Alissa Cady, Executive Director
Raised in Waco, TX, Alissa graduated from Midway High School then Baylor University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Business and Marketing. Alissa’s profession encompassed the restaurant industry for 9 years including multi-million sales, operations management and staff development. Alissa traveled with Cheddars Casual Cafe on the new restaurant opening team in the Central Texas area for 2 years.
Returning to Waco in 2009, Alissa began a career with the Greater Hewitt Chamber as Marketing Coordinator, August 2010. In June 2011, Alissa was nominated by the Board of Directors to Interim Executive Director and named Executive Director in October 2011. Community involvement includes Women of Waco, Hewitt Kiwanis Club, Hewitt Lions Club, McLennan County Chamber Alliance, Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, Midway Momentum, Ambassador, Facilities Study Committees, and South Bosque Elementary PTA VP of Fundraising. Recognitions include nominations for both the Greater Waco Chamber’s Athena Award in November 2018, Greater Waco Chamber’s Waco Under 40 in May 2019 and received the Friend of Midway award in May 2019.
Alissa and her family are active members at First Methodist Waco and enjoy the beach, D1 Waco, game nights, shopping local and anything outdoors. In her spare time she enjoys coaching competitive cheer and tumbling for Heart of Texas Cheer and Dance, spa days and watching Christian and Knox’s Midway Little League baseball games. Alissa’s passion is to inspire, lead and empower others while making a positive impact in growing communities.
Alissa has 3 children, Christian and twins Knox and Kennedy.
Kacie Birkes, Communications Coordinator
Raised in Andrews, TX, Kacie graduated and then studied at Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio, TX while pursuing her BSN and the Dean’s list. Kacie received her Vocational Nursing certification from Texas State and Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management in 2018 from Texas Tech University. With a background in office administration, professional selling, account management and event management, it is her great hope to develop wonderful working relationships with all of the Hewitt community in her position as Communications Coordinator for the Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce.
Kacie and husband Matthew, have two sons, Cayden and Landen, and daughter Presley. Kacie is involved in CASA of McLennan County, Junior League, NAFE and Women of Waco. As a family, they enjoy being outdoors, sporting events, skiing and boating. In her spare time, Kacie enjoys live music, 9Round Fitness and spending time with friends and family.
Austin Early, Membership & Social Media Coordinator
A native of Palmyra, VA, Austin graduated from The Blue Ridge School before heading to Gordon College in Wenham, MA. At Gordon, Austin earned a degree in Business Administration while competing as a member of the men’s lacrosse team. Upon graduation, Austin returned home to central Virginia and began work with Fleet Feet Richmond as Digital Marketing Coordinator. He also served as Head Coach for FCA Lacrosse Richmond.
Austin moved to Waco in October and enjoys exploring outdoors around the local community. He can often be found running at Baylor or Cameron Park. Austin is excited to apply his knowledge of social media and digital advertising to serve the Hewitt business community.