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Jeannie is currently the CEO and President of Houston West Chamber of Commerce, a business
membership organization with over six hundred business members representing approximately 45,000
employees in west Houston. She is responsible for general management and coordination of all
organizational activities. She directs all planning to carry out chamber objectives and implements
chamber policies. Under her leadership the chamber had grown in membership by almost 50% and
revenues have increased by nearly 60%.
Prior to joining the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, Jeannie served as the Manager of
Administration for AquaSource, Inc., a nationwide water utility. Her responsibilities included providing
proactive strategic planning and development strategies to foster a positive image of the company in
the minds of both employees and communities served by AquaSource. Jeannie’s duties included the
development of a corporate‐wide crisis communication plan and processes to effectively mitigate any
adverse impacts to the company’s operations. She was responsible for the publication of the employee
newsletter as well as all internal employee communications. She administered the company’s non‐profit
scholarship fund program, its fundraising and public relations efforts. She formulated specific strategies
related to improving employee morale, which could be implemented by regional and area operations.
She coordinated the compilation of notable events, accomplishments and items of interest pertaining to
the company’s operation, employees and relevant industry issues and provided periodic submittals to
parent company’s corporate communications outlets. She coordinated and maintained both the intranet
and internet websites including development of the architecture and structure. During her tenure she
wrote, created and implemented AquaSource’s Administrative Transition Manual, New Employee
Orientation Program and Employee‐Volunteer Program.
Previous to joining AquaSource, Inc., Jeannie served as the Associate Director of the ESCAPE Family
Resource Center, a well established child abuse prevention agency, where she was responsible for all
fund raising activities which included ensuring an annual operating budget of one million dollars and
maintaining a five‐month cash reserve. She managed all fundraising including writing grants and
conducting special events; public relations and marketing activities of the Center including developing
an annual budget, writing and implementing annual fundraising and public relation plans, and for
developing both the long‐term and short‐term strategic plans to foster development.
Jeannie holds a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Florida International University in Miami
and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Pembrook.
Jeannie is the former President of Texas Talkers, the oldest Toastmaster Club in Houston. Some of her
past community service includes: Parent Chair for the annual Seeds of Growth Campaign for The Parish
School; Community Chair for Houston’s citywide annual Christmas Trees for Children Project; parent
representative on the Elkins High School Key Club and Elite Dance Team and AFS‐Intercultural Education
Program supervising host families and exchange students on Houston’s Westside. Jeannie was
unanimously elected President of the Houston Chamber Alliance, a business advocacy organization; she
serves on the Board of the West Houston Medical Center, Spring Branch Partners In Education Board and American InterContinental University’s Business Development Advisory Board. She is recognized in
Who’s Who – International, American Women, American Business Women, and Southern Women. She
was recognized just this past March by the International Women’s Network on International Women’s
Day for her creation of Women Driving Business a unique series of networking events designed
exclusively for women business owners and “C” level executives to help them make “High Heel
Connections” in West Houston.
Jeannie is married to Erik Hedegaard, Vice President, Wedge Commercial Property Group. She has a
twenty‐five year old daughter, named Dylan a graduate of Texas Christian University who works for
Food and Vine Time Productions; and, two lovely step children, Erika (19) who attends Stephen F. Austin
University and Conor (18) who attends high school in Katy. She has lived in Houston since 1981.
For more information about the chamber please click to follow the link http://www.hwcoc.org/