(12/14/12) The Black River Area Chamber of Commerce is a working partnership of business people who seek to promote the commercial, industrial, educational and health-related activities to support the well-being of the area and its citizens.
Each year the Chamber seeks individuals to engage in this partnership and serve on the Chamber Board of Directors.
Chamber members received a ballot in November presenting the candidates for the 2013 Board of Directors. The newly elected board members who will serve their first three-year term are Elizabeth Hilts, Office Manager at Land O'Lakes; Cathy Link, owner of Spark Salon; and Dave Mahlum, owner of Midnight Entertainment. Two other board members who served in past years and have stepped up once again to help support the Chamber are Jennifer Gunning, owner of Re-Pete's Saloon & Grill; and Mary O'Brien, an individual Chamber member who retired from Black River Memorial Hospital in 2010. Re-elected to serve a second three-year term is Holly Winn, Vice-President of Ancillary Services and Human Resources from Black River Memorial Hospital.
The other directors currently serving on the board are Steve Meyer, Jackson Electric Cooperative; Traci Bailey, Three Bears Lodge; Lori Scharlau, Coverra Insurance and Allen Creek Gifts; Alex Zamarripa, Burnstad's Market; Sara Baker, US Cellular; Amy Lien, Co-op Credit Union; Diane Moen-Ross, Jackson County Boys and Girls Club; Tris Harris, Ho-Chunk Gaming-Black River Falls and Grady Gutknecht, Jackson County Board of Supervisors.
Jon Warmke, retired from the Black River Falls School District, has completed a three-year term and will be stepping down. Carly Dobson with Wal-Mart Super Center has completed two three-year terms and will also be stepping down. Dana Iverson with the Black River Country Bank has not only served two recent terms as director, she also served two additional three-year terms in the past, fulfilling a total of twelve years of service to the Chamber. Rochelle Scharpf, owner of Limelight Location Photography and Dennis Guenther, Weiss Realty, resigned in 2012, due to job demands.
The management, staff and board of directors thank these individuals for their many years of service and are grateful to have had their expertise to help guide the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce.