2017 Board of Directors
James Thomssen, Chairman of the Board
D.L. Evans Bank
Jim Thomssen is the Vice President and Branch Manager of the new D.L. Evans Bank in Downtown Caldwell. With 32 years in the Banking industry Jim knows the importance of community in banking and as a Chamber Board Member. Buy, Borrow and Bank Local are words to live by. He and Melissa moved to Canyon County from the Ontario area where Jim was the Chamber President for the Ontario Chamber in the year 2000. Prior to Ontario they spent 13 years in the Tacoma Washington area.
Mike Durning, Incoming Chair
Long time resident of Caldwell. Retired in 2008. Mike has three children, one living in Caldwell and two living in the state of Washington. He has nine grandchildren ranging in age from twenty-eight to three. His interests include reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. He enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, especially steelhead fishing and spending time each week at breakfast with a group of retired law enforcement friends.
The majority of Mike’s working career was spent in potato processing with J.R. Simplot Company and a Dutch company called Aviko. He attempted early retirement but ended up spending time in the chemical industry, mining industry, and finally retired as an adult probation officer in Canyon County.
Mike lives in a small gated community adjacent to Purple Sage Golf Course and enjoys the amenities of the facility. He finds the time that he spends with the Caldwell Chamber to be rewarding and has given him an opportunity to re-connect with businesses and citizens of Caldwell.
Warren Kouba, Past Chair
Vice President and Senior Commercial Banking Relationship Manager with Sunwest Bank, with over 20 years of Retail, Small Business, Commercial Real Estate and Corporate Banking experience. Warren previously owned and operated several small businesses prior to his banking career, utilizing these wonderful life experiences to draw upon to become a trusted banking advisor for many small and medium sized businesses.
Warren has served on the Board for the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce for the past seven years and is also an active board member for Destination Caldwell and Indian Creek Plaza. As an Idaho native, Warren enjoys dirt bikes and mountain bikes and camping with his family. Warren lives in Nampa with his wife Andrea, and two children Haiden and Westin.
Betsy Hunsicker, Director
West Valley Medical Center
Betsy Hunsicker joined West Valley Medical Center as CEO in March 2014. She joined West Valley’s parent organization, HCA, in 2003 when she started at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Prior to Rose, she worked at a variety of healthcare organizations, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and Kaiser Permanente in Denver. She earned a bachelor’s of science in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and dual master’s degrees in health services administration and business administration from the University of Florida.
Hunsicker serves on the board of the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity, the Advisory board for the Caldwell YMCA, the Idaho Business for Education Board, and the Idaho Hospital Association Board. Hunsicker is originally from Gainesville, Florida. She, her husband, Jeff, and their two children, Charlie and Ann, enjoy spending time in the Idaho outdoors skiing, rafting, and camping and are active members of the Caldwell community.
Matt Davison, Director
Idaho Press Tribune
Matt Davison started his newspaper career with The Bulletin in Bend, Oregon in 1995. After a short stint in circulation, Matt found himself working as an Advertising Sales Rep with The Bulletin for the next 5 years. In 2000, Matt was hired as the Retail Advertising Manager for the Mail Tribune in Medford, Oregon. Three years later, in 2003, Matt joined Pioneer News Group as the Advertising Director for the Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa, Idaho. In 2006, Matt was promoted within Pioneer News Group to Publisher and President of the Daily Record in Ellensburg, WA. After almost 5 years enjoying all that Ellensburg has to offer Matt was relocated by Pioneer back to Nampa, ID to take over as Publisher & President of the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Meridian Press, the Emmett Messenger-Index and the Kuna Melba News. The Idaho Press-Tribune and its weekly publications are distributed to a combined total of 75,000 households per week. Matt currently serves on the board of directors for the Nampa Boys and Girls Club and is a member of the Nampa Rotary. He is a graduate of Western Oregon University with a degree in Communications, and is happily married to Kimberly for 16 years and has 3 daughters, Isabella, 13, Emily, 10, and Madelyn, 7.
Nate McKnight, Director
Nate has been in the dairy business for 26 years and prior to that was in the liquid egg business for 3 years, totaling 29 years in liquid food plants. His career started on the production floor and has held positions as supervisor, Quality Assurance Manager, Assistant Plant Manager, and Plant Manager. He has worked in 8 production plants across 3 states. Nate has an Associates of Arts in Business degree from University of Phoenix.
Nate has been married to his wife for 26 years and they have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. He recently started ranching outside of his professional career and is loving it! His four-year-old grandson is his best helper on the farm and ranch (it’s a small ranch).
Sarah Andrade, Director
Savala Smith, Director
The College of Idaho
Ryan Goff, Director
Roger’s Tire Pros & Auto Care Center
Patrick Harting, Director
Stephanie Rohrdanz, Director
Silvercreek Realty Group
Philip(Phil) Whitbeck, Director
Deer Flat Church
James Barrett, Director
Stacy Ward, Director
Best Western Plus Caldwell Inn & Suites
Gary Weaver, Director
Ex-Officio Board Members
Caldwell Economic Development Council
Mayor, City of Caldwell
Caldwell School District
Interim Director for Treasure Valley Community College
Vallivue School District
The Chamber Board offers a great way for members to be involved, and to network and contribute. There is wonderful satisfaction in being a part of the processes that grow and nurture the community.