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  • COMMITTEES

  • Advocacy committees advise the Chamber on issues which may affect our members. Any employee of a member organization in the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce may apply to become a member of the advocacy committees below.

    Guests are welcome at any Chamber committee meeting (membership is not required). We encourage you to attend a meeting or two as a guest to learn about the committee's focus and activities. Click the blue button below to join a committee email list and stay in the know.

    Ready to become a full member of the committee? See the orange button at the bottom.

    Questions about committees? Email suzanne@fairbankschamber.org.

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  • Education & Workforce Development Education & Workforce Development

    Mission Statement:

    The Education & Workforce Development Committee serves to advise Chamber members on matters of education that relate to the business community and promote a quality educational system. 


    Meeting Time:

    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. on the 1st Friday of each month


    Chair:

         Janet Daley

         ABR, Inc.
         Email
         (907) 455-6777


         

     

     

     

    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Amanda White, School of Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    2. Claire Morton, University of Alaska
    3. Ernie Manzie, Family Centered Services of Alaska
    4. Janet Daley, ABR, Inc.
    5. Joni Simpson, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
    6. Kathryn Strle, Golden Valley Electric Association
    7. Keith Swarner, UAF Community & Technical College
    8. Kelly Doughty, Thrivalaska
    9. Lael Oldmixon, Alaska 529
    10. Melissa Sikes, Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District
    11. Nicole Welch, Foundation Health Partners
    12. Sandra Ryan, Fairbanks Education Association

    Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Energy, Environment & Natural Resources

    Mission Statement:

    The Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee focuses on the concerns of economical delivery, production and end-use of energy for our residents and advocates for the development and use of Alaskan's natural resources and strives to have a working knowledge of technical, financial, and political aspects surrounding development.


    Meeting Time:

    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month


    Chair:

         Patrick Cotter

         PDC Engineers
         Email
         (907) 452-1414




     

     

     

     

    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Adrian Gal, ABR, Inc
    2. David Fish, Aurora Energy, LLC
    3. David Prusak, Stantec Consulting Services
    4. Elena Sudduth, Interior Gas Utility
    5. Genevieve Bell, Flowline Alaska, Inc.
    6. John Ringstad, Individual Member
    7. Jomo Stewart, Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation
    8. Joni Scharfenberg, Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District
    9. Ken Hall, Lynden Transport
    10. Lou Florence, Doyon Utilities LLC
    11. Meadow Bailey, Golden Valley Electric Association
    12. Patrick Cotter, PDC Engineers
    13. Rick Solie, Tower Hill Mines
    14. Wendie MacNaughton, Northern Star, LLC

    Government Relations Government Relations

    Mission Statement:

    The Government Relations Committee monitors proposed or existing laws, policies and regulations affecting Chamber members or its mission. The Committee takes a proactive posture in advancing matters of importance to our community or our state. From time to time, the Committee submits formal recommendations to the Board and takes a lead role in advocating Chamber positions externally. 


    Meeting Time:

    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday


    Chair:

         Rebecca Dean
         Dean & Associates, LLC
         Email
         (907) 451-6561 

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Chris Darrah, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
    2. Derek Miller, College of Engineering & Mines, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    3. Jennifer Thompson, Hedgecock Group Real Estate
    4. John Ringstad, Individual Member
    5. June Rogers, McCafferty's, A Coffee House, Etc.
    6. Lisa Herbert, Usibelli Coal Mine
    7. Rebecca Dean, Dean & Associates
    8. Sarah Lefebvre, Exclusive Paving / University Redi Mix
    9. Suzan Bast, Foundation Health Partners
    10. Wendie MacNaughton, Northern Star LLC

    Military Affairs Military Affairs

    Mission Statement:

    The Military Affairs Committee promotes cooperative relationships between the military and Interior Alaskan businesses to maintain and enhance the economic value of our military installations.


    Meeting Time:

    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd Friday of each month


    Co-Chairs:

         Jennifer Imus
         First National Bank
         Email

     

     

     

     

     

     

        Tim Jones
         Doyon Utilities
         Email
        (907) 455-1595

     

     

     

     

     

    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Alexandra Sloat, Vivlamore Companies
    2. Althea St Martin, Republican Women of Fairbanks
    3. David Chapa, Alaska Coalition for Veterans & Military Families
    4. Doug Isaacson, Minto Development Corporation
    5. Jennifer Imus, First National Bank Alaska
    6. Jomo Stewart, Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation
    7. Josh Bunch, MAC Federal Credit Union
    8. Lisa Herbert, Usibelli Coal Mine
    9. Meadow Bailey, Golden Valley Electric Association
    10. Rebecca Dean, Dean & Associates
    11. Ron Johnson, North Haven Communities
    12. Rose Geer-Robbins, USO Alaska
    13. Scott McCrea, Explore Fairbanks
    14. Steve Lundgren, Denali State Bank
    15. Taylor Waldner, Alaska Behavioral Health
    16. Tim Jones, Doyon Utilities

    Transportation and Infrastructure Transportation and Infrastructure

    Mission Statement:

    The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advocates for improvement and growth in transportation and infrastructure for the Northern Region. This includes roads, railroad, aviation, terminals, water access, utilities, and building infrastructure with a goal to enhance Fairbanks as an Alaska transportation hub and increase the capability to service international traffic.


    Meeting Time:

    7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. every Thursday


    Chair: 
    Melissa Osborn
    DOWL
    Email
    (907) 978-3788


     

     

     

     

     

     

    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Clark Milne, DOWL
    2. Donald Galligan, Fairbanks North Star Borough
    3. Doug Isaacson, Minto Development Corporation
    4. Jackson Fox, FAST Planning
    5. Jeremy Worrall, State of Alaska DOT
    6. Melissa Osborn, DOWL
    7. Mike Davis, GHEMM Company, Inc.
    8. Sarah Lefebvre, Exclusive Paving / University Redi Mix
    9. Scott McCrea, Explore Fairbanks
    10. Stan Halvarson, Alaska Aerofuel
    11. Theresa Harvey, Fairbanks International Airport
    12. Tom George, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
  • Complete the form below to apply for committee membership. You will be contacted with the result of your application after it is reviewed by the chair of the relevant committee and the Board of Directors.