations.

Regardless of your life stage, income or goals, we can work with you to create a financial plan to help you manage your short-term goals, long-term aspirations and work toward meeting your financial targets.

Deb Stone | Byers Representative

Another new Board member, Debbie Stone joined us this year, 2022.  She has worked for Bijou Telephone Co-op for 16 years.  She says, "I do mostly customer service but also a little bit of the accounting and I also work with Bijou’s advertising team. My husband and I also owned Rollin Stone Auto Sales for 18 years in Strasburg. We sold it in 2020. We live in Bennett and have for 41 years. I like to go camping, jet skiing and paddle boarding. I hope to help in the Chamber of Commerce where ever it’s needed. Thank you!"

Robbin Schincke | President Pro Tempore

Robbin has been an integral volunteer and member representative of Morgan Community College in the Chamber for several years.  In addition to her responsibilities as the representative for her home town of Deer Trail, she is Director of Regional Community Outreach at Morgan Community College, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Bennett Center, an MCC satellite campus.  

Her job duties include community outreach, identifying courses of interest to the community, and recruiting, advising, registering, and supporting students. Morgan Community College has graciously provided the I-70 Corridor Chamber of Commerce a place to meet, and have events, which has been a great donations of tiem and energy For more information about Morgan Community College, please email her at Robbin.Schincke@MorganCC.edu or go to https://MorganCC.edu for further information about how Morgan Community College supports the I-70 Corridor.

Becky Zierer 


Owner of LaZyBAcres Alpacas



lindsay@netecin.netLindsay Wheaton  

Vice President

Paws & Claws Pet Sitting


Kristy Funk

Grothe Financial Services




The I-70 Corridor Chamber of Commerce has assisted growth and successful economic development of Eastern Colorado in Watkins, Bennett, Strasburg, Byers, Deer Trail and Agate since 1993.




Address: PO Box 386, Strasburg, CO 80136


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