The Gardiner Chamber of Commerce serves our community through developing local tourism while endorsing stewardship of the Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Neala grew up in Missoula, Montana, paddling, swimming, and fishing the surrounding rivers. A graduate in Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management with an emphasis in Nature-based Tourism 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). She has worked seasonally in Grand Teton and Acadia national parks, and first moved to Gardiner to work for Yellowstone Forever, the nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. The former Director of Marketing for the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce, Neala has been proud to call the Gardiner area home for the past five years. In her free time she can be found backpacking, cross-country skiing, and hiking in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with her husband Cody and their dog, Bridger.
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.
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
Mike Keller is the General Manager for Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone National Park, WY. He has lived and worked in Yellowstone for over 30 years, starting as a volunteer at Norris Geyser Basin in the summer of 1984. Mike began his career with the Park concessioner in the winter of 1987-1988 as a room attendant. He worked at Old Faithful Inn during the fires of 1988 and spent the following 19 years building his Concessions career at Old Faithful. In 2006 he became the Executive Director for Xanterra Parks and Resorts, leaving in 2014 to become the General Manager for Crater Lake National Park Lodges at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. In 2016 he moved to the Grand Canyon South Rim and was the General Manager for Delaware North Companies before returning to Yellowstone in April of 2017. Mike served as a volunteer for 20 years in Yellowstone in thermal cleaning and monitoring and was President of the Geyser Observation and Study Association from 2010 – 2014. He currently lives in Mammoth Hot Springs with his wife and two children.
Originally from the small farming community of Garrett, Indiana, Terese Petcoff first came to Gardiner for a summer retail internship in 2014. The Purdue University graduate immediately fell for the town’s eclectic feel, like-minded residents, hiking trails, and abundant wildlife—and she’s been here ever since. When she’s not managing the Gardiner Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce office, Terese can be found spending time with her family or chasing down her cat Hoot, who famously enjoys roaming around the Gardiner School grounds. She also loves hiking and trying new foods, and she never misses a Purdue basketball game.
A native of Gardiner, MT, Zondra has traveled the world and lived abroad, but has always returned to the mountains of Montana – her favorite place in the world.
Building on her experience as a whitewater rafting photographer on the Yellowstone River, Zondra graduated from Montana State University with a degree in photography. She uses her background in graphic design and photography every week when putting together the Gardiner Community Newsletter. Zondra is also a massage therapist with her own practice in downtown Gardiner. An avid musician, Zondra can often be found performing around Gardiner, and throughout the region. She sits on the board of the Electric Peak Arts Council, and enjoys promoting music and the arts in Gardiner.
When not working or playing music, Zondra can be found recreating in the local outdoors – hiking, bicycling, skiing, boating & gardening. She has hiked every trail in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and boated (raft, canoe & kayak) most of the Yellowstone River.
Zondra’s German Shepherd, Zooka, is the Gardiner Visitor Center’s unofficial greeter and staff supervisor. She enjoys ear scratches and chasing sticks.
Board of Directors
Kelly Burns is the Recruitment Marketing Specialist for Yellowstone National Park Lodges. She first came to Yellowstone in 2009 as a tourist. Nine years later, she has returned as a full-time employee residing in Mammoth Hot Springs. Originally from New York, Kelly earned her Marketing degree from Keuka College and her MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to moving to Yellowstone, Kelly was the Marketing Manager for Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico. Her favorite thing to do on the weekends is getting out and exploring. She is passionate about the National Parks and has a goal to visit all 400+ units managed by the National Park Service. Currently, she is two-thirds of the way there.
Leslie joined Yellowstone Forever after a 21 year career at Bank of America as an Administrative Support Associate/Marketing Officer supporting executive level leadership in the Global Wealth and Investment Management Division. Additionally, she was the Marketing Officer for the Market President, supporting marketing and philanthropic investments in the East Central Florida area. After 21 years of service she retired from Bank of America to pursue her dream of moving west and living and working in Yellowstone. She fell in love with Yellowstone during her first visit in the winter of 2012. Leslie was inspired by Yellowstone’s iconic landscape and delicate ecosystem and decided that she wanted to move west and develop a new career helping to preserve and protect Yellowstone National Park for future generations.
Anna is the owner and operator of theTumbleweed Bookstore and Cafe. Nestled in the heart of Gardiner, MT this little shop provides a little bit of everything. Stop infor a book, a fresh cup of coffee and fill your belly with homemade baked goods,soups, sandwiches and more.
Edwin, and his wife Ronalee, have been greeting guests since their 1981 arrival in Yellowstone Country. After years of guiding experience, Edwin became a licensed Montana Outfitter in 1985. He is a life member of Safari Club International, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the North American Hunting Club.
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.
Mike and his wife Ann and have been full time Gardiner residents since 2015 after relocating here from the Dallas, TX area. He established Yellowstone Wonders LLC, based here in Gardiner, in 2018 to offer private tours of Yellowstone National Park. Mike was the President and CEO of a privately held corporation involved in the office equipment business in the Dallas area from 1994-2018. Prior to and since moving to Gardiner we have supported, in a variety of ways, local organizations/events that include the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce, Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Forever, Livingston Center for Art and Culture, North Yellowstone Education Foundation, the Mammoth Community Center, Gardiner Christmas Stroll, Gardiner BrewFest and Park to Paradise. He believes that the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce is an indispensable asset to the local business community that directly or indirectly benefits our entire town.