- Martin Chazen - Chairman
City Council Member – Grand Junction
Martin (“Marty”) retired in 2003 following a career in corporate finance which included positions as manager for the corporate ledger for The Seagram Beverage Company, and as Controller for National Companies at Fox Sports Net.
Marty earned his BS and MS in Finance from California State University in Northridge, where he later taught corporate finance policy part-time.
Following his retirement, Marty and his wife of 25 years, Jeanne, moved in 2006 to Grand Junction. There, he earned an AAS in Electronics Technology from the Western Colorado Community College, where he also went on to teach part-time.
Marty was elected to the Grand Junction City Council in 2013, and was appointed Mayor Pro Tem. He also serves on the School District 51 Budget Committee. He and Jeanne have 2 grown children and 8 grandchildren.
- Cari Hermacinski -Treasurer
Cari Hermacinski is a fifth-generation Northwest Colorado native, a telecommunications consultant and mother of two daughters. Cari graduated from Moffat County High School in 1988 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wyoming.
Cari was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver in 1997. Following law school and her admission to the Colorado Bar, Cari moved to Philadelphia to work in the telecommunications industry.
While living in Philadelphia, her appreciation for this country’s history and founding documents deepened. After two years in Philadelphia, Cari returned to Colorado to launch her own small business – Telecomm. Acquisition Group, Inc.
In 2007, Cari was elected to serve on the City of Steamboat Springs City Council. Cari initially served as President Pro Tem. She was reelected in 2009 and served as the City Council president. Term limited, she finished her second term in the fall of 2013. Cari also served on the City of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission from 2003 – 2007.
Cari lives in Steamboat Springs with her husband Mark Hermacinski, a general surgeon, and their two daughters, Eva and Josie. In her free time Cari loves to hike.
- Mike Samson - Immediate Past Chair
County Commissioner – Garfield County
Mike is a Commissioner for Garfield County, where he is serving his third term. A Garfield County native, Mike graduated from Rifle High School in 1972. He went on to graduate from Brigham Young University in 1979, and later earned a Masters Degree from Western State College in 1988. Mike served the Garfield School District for 30 years — 25 as a teacher, and 5 as an administrator. He served on the Rifle City Council, where he held the position of Mayor Pro-Tem from 1979 – 1983, and was first elected tot he Garfield Board of County Commissioners in 2008. Mike is married to his wife of 35 years, Janet, with whom he has raised 7 children
- Bonnie Petersen - Executive Director
Before joining AGNC in January 2015, Bonnie served as Executive Director of Club 20, a position she held since 2011. Prior to that, Bonnie served six years on Club 20’s Board of Directors, and has been a member of that organization since 1988. Bonnie has also chaired the boards of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, and served as treasurer of the Home and Building Association of Northwestern Colorado.
Bonnie’s professional experience also includes serving as public policy director for Qwest Communications, where she worked to secure access to high-speed communications for Western Slope communities, as well as experience as a financial adviser and owner of a home construction business.
This Western Slope native earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in Grand Junction.
- Tiffany Pehl - Program Administrator
Tiffany has a strong customer service background providing consulting and billing assistance for small business customers in the telecommunications field. Tiffany also spent time as a Medicare consultant assisting those eligible for the program in determining the best supplemental plans.
Tiffany serves at the Northwest Enterprise Zone Administrator in her role at AGNC and also coordinates monthly board meetings and special meetings with dignitaries. She oversees and processes all bookkeeping and payroll related tasks for the organization as well as supports the needs of the Executive Director and Board members.
Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado Mesa University.
- Routt County
- Rio Blanco County
- Garfield County
- Mesa County
- Moffat County
- Delta County
- Montrose County
Jon Waschbusch – Government Affairs Director
- Grand Junction
Mike Foreman, Town Manager
Jim Nichols, City Manager
- Battlement Mesa
- Oak Creek
Mary Alice Page-Allen
- City of Glenwood Springs
- Town of Hayden
- Government Relations -- Orf and Orf
Government Relations Team:
The family team of Orf and Orf handle government relations for the Association, including bill tracking, maintaining contact with legislators, and keeping the association and its members up to date with what is happening at the state and federal governments.
Dianna has represented clients at the State Capitol since 1980, representing clients in natural resources and energy, local government, and health care. Dianna is a daily presence at the Capitol and directs the firm’s lobbying activities. She has been associated with Orf & Orf, P.C. since she and Ted established the firm in 1986. Prior to moving to Colorado, she worked with trade associations in Washington, D.C.
Ted provides legislative and regulatory analysis as well as lobbying support. He covers regulatory meetings and hearings, and coordinates with allied organizations. Prior to coming to Denver, Ted worked for the Wyoming Legislative Service Office and the U.S. Senate Energy Committee.
Richard is a daily presence at the Capitol as well as assisting with regulatory meetings and organizational outreach activities. Also trained in web design and graphic communication, he also helps convey our message to legislators visually as well as on a personal level. Richard has worked as a government relations representative with the firm since 2010.