Ely Chamber of Commerce Staff & Director Bios

Chamber Staff

Eva Sebesta Executive Director

Eva started work at the Ely Chamber of Commerce in 2015 as the administrative assistant. In 2018, she took over as the executive director. Eva has a master's of science degree in Natural Resource Management. Prior to working at the Chamber, she worked as an administrative manager for 19 years, and as a program director for 2.5 years. She originally moved to the Ely area in 1982.

Ellen Cashman Events Director

Ellen has worked at the Ely Chamber of Commerce in various capacities for over a decade. She organizes, coordinates, and executives the Chamber's major events. Prior to moving to Ely Ellen’s background was in interior design with Dayton’s Corporation where she was involved in many corporate projects including the development of major events. Deciding to leave the corporate world Ellen moved to Ely in 1995 to start a small retail specialty shop and interior design studio

Rachel Brophy Office Manager

Rachel joined the Chamber staff in January 2020. Prior to her role as Office Manager, she was a middle school English teacher. She also has previous experience as the owner of a floral sales business, working as the Associate Editor of her hometown newspaper, and numerous stints working in the food and beverage industry to name a few. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Minnesota - Duluth, where she earned a degree in Teaching English.