2017 Chamber Board
Klamath is proud of those who serve the Chamber and the surrounding community. To contact one of these people, please use our contact form.
President: Wes French
173rd Fighter Wing
Wes French is a F-15 Subject Matter Expert for Lockheed Martin Aerospace, working at the 173d Fighter Wing Kinglsey Field, Klamath Falls, OR. He is responsible for simulator and academic instruction to all levels of students and current F-15 pilots in the US Air Force and the Air National Guard. He also is a half owner of Firefly Images, a Klamath based portrait photography company run by his wife, Rocky French.
Prior to his current job, he completed 25 years in the US Air Force / Air National Guard as an F-15 pilot. His career culminated as the 173d Fighter Wing, Vice Wing Commander, in charge of over 1000 Airmen and four major groups spanning Operations, Maintenance, Support and Medical at Kingsley Field. He retired with 3700 hours in the F-15, making him one of the highest all time, F-15 pilots in the US Air Force.
During his free time he enjoys boating, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and camping. He is an FAA licensed aircraft mechanic as well as an FAA licensed pilot. He is on the Board of directors of Klamath Basin Snowdrifters snowmobile club and is a Co-Chair of the Blue Zones Worksite Committee.
He grew up in Western Colorado, attended Arizona State University where he earned a BS in Aero Engineering Technology. During his military career he was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and has lived in Klamath Falls since 2001.
1st Vice President:
State Farm Agent
Rachael Spoon is a long-time Klamath Basin resident having graduated from Henley High School and Oregon Tech. Rachael furthered her education by graduating in 2014 Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. She owns an independent agency of State Farm providing insurance and financial services to protect her clients’ future.
Rachael first began her involvement with the Chamber in 2006 as an Ambassador and has been very involved in many of the committees of the Chamber including Image and Marketing, Events, Budget and Government Affairs.
Rachael and her husband Dan are proud to raise their two children, Grace (13) and Tyler (12) in the Basin. The kids attend County schools and are very active in sports. Rachael is honored to serve on the Chamber Board of Directors to support our local business community.
D.A. Davidson Companies
After spending 4 summers here, Jennifer moved to this region with her family in 2002 from the East Coast to join her family ranch. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and prior to moving to the West Coast worked in the hospitality and ski industries in Vermont. Jennifer has an extensive background in Commercial Banking and Finance and currently works for D.A. Davidson as a Financial Advisor. Jennifer is very active in her community and her volunteer activities include; The Rotary Club of Klamath County, The Klamath Community Garden, Junior Achievement, Sky Lakes Medical Center Foundation BOD. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys riding horses with her daughter, skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, camping and hiking.
Jason Chapman is the third generation on his families cattle ranch in Poe Valley. He attended school all twelve years at Henley Schools. After high school he graduated from college at Oregon State University with a major of Ag. Business Management. He returned to the ranch in 2002 and has been transitioning into majority owner since. Jason has served on K.I.D., KWUA, and OWRD board of directors. He is also a past President of the Klamath Cattlemen’s Association, and is currently the chairman for the Klamath Bull and Horse Sale.
Tracy Brunner is the Administrative Office Manager and County Leader at Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. In 2012 she moved to Klamath Falls from California after visiting the area. The things that drew her to Klamath County was the beauty, the opportunities, and the warmth of the people in this community. Her love for the community has driven her to volunteer for various youth and adult programs in the area. She enjoys hiking, playing sports, hunting, fishing, working out, reading, learning new things, volunteering and most of all spending time with her four kids.
George Ormsbee is the Manager of Business Retention/Community relations for a local telephone company. Cal-Ore Telephone has been providing local phone and internet service for over 60 years to local communities around and for the basin. After graduating from Henley High School, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish from Weber State in Utah. He relocated back to Klamath Falls with his wife and six children in 2008. He has been in sales and marketing for 5 years serving the Klamath business community. He also serves as Board Vice President of the local LeTip Chapter. Along with working in our community, George takes pride in giving back to our community. With his family by his side, they support such local events as March of Dimes Walk for Babies, Norma’s Challenge, and Relay for Life.
