Thelma Castillo, President and CEO,
Thelma received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and received a J.D. from the Detroit College of Law and became a license attorney in 1988.
In 2004, she earned the designation of Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), from the American Commerce Chamber Executives, a national organization. She is also a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, Institute for Organizational Management and Leadership Detroit XII.
She was previously employed by the Detroit Regional Chamber, one of the largest chambers in the country. She brings over 18 years of chamber experience. Her areas of expertise included Workforce Initiatives, Talent Initiatives, Leadership Initiatives, Advocacy, Human Resources and Operations. Through her leadership in Human Resources the chamber was recognized by several organizations for its human resources practices and won several awards as one of the best places to work, for its diversity efforts, for its workplace flexibility and as one of the cool places to work. Over the years, she has been able to secure over 15 million dollars in grant funds to fund a number of chamber programs. One of those programs was “Intern in Michigan”, a statewide website program that focuses on keeping talent in the region by retaining its talent via internships. She also has experience working with chambers at the local, state and national levels, economic development organizations, educational institutions, workforce boards, civic organizations, political organizations, law enforcement agencies and community organizations.
Thelma has also been involved in the political arena and was a member of several boards; Institute of Organizational Management for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross Southeastern Michigan, Legal Aid and Defender Association, Alliance for safer, greater Detroit, SER Metro Detroit, Hispanic Business Alliance, Workforce Innovations in Economic Development (WIRED) and Intern in Michigan.
Outside of work, Thelma is a big sports fan, enjoys bowling and being with family and friends.
She is married to Len Frisch, a Detroit Fireman, has one son JJ Dominguez, who resides in Northville, MI. Thelma and Len currently reside in Croswell.
Thelma is extremely excited to be working at the Blue Water Area Chamber. She looks forward to working with new and familiar faces to further the chamber goals and be that voice in the business community.
Amy S. Lutz, Membership & Marketing Director,
was born and raised in Port Huron. In September 2011, Amy graduated Cum Laude, Delta Mu Delta, from Walsh College with a Bachelors of Business Administration Accounting Processes degree. Prior to that, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Clair County Community College (SC4) with an Associate of Liberal Arts degree, majoring in business and accounting, and an Associate of Business degree. A scholarship through the Community Foundation of St. Clair County helped to make this possible.
Amy’s professional experience ranges from bookkeeping, business development, office administration, and IT, to retail, sales, and teaching dance and preschool. She enjoys learning and assisting with all areas of business, both the front-end and behind-the-scenes responsibilities. Amy was a member of the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals' (MACP) Marketing & Communications Committee for two years. Each Fall, Amy looks forward to attending the MACP Conference. While there, she welcomes the opportunity to brainstorm with other local chambers, participate in professional development workshops, and bring home invaluable ideas to excel the Blue Water Area Chamber and its members. 2014 was Amy's first year attending the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Institute For Organization Management to further develop her managerial skills. Over the past few years, she has enjoyed being a member of COMPASS and attending their monthly networking meetings.
Outside of work, Amy enjoys being involved with church and her son’s extracurricular activities. She has been the director of, and assisted with the preparations and operations of, Vacation Bible School for a few years. For a few years, Amy enjoyed being the Treasurer of Port Huron’s Cub Scout Pack 178. In the Spring and Fall, she delights in being her son’s AYSO soccer coach.
The Blue Water Area is dear to Amy and she is excited to have the opportunity to help the local businesses to grow and prosper.
Danielle Warren, Membership & Marketing Administrator,
Born in Clovis, New Mexico and raised in Port Huron, Danielle is a 2004 graduate of Port Huron Northern High School. Continuing her education, she graduated from the Health Enrichment Center Inc. in 2007 with the equivalency of a bachelor’s degree in massage therapy.
Danielle’s professional background consists of massage therapy, restaurant management, director of hockey operations for the local NAHL Port Huron Fighting Falcons Junior Hockey Team, and currently, Membership and Marketing Administrator for the Chamber. With the Chamber she attended the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals' (MACP) Conference, in October 2013. Through this opportunity, she was given the chance to engage in professional development workshops, and learn the values of collaboration and partnerships to help benefit the Blue Water Area.
Outside of work, Danielle spends most of her time at the hockey arena; this is nothing new to her as she grew up with two brothers who play. Her husband, Bill Warren, coaches, and keeping with family tradition their son, Cameron, has been playing the game since he was two.
Danielle is a very social and energetic individual who excels in customer relations. She has a passion for people and for her community and looks forward to becoming more involved within the Blue Water Area as a young professional.