Danielle LaCavalla is the new Executive Director of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce (GINCC). Throughout her career, Danielle has worked with development and engagement offices. In her last role as Assistant Director of Bicentennial Events at Norwich University, a private military college in Central VT, she was tasked with an unprecedented opportunity to engage constituents in significant ways – building pride among alumni, students and staff, and to celebrate a significant milestone. She continues to bring her past experiences in constituent relations to promote positive local business growth for the GINCC. Though it is not always roses and unicorns being a chamber director in an area you are not originally from, Danielle says that chamber members have and continue to welcome her into their community.
Danielle was born and raised outside New York City, specifically in Rockland County, NY. Her twin sister, Ashley and her had a niche for health and wellness at an early age. They both went to boarding school in Lake Placid, NY called Northwood School. Here, Danielle and her sister focused on their academic improvements and excitement for alpine skiing. Following Northwood, she skied (and went to college) at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, while Ashley went to Boston College in Newton, MA. Through skiing, Danielle was able to see the world abroad and engage many cultures. During that time, she had the opportunity to ski and live in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and in New Zealand.
Danielle graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Communications. After college, she moved to Boston, MA and finally settled in Northfield, VT working at Norwich University. There she met her boyfriend, Shane. Shane, like Danielle, went to a similar boarding school, Burke Mountain Academy. He nordic skied at the University of New Hampshire. Shane was offered the position as Assistant Nordic Ski Coach of Northern Michigan University in May 2015. After being separated for a year, Danielle moved to Marquette County in May 2016.
Since moving here, Danielle has had the opportunity to be a part of the Marji Gesick 100 race this September. She says, “I was thrilled with the passion of the committee and their eagerness to create one of the hardest endurance races. They are all insane and I love it.”