Immediate Past President:
Cascade Health Alliance
Maggie Polson is the Vice President of Service Operations for our local Coordinated Care Organization, which services members enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan. The Polson family moved to Klamath Falls looking for a better work life balance and have fallen in love with all that the Basin has to offer, from fly fishing to nature trails and, of course, Crater Lake. Maggie was raised in South Florida and moved here with her husband in 2012. He welcomed the opportunity to come back to the Pacific Northwest since he fell in love with Oregon when he served an internship in Corvallis while getting his doctorate. Michol is employed at Cascades East Family Medicine Practice. Maggie is very committed to the community and even before finding a job was asked to be on the Internal Review Board of SLMC; she is also involved with Healthy Klamath, Families That Care, the ICAN program at OIT, and is in her second term with the Chamber of Commerce. Maggie has a Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Forensic Psychology from Brigham Young University. Maggie and her husband are recent empty nesters as their son graduated from Klamath Union High School in 2015.
Richard A. Schuster JR, Capt, USAF
Commander, 173 Maintenance Operations Flight
Captain Richard Schuster is the Commander, 173d Maintenance Operations Flight, Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon. He commands a flight of 26 airmen responsible for maintenance analysis, planning, control, resource management and support for approximately 4700 annual flight hours, directly contributing to the 173d Fighter Wing’s mission of training all Active Duty and Air National Guard F-15C pilots.
Captain Schuster started his service enlisting as an Avionics Technician in the United States Marine Corps in February 1992. His actions during Marine Combat Training (MCT), in 1993, led to a meritorious promotion. He then attended AVA1 course at NAS Memphis TN. He attended AV-B school at MCAS Camp Pendleton for Huey and Cobra helicopters. He performed multiple roles in the USMC including Avionics, Quality Assurance Representative, Safety Manager, COMSEC Manager and Avionics COM/NAV and wire bundle repair formal instructor at multiple locations including MCAS Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms CA, El Centro CA, MCAS Futenma Okinawa Japan, Osan Air Base and during a WESTPAC on the USS New Orleans serving in 7 different host nations in the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf. He separated from Active Duty in 1999 and worked for the Department of the Navy as a civilian contractor in support of the NAS Fallon Search and Rescue unit, and the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC, Top Gun) high altitude helicopter troop insertion/extraction and rescue operations. He enlisted in the ORANG at Kingsley Field in December 2004, serving as an enlisted federal technician, AGR and DSG in AVFL, CCZ, and Command Post until the end of 2009. From late 2009 until late 2013, he was a civilian GSSO/Program Manager for the United States Air Force at Hill AFB while simultaneously serving as a DSG in Command Post, then as an OIC for the 173d Maintenance Squadron. He has served as the 173d Maintenance Operations Flight Commander since February 2014.
Herald and News
Tessa Gutierrez is a Volunteer Coordinator of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Klamath Falls. She was born in Peru but has lived in the US since 1973. Tessa and her husband have four children. Tessa received her associate’s degree from Spokane Community College and later transferred to George Fox University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science.
Power Pac Rentals
Brian Gailey Photography
Brian is the owner-operator of Brian Gailey Photography, a premier business and family portrait company. Brian is experienced in business and is full of the spirit of entrepreneurism. He has ten plus years of experience in operating his photography company and eight years of experience as a marketing professional for one of the largest real estate firms in Southern Oregon. Brian is a graduate of Oregon Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Small Business Management and Marketing.
Brian was born and raised in Klamath Falls, he and his family have long time ties to the basin. He takes pride in the community, has a desire to help others, and growing basin business.
