Mountain Home Idaho Chamber of Commerce
Mountain Home, Idaho
Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce
Mountain Home, Idaho

_blankVickie Bermensolo - President I have been a resident of Mountain Home for over 36 years. I am a nonworking Registered Nurse and throughout my career have worked as an RN at St. Al’s Hospital, Elmore Medical Center, Gooding Hospital and an office nurse for Dr. Michael Koelsch, Dr. Richard Starkey and Dr. Austin Cushman the last 7 years of my nursing career. My spouse of 20 years is Alan Bermensolo. We raised our children in Mountain Home. Two of our children, Kara and Eric, are in their final year of Graduate School and will hopefully be taxpayers soon.
I’m a member of the Zeta B’s Civic Group who assist and contribute in any way needed to the Senior Citizens, Cedar Crest, Mountain Home Animal Shelter, Meals on Wheels, Giving Tree, Domestic Violence, and Mountain Home Youth Center. Our goal is to keep our assistance of any kind in Mountain Home. I’m an active member of the MHAFB OSC and enjoy the meetings, interacting with the spouses, and supporting their fund raisers. Being a spouse of a Military Affairs Committee member, I have spent many years supporting and helping in any way with this committee. I have attended many functions and dinners and have made wonderful lifelong friendships with the awesome Air Force families that have flowed in and out of Mountain Home.
My passion as a volunteer is for the Giving Tree. This is my third year to be very active with this wonderful group of caring people
I enjoy reading, movies, boating, four wheeling, snowmobiling, traveling and riding our Harley with Alan.

_blankPaula Riggs - Vice President Paula has been involved in many organizations and civic groups of Mountain Home, including the Chamber of Commerce and Military Affairs for 24 years. Paula knows the importance of economic growth in Mountain Home and the need for community business development which can be attained by the Chamber, businesses and other organizations working together. Paula feels it is important for the Chamber to maintain a close working relationship with Mountain Home Air Force Base. Paula has been married to her husband Kelly for 25 years and has 2 children ages 20 & 18.

_blankTed Thompson - Director Ted was born in Columbus, Ohio, raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from the US Air Force Academy, serving more than 30 years on active duty including his time at the Academy. He has been married to Nancy for more than 34 years. They have two sons, Michael and Daniel who is married to Paris, and a granddaughter, Evie. Their Air Force career brought them to Mountain Home Air Force Base, where he served as the 366th Fighter Wing Vice Commander. They chose to make their permanent home here in Mountain Home. Ted is the Director of Academics for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he recruits, trains, and monitors faculty. Additionally, he teaches courses in management information systems, aircraft accident investigations, aircraft accident and emergency response, and leadership. He is involved in several volunteer projects such as Air Force Appreciation Day, Harvest Festival, Civil Air Patrol, Honor Flight of Idaho, and the Warhawk Air Museum Bridging the Generations. He is also a member of the Military Affairs Committee. Ted’s hobbies include flying, photography, snowmobiling, golf, and woodworking.

_blankRandy Valley - Director

Lauri Erickson - Director

_blankBrandie Garlitz - Director Brandie Garlitz is a native Idahoan, born and raised. She has been in Mountain Home for 14 years, and is happily married with 2 children.

She has been actively involved in many Chamber events since 2012, including being a chamber ambassador.

She owns One Solution, LLC and runs the Community Relations department of Treasure Valley Hospice in Mountain Home. Both of these companies provide her the opportunity to cater to the needs of our community elderly and disabled.

Brandie is extremely involved in the school district as a parent/advocate/volunteer and has a passion for education.

This year has brought Brandie unexpected excitement with the Chamber’s introduction of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Mountain Home, which she is devoted to as a committee member.

Brandie is also proud to be a Lions Club member, and is the current treasurer, which allows her to continue her service in the mission of providing sight and hearing.

Brandie says she is truly blessed to be a part of this community and strives to give daily with a service-driven heart. In her free time, Brandie enjoys playing with her kids, camping, and crafts.

_blankCassandra Wenner - Director Has resided in Mountain Home for 14 years. Currently works for St. Luke's Elmore. Is Program Manager for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) and is co-founder and President of Elmore County Friends for Recovery. My passion is people. There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing and being a part of the personal and professional growth of our community members. I enjoy volunteering, reading, learning new things and spending time with my family.

Keyra Elmo - Director

Tammy McCloud - Past President

Renae Green - Executive Director

Kristi McCall - Administrative Assistant

Sub Committee of the Chamber

Ted Thompson - AFAD Air Force Appreciation Day Committee (AFAD) Chair, Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Member.
As AFAD chair Randy directs Air Force Appreciation Day which is held the first Friday and Saturday after Labor Day each year. The Chamber created AFAD as way for Mountain Home to show it's appreciation for and to honor all our local military. The event starts on Friday night with a fun run and social complete with food, drinks and entertainment. Then on Saturday we have one of the largest parades in Idaho, serve over 5,000 free barb-b-que and corn on the cob meals and provide great entertainment through out the day. AFAD is nearing it's 50th year and is attended by approximately 10,000 people each year.

