Alissa Cady, Executive Director
Raised in Waco, TX, Alissa graduated from Midway High School and then Baylor University in 2007 with a Bachelors degree in Business and Marketing. During college and partial post-college career, Alissa’s profession encompassed the restaurant industry for 9 years including multi-million sales and operations management, staff development of 100+ and guest relations. Following graduation, Alissa traveled with Cheddars Casual Cafe on the restaurant opening team, while managing restaurants in the Central Texas area for 2 years.
Alissa returned to Waco in 2009 after her engagement and began a career with the Greater Hewitt Chamber as Marketing Coordinator, August of 2010. In June of 2011, Alissa was nominated by the Board of Directors to Interim Executive Director and named Executive Director in October 2011. Alissa is involved with Women of Waco, Hewitt Kiwanis Club, Hewitt Lions Club, McLennan County Chamber Alliance, Midway Momentum, Midway Ambassador, Midway Facilities Planning, Midway Middle School PDS Steering Committee, United Way and Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo event committees. Alissa was nominated for the Athena Award in November 2018. ATHENA Leadership Award recipients are individuals who: have achieved the highest level of professional excellence; contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community; and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential. Midway ISD names exceptional volunteers and donors as Friends of Midway as a way of recognizing extraordinary support of the district, schools, students and staff. Alissa received the Friend of Midway in May 2019.
Alissa and her family are active members at First Methodist Waco and enjoy the beach, shopping local, Texas Rangers Baseball, little league baseball, gardening and anything outdoors. In her spare time she enjoys coaching competitive cheer and tumbling for Heart of Texas Cheer and Dance.
Alissa’s husband, Chris Cady, is General Manager for George’s Restaurant on Speight. Alissa and Chris have 3 children, Christian and twins Knox and Kennedy.
Megan Pate, Communications Coordinator
Raised in Waco, TX, Megan graduated from Waco High School and then Texas Tech University in 2018 with a degree in General Studies on Technical Communications and Communications Studies. With a background in restaurant and event management, and her knowledge of communication, 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.
During the time she was pursuing her degree, Megan and husband Marc, had the privilege of becoming parents to two sons, Maverick and Murphy. Maverick is involved in the Midway Little League baseball program and Murphy is learning in big brother’s footsteps. As a family, they enjoy being outdoors and vacationing. In her spare time, Megan enjoys live music, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Renell Jones, Membership & Advertising Intern
Originally from Waco, TX, Renell is a graduate of Midway High School and currently a Senior at OU studying Business Management and Advertising. In her spare time, Renell enjoys spending time with friends, the outdoors, has a passion for dogs, shopping and OU Football. Renell is currently supporting the chamber and focused on a social media study and tourism project, membership support, advertising sales and media production training. She’s learning every day in chamber world is different and has enjoyed her days with us!
Sam Mathewson, Business & Marketing Intern
Raised in Mclean, Virginia, Sam is a rising senior at Baylor University majoring in Psychology with an emphasis on Consumer Psychology. Sam is a cadet in the Baylor US Army ROTC program, and will commission as a Second Lieutenant after college. He hopes to work in military intelligence after graduation. Sam is a member of Kappa Alpha Order, where he has served as Philanthropy Chair, Community Service Chair, on the Homecoming Float Committee, and currently runs tailgates before football games. During his tenure as Philanthropy Chair, Sam is proud to have raised over $10,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Sam is a covenant member of Highland Baptist Church in Waco. He enjoys watching and playing baseball, basketball and football, hiking, shooting, golfing, grilling, country music and cheering on his beloved Baylor Bears!