Board of Directors
Our Board meets every second and fourth Monday of each Month at the Fallon Chamber.
Interim DirectorLucy L. Carnahan has been hired on as our Interim Director during a transition with the Fallon Chamber of Commerce.
Lucy L. Carnahan
Lucy L. Carnahan has been hired on as our Interim Director during a transition with the Fallon Chamber of Commerce.
She comes with over 20 years experience in management, mostly within our non-profit sector.
She has built her reputation with staff building, supporting staff and volunteers with duties and direction with daily assignment. Is a working leader with the ability to guide teamwork.
She has strong public relations and customer service. With the ability to organize and execute, supervise and coordinate administrative duties, projects including contracted services, special events, and marketing strategies.
Along with this has become proficient community networking, planning, delegations, and motivation. Well organized, dependable, detailed-oriented and flexible with change. Has the ability to work well with management, staff and consumers, as well as independently.
She has attended many State and Government contract negotiations, State Legislative Sessions, advocacy for transportation and human services.
Additionally, she has become a successful grant writer. With a verifiable track record of consistently meeting and exceeding monetary records.
PresidentMatt Louie has been a resident of Fallon since 2008.
Matt Louie has been a resident of Fallon since 2008, prior to coming to Fallon he grew up in St. Helens, Oregon working in the construction trades with his family. After graduating from the University of Portland with both Accounting and Finance degrees, Matt moved to Fallon and began working at Louie’s Home Center. Currently, he is the General Manager of Louie’s Home Center and is happy to call Fallon home.
Vice PresidentAs owner of Mills Farm & Industrial, Grant brings 45 years of business experience to the Chamber Board.
Grant Mills, is owner of Mills Farm and Industrial, he has 45 years of business experience. Mills Farm and Industrial specializes in custom forage harvesting, grain rolling, farm and heavy equipment rental, trucking, heavy hauling, crane service, and used equipment sales.
Involvement in the community is important to Grant. He has served on a number of boards including; Churchill County Farm Bureau, Carson City Symphony board, CEDA, and was a founding member of the Nevada Agriculture Self Insured Group. Currently, he is vice president of the Nevada Agriculture Self Insured Group.
A native of Churchill County, Grant graduated from Churchill County High School, attended University of Nevada, Reno for three years, and has taken courses over the years at Western Nevada College. Grant believes that in order to keep up with changes in technology and the work world both business owners and employees must have access to continuing education. That is why he serves on the committee to save our local community college campus.
TreasurerValerie is the CEO/Treasurer of the Churchill County Federal Credit Union.
Valerie Johnston is the CEO/Treasurer of Churchill County Federal Credit Union and current board member of the Chamber. Valerie began her banking career in 1987 at Valley Bank in Las Vegas, as a teller, and worked her way up through the ranks. In 1998 she made the move to credit unions, believing that credit unions served the communities where they are located better than banks. Prior to joining Churchill County Federal Credit Union, Valerie was the CEO of EW 401 Credit Union in Reno for 8 years.
Valerie attended high school in Las Vegas and attended the University of Nevada, Reno studying Business Management. She lives in Fallon with her husband, Scott. They enjoy geocaching, cooking, camping and traveling. Their daughter, Leah is a pediatric dental assistant in Las Vegas and their son, Matthew works for UPS.
SecretaryCindy has lived in Fallon and Churchill County for the past 40 years.
Cindy has lived in Fallon and Churchill County for the past 40 years. She is a former business owner and currently works for a financial and Investment firm. Cindy recently finished her degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance.
Cindy has been the past producer and executive director of the Miss Fallon / Miss America Organization for 20 years. Cindy loves to sing and perform any chance she gets and is an avid bowler. Cindy has one daughter who lives in Florida and two step-daughters who live in Reno and New Orleans.
DirectorBorn at Vance Air Force Base Enid, Oklahoma, where her Father was in pilot training.
Jessica Sanders Walker
Born at Vance Air Force Base Enid, Oklahoma, where her Father was in pilot training. Her family moved back to Alabama when she was a baby and is where the Sanders Family still resides.
Jessica graduated from the University of Alabama in 2007 with a bachelors degree in Political Science and History. While at the University, she was one of the first female Executive’s of the largest Student Government Association in the country. She held the titles of Executive Vice President, President of the Senate, Chair of the Rules Committee and the University Outreach Chair of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
After graduating and working a brief stint in Washington D.C. for Congress, she immediately took a job with the USO producing state side tours. She also became the National Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for the American Bass Anglers, which allowed her to continue her work with the USO. In 2008, Jessica was given a Congressional Award by Congressman Spencer Bachus for her service to the USO. Next, she decided to pursue higher education and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Soon after graduation, Jessica moved to Bogota, Colombia, where she was an Editor for The City Paper - the only English print paper in the country, and became a Professor of Thesis and Dissertation Research at Institute Universitaria Colombo Americano.
