The Glen Rose/Somervell County Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that Tonya Fonseca has joined the chamber staff as its events coordinator, a position that will be funded by the Glen Rose Economic Development Corp.

Fonseca will be responsible for coordinating all events, festivals and baseball tournaments for the chamber. She also will assist other organizations and groups as an advisor to help coordinate their events.

Fonseca grew up in Glen Rose and moved back more than four years ago. She opened the Green Pickle restaurant, then sold it and launched her own interior design business.

"Living in other places allowed me to see what a gold mine we have here," Fonseca said in an interview at her new chamber office. "Coordinating all the events is extremely important to contribute to our town's growth."

The job was created after an agreement was reached last month between the GREDC and the chamber. The events coordinator will promote activities, such as First Saturday Market Days and festivals, to boost economic development in Glen Rose.

The chamber also expanded its board to 12 persons and elected as new directors longtime Glen Rose resident and City Councilman Chris Bryant; Pie Peddlers co-owner Rhonda Cagle; Jimmy Gosdin, owner of Gosdin Dozer Service and chair of the Community Networking Group; veterinarian Dr. Mike Jones; Jeanie Lane, owner of the Campbell Building and former Anderson's building downtown and the Barnard St. Bed and Breakfast; and Bobby Taylor, manager of the local Brookshire's grocery store. Their three-year terms took effect Jan. 1.

Continuing on the board are Pam Adams, controller at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center; Steve Allen, owner of L&S Transport; Darrell Best, current chamber board chairman and president of the GREDC; Audrey Caylor, owner of Caylor Creek in downtown Glen Rose; Mike Dooley, president of Dooley Management and facilities director of the Somervell County Expo; and Linda Rowe, advertising executive, Glen Rose Reporter.

The 12-person board “represents the business interests of the community and will provide direction and leadership to the chamber in achieving the mission of the Glen Rose/Somervell County Chamber, which is to create a positive business environment, take a leadership role in business affairs, be an information resource and help in providing a better quality of life for its businesses and citizens,” the chamber said in a prepared statement.

The chamber also expressed thanks to outgoing board members Alan Sumners, Storie Sharp and Kelly Hoodenpyle.

“We thank you for your hard work and comittment to the economic well-being of the business community in Somervell County,” the chamber said. “Job well done.”

While Hoodenpyle is going off of the board, she will become a consultant to the chamber and work with Angel Smith, the office manager, office assistant April Howell and Fonseca.