Since April 4 the Cascade Area Chamber of Commerce was without a director, but the role — vital to the success and growth of the business community — no longer sits vacant with the hiring of Katelyn Wolfe.

She grew up in the Dubuque area and married Mike Wolfe, from Worthington. The Wolfes lived in Worthington for a time but then moved to Asbury. “I have a couple special needs children,” Wolfe said. “The move was due to their therapy needs.”

Her new role is a 20-hour position and provides her even more ways to enjoy small towns. “We thoroughly enjoy these small communities,” said Wolfe. “This position in Cascade is a great opportunity to still feel connected to the small towns that we love.”

Over her previous 10 years, Wolfe worked in various industries, which she feels helped her build a strong base for her new duties. “I think that will lend well to this position, to be able to work well with multiple different industries.”

Wolfe described her role, “We provide networking opportunities with other businesses in the area as well as the community, and assist with marketing. It’s an excellent networking opportunity.”

Wolfe’s family originated in Cascade, with her grandfather, Art Pape, founding his trucking company in 1956.

“I am excited to connect with my Cascade roots and help grow the business community,” said Wolfe. “I look forward to the many stories I’m sure to hear about my dad and his siblings’ childhood years in Cascade.”

Wolfe summed up her goals in the most-recent Chamber newsletter, “My goal is to stimulate business in Cascade by increasing events, growing our social media presence and interacting with you and your entire staff in person. I look forward to visiting your business and introducing myself personally, to better understand how I can serve you.”