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  • 2020 Bill Stoecker Business of the Year Award

    Dr. Tim Carey of McKinley Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Spine

    McKinley Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Spine is recognized for consistent community involvement, an excellent business reputation with the public, and as a leader in their field. 

    Their team consists of nine providers to include one primary care sports physician and five orthopedic surgeons. Three of which have advanced fellowship training. Together the nine providers' collaboration saves the Fairbanks community from having to leave their homes to travel to the lower 48 for orthopedic care. In the past 3 years, McKinley has brought multiple procedures and skills to the area that have never been here before to include advanced medical training in the following sub-specialties; arthroscopic rotator cuff tears, hip arthroscopy, CT guided knee, and shoulder replacements. 

    McKinley also has a close partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children- Spokane. This past year the partnership between McKinley and The Shriners has made Fairbanks the busiest outreach clinic in their nationwide system, serving not only Fairbanks but Anchorage and the surrounding rural communities in the interior. 

    McKinley's dedication to cutting edge technology and service to the community has dramatically changed orthopedic care in Fairbanks.


    2020 Bernice M. Joseph Education Advocate of the Year Award

    Michele Stalder, Dean of UAF Community & Technical College

    Michele Stalder has focused her career on delivering education, supporting industries, and creating frameworks that support equal access to education. Michele has been instrumental in the development of many workforce development education programs that keep our city running.

    Some of those programs include:

    • Growing the Aviation Program located at the Fairbanks International Airport
    • Developing a local Law Enforcement Academy course
    • Serving on a committee that developed the first nationally certified paramedicine program in Alaska
    • Working with 3 local fire stations to secure over $2 million in federal SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grants
    • Initiating the FIRE summer academy to meet local fire industry needs by training students to have employment-ready certifications in firefighting and hazardous material operations
    • Working with industry experts to develop and implement a curriculum in a college format for the Process Technology program
    • Developing a strong network of partnerships with healthcare providers in Alaska who support the Allied Health program
    • Developing the Northern Military Programs that serve students in all branches of the military

    Michele is known for her dedication to student success and achievement. She is often heard saying that everyone has a right to an education, and in this, her actions speak louder than words. She tirelessly advocates for community college students both at the state level and within the UA system, and will celebrate her 40th year with the University in 2021.


    2020 George Nehrbas Volunteer of the Year Award

    Ken Hall of Lynden Transport

    This award is presented to a member of the Chamber who has distinguished themselves as an outstanding volunteer for our community.

    Ken Hall is the type of person who steps in when he sees a need. He has taken on leadership roles within his professional organizations and has contributed 10 years to serving the Special Olympics of the Tanana Valley and organizing critical fundraisers for them. He has also dedicated 23 years to the Fairbanks Curling Club as a volunteer and board member.

    Over the course of 30 years, he has volunteered with youth-focused groups in Fairbanks like the Boy Scouts, PTA boards, and every school event at the school where his wife taught. Ken goes above and beyond to help his community and his love for Fairbanks shines through in all that he does.

  • BILL STROECKER BUSINESS OF THE YEAR BILL STROECKER BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

    The Bill Stroecker Business of the Year award honors the accomplishments in the business community of a member of the Chamber who has shown drive in leading local development with sights on the future of Fairbanks. The business is recognized for consistent community involvement, an excellent business reputation with the public, and as a leader in their own profession and/or field of business.

    Past recipients include:

    2020: McKinley Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Spine
    2019: Alaska Universal Productions
    2018: Design Alaska
    2017: Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
    2016: Sunrise Bagel and Espresso
    2015: HooDoo Brewing Company
    2014: Northern Alaska Tour Company
    2013: Date-Line Digital Printing
    2012: Madden Real Estate
    2011: Mt. McKinley Bank
    2010: Chena Hot Springs
    2009: Santina’s Flowers & Gifts
    2008: Advance Printing Company
    2007: Pacific Alaska Forwarders
  • BERNICE M. JOSEPH EDUCATION ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR BERNICE M. JOSEPH EDUCATION ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

    The Bernice M. Joseph Advocate of the Year award recognizes a business or individual in the business community that has consistently shown a commitment to education through sustained partnership, outreach, or career development opportunities that improve the educational experience of students and demonstrate partnership, innovation, and creativity. All employees of Chamber member businesses are eligible to receive this award. 

    Past recipients include:

    2020: Michele Stalder
    2019: Daniel Domke
    2018: Denise Wartes
    2017: The Associated General Contractors of Alaska
    2016: Dr. Cary Keller
    2015: Sue Hull
  • GEORGE NEHRBAS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR GEORGE NEHRBAS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

    The George Nehrbas Volunteer of the Year award is presented to a member of the Chamber who has distinguished themselves as an outstanding volunteer. It is the Chamber's most visible recognition for volunteer contributions to our community. All employees of Chamber member businesses and organizations are eligible to receive this award.

    Past recipients include:

    2020: Ken Hall
    2019: Christina Tachick 
    2018: Clark Milne
    2017 : Mike Richards
    2016: Dr. Katherine Johnson
    2015: Derek Miller
    2014: Sarah Lefebvre
    2013: Heather Lambert
    2012: Mary Jane Fate
    2011: Cindy Cevasco
    2010: Lorna Shaw
    2009: Joe Usibelli Jr.
    2008: Billie Blanchard
    2007: Val Cofield
    Past Annual Award Winners dating back to 1963