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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

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

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 related to marketing, advertising, packaging, and cookbooks. She fulfilled her life-long dream of moving to Montana in 2005 and loves everything about living in the Rocky Mountains! A strong interest in Yellowstone National Park, the awesome town of Gardiner, and tourism inspired her to apply for a position with the Gardiner Chamber Board of Directors. Jean 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

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.

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.

Sabina Strauss

Sabina Strauss

Board Member

Sabina, and her husband Greg, moved to Gardiner in 2004, when they purchased the Yellowstone Basin Inn. They worked and managed various other lodging properties, and when the time came to buy their own place, they settled in Gardiner. Sabina enjoys owning the Inn and showing visitors all the wonders of Montana & Yellowstone. Living in the Yellowstone Ecosystem and being part of the Gardiner Business Community have been wonderful experiences. This is Sabina’s second time being part of the Board, because she enjoys helping Gardiner putting its best foot forward in welcoming visitors and creating a successful community. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, eating, and supporting local foods; and learning to ride using natural horsemanship and dressage principles.

Hal Broadhead

Hal Broadhead

Board Member

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.