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 then 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 May 2019 & 2022 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 and shopping local. In her spare time she enjoys coaching competitive cheer and tumbling for Heart of Texas Cheer, spa days and watching Christian and Knox’s football and 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.

E-mail: | Office: (254) 666-1200 | Cell: (254) 299-7520 | On Staff since Aug. 2010

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.

E-mail: | Office: (254) 666-1200 | Cell: (432) 288-3999 | On Staff since Aug. 2019


Misti Smith, Membership & Social Media Coordinator

Misti has lived in Waco for over 30 years.  She met her husband, Shane at Baylor University where she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Communications. Misti spent 28 years raising children and being the consummate volunteer, including Meals on Wheels, PTA and the American Cancer Society.  Most recently, she worked at a local advertising company. 

Misti and Shane have been married for 30 years and have three boys, Jake, Josh and Jackson, as well as two granddaughters, Scout and Sloane who are their world.  Misti loves to travel and is an avid sports fan.  She is an active member of Harris Creek Baptist Church and she most enjoys spending time with family and friends. 

E-mail: | Office: (254) 666-1200 | Cell: (254) 715-2149 | On Staff since Dec. 2021