Board Members & Staff
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Michelle Smith Bushnell
Michelle is a long time resident of Southern Humboldt, graduating from South Fork High School in 1988. She was raised on a ranch and her roots run deep in our community. She currently lives in the Blocksburg area and is the owner of The Bootleg in Garberville. She is married to David Bushnell and between the two of them they have five children together.
Michelle is a hands on community member and plays an active role with other groups and organizations such as Rotary and the Southern Humboldt Unified School District. Michelle donates a lot of her time volunteering in areas in our community where help is needed.
Corinne Stromstad graduated from Eureka High School and spent two years at College of the Redwoods. She worked for Bank of America and then transferred to Six Rivers where she spent thirty years as the Vice President Manager. In 1974 Corinne and her husband Glen Stromstad moved to Garberville where they took over ownership of Milt’s Saw Shop and celebrating forty five years in business. Corinne is very active in our community sitting on multiple boards such as our Chamber of Commerce, Southern Humboldt Community Health Care District, Civic Club and Soroptimist International of the Redwoods.
Bernie Korbly moved to Southern Humboldt in 1972 and fell in love with the area. He owns a local gift shop named Korbly Wood Products and has been creating a variety of custom gifts such as decorative clocks, coffee tables, unique bowls for your kitchen and an assortment of boxes to put your sentimental keep sakes in. Bernie has three kids that were raised in our Southern Humboldt community. He served twenty two years as a volunteer fire fighter for the Miranda Fire Department. Along with his dedicated years of service to the Miranda community, Bernie spent many years coaching youth sports such as basketball and soccer while his kids were growing up. Bernie enjoys working at his business and living along the Avenue of the Giants, one of our biggest destination locations in Southern Humboldt!
Leann was born in Detroit, Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA., and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Teaching English from UC Berkeley. She held a teaching credential at Chapman University in Walnut Creek for years. Leann moved to Southern Humboldt in 1994 and resided here thru 2000. She relocated to the Bay Area to pursue a teaching career but in 2011 she accepted a teaching job at Mattole Valley Charter.
Hobbies include kite surfing, preparing herbal remedies, cooking, reading and beading. She is the current Garberville Farmers’ Market manager.
Sophia Eckert was born in Arkansas and studied Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She later went back to school to receive her Masters in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. Sophia moved to Humboldt County in 2012, and is currently the Executive Director of the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association, a non-profit working with California State Parks. Sophia Eckert has been serving on the board for the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce since April of 2018. She enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, gardening and cooking in her free time.
Chrystine Elstad resides in Southern Humboldt and is the current Vice President of the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce. She is the Marketing Manager of the Community Credit Union and has worked there for 8 years. Prior to joining the team at the Community Credit Union, she owned a chain of local children’s toy stores located in Eureka, Fortuna, and Arcata. Chrystine is married to Justin Elstad and is a proud mother of one daughter. She is proud to be apart of our community and plays an active role in helping Southern Humboldt thrive.
Jenny Early was born in Humboldt County and grew up in the heart of Southern Humboldt. Her family has been around for generations with the Early ranch nestled quietly in the hills of Salmon Creek. After graduating from South Fork High School in 1998 she continued her education by attending College of the Redwoods where she received two AA Degrees, soon after diving into the workforce and hasn’t stopped since. She is a caring mother of one 14 year old son, has a passion for giving back to the community by coaching athletes in a variety of sports at all different age levels and has a serious love for descriptive writing. Jenny also enjoys playing an active role as Secretary for Soroptimist International of the Redwoods, a local non-profit organization in Southern Humboldt. She is a go getter, a hands-on type of person and takes pride in her hard work ethic!
Southern Humboldt Chamber Of Commerce
782 Redwood Drive / PO Box 445
Garberville, CA 95542
Phone: (707) 923-2613