Reegan Hanigan has been named the new executive director of Jefferson Matters: Main Street and the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce, which are in the process of merging. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Hanigan to lead merged groups

The merged organizations of Jefferson Matters: Main Street and Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the hiring of a new executive director, Reegan Hanigan.

Hanigan started her new role July 6.

The organizations have been in the process of merging and seeking a new director for several months.

Hanigan is originally from Churdan, graduating from South Central Calhoun in 2013, and hopes to make a difference in her native Greene County.

“We were very impressed with Reegan’s background experiences and local ties to Greene County,” Jamie Daubendiek, president of Jefferson Matters: Main Street, said in a statement. “Our recent retired director, Peg Raney, has done a great job getting passionate people involved in our program and we look forward to continuing that success through Reegan’s leadership.

“Reegan has a different skill set and will play an instrumental part as the two organizations come together to become stronger for the future success of our community.”

The daughter of Denny and Michelle Hardy, of Churdan, Hanigan graduated as student marshal from the Iowa State University College of Business in 2017, and owns two businesses: The Hanigan Company LLC and Hanigan Land & Cattle.

She has experience in finance, insurance, marketing and management, working for companies such as Fruit of the Loom and Knapp Tedesco Insurance.

“I am proud to represent the Jefferson community as the new executive director,” Hanigan said, “and I look forward to working with the community to make Jefferson all that it can be.”

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