Anna Bjerken – President/CEO
Anna was born in Leoti, Kansas and then called Alaska home for many years of her childhood and beginning of her post-collegiate career. In 2016, Anna, her husband Corey, and son Lincoln rooted their lives in Dodge City, Kansas surrounded by family and friends.
Anna is a graduate of Dodge City High School and Dodge City Community College. She obtained her Master Degree in Business Administration after completing her Bachelor Degree in Medical Diagnostic Imaging from Fort Hays State University. Following a clinical position at a hospital in Alaska, Anna went on to manage the largest privately-owned medical practice group in Wasilla. When her first child was born, the Bjerkens decided to relocate and establish a home in Dodge City. Anna worked in healthcare locally before joining the Chamber in July of 2019.
When Anna and Corey are not at their day jobs, they enjoy spending their time on the golf course and with their son Lincoln and daughter Londyn. They also enjoy attending events within USD 443 as Corey serves as a counselor in the district. Anna is an avid coffee drinker, loves traveling, spending quality family time, and reading.
Marisa Vargas – Membership Director
Originally from Midland, Texas Marisa has been proud to call Dodge City her home for over 16 years.
Marisa graduated from Dodge City High School in 2003 and continued her education at Dodge City Community College where she focused her studies on early childhood education. In the future, Marisa hopes to further her education and obtain a degree in marketing.
Marisa is a member of the City of Dodge City’s Cultural Relations Advisory Board, Rotary, and serves as the staff liaison for the Chamber’s multicultural and ambassador committees.
In her spare time, Marisa enjoys spending time with her family, three children, dogs – Coco and Chanel, and her rabbit – Blue, as well as volunteering in her church and for other community organizations.
Joni Wittman – Events Director
Joni coordinates many of the Chamber events such as the Annual Chamber Banquet, Ambassador Golf Tournament, State of Luncheons, Legislative events and is also the coordinator for the Dodge City Days Planning Committee. Joni serves as the staff liaison for the Chamber’s young professionals committee.
Joni joined the Chamber in March 2018 and has settled into her role as Events Director. Being a part of the business community, she thrives on creating working relations with our local business leaders. “It is great working with our community. The Chamber has so many exciting events and being able to plan and grow each event to better our community is my main focus.”
When she is not planning, directing and organizing events at the Chamber, you can find Joni planning, directing and organizing events for her husband, son, family and friends.