Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber Announces Foundation Appointments

SYRACUSE – The SWCC Foundation, a separate 501c3 organization within the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, provides unique options for community donations, according to a news release from the Chamber.

In addition, the SWCC Foundation funds grants that support local businesses and community efforts in arts and education as well as community and economic development.

Renea Salyer, executive director of the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber and SWCC Foundation Inc., announced the newly appointed SWCC Foundation Board of Directors. These individuals represent “great diversity in their organizations and provide a great deal of guidance and support,” the release states.

The board members each serve a two-year term and appointments include Dennis Pressler, president, with Stoney Point LLC; Lindsey Parker, vice president, at Tippy Creek Winery; Jeanetta Slabaugh, treasurer, with Horizon Bank; Dr. Steve Troyer, superintendent of Wawasee Community Schools; Virginia Cazier, town clerk of Syracuse; Ben Plikerd representing Brook Pointe Resort; Ryan Austin with Bankers Life; Mary Moretto at Chautauqua-Wawasee; and two community members, Mindy Beyeler and Kip Schumm.

The Board will be continuing efforts on special projects that include a multi-phased place-making plan to enhance the Syracuse downtown and village areas, supporting the parks and trails and educational opportunities for business owners. Also, they will oversee the Red Canoe Fund that serves as a “unique community enhancement with the intent of making Syracuse special with dedicated canoes that are filled with various plants and flowers to welcome those entering Syracuse,” the release states.

For additional information regarding the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce or the SWCC Foundation, call 574-457-5637, visit online at or email: