Executive Board of Directors
Erin Wood, Lake Region State College, President
Kale Stromme, Western State Bank, Past President
Jack Yunker, Yunker Law Firm, Vice President
Terra Eriksson, CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake, Secretary
Lisa Crosby, Lake Region Heritage Center
Kade Sveen, Bremer Bank,
Marlena Thorson, Crossroads Coffee & Espresso
Ryan Yoder, Decorated Wearables
Crystal Beggs, Leading Edge Equipment
Executive Director, Chamber
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Paula has been the Executive Director of the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce for close to 10 years, and each day brings with it new challenges, along with a feeling of gratitude! She gets to work alongside a team of amazing people who make her job look easy. At the Chamber her role consists of working with state and local government agencies to advocate for Devils Lake and the North Dakota Business community. She works closely with a board of directors for the continued success of the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce established over 96 years ago. Her job consists of promoting and planning events, communicating, and securing new membership, all while retaining the current membership.
As the Executive Director of the Devils Lake Chamber, we took a lead role in the Downtown Revitalization effort starting back in 2014. In 2020 the Main Street Excellence Urban Award was given to the City of Devils Lake recognizing Devils Lake for being a strong, resilient community. The Chamber of Commerce plays a lead role in the campaign to keep Devils Lake dollars local through our Chamber Bucks program. We continue to thrive to keep Devils Lake dollars local and educate the community on the importance of shopping local. Along with her team they came up with the idea for a monthly educational series called “Coffee and Collaborate” Seeds to Success, inviting people to enjoy a cup of coffee and a muffin while listening to a different educational topic each month.
Paula and her husband are very active in the community, and in March 2018, she was awarded one of the Top 25 Women in Business in North Dakota. She currently serves on the board of the Lake Region Heritage Center, and a member of the Great North Dakota Chamber of Commerce. During her free time, Paula and her husband of 40+ years love to travel and spend time on the lake with family and friends.
Executive Director, Tourism
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Suzie Kenner has been the Executive Director of the Tourism Division for over 13 years. Since 2009, she has been promoting the City of Devils Lake, mostly in the leisure market, as a top hunting and fishing destination.
Using her past skills as a graphic designer and art director for a printing company, Suzie is responsible for creating and executing the destination marketing plan in both national and regional markets. She oversees research projects, maintains media and public relations, manages the social media campaigns, maintains the website and designs all creative in-house. In 2019, she was honored with the Governor’s Legend Award for Travel and Tourism Industry Leadership for her efforts. She is involved with the Devils Lake Kiwanis Club and the Destination Marketing Association of North Dakota, and has served as President for both organizations in the past.
Suzie is a native of North Dakota and when she’s not working, loves exploring and promoting our great state. She loves to golf, spend leisurely days on the boat (as many days as possible during the short summer months), fish when she can, spend as much time with friends and family, travel near and far and spend time with her two favorite people, her husband and eight year old daughter. A glass of wine with a good book and toasty fire is her favorite nightly pastime.
Allyson is the Event & Communication Coordinator at the Chamber, she is responsible for planning Chamber events, communicating with Chamber members, assisting in marketing efforts, general administrative support, and so much more. She has been with the Chamber for almost 8 months.
Allyson is from Nevada and made her way to Devils Lake almost 2 years ago. She has a BAS in Organization and Project Management. When she is not working, she spends time with her fiancé, explores the outdoors, and travels to visit family.
Kristine is the Accountant for the Chamber and part-time Motor Vehicle Clerk. She helps the Devils Lake Chamber make financial decisions by collecting, tracking and correcting the company finances. In the Motor Vehicle Department she issues title transfers and registrations among other job-related duties.
Kristine is originally from Devils Lake and enjoys time with her family, sunshine and walks at White Horse Hill National Game Preserve.
Brian Eback has been with the Chamber Of Commerce since March of 2015. Brian works as the Motor Vehicle Department Supervisor. In this roll he licenses vehicles keeping citizens legal on the roads. When not assisting Motor Vehicle clients Brian is helping the Chamber with daily tasks including helping customers that call in looking for information and recommendations. Brian also assists with yearly events the Chamber puts on including the Walleye Tournament and Devils Run. Brian also assists visitors new to the area with information on what to do, where to stay, and what to eat.
Brian was born and raised in Devils Lake and has spent his entire life in the area. When Brian is not at work he likes to relax. Some of the things he likes to do are playing video games on his PC, watching his favorite Youtubers, spending time with family, friends, and his dog. Brian is a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When possible Brian spends his outside time being active involving mostly walks and the occasional bike ride with his young nephew. For the most part Brian is a “go go go” personality and is always doing something. Not a lot of idle time for Brian.