Eileen Leuby will resign as president of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce to become membership coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Eileen Leuby will resign as president of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce to become membership coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Leuby has been president of the chamber for 16 years.

Her last day at the chamber is Aug. 15. She is expected to start at MORPC later this month.

"I have mixed feelings about leaving because I really love this job (at the chamber)," Leuby said. "But I'm excited about this new opportunity to work at a wider level and work with all of my colleagues throughout central Ohio."

In her new role, Leuby said, she will recruit members to MORPC so all central Ohio groups are planning for the future together.

"MORPC is trying to get all stakeholders involved with land use, transportation, health care and work together on long-term planning," she said. "We have so many areas that overlap, if we can get everyone involved at the table when making plans, we will have better plans."

Leuby became president of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce in 1997, when it was founded.

"We're sorry to see her leave and wish her well," chamber board chairman Craig Fullen said. "She's been involved with the chamber since its inception 16 years ago.

"She's done a great job for the chamber and the city, including making the Taste of New Albany an exceptional annual event."

During her tenure, the New Albany Chamber of Commerce expanded from 25 members to more than 500.

Leuby has lived in New Albany 19 years.

She has a bachelor's of science degree in business administration, a bachelor's of art degree in public administration and a master's degree in higher education administration, all from Miami University in Oxford.

She received a certificate through the Institute of Organizational Management from the University of Notre Dame in 2001.

Leuby said worked for Ernst and Young for nine years before becoming president of the New Albany chamber.

She has three daughters: Rosalyn, 18, a freshman at Miami University; Jacquelyn, 21 who just graduated from John Carroll University; and Madeline, 25, who lives and works in Chicago as a senior account manager for the Creative Group.