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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. We encourage you to attend a meeting or two as a guest first to learn about the committee's focus and activities.

    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.

    Questions about committees? Email our Advocacy & Committee Coordinator – jinnel@fairbankschamber.org.


  • Cost of Healthcare Insurance Committee Cost of Healthcare Insurance Committee

    Committee Purpose:

    The purpose of the CHIC is to advise through education to the GFCC and its members on subject matters regarding why there is such a high cost of healthcare premiums.


    Meeting Time:

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at Kohler, Schmitt & Hutchison (714 4th Ave., Suite 302)


    Chair:

    Garry Hutchison
    Kohler, Schmitt & Hutchison CPA
    Email
    (907) 456-6676

     

     

     Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Fred Brown, Health Care Cost Management Corp. of Alaska
    2. Janet Daley, ABR Inc.
    3. Shaun Lewis, Alaska Employee Benefits Inc.
    4. Odette Butler, Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska
    5. Will Daniels, Doyon, Limited

    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:

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Chamber Office


    Chair:

    Lael Oldmixon
    UA College Savings Fund
    Email
    (907) 450-8115


         

    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Jonathan Tibbs, Wells Fargo Bank - Vice-Chair
    2. Amanda White, University of Alaska Fairbanks- School of Management
    3. Cassandra Ferree, Catholic Schools of Fairbanks
    4. Cathy Winfree, UAF Community & Technical College
    5. Daniel Domke, FNSB School District
    6. Ernie Manzie, Family Centered Services
    7. Keith Swarner, UAF CTC
    8. Mindy O'Neall, Laborers Local 942
    9. Melissa Sikes, Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District
    10. Sharice Walker, FNSB School District
    11. Samantha Reynolds, North Star Ballet

    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 at the Chamber Office


    Chair:

    Ken Hall
    Lynden
    Email
    (907) 456-5535



    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Roger Burggraf, Greatland River Tours
    2. Adrian Gall, ABR, Inc
    3. Michelle Hollowell, Fairbanks Natural Gas/ Interior Gas Utility
    4. Uriah Nalikak, Petro Star
    5. Genevieve Bell, Flowline Alaska
    6. Joni Sharfenberg, Fairbanks Soil & Water Conservation District
    7. Rick Solie, Tower Hill Mines
    8. David Prusak, Stantec Consulting Services, LLC
    9. David Fish, Aurora Energy
    10. Jomo Stewart, Fairbanks Economic Development Corp.

    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:

    8:00 a.m. every Tuesday at the Chamber Office


    Chair:
    John Ringstad,
    BP
    Email

     

     

     

     
    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Anna Atchinson, Kinross Fort Knox
    2. Chris Darrah, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
    3. Jacob Howdeshell, Laborers' Local 942
    4. Jenny Mahlen, First National Bank Alaska
    5. Josh Bunch, MAC Federal Credit Union
    6. Julie Duquette, Slayden Plumbing and Heating
    7. June Rogers, McCafferty's, A Coffee House, Etc.
    8. Lisa Herbert, Usibelli Coal Mine
    9. Michael Hale, Hale and Associates
    10. Sarah Lefebvre, Exclusive Paving
    11. Sarah Obed, Doyon, Limited

    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 at the Mt. McKinley Bank 4th Ave, 4th Floor Conference Room


    Acting Chair: 
    Tim Jones
    Doyon Utilities
    Email
    (907) 455-1595

     

     

     

    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Althea St. Martin, Republican Women of Fairbanks
    2. Holly Cain,Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska, LLC
    3. Josh Bunch, MAC Federal Credit Union
    4. Kristin Baysinger, SMG and Carlson Center
    5. Lisa Herbert, Usibelli Coal Mine
    6. Stacy Markham, MAC Federal Credit Union
    7. Steve Lundgren, Denali State Bank
    8. Mary Kreta, UAF
    9. Scott Eickholt, Laborers Local 942
    10. Jomo Stewart, FEDC

    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. every Thursday at Denny's Restaurant (1929 Airport Way)


    Chair: 
    Mike Davis
    GHEMM Company
    Email
    (907) 452-5191


     

     

     

    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Sarah Lefebvre, Exclusive Paving and University Redi-Mix - Co-Chair
    2. Calvin Gustafson, Alaska Railroad
    3. Clark Milne, DOWL
    4. David Miller, Everts Air
    5. Don Galligan, Fairbanks North Star Borough
    6. Doug Isaacson, Minto Development Corp
    7. Jackson Fox, FMATS
    8. Jeremy Worrall, AK DOT & PF and Statewide Aviation
    9. Katrina Martolano, Brenntag Pacific
    10. Matthew McClurg, Fairbanks International Airport
    11. Melissa Osborn, DOWL
    12. Roger Burggraf, Greatland River Tours Inc.
    13. Stan Halverson, Alaska AeroFuel
    14. Tom George, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association