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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.

    Questions about committees? Email suzanne@fairbankschamber.org.

  • 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


     

     

        Amanda Langhorst

        School of Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks
        Email

     

     

     

     

     

    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Amanda White, School of Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    2. Ernie Manzie, Family Centered Services of Alaska
    3. Heidi Haas, ACCA, Inc.
    4. Janet Daley, ABR, Inc.
    5. Joni Simpson, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
    6. Lael Oldmixon, Alaska 529
    7. Mark Young, University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College
    8. Ruby Oatman, Associated General Contractors of Alaska
    9. Sandi 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

         Respec Company, LLC
         Email
         (907) 452-1414




     

     

     

     

    Volunteer Committee Members:

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

    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:

         Chris Darrah
         Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
         Email
       

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Brenna Schaake, Kinross Fort Knox
    2. Cheyenna Kuplack, Doyon, Limited
    3. Chris Darrah, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
    4. Derek Miller, College of Engineering & Mines, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    5. Jennifer Thompson, Hedgecock Group Real Estate
    6. John Ringstad, Individual Member
    7. Juliet Shepherd, Shepherd et al., LLC
    8. June Rogers, McCafferty's, A Coffee House, Etc.
    9. Lisa Herbert, Usibelli Coal Mine
    10. Rebecca Dean, Dean & Associates
    11. Sarah Lefebvre, Exclusive Paving / University Redi Mix

    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
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    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Althea St Martin, Republican Women of Fairbanks
    2. Doug Isaacson, Minto Development Corporation
    3. Jennifer Imus, First National Bank Alaska
    4. Jomo Stewart, Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation
    5. Lisa Herbert, Usibelli Coal Mine
    6. Rebecca Dean, Dean & Associates
    7. Ron Johnson, North Haven Communities
    8. Rose Geer-Robbins, USO Alaska
    9. Tim Jones, Doyon Utilities
    10. Ashley Bradish, Golden Valley Electric Association
    11. Michaella Anderson, 907 Livestock & Senator Myers Office
    12. Steve Lundgren, Denali State Bank
    13. Kathy Mayo, Kathy Mayo and Associates
    14. Charity Gadapee, Explore Fairbanks

    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. Donald Galligan, Fairbanks North Star Borough
    2. Doug Isaacson, Minto Development Corporation
    3. Jackson Fox, FAST Planning
    4. Jeremy Worrall, State of Alaska DOT
    5. Melissa Osborn, DOWL
    6. Mike Davis, GHEMM Company, Inc.
    7. Sarah Lefebvre, Exclusive Paving / University Redi Mix
    8. Scott McCrea, Explore Fairbanks
    9. Stan Halvarson, Alaska Aerofuel
    10. Tom George, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
    11. Emily Braniff, AGC of Alaska - Fairbanks, AK
    12. Juliet Shepherd, Shepherd et al., LLC
    13. Michaella Anderson, 907 Livestock & Senator Myers Office
    14. Mindy O'Neall, Cold Climate Housing Research Center
    15. Rachel Webb, Fairbanks International Airport
    16. Roger Burggraf, Great Land River Tours
  • 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.