Chamber announces promotion and addition

Candace Carnahan
Kirstin Maska

Candace Carnahan has been promoted to vice president of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kirstin Maska has joined the chamber as workforce development coordinator.

“I am excited for the changes that we have made internally,” said Diane Schwenke, president and chief executive officer of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our members will not only see the quality of our service to them continue but can expect that service to grow.”

In her new role, Carnahan will oversee business retention and expansion activities as well as fund-raising and programming.

She’s worked with the chamber more than six years, handling events, communications, marketing and programming. She’s a graduate of the Western Association of Chamber Executives Chamber Academy and was named to the WACE Emerging Leaders Council.

“Promoting a strong business climate and a healthy economy is something I am passionate about and am excited to contribute to for the foreseeable future,” she said.

Maska previously worked as a youth coordinator at the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction and served as a volunteer mentor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

For more information about the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, call 242-3214 or visit the website at