The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce creates a foundation for its members by being the leading business resource for networking, advocacy and educational activities. We work together with businesses to create and protect competitive advantage for business in the Greater Idaho Falls area. The Chamber creates opportunities for your business through our many services and programs.
Chief Executive Officer
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Michelle has been the CEO for the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau since July 2013 after having served as Executive Director for Lost Rivers Economic Development representing Butte and South Custer counties since 2005. Michelle brings more than 20 years of non-profit management experience to her position.
Prior to returning to her hometown of Arco in 2005, Michelle spent 15 years in the Boise Valley, working primarily in hospitality, tourism and non-profit management, including 5 years as the Executive Director for Junior Achievement of Idaho. During that time Michelle was an active member and volunteer for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce for more than a decade, participating in Governmental Affairs, Military Affairs, Leadership Boise, Member Relations, and later serving as the non-profit representative to the Board of Directors. In 2001, Michelle was in the inaugural group of recipients of the Idaho Business Review’s 40 Under 40 award at age 28.
Michelle has been married to her high school sweetheart and they have three teenage daughters. In her free time she enjoys scrapbooking, movies, and singing. Michelle especially loves to read, averaging 100 books a year.
Janet graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Business Management. Her interests include writing, social media, event planning, and connecting people and businesses to new ideas. A native of Idaho Falls, Janet is excited to be working with the Eastern Idaho community.
Before joining the chamber, Janet worked for various companies, including Bennett Communications in Utah; AM General in Indiana, where she coordinated a new project with Mercedes-Benz; as an intern with The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; and as an intern at Idaho National Laboratory. In her free time she enjoys collecting postcards from her travels, perusing used bookstores, and hiking and skiing in Idaho’s mountains.
Elyse was born and raised in Rexburg and graduated from BYU-Idaho. There she met her husband Brian. Together they moved to Boise to attend Boise State University where she became a huge Bronco fan while attending every home football game. Elyse worked for CSHQA, an architect and engineering firm in downtown Boise, until having twin boys. She and her family lived in the Boise area for 11 years before moving to Ammon.
Elyse has been active in service and volunteering with school and community programs for the past 8 years. She has been actively involved in her husband’s businesses doing accounting, payroll, manufacturing processes, and supervising. Spending quality time doing family activities is what she enjoys most. This includes attending her boys’ many baseball games, dance recitals for her daughter, skiing, snowmobiling, and traveling with her family. She currently operates a swim school for around 500 children each summer at her home swimming pool. Elyse is excited to be a part of the Chamber of Commerce family and looks forward to getting to know each of the members.
Sue Christensen joined the Chamber of Commerce in October 2013. Prior to working for the Chamber, Sue worked for various organizations and her administration background has primarily involved in domestic and international construction management and non-profit organizations. Sue and husband Greg are the parents of three children. Sue is a “transplant” to Idaho and enjoys the great outdoors, as well as traveling, reading, hiking, and camping.
Sandra (Sandy) Bautista has been an Idaho Falls resident for the last thirty-two years. She’s been the Visitor Information Specialist for the Eastern Idaho Visitor Information Center and the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce since 2009. As a visitor information specialist, Sandy is the go-to-gal for community members and visitors. When she isn’t helping visitors fill their free time, Sandy enjoys spending time with her daughter, grandchildren and her four dogs. She also enjoys dancing , boating, roller-skating, sewing, cooking and painting wood crafts.