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Meet our Staff


Monica Bristow


Monica has been the president since August 2003. She is responsible for overseeing all business functions and the staff of the Growth Association. In addition, she is active in the economic development of the River Bend region. She works with the mayors and economic development personnel in each of the municipalities. She facilitates the Legislative and Public Affairs Committee, the Transportation Committee and the Business Retention and Expansion Committees.

Trish Holmes

Director of Member Services

Trish has oversight of the Chamber related activities for the Growth Association and organizes special events throughout the year including the Golf Tournament, Duck Race, Business After Hours, State of the River Bend Luncheon and Annual Dinner. Active committees include Ambassadors, Promotions, Small Business of the Month Awards, and Young Adults. She is responsible for the recruitment of new members and develops programs to benefit the membership at large.
Jan Strickland

Jan Strickland

Office Manager

Jan is responsible for accounting, budgeting, invoicing, payables, payroll and purchasing at the Growth Association. She has regular contact with members, office suppliers and financial institutions. She frequently recruits and assists new members. She maintains the membership database and personnel files. In addition to her duties for the Growth Association, she also maintains books and financial records for River Bend Development Foundation, Meeting of the Rivers Foundation and Civic Signs Club. Jan works with the SCORE Counselors to record and maintain the database for their clients who receive counseling.

Debbie Hagen

Research/Publications Manager

Debbie is responsible for economic development data collection, maintaining the website and desktop publishing for all Growth Association correspondence. She coordinates the publishing of the monthly newsletter, Business Edge. She assists Monica in economic development projects. Debbie also handles all email correspondence with the public and Growth Association members. Contact Debbie if you need demographic information or have a question about the website. Send Debbie an email with your entry for the member-to-member newsletter.


Alex St. Peters

Alex St. Peters is the RiverBend Growth Association’s new Intern. He performs front desk duties including updates on Facebook and Twitter as well as helps Trish Holmes with Growth Association events.

Alex recently graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he studyed Sociology with an emphasis in Employment Relations. Alex continues to work with his family at St. Peters Hardware and Rental while trying to find civil service employment in the Riverbend area. 

Alex's work schedule is Tuesday 8:00-5:00; Thursday 8:00-5:00; Friday 8:00-5:00.