Ephrata Public Library
March 2019 Ambassador Spotlight:
Tara Zilling, Director of Development
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am a Lancaster County native; I love the sense of community you find in Ephrata as I live in the Borough. I have played lacrosse since middle school through college and upon graduating; I wanted to give back and coached for two years, the JV and Varsity girls’ team in Ephrata. That experience taught me so much about myself and also taught the girls’ about the importance of school and sport balance. I have worked in non-profits since graduating from Alvernia University. I have two dogs, two cats, an 8 month old son and a loving husband. You can find us at the beach in the summer time or most likely walking the Rail Trail.
Why did you join the Northern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce?
I first joined the Northern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce about one-two years ago through another employer, I saw the benefit of attending events held by the Chamber, and what that was able to do for me professionally. I then joined the Women in Business Committee and it has been wonderful getting together with such great women in the Northern Lancaster area and learning more about their companies and more importantly about themselves.
In your opinion, what are the personal and professional benefits of being a Chamber Ambassador?
My personal benefit of being a Chamber Ambassador is it is growing me as an individual by getting me constantly talking to new people. The professional benefit is making the connection to the Library and our Northern Lancaster HUB. Making connections and being able to grow my outreach is a plus.
What would you tell someone who is considering becoming a Northern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce Member?
When communicating with a company or person regarding becoming a Northern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce Member, I always tell them the networking and stewardship are what make this Chamber different. Liz has been wonderful to work with and is always responsive and willing to listen to ideas. I also tell them there are many networking opportunities, so it is a great way to meet other individuals especially if you are new to the area.
When you graduated high school, what career path did you think you were going to take v. where you are at now?
When I graduated high school, I wanted to be a physical therapist or go into sports medicine due to being an athlete and using the services myself. I later found Marketing and Sales were my niche. When I was graduating College I knew I wanted to be in Marketing for a non-profit and ever since I have been working in Development for non-profits. Educating communities about services available and the importance of philanthropy.