Chamber hires new director
Shirley Brumfield, president of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce, introduced Letitia (Tish) Dahmen as the organization's new executive director on Wednesday.
Dahmen replaces Leah Rigby, who resigned for personal reasons, effective Monday.
She has a journalism degree from the University of Idaho and has worked in marketing, advertising and editing.
"I worked for the Chamber in Heber City (Utah) for five years and I loved the work," Dahmen said of her decision to seek the director's position.
She begins her new job on Monday. Most recently she has been working as an inside salesman at the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello.
She grew up in Pocatello and Boise, graduating from Capital High School before going to college in Moscow. She left Utah to return to her roots and be near her mother.
"Local business is the backbone of the community," she said. "I feel like helping small businesses prosper is important to the community.
"I'm happy to have a position where I can do my part," she added.
"I'm really grateful for the Blackfoot Chamber to give me this opportunity," she said. "I hope to have creative ideas and bring new energy.
"I really love Blackfoot," she said. "It's a vibrant community with tremendous amenities. I love the people I've met."
She and her husband, Andy, have two children, Max, 23, and Sydney, 20. Both live in Utah.