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.
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.
Jalen Gifford – Communications Specialist
Jalen was born and raised in Dodge City, venturing to Springfield, Mo to attend Evangel University in 2016. While there he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Film and Broadcasting, while minoring in Photography. During his time at Evangel, Jalen was actively involved as a member of Crusader Track and Field, Student Government, and EU Films.
Over the past few years Jalen has worked as a freelance videographer for numerous companies both locally and in the surrounding states. After graduating from Evangel University, Jalen joined the Dodge City Chamber as a Communications Specialist, handling all video, photo, graphic design, and social media elements.
When Jalen is not creating content for the Chamber, he is usually busy at work on other videography projects or spending time with his family. Jalen is a track and field guru and loves running/working out, searching for a new plant, spending time with church family, and going on adventures-whether in the backyard or across the world!
Alicia Pollock – Office Manager/Bookkeeper
Alicia is the Office Manager and Bookkeeper for the Chamber. She has been with the Chamber since October of 2019 and has hit the ground running ever since. If you have a billing inquiry, she is on it. Alicia enjoys every aspect of the Chamber and has a huge love for small businesses in the Dodge City region. Alicia was a stay at home mom for many years before working for the Chamber. She has a background in finance and administrative work despite going to school for art history. “It is an absolute pleasure to work for the Dodge City Area Chamber and to work with such an amazing group of business leaders.”
Alicia is a Colorado native, an Oklahoma Okie at heart and an Army wife at her core. She is married, has two girls and three pups. The army relocated the Pollocks to Dodge City in 2018 but they have lived all over- Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and even Germany. When Alicia is not at work her family enjoys fishing, boating, swimming and hiking. She also loves the beach and taking time to relax outside.