Chamber View: How do you dedicate your time?

Tanya Doran

By TANYA DORAN

Executive Director, Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce

As executive director for the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce since 2009, I’ve had the pleasure to meet and work with ordinary folks who do extraordinary things. I feel extremely blessed and honored to know so many of these folks, who live busy lives like most of us and find the time to make a difference in our community too.

Here are just a few examples:

Theresa Turner is a wife, mother, grandmother and Riverview business owner. She is a CPA and owner of Tax Happens. Last year she noticed a need and created the nonprofit organization Riverview Our Town. Its purpose is to provide humanitarian aid to individuals within the community.

Dr. Kimberly Tyson, owner of Four Paws Veterinary Hospital, is trained in animal acupuncture and has a special interest in animal dermatology. In addition to managing a busy veterinary office, she’s a wife, mother and an active member of the FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club. She also works closely with local rescue groups and has helped them raise funds by hosting a monthly “Yappy Hour.”

The owner of Senior Helpers, Scott Fox, has a passion for helping families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. He organizes free educational seminars to help loved ones understand and cope with this horrific disease. In addition to managing his business, Fox is married and has two young children. He is also leading an effort to add a splash park in the Riverview area for everyone to enjoy.

Angie Pickren and Kendall Duncan, of Canine Cabana, were once animal trainers at Busch Gardens and worked directly with Jack Hanna. They also have families and are active with the “Charity Chicks,” a group of ladies who raise funds all year, and then make a substantial donation to a local nonprofit organization.

Then there’s Dr. Bryan Thatcher, a retired physician and owner of Thatcher Properties, who founded and works fulltime with his ministry, Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy. He also finds time to gather and ship medical supplies to poor countries.

Thatcher has been married for over 38 years and has seven children. A very busy man…

Thankfully, our community has many other dedicated and passionate individuals who help make our small piece of the world a better place. Are you aware of someone in the Riverview area like this? If yes, I’d like to hear from you. Email me at director@riverviewchamber.com or call the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce office at 813-234-5944.

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