Chamber Staff

Jackie Krawczak

Jackie Krawczak is the President/CEO of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce. Jackie has been with the Alpena Chamber since May of 2007. She earned her bachelor's degree from Saginaw Valley State University with a major in communication. She earned her Master's Degree from Central Michigan University with a concentration in Organizational Communication. Jackie serves on the Board of Directors for the Alpena Rotary Club, is a member of the Alpena Public School Board and the Alpena Community College Foundation Board of Trustees, and serves on the Board for the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals. When not at work, you will not find Jackie sitting still. She may be working out, enjoying outdoor recreation, reading, attending a sporting or other event, volunteering her time for one of many community events, or traveling.

Contact Jackie by email.

Ashley DeFisher

Ashley joined the chamber team in 2012 as the Member Services Director. Ashley is responsible for event coordination and additional member services. Ashley is from Posen, Michigan where she currently lives with her husband Matt and daughter Makinzee. She graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor Degree in Health Care System Administration. While at Ferris she played basketball for four years and has a continued interest in playing a variety of sports. In addition to sports, Ashley also enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Prior to joining our team, Ashley spent over two years at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital.

Contact Ashley by email.


Alisha Bouchard

Alisha Bouchard has been the administrative assistant at the Chamber since March of 2010. Alisha is responsible for answering inquiries, visitor information and the day to day office tasks. She also maintains the community calendar of events, Experience Alpena app, and chamber website. She continually plays an important role in event organization, marketing, and most other Chamber activities. 

Alisha was born and raised in Alpena. She attended Alpena High School and spent six years working at The Alpena News in the Classified Department. She resides in Hubbard Lake with her husband Dan and son Logan. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading and spending time with her family & friends.

Contact Alisha by email.


Deb Page

Deb Page moved to the Alpena area in October 2004. She graduated from ACC in 2008 with an associate degree in accounting and has been working for the Chamber since January 2008 and Target Alpena since September 2010. She is responsible for the Chamber and Target financial records.

Deb currently lives in Alpena with her daughter Becky. She enjoys time with family and friends and has a love for fishing and the outdoors.




Jim Klarich

Jim Klarich was hired as the economic development director in mid-2011. He is responsible for business growth and expansion assistance, site location, funding assistance, and other business development tasks as assigned.

Contact Jim by email or call 989.354.2666.






Kent Wood

The Director of Government Relations for the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. Kent earned his law degree in December from the Michigan State University College of Law. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from Albion College, and also studied in Grenoble, France. He is a 2003 graduate of Traverse City West High School. Wood’s wife, Glenna, is a civil engineer. They have three children, Mackenzie, Graeme, and Brady.

Contact Kent by email or call 231-995-7109.