Gardiner, MT

Gardiner Chamber of Commerce

A Resource for Visitors and the Community

Gardiner Chamber of Commerce photo: courtesy of Jean Modesette

The Gardiner Chamber of Commerce serves our community through developing local tourism while endorsing stewardship of the Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Executive Committee

Loren GuerinLoren Barrett
Executive Director

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.

Jeff Guengerich BODJeff Guengerich

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.

Sabrina StraussSabina Strauss
Vice President

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.

 Trina Smith BODTrina Smith 

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

StaffBioPhoto FugereNeala Fugere 
Director of Marketing

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.

Zondra & ZookaZondra Skertich
Newsletter Coordinator 

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

Neli KaramfilovaNeli Karamfilova

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 Keller Board PhotoMike Keller

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. 

Jim Stark BODJim Stark 

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.

edwinandhorsesmEdwin Johnson

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.

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