_blankDan Collins - Business to Business Originally from West Virginia, the Collins' have lived in Mountain Home since the spring of 1977. They moved here so Dan could work at a youth rehabilitation center here in town that closed in the summer of 1979. Dan worked several jobs before accepting a position at the Elmore County Courthouse as the Maintenance and Custodial Supervisor. During a 10 year period while Dan was with the County he also was the in-house IT person. Retiring after 32 years of service Dan started Nu2U Web Design and Hosting. At that time he became a member of the Chamber of Commerce and joined the Travel and Tourism Committee. After about a year of being a chamber member he was asked to join the Business to Business Committee. After being a member of that committee for 2 years he was asked to and voted by the other members to chair the committee. Dan believes the Chamber of Commerce is an integral part of our community and strives to help businesses to prosper and thrive here in this great area.

Outside of work, Dan and his wife Judy love to go antiquing. They collect a variety of items and it brings great excitement when an item is added to one of their collections. He loves working in the yard and volunteering in the community. He looks forward to working closely with the businesses of the Chamber.

Ted Thompson - Education/Workforce

_blankDave Bergh - Military Affairs Committee Dave Bergh hails from Elmore County. Since 1982, Bergh has owned and operated his family partnership, Bergh Farms, LLC, raising sugar beets, potatoes, wheat and alfalfa. Starting the operation from scratch with his father P.A. Bergh, the operation has grown to 1,000 acres of irrigated land.

Bergh also currently manages the Nyssa and Elwyhee Districts of Western Idaho, Oregon and Washington as a Sales Representative for Betaseed Inc.

Ten years ago, Bergh and his wife, Stephanie of more than 25 years, formed an agricultural advocacy group called the “Elmore County Agribusiness Coalition” to help protect and promote agriculture in Idaho. Dave was also active as a representative on the American Sugar Beet Growers Association for 15 years which involved traveling to Washington DC to Lobby on behalf of the Sugar Industry.

Locally, Bergh is also involved with the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce and is currently President of the Military Affairs Committee.

Bergh and his family, which also includes four adult sons and a number of grandkids, enjoy all outdoor activities including snowmobiling, camping, fishing, water skiing and taking care of the cow herd.

Bergh is also private pilot and loves to get away from everything now and then by getting “above” it all.

_blankDenise Barresi - Travel & Tourism Denise has been Committee Chair for Elmore County Travel & Tourism and involved in the Chamber for over 15 years, including sitting as a past Chamber Board of Director. Denise has been a Johnson Brothers Hospitality employee for over 20 years and currently is General Manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites located in Mountain Home. Denise enjoys her children, Dillon & Hannah, watching their sporting activities, gardening, shopping and spending time exploring Idaho.

Reporting Committee

_blankMir Seyedbagheri - Agri-Business Mir is an Educator/Professor at the University of Idaho Extension, with degrees in Soil Science and Soil Agronomy. He has worked over 30 years with crop production and horticulture. Internationally recognized for his research and expertise in soil organic matter, Mir provides urban and commercial horticultural problem-solving and teaches numerous subjects in Master Gardener’s classes. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards in the area of soil sustainability and soil health. He also supervises and directs the Elmore County 4-H as well as the Weed and Pest Department.

_blankSue Gross - Dig-It Sue has worked for the Economic Development for over 25 years since it was started as the Elmore County Impact Steering Committee. She came to Mountain Home on active duty with the Air Force in 1980 when her Idahoan husband said, “Let’s put in for Mountain Home, Idaho.” Except for ’85 to ‘88, they’ve been here ever since. The Economic Development office serves as a resource point for many state and regional entities as well as local businesses and citizens.
Sue wears many hats in her described duties. Of most importance, Sue works with Paula Riggs, Mountain Home's new Economic Development Director, providing information to new businesses and assisting existing business whenever needed. She and Paula gather and organize a variety of data including a community profile. She is actively involved with DIG-IT - Downtown Revitalization and Travel & Tourism. She works with the Chamber of Commerce on coordinating local events that benefit the city and it’s businesses such as Air Force Appreciation, Crazee Dayz, Fall Festival, Chamber Installation Banquet and other activities which improve the quality of life in our community.

Paula Riggs - Economic Development Paula has been the Economic Development Executive Director for the City of Mountain Home since May of 2010. She was in the banking industry for 27 years prior to that. She has been involved in many organizations and civic groups of Mountain Home, including the Chamber of Commerce and Military Affairs for 24 years. Paula knows the importance of economic growth in Mountain Home and the need for community business development which can be attained by the Chamber, businesses and other organizations working together. Paula feels it is important for the Chamber to maintain a close working relationship with Mountain Home Air Force Base. Paula has been married to her husband Kelly for 25 years and has 2 children ages 20 & 18.

Paula Riggs - Silver Wings Paula has been on the Board of Directors for Silver Wings of Idaho since 2005 and was elected President in November of 2009. Silver Wings of Idaho works closely with Mountain Home Air Force Base to co-produce Gunfighter Skies, a first class, free Air Show for the people of Idaho and the surrounding States. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Military Affairs Committee which is another great organization that works hand in hand with Mountain Home Air force Base. She is also an Alumni Honorary Commander for the Mountain Home Air Force Base. Paula previously was the Branch Manager at Chase Bank in Mountain Home but has recently accepted a position with the City of Mountain Home as the Economic Development Director.

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