A Resource for Visitors and the Community
The Gardiner Chamber of Commerce serves our community through developing local tourism while endorsing stewardship of the Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Loren has traveled and worked overseas extensively, but the streams and mountains of Montana are home. Growing up hiking and fly-fishing, she knows the Montana lifestyle well. Loren graduated with honors from University of Montana and has an MA in International Development from Clark University in Massachussetts. She served two years in Guyana with Unites States Peace Corps.
From working overseas, as well as in Montana and Alaska, Loren has a firm background in local development and enjoys exploring the things that make a place unique. In Gardiner, one doesn’t have to look far. She spends her free time fishing in the Yellowstone River, hiking in the Beartooth Wilderness and developing recipes of Montana cuisine.
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 age 21 to 9, she decided to quit being an educator of 12 years at her alma mater to pursue her passion for cooking, opening the Yellowstone Grill.
Sabina, and her husband Greg, moved to Gardiner in 2004, when they purchased the Yellowstone Basin Inn. Sabina enjoys showing visitors all the wonders of Montana and Yellowstone. Living in the Yellowstone Ecosystem and being part of the Gardiner Business Community have been wonderful experiences.
Sabina likes helping Gardiner put 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.
Jeff feels privileged to call Gardiner, MT his home for the last 20 years where he has enjoyed raising his two sons. In the business sector, he owns Yellowstone Dino Lube & Repair along with being a partner in Yellowstone Park Service Stations. He enjoys actively participating on other numerous committees and enjoying the outdoor recreation in this diverse backyard.
Neala grew up in Missoula, Montana, paddling, swimming, and fishing the surrounding rivers. A graduate in Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management from the University of Montana, Neala got her start in the Montana tourism sector as a research intern for the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research (ITRR).
An avid writer, Neala began her marketing career at Yellowstone Forever, the nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. Since then, she’s been fascinated by the ways in which digital communication can connect a diverse audience to the Gardiner community and surrounding area. In her free time she can be found backpacking, cross-country skiing, and cooking with her husband.
Board of Directors
Born and raised in Bulgaria, Neli first ventured to Gardiner in 2006. She's been in Montana ever since, working in the summers and going back to school in the winters. She was an elementary school teacher before she and her husband, Dimitar, settled in Gardiner the next year.
Neli loves everything about living here -- the big sky, the wildlife, the kind and caring community, the cowboys and the horses. And, of course, the best beef in the world! She has a passion for Montana-made and Montana-grown products.
Neli and Dimitar started running The Corral, a small burger place, in 2015. She enjoys finding local, organic, sustainable products and working with small vendors, ranchers and producers. The Corral is part of the WSE farm-to-restaurant program.
Susan grew up in Yellowstone National Park. She and her husband own and operate Hell's A' Roarin' Outfitters, and they have a ranch 7 miles from Gardiner, and they have invested their life in the community!
Susan brings energy and enthusiasm to the Chamber, and she hopes 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.
Originally from Mississippi, Trina came to Yellowstone National park in the summer of 1998 to complete her college internship. Upon graduation later that fall she knew she must return to experience winter. From them on she never looked back and feels fortunate to call this special place home. After working many seasons in Yellowstone, Trina now oversees the guest operations at B Bar Ranch, an organic cattle ranch just north of Gardiner.
Trina is very passionate about sharing her love of the great outdoors and the abundant wildlife that call it home with the many visitors to the area. In her free time she enjoys exploring the area while hiking with her dog or while riding her favorite horse
Jim and his wife Bonnie moved to Gardiner in August of 2016. Having moved here from Nebraska City, NE. a small historic community in Southeastern Ne. where he served the community in various capacities, from City Council Commissioner to member on several community boards. He is now employed as the Director of Engineering for Yellowstone National Park Lodges.
Jim is looking forward to getting connected to all that Gardiner and Yellowstone have to offer as the seasons change. Jim is hoping to perfect several new outdoor hobbies.