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 works within the district. Anna is an avid coffee drinker, loves traveling, spending quality family time, and reading.

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Jami Alvarez – Business & Media Relations Coordinator 

Jami was born and raised in Dodge City, Kansas, leaving for a few years to attend and graduate from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.  After graduating with a degree in Hospitality Management, Jami returned to Dodge City and began her career in retail. Following retail, Jami worked at Arrowhead West in accounting for several years.

Jami joined the Chamber in May of 2021. Her role at the Chamber encompasses business operations that include managing finances, member invoicing, and chamber checks. Jami will also aid in graphic design projects.

Jami currently resides in Dodge City and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and traveling. When Jami is not in Dodge City, she is cheering on her favorite teams,  the Kansas City Chiefs & Kansas City Royals.

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Karla Lees – Membership & Events Coordinator

Karla Lees is absolutely honored to be the newest addition to the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce. Karla’s role at the chamber is the membership & events coordinator. She will be responsible for all chamber events and a contact for membership inquiries.

Born and raised in Southern California, Karla grew up being extremely involved in gymnastics, softball and all-star cheer. She decided to enlist in the US NAVY as a Machinist Mate and was stationed on the USS Nimitz in the Reactor Department. She attended Brandman University to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership while working as a Personal Trainer for many years.

Growing up in a small rodeo town, she felt right at home when she relocated to Dodge City in 2016. Since then Karla has worked at the Dodge City Family YMCA where she was able to work with the local community and instantly fell in love with the culture of Dodge City.  She decided to work in the Water Treatment Industry in 2020 but greatly missed working in the community that she loves. During her free time Karla enjoys running, lifting weights, taking road trips and spending time with her family.

Karla is excited to add her sparkle and bring the absolute best to Dodge City with an already amazing and successful team.

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