Skip to content


Charles Chuck Rund- Interim

Chuck Rund | Interim - President & CEO

Chamber Welcomes Interim CEO, Chuck Rund

The Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased  to announce that Mr. Charles "Chuck" Rund will serve as the Interim CEO while the Board works through the strategic and prudent process of hiring the next President and CEO for the Chamber.

Chuck Rund was President of Charlton Research Company, a public policy and opinion research firm that designs and develops strategies for clients in business, politics and the law. The company conducted extensive, national public opinion research for over 250 corporations, including 24 listed in the top 100 of the Fortune 500.

Recognized as an expert in the research and analysis of specialized issues affecting the political community, Mr. Rund has been a key player in four Presidential campaigns; twelve gubernatorial campaigns; seventeen Senate races; campaigns for forty-eight elected Congress people and many state, local and initiative campaigns.  Mr. Rund has been an election night analyst for CBS news for 32 years and also remains abreast of trends in national and statewide politics.

In recent years, Mr. Rund has also served on several Boards including AllCare Health, the Grants Pass Family YMCA, the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Grants Pass Board and volunteered in numerous community activities. Mr. Rund received his B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and pursued post-graduate work in social ethics at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

shirley photo

Shirley Liska | Customer Service

Hello, my name is Shirley Liska, and yes, I am part of the Liska Auctioneer family.  I am originally from Minnesota and spent 10 years in Arizona before moving to Grants Pass in 1991.  You may ask what took me to Arizona and then to Grants Pass….It was my husband Jim, and I’m so glad we made each move.

I have done many things in my working career, but since I’ve been in Grants Pass, I have worked for Tom and Sons Jewelers, I sold real estate for 11 years at Century 21 Harris and Taylor, then went to work at Ticor Title for 10 years.  I have worked in a public setting most of my life and that’s what I love.  The people around me are what make me happy.

I like to stay involved in our community and have volunteered for many organizations.  One of the ones most near and dear to me is The Family House. Now, I’m on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity.

Grants Pass is a wonderful community and even though I grew up in Minnesota, here is where I love to call home.

Brittni Dumas

Brittni Biller | Membership & Business Development Director

Brittni's background is in Marketing, Business Development and Project Management. She most recently worked for a Fortune 500 Title Insurance Company in the Marketing and Business Development division and prior to that she worked for a local Non-Profit Organization teaching youth how to fund and operate their own community service projects in Josephine County. Before making Grants Pass her home in 2014, she traveled and lived all over the world from Hungary to Hawaii, and she knows from personal experience that there is no place like Grants Pass!

"I’m invested in this town and dedicated to supporting the people and local businesses in this vibrant community. Since moving here I’ve put down some deep roots that include meeting and marrying my wonderful husband Travis. When I’m not working you can find me camping or spending time with family and friends!" ~ Brittni

Christie Swafford

Christie Swafford | Programs & Events

It is an honor to be a part of such an amazing and creative team. Having experience in organizing many local well-known events for the Town Center Association, the Chamber was a natural fit. I have a passion for event planning which is vital to creating a healthy commerce for our town. I enjoy promo­ting and living in this beautiful community we call home.

Karen Heningsen

Karen Henningsen | Accountant

“I am very excited to be part of the amazing and dynamic team at the Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce.  What a pleasure to work with such dedicated Staff and Board of Directors. It is a great opportunity to use my many years of business experience in such a worthwhile community endeavor and organization.”