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Gardiner's Chamber

The mission of the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce is to serve the Community by promoting, protecting, encouraging and developing local business and tourism with due regard to the natural environment. To strengthen and expand the income potential of all businesses and organizations. To strive to help advance the general welfare and prosperity of the Gardiner area, its citizens and all of the business community.

Barbara Shesky

Barbara Shesky

Executive Director

Barbara Shesky has been employed here at the Chamber for over two years. She is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a BA in psychology.  She has considerable experience in both the food and beverage business, having worked as the F&B manager for several restaurants including a season at Roosevelt Lodge in YNP, and in the advertising business, having worked as both the advertising manager for the West Yellowstone News and as the lead advertising coordinator for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. She also worked as an artist in YNP through the Delaware North Pathways to Yellowstone program. She and her family currently reside in Paradise Valley with their dog Nagi and their cat Marley.

Board of Directors

Daniel Bierschwale

Daniel Bierschwale

Board President

Daniel is the Retail Director for the Yellowstone Association and a resident of Gardiner, Montana. He is a co-founder of the Greater Gardiner Community Council, a board member of Yellowstone Country Montana, Inc., and the President of the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce. Daniel holds an M.A. in Organizational Management from Concordia University, and a dual B.S. in Business Management and Information Systems from Appalachian State University.  His experience with non-profit leadership, strategic partnerships, and geotourism allow him to achieve his goal of conserving public lands for future generations.

Jean Modesette

Jean Modesette

Vice President

Jean Modesette is a Workforce Consultant with the Livingston Job Service Workforce Center where she provides support to businesses and job seekers. Prior to this position, Jean was a twenty-year employee with the food company, General Mills, Inc., located in Mpls, MN. As the Studio Coordinator for their professional photography studios, she coordinated all aspects of product photo shoots relating to marketing, advertising, packaging, and cookbooks. She moved to Montana in 2005 and loves living in the Rocky Mountains. A strong interest in Yellowstone National Park, the great town of Gardiner, and tourism inspired her to apply for a position with the Gardiner Chamber Board of Directors. Jean resides in Paradise Valley with her husband and various animals, including the meanest rooster in the west. She is a member of the Yellowstone Association, was a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and volunteered for a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities. Her other interests include: photography, horses, wildlife watching, and Montana history.

Cheryl Hoppe

Treasurer

Cheryl calls herself a Gardiner native, having lived in Gardiner off and on since 1960. She graduated from Gardiner High School and raised three sons who began and finished their high school education in the Gardiner Public Schools. She has seen Gardiner change and grow and now reshape itself again. Cheryl is the Branch Manager for First Interstate Bank which opened their doors in January of 1991 and she has been a Chamber Board Member since 1994. Gardiner is a unique community and she is proud to be a resident of such a generous and caring group of citizens.

Scott Demaree

Scott Demaree

Board Member

Scott Demaree owns the Gardiner Market with his wife Rebecca. He was born and raised in Billings, MT and it was at age six that he was introduced to Gardiner. At the time, his uncle had just purchased the grocery store. Since then, he has had another uncle, two brothers, grandparents, and cousins come and go. In 1991, and after a brief stint in southern California, it was his time to return to Gardiner. He began his grocery career as a meat cutter and has worked at the grocery store ever since. He raised three children in Gardiner, insisting it was the people of Gardiner that did most of the raising. Scott loves living and working in Gardiner with his wife, seeing his children grow into adults, bird hunting with his dogs, fishing, camping, and pretty much anything that takes him afield in Montana.

Richard Parks

Richard Parks

Board Member

Richard was born in northern Minnesota, and his first exposure to fly fishing was on the streams that flow into the north shore of Lake Superior. Family vacations to Yellowstone in 1947 and 1950 were followed by the move to Gardiner when his father opened the Parks' Fly Shop in 1953. Richard began guiding in 1961 and continued to guide and work in the shop through his college years. After graduating with a History degree, Richard served a three year hitch in the US Army, including a tour in Vietnam. He was planning on graduate school when his father died in the spring of 1970, at which point he took over active management of Parks’ Fly Shop with the help of his mother. During the early 1990s, he served as Chairman of the Northern Plains Resource Council, one of Montana's leading conservation organizations, and served twice as Chairman of the Western Organization of Resource Councils. He was also a founding member of the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana and has served several terms as President of that organization. Richard has served on the Gardiner Chamber board for many years, including three one-year terms as president. He is also currently a board member with the Montana Budget & Policy Center, a non-profit research and education organization. In 2004 he bought a house in Gardiner which he and his wife Nancy converted to a bed & breakfast, the Gardiner Guesthouse, which opened in 2005.

Sandy Bierle

Sandy Bierle

Board Member

Happy as a pig in mud! That describes the way Sandy Bierle feels about living life in Gardiner. She loves living in a special place that is so rich in its outdoor way of life as well as its sense of community. The first thing Sandy will tell you about herself is that she is a mother of three awesome boys who are all active in a variety of school sports and activities. In addition, Sandy and her husband Steve are the owners of a Gardiner adventure company called the Flying Pig Adventure Company. This business is mostly open during the summer months, where it specializes in whitewater rafting, fly fishing, horseback rides and Park tours. When not busy running around the Flying Pig deck, Sandy loves to be outside doing a variety of activities. During the warm months, she loves to hike, fly fish, raft, and soak in hot springs. As winter rolls around, she finds time to cross country ski with her dogs in the hills above Gardiner. Winter also allows time for spending time with friends and thinking about next summer’s adventures! Even though life is busy for Sandy, she feels so grateful that she gets to live it right here in Gardiner and she can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Schalene Darr

Board Member

Schalene grew up in Gardiner. She is an avid advocate for volunteering for her community from ambulance work, coaching youngsters, to helping with community groups. Currently, she is on the board for the Greater Gardiner Community Council also. As a mother of 4 children ranging in age from 21 to 9, she decided to quit being an educator of twelve years at her Alma Mater to pursue her passion for cooking and opened the Yellowstone Grill.

Frankie Aars

Frankie Aars

Board Member

Frankie came to Gardiner only two years ago following the advice of her sister who suggested that she check out this quaint mountain community, and hasn’t left since. Born, raised, and educated in Colorado she has had the unique opportunity to gain nearly thirty years of experience in the hospitality and commercial real estate and business development industries in four states of the Rocky Mountain region. She has held key positions serving Economic Development in each community throughout that region and hopes to provide the same support to Gardiner as the community moves forward into a brighter future.