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.
Born in Pennsylvania, Barbara is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a BA in psychology. She took a step towards her dream of living in the West when she accepted a position as the assistant food and beverage manager at Roosevelt Lodge in Yellowstone National Park in 1999. After the season was over, Barbara had fallen in love with the Park and surrounding areas and chose to make Montana her home. After having spent a number of years residing in West Yellowstone raising her son, she came to the Gardiner/Paradise Valley area in 2010. She has considerable experience in both the management and marketing fields. She has held several positions in the F&B industry, as well as, having worked for several local newspapers. She was also able to fulfill another dream when she was given the opportunity to work as an artist in YNP through the Delaware North, Pathways to Yellowstone Program. She believes that customer service is of the utmost importance and loves sharing her knowledge and excitement of Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Region with visitors from around the world.
Board of Directors
Born and raised in the small country Bulgaria, Neli's first summer in Gardiner MT was in 2006. She's been here ever since working in the summers and going back to school in the winters. She was an elementary school teacher from 2009 to 2012 when her and her husband Dimitar settled in Gardiner the next year. They started running a small burger place in the beginning of 2015- The Corral. Neli loves everything about living here- the big sky; the wildlife; the kind and caring community; the cowboys and horses and of course the best beef in the world! Made and grown in Montana products became her passion when working at Gardiner Market and ordering these products for the store. She decided she wants to carry her new knowledge into the restaurant business. She enjoys finding products that are local, organic, sustainable and working with small vendors, ranchers and producers. The Corral is a participant of the WSE farm to restaurant program and also a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters. In becoming a board member of the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce she sees the opportunity to give back and thank the community for the unending support and warm feelings shown to her through the years.
Susan Johnson grew up in Yellowstone Park. She and her husband own and operate Hell's A' Roarin' Outfitters. They have a ranch 7 miles from Gardiner and have invested their life in the community! Susan hopes to bring energy and enthusiasm to the Chamber, and to work to keep the local economy thriving! Gardiner is a seasonal community, so it is important to find ways to keep revenue flowing during the slower seasons. She loves the Yellowstone ecosystem and wildlife, horses, hunting and fishing. She feels blessed to have spent her life in this unique and amazing area!
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.
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 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.
Sabina, and her husband Greg, moved to Gardiner in 2004, when they purchased the Yellowstone Basin Inn. Sabina enjoys owning the Inn and showing visitors and staff all the wonders of Montana & Yellowstone. Living in the Yellowstone Ecosystem and being part of the Gardiner Business Community have been wonderful experiences. Sabina likes helping Gardiner putting its best foot forward in welcoming visitors and creating a successful community. In her spare time, she also likes cooking, eating, reading, writing, cross country skiing, supporting local foods, and learning to ride using natural horsemanship and dressage principles.
Hal started working for Yellowstone Park Service Stations, Inc. in 1979 and is still employed by YPSS. He moved to Gardiner in 1983. Hal has been involved in various school and community activities including: various boards, youth and adult sports, student outdoor activities, fundraisers, treasurer, commissioner, etc.