In 2011, Jessica returned to the States in September to attend the Reno Air Races when tragedy struck. Jessica was sitting very close to the box the the P-51 Mustang crashed into killing 11 people people and injuring over 100 more. After helping in the box seating until everyone was airlifted - she decided to pursue a career in medicine. Having no medical back ground, Jessica had to start another degree from the beginning, then applied to a private school in Knoxville, Tennessee. She attended South College where she became class President and pursued a degree as a Physician’s Assistant until meeting her future husband and delayed her degree.
Jessica married William Walker in 2014, moved to NAS Fallon, Nevada, and started a business, Southern Elevation, which opened in March of 2015.
DirectorDr. Pamela Ferguson is originally from St. Helena, California, a small town in the heart of Napa Valley wine country.
Dr. Pamela Ferguson is originally from St. Helena, California, a small town in the heart of Napa Valley wine country. She attended college and veterinary school at the University of California, Davis. Following graduation she was looking for a small rural community to establish some roots. She moved to Fallon in July 2011 to join Lahontan Valley Veterinary Clinic as an associate veterinarian. Shortly after moving to Fallon she met her husband Jason Ferguson who then started Nevada Dental Arts with his partner Tomas Kutansky in March 2012.
When not working her husband and herself enjoy supporting this wonderful community and embracing the perks of rural living. We enjoy the great outdoors, traveling and spending time with their new baby girl Emma. She also personally enjoys homemaking and have a passion for agriculture and farming in this great community of Fallon, Nevada.
DirectorWhen Tomas Kutansky, DDS said “I Do”, he not only became part of a new family, he also became a member of his new family’s profession—dentistry
Tomas Kutansky, DDS
When Tomas Kutansky, DDS said “I Do”, he not only became part of a new family, he also became a member of his new family’s profession—dentistry. His wife comes from a long line of dentists and Dr. Kutansky soon discovered he also had a passion for helping patients’ improve their health through dental care.
In 2012, Dr. Kutansky teamed up with Dr. Ferguson to open Nevada Dental Arts in Fallon, NV. He is proud to be a part of a dental practice that is kind, caring and has a strong sense of community. And, keeping with the family tradition of dentistry, his wife is also a hygienist at Nevada Dental Arts. Prior to receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University, he held a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the same university. He also served in the United States Army as a Combat/Medical Specialist in Active Duty for eight years.
Dr. Kutansky completed the Honors Program in IV Sedation and Oral Surgery which enables him to hold a current State of Nevada IV Sedation License and perform oral surgery in his office. Today, Dr. Kutansky is a firm believer in preventative dentistry. In fact, his mantra is prevention is easier and cheaper than the cure. He urges, and supports, all patients to take an active role in their oral health.
Dr. Kutansky has called Fallon home since 1994 and when he’s not seeing patients, you might find him out hunting, riding his Harley Davidson or traveling. He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and their schnauzer, Charlie.
Doctor of Dental Surgery, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
AlternateIt's fun to look back over my journey and see how far I have come.
It's fun to look back over my journey and see how far I have come. I started taking on leadership roles in my teen years through a girls youth organization called, Acteens. As I look back on those times, all I can say is, "Wow."
I made so many mistakes, but these were formative years in my leadership development. What's interesting is that I can pinpoint the turning point for me in my leadership development. My father saw the potential in my leadership development, and he gave me John Maxwell's book, "Developing the Leader Within You."
The principles in John's book transformed how I viewed myself, others, and leadership itself. I spent my college years applying the principles that I learned in "Developing the Leader Within You," and I saw a dramatic change in how I viewed myself and how people responded to me.
One thing I have learned in all this time is this: When you seek to change your circumstances, you must first change yourself. As a coach, I understand the process it takes to overcome limiting beliefs. As someone who has been there, I know the value of having someone on your side who is a personal cheerleader, an accountability partner, and someone who will ask the tough questions.
Together, we will walk through the process of change and growth. We will face both the defeats and victories on the journey of overcoming your fears and self-limitings beliefs. So that you can become the best version of yourself, and achieve the goals and dreams that make your soul sing.
AlternateBilly Thompson is an open market sales veteran who is continuing to grow posting net growth of over 100%-200% year-over-year.
Billy Thompson is an open market sales veteran who is continuing to grow posting net growth of over 100%-200% year-over-year. Billy is currently the Managing Director for Janess Print and Marketing, an established locally operated printing and marketing consultation organization that spans their business coast to coast in the United States and Canada.
Throughout his career, Billy has been responsible for consulting/managing marketing and direct spends with multiple billion dollar clients in the United States and Canada including supervision over a multi-million dollar portfolio and the management of 500+ employees. His expertise in strategic management and marketing includes sales campaigns, design and layout, sales management training, re-branding, company revamp, new company conception and more. He frequently speaks at and attends marketing summits and other training seminars sharing his experiences and passion for sales and marketing.
Billy is a long time Fallon resident and Churchill County High School alumnus. He currently resides in Fallon with his wife, Jill, and daughter, Keiren, where they enjoy time together, football, and international travel.