Brian and his family enjoy giving back to the community they support: Crater Lake Century Bike Ride, Discover Klamath, Klamath County 4H, Klamath County Assoc. of Realtors, Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, KCEDA, Klamath County Museums, City & County School Districts, Klamath Falls City Police, Klamath Ice Sports, Klamath IDEA, Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank, Oregon Tech Athletics, Catalyze Klamath Falls, Ross Ragland Theater and Sky Lakes Medical Center.
Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union
Janet Buckalew is the VP Business Development at Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union. Janet grew up in Klamath Falls as her father was stationed at Kingsley Field Air Force Base. After several moves, dad was preparing to retire. When he asked his family where they wanted to settle down, unanimously, it was Klamath Falls. She graduated from Mazama High School and married her high school sweetheart, Jon Buckalew. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Janet is a Certified Financial Counselor, she enjoys teaching Dave Ramsey classes, and loves helping people improve their financial lives.
Janet has two grown children: Heather and Steven. She also has a grandson that is the apple of her eye, 4-year old Connor. She loves Klamath County and wants to see our communities thrive.
Dan Peterson is a faculty member in the Department of Communication at Oregon Tech. Dan has a Ph.D.in Organizational Communication from Ohio University as well as an M.A. in Mass Media Studies and a B.A. in Public Relations, both from Brigham Young University. He teaches a variety of communication courses at Oregon Tech in the areas of organizational communication, leadership, public relations and public speaking, among others. Beyond teaching in the classroom, he enjoys working on consulting, training, and instructional design projects for nonprofit, for-profit, and government organizations. His current research interests are in organizational culture, small business development, and public speaking pedagogy. He is also involved in campus-wide governance and service.
Dan and his wife Cathy have four children. Since moving to Klamath Falls in 2007, they have developed a love for downtown Klamath Falls and are active in the community and City Schools. He enjoys gardening, traveling, cooking, music, and family.
Express Employment Professionals
Jillian Stork is the Branch Manager of Express Employment Professionals born and raised in Klamath Falls, where she consistently works to make a positive impact on those in need. In all her pervious positions Jillian has been involved in management in addition to special projects/coordinating of events. Jillian volunteers for her local food bank and loves helping people anyway she can! Jillian has a passion for growing and developing business, which is exemplified in her ability to make a positive impact in peoples lives everyday. Jillian has spent a great deal of time rebuilding a house with her husband and enjoys making homemade products like: soaps and lotions, camping, scrap booking and exploring in the woods.
Washington Federal Bank
Jenine Stuedli is currently a Branch Manager and Vice President for Washington Federal Bank. She is responsible for business development, client service delivery, leadership of the branch team and Small Business Construction Lending for Southern Oregon.
Jenine Stuedli has over 18 years of banking experience. Mrs. Stuedli received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of Portland and is a graduate of the Oregon Banker’s School.
Mrs. Stuedli serves on the Hospital Authority Board, City of Klamath Falls budget committee, been a member of the Oregon Banker’s Association, Oregon Entrepreneurial Forum, and a volunteer for the following organizations/events; Friends of the Children, United Way, Rotary, Rotary Scholarship Foundation, Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and board. Also, an alumni of Leadership Klamath.
Nikki Galpin is currently in charge of Business Development for Amerititle. She is responsible for business development of the company and has a leadership role in many committees beneficial to the organization and community. Nikki has four years of experience as the business development liaison for Amerititle, but brings seven years of experience as a realtor to the table. She has an innate perception of the organization, its needs, and most importantly, the needs of their customers.
Nikki grew up in California, and has a deep, abiding love of the natural resources Klamath Falls has to offer. An avid golfer, she finds the many courses in and around the area to be a main source of entertainment during the summer months. She is happy to live in the same town as her daughter and son-in-law, who have a baby girl for Nikki to dote on.
Ms. Galpin serves on the Chamber of Commerce Ambassador's team, and performs as member service coordinator for the Klamath County Association of Realtors. She is the Community Outreach liaison for KCAR, and serves as the LeTip board membership chair, as well as serving on the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. She also volunteers for the Allocation and Distribution center for the United Way.