Chamber Board & Staff
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.
Mike Durning, Chairman of the Board
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 with 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 reconnect with businesses and citizens of Caldwell.
James (Jim) Thomssen, Past Chair / Wine Ambassador
About Jim Thomssen, the Idaho Wine Ambassador: Jim grew up in Minnesota but moves west to get away from the snow. He landed in Washington state with a degree in Economics. He discovered the wines of Washington in the 1980s as the region emerged, and when his banking career brought him to the Treasure Valley in 1993 he saw the wine region in Idaho had the same potential.
Jim has worked with and volunteered for the Caldwell Economic Development, The Idaho Wine Commission, The University of Idaho, Great Northwest Wine, and the Sunnyslope Wine Trail over the last ten years to help develop the Idaho wine industry and promote Idaho wines.
Jim is an avid wine traveler and has visited Napa Valley, the Alsace, and Portugal. He earned the title of Ambassador after arranging a trip to the Rioja in Spain with an Idaho Winemaker to explore the differences and similarities between the Snake River AVA and the Rioja Alta.
Keith Bushardt, Incoming Chair
Keith Bushardt brings over 30 years of sales, marketing, and executive leadership inside the insurance industry. Throughout his career, he has built and maintained a passion for creating breakthroughs in customer experience by taking an ‘outside-in’ view of the customer that results in customer longevity, profitability, and brand loyalty.
Bushardt is currently the owner/operator of Farmers Insurance – Keith Bushardt Agency. He has held executive leadership positions with Blue Cross of Idaho, BlueCross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Wunderman, United HealthCare, and WellPoint Health Networks through the course of his career.
Keith is a native ‘upstate’ New Yorker who has been fortunate to live in just about every region of the nation but now resides in Boise, ID with is wife, Linda.
Savala DeVoge, Scretary / Treasurer
Savala DeVoge began her career in higher education as a graduate assistant working at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Savala has worker at The College of Idaho here in Caldwell since 2006, during which time she completed both her Master’s and her Doctorate work. While she is on the Chamber Board representing the college, Caldwell is her home and making this a better place for business means a lot to her.
Board of Directors
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 a variety of healthcare organizations, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MC 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.
Patrick Harting, Director
Patrick Harting is the Regional Director of Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial service organization. He has worked for Modern Woodmen for over 14 years. Pat is a graduate of Boise State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. He also graduated from the College of Idaho, with a Master of Education in 1992.
Pat has lived in Caldwell since 2007. He is married to his wife, Sheila. Between them, they have 6 children from the ages of 19 to 32. When he’s not working, you will find Pat enjoying time with his family and taking pictures of the great outdoors.
James Barrett, Director
Treasure Valley resident since 1973. Married to Tiffany Barrett, Son Taite Griffin. Raised 4 children, Caldwell School District, 9 grandchildren.
Small Service Business Owner, Barrett’s Professional Carpet Care, Since 1990.
Local Musician and Band, “The James Gang.”
Real Estate Agent, licensed in Idaho Since 2002, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Silverhawk Realty.
Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Board Member
Family and community have always been leads in my life. I enjoy the rewards of staying active in community events, volunteering, and supporting our local College of Idaho and High School sports programs, as well as Idaho Prospect Baseball. Watching and assisting our Valley to continue to grow, and assisting new friend and old, to find their dream homes and be successful in their businesses.
Ryan Goff, Director
Roger’s Tire Pros & Auto Care Center
Stephanie Rohrdanz, Director
Silvercreek Realty Group
Patrick Delvin, Director
Phillip (Phil) Whitbeck, Director
Deer Flat Church
Shanel Wilson, Director
Mishelle Hagewood, Director
All About Medicare
First Interstate Bank
Carol Howell is a long-time resident of Idaho and has over 30 years of Retail and Small Business Banking experience. Her banking career began in Mountain Home and Boise and she has been working in Caldwell since 2012 where she initially worked as a Lender and Relationship Officer. Carol is currently the Branch Manager at First Interstate Bank in Caldwell. In addition to her banking career, Carol and her husband owned and operated a small business in Boise for 16 years.
When Carol joined the Caldwell Community, one of the first things she did was become involved with the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce. She has been a member of the Caldwell Chamber Ambassador group for 7 years and has participated in many Chamber events including Leadership Caldwell, Buckaroo Breakfast, Wine Tours, Mega Marketing, Festival of Trees, and the Treasure Valley Night Light Parade.
In addition to Chamber of Commerce events, First Interstate Bank is also a supporter of Indian Creek Plaza, Advocates Against Family Violence, YMCA, Caldwell Night Rodeo, College of Idaho, Caldwell Optimist, Soroptimist, Lions Club, and Rotary, among others. Carol is currently a member of the Caldwell Optimist Club and serves as an Optimist Board Member.
Carol and her husband Lynn have 6 children, 10 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. Her grandchildren are involved in Caldwell Sports and her oldest son has been an Optimist football coach for several years. They all enjoy spending time in the Caldwell community.
Holiday Inn, Nampa
Caldwell Economic Development Council
Mayor, City of Caldwell
William Gigray, III
Theresa Hardin – Executive Director
Lexi Cook – Office Manager
Gail Nordby – Projects & Events Coordinator
Catharine Fultz – Office Coordinator
704 Blaine St. Caldwell, ID 83605