Chamber Staff

S. Christie Haynes - President
S. Christie Haynes has served as president of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development since August of 2012. She currently serves on the Dawson County Family Connections Board, Dawson County Development Authority, the Dawson County Technical Education Advisory Committee, and the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism.   A graduate of the University of Georgia, Ms. Haynes serves as chair of the School of Public and International Affairs Alumni Board and was named to UGA’s list of Top 40 Under 40 in 2012. She previously served as president of the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce where she represented Early County on the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission, the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board, and as vice president of the Plantation Trace Travel Association. She is a graduate of the Georgia Academy of Economic Development and Leadership Dawson.  She is a member of the Rotary Club of Dawson County.  

Melissa Mayton- Membership Director
Melissa Mayton joined the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce in December of 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications. Before joining the Chamber, Melissa worked for the newspaper group Community Newspapers Inc. in a variety of roles from reporter to marketing, most recently as news editor with the Dawson News & Advertiser. Before joining the Chamber as a staff member she served as an Ambassador for the organization.  Melissa is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Dawson and the Georgia Academy of Economic Development. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Dawson County and serves with Veterans Affairs of Dawson County.

Brenda Mason - Director of Operations
Brenda Mason has served as Director of Operations of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce since September of 2012. Prior to this position Brenda was a small business owner for over 15 years owning a grocery store, a grading and transport business and a virtual administration business. Brenda holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting.

Davida Simpson - Marketing and Events Director
Davida joined the Chamber January 2017. She is a graduate of North Georgia College with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Davida married her college sweetheart Jarrett Simpson, they have two daughters, Cora 9 and Anna 6. Davida serves on the United Way of Dawson County (as the secretary 2017). She was previously employed by Dawson County Government for 11 1/2 years, most recently as the purchasing director and prior to that, the county clerk and held positions in the courts system. Davida is a proud Army brat and calls north Georgia home.She enjoys spending time with family, watching her daughters play soccer in UFA Dawson, baking and reading.

Kaitlyn Silva - Welcome Center Coordinator

Kristen Graves, Intern
Kristen Graves is a senior at Dawson County High School. Kristen interns at the Chamber where she constantly get to meet new people and make connections in the community. After high school, Kristen plans to attend UGA and get her business degree in marketing. Kristen feels being able to experience what the Chamber does and how things run is a great opportunity to have.