President: Anita Price
Vice President: James McMillan, Esq.
Secretary: Talen Caraway
Treasurer: Luanne Wuerfel
Past President: Anita Price
Directors: Dr. Bob Ranells, Brenda Johnson, Matt Sawyer, Jim Shields, Scott Haney, Cindy Lien Staff: David Copelan – Chamber Coordinator
James McMillan 2020 Vice President: A long-time resident of the Silver Valley, James has had a law practice in Wallace since 2007. He graduated from Wallace High School in 1999 and earned his Bachelor’s and Law Degrees from University of Idaho. A Chamber Board member since 2009, he is active in numerous community organizations and serves as Vice Chair of the Shoshone County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Luanne Wuerfel, 2020 Treasurer: Luanne Wuerfel is owner-operator of the Blackboard Marketplace located at 600 Cedar Street in Wallace. The Marketplace houses several separate ventures in the sprawling three story Tabors Bldg. on Sixth and Cedar Streets. These include the renowned Blackboard Cafe, plus a deli, bakery, coffee house/bookstore, reclaimed furniture shop and upscale sports apparel store — the Fox and the Hare Mountain Wear. A Wallace Chamber member since opening Blackboard Café in 2016, her professional background includes five years as a Group Coordinator and three years as a Marketing Director at an upscale golf resort in Southern Arizona, three years as a Food & Beverage Director at a ski resort in Angel Fire, New Mexico and one year as a Group Sales Manager at an upscale resort & spa in Taos, New Mexico.
Talen Caraway, 2020 Secretary: Talen Caraway is the assistant manager of Wallace Harvest Foods. Talen and his wife Jessie and their two children moved to Wallace in June of 2017. “I grew up in a small town in Texas, so I’m used to small town life,” he said “but to be surrounded by all the beauty that Wallace and the Pacific Northwest has to offer is unbelievable. Wallace has such strong small business and downtown merchant support.”I am honored to try my best to maintain and improve it in order to keep Wallace a great place to visit and to raise a family.”
Dr. Robert “Bob” Ranells: Bob’s career includes over 20 years as school superintendent in Idaho and Washington, the past eleven as Superintendent of Schools for Wallace District 393. He has been a Chamber of Commerce member in various communities since 1978 and understands how important an active and vibrant Chamber is to the success of a community and school district. 2020 would mark his seventh year on the Wallace Chamber Board.
Brenda Johnson is co-owner of Johnson’s Gems. A former board member of the Silver Valley Chamber, Brenda is also a long time volunteer for organizations countywide. A long time North Idaho resident, Brenda and her husband Ed reside in Pinehurst. Brenda is the chamber’s official representative to the North Idaho Tourism Alliance.
Matt Sawyer: Matt is the Director of Marketing for Lookout Pass / Route of the Hiawatha. He currently serves on the Montana Ski Areas Association Marketing Committee, Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association. Previous board experience includes extended stints on the Berkshires Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and marketing committee, SnoCountry – the voice of the mountains advisory board, Pennsylvania Ski Area Operators Association, National Wild Turkey Federation for the state of Massachuttes, board member and Massachuttes State Chapter president, PSIA East Division Pennsylvania Delegate representing Region.
Scott Haney: Scott is an attorney, business owner and recent arrival to the Silver Valley. His family relocated from Central Texas and purchased Wallace’s Silver Streak Zipline and adjacent 220 plus acre property last year. Scott has a construction business in Texas and is considering projects here as well. He and his wife Gina have plans to expand usage of the Zipline mountain property this year and next, including the building of a new bike park, snowboard course and adding limited ziplining all year long.
Jim Shields: A long time community member, Jim is the co-owner of the Idaho Silver Shop. Jim retired in 2019 after 14 years from the Shoshone County Sherif’s Office and has been associated with local fire departments as both and EMT and volunteer fire fight for 24 years. A long time community volunteer, Jim is the go-to man for Wallace’s multiple parades, and has been instrumental in the decades old High Mountain ATV Association ATV Jamboree.
Cindy Lien: A former business owner in downtown Wallace (Valerie’s Flowers) Cindy has been a long time volunteer for Chamber, Silver Valley and Wallace organizations, including playing a critical role in the Chamber’s major fundraiser of the year, April’s Craft Beer Pub Crawl, the December Paw Parade and August’s Huckleberry Festival 5K Walk/Run.
Chamber Coordinator, Dave Copelan is an award winning writer and graphic artist. He and his wife Tammy have owned a home in Wallace since 2013 and moved here full time in 2014 from southern Nevada. Dave has had a decades’ long career as a newspaperman, including owning his own senior citizen focused paper in Boulder City, Nevada. Rounding out his CV are stints as a hard-rock miner, bartender and long haul truck driver.