Christina Jorgenson is the new Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Jorgenson officially starts in the position on April 22. A Dickinson native, she previously served as DACC events and member relations manager.

Current DACC Executive Director Sarah Trustem announced in March that she would be stepping down from the position after 15 months to take a newly created position with Dickinson Public Schools.

Jorgenson said she is excited to becoming the new Chamber director.

"It's been a whirlwind as we've been preparing and knowing the transition is coming, with Sarah leaving," she said. "We're going to miss her, absolutely, and we're looking forward to everything here on out."

Jorgenson has been with the Chamber since December.

"I've really enjoyed getting to know the staff, the volunteers, working with the committees, and starting to build some of those relations with our businesses in the community," she said.

Jorgenson graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., with a degree in chemistry and religion.

She spent five years in Medora as Badlands Ministries program director.

"I've had experience managing and directing events and volunteers and people," she said. "I really enjoy being connected with the communities I've had an opportunity to work with."

Jorgenson was first drawn to the Chamber by its mission and community efforts.

"I loved seeing the Chamber representing the community," she said, "and bringing businesses together, bringing the community together, and really just the passion the Chamber has for the city of Dickinson and surrounding area."

Bringing together people is important to Jorgenson.

"I love this community," she said. "I grew up here and will always care for the people and the businesses, and I just found that my passion and the mission and vision of the Chamber really matched up."

Jorgenson looks forward to continuing the Chamber's efforts into the year.

"Right now, the Chamber has great energy moving forward and has great plans that were already set in stone, laid out, as we finish this fiscal year," she said. "I don't plan to make any big changes, just continue to build on that energy we have and continuing to connect with members and potentially new members."

She added, "I don't plan on shaking things up too much, just continue on the path that has been set forth."

The DACC Board of Directors is excited for Jorgenson to take on the role, Zach Keller, DACC board president, said in a statement.

"(Jorgenson's) passion for the advancement and success of the local business community will serve her well as she looks to be a valuable partner to all the members and organizations partnering with the Chamber," he said. "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to officially introduce our great community to the next leader of our organization."