Brian Miskimins has been serving on the board of directors since January 2017. Brian serves as the morning show DJ on the BIG 100, 100.7 on your FM dial for Anderson Broadcasting in Polson. After wrapping up his morning show, he goes out and meets with businesses in the area helping them to put together radio ads and get the word out about different sales and happenings within their companies. Before moving to Polson in 2014, Brian and his wife Laura lived in Portland where Brian held two jobs, working as the maintenance director for a school during the day, and serving as a traffic and weather reporter at his off times for the KOIN TV, the CBS affiliate in Portland. Brian and Laura welcomed their first child, Carson, in July of 2015. Brian can be reached by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandy SmithVice President
Mandy is a new 2020 Polson Chamber of Commerce board member, and excited to serve her hometown in this capacity. Born and raised in Polson, she has chosen to raise her own 3 boys here as well. Mandy attended the University of Montana, then moved back to Polson where she worked for Community Bank to later become Glacier Bank. She has been in banking for 25 years, and has worked in many areas of the bank, from operations to lending to management. Currently Mandy is a Consumer Lender and Assistant Vice President for Glacier Bank. She has 1 grown son, 2 sons at home, and the cutest little grandson in the world.
David was born and raised in Polson and is a Polson High School graduate. Upon graduating from the University of Montana with a BS in Business Management, he lived in Texas while pursuing a music career. In 2011, he returned to Polson and is now the Branch Manager at Valley Bank in Polson. He has served on the Polson Chamber board since 2017 and is involved in the Polson chapter of Rotary International as well as other local community organizations and events. He views Polson as a fantastic place to live, work and raise his family and looks forward to serving the community for many years to come.
Julyn Sanders-DewittPast President 2020
Julyn Sanders-DeWitt is known best by her friends as JuJu. She moved to Polson about 7 years ago from Missoula with her husband Dan, of 13 years. They moved here for Dan to advance in his retail career. Julyn continued her career as an administrative assistant, working for Montana Marbled Meats. She has two amazing kids, Bryce 21 and Bailey 19. Julyn also has three 4-legged children Harley, IzzyBella, and Eve. She joined the chamber three years ago as a board member because she wanted to be more involved in the community. Polson has welcomed Julyn and her husband with open arms and they look forward to their future in Polson.
K-Ann DeLongPast President 2019
K-Ann is a Texan through and through, she calls Uvalde Texas home but her heart lies in the Mission Valley. K-Ann has dedicated herself to giving back to the community. She has been a devoted employee to Unity Bank as a Personal Banker, and has served on the Chamber Ambassador program as well as being our past Chamber Board President. K-Ann her Husband Corey, and son Clayton enjoy all of what makes the Mission Valley the LAST BEST PLACE. As a family they enjoy the outdoors and all the beauty Montana has to offer. K-Ann loves to craft and thrift store shop, as well as following her husband around photographing the wildlife of the valley as he is a talented artist. Along with the splendor of the valley K-Ann and her family love to take trips and enjoy attending concerts. K-Ann is a dedicated Chamber Board Member and enjoys giving back to her community and surrounding areas.
Rich ForbisPast President 2018, 2013, 1993
Rich Forbis was born and raised in Western Montana. He attended the University of Montana, receiving a B.A. in Radio and Television. Rich moved to Polson in 1986. He worked for Anderson Radio Broadcasting until 2015. He currently is the Community Outreach Coordinator and Public Relations Director at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. Rich is the tournament director for the Flathead Lake 3-on-3 basketball tournament held on the streets of downtown Polson each July. Rich has served on the Polson Chamber of Commerce board on the 3 separate occasions.
Jessie MillerBoard Member
Jessie moved to Montana in 1975 and started her professional career as a banker with First Citizens Bank of Polson, where she is currently a Compliance Officer. She is an “Okie” born and raised in Oklahoma, but proud to call Montana her home. When Jessie isn’t on lock down in her office, she enjoys being outside, gardening, painting, fishing and swimming, but most of all she enjoys being and doing fun things with her three-year-old granddaughter Lexie. Jessie lives on Finley Point with her husband Jim and their sweet kitty Indy. Jessie over the years has actively volunteered in many various community fundraising events. She has also been in a few local hot pepper eating contests and once held the title of Miss Copper Cup
Karen DelaneyBoard Member
Karen has been a Polson Chamber of Commerce Board member since 2018. She and her husband, Tim (who grew up in St. Ignatius) moved to Polson in April of 2012, and now has retired from the position as Development Director with the Salish Kootenai College Foundation in Pablo. Before moving to Polson, Karen and her family lived in Soldotna, Alaska for 37 years. She has over 30 years of management and administrative experience and worked 22 years as Assistant Executive Director for the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council, a local citizens group tasked by federal law with oversight of the oil industry operating in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Karen and Tim have 5 grown children, 8 granddaughters, 1 grandson and 2 great-grandchildren. She looks forward to serving as a Polson Chamber Board member and giving back to the community.
Launa BensonBoard Member
Launa and her husband Tom have raised 2 beautiful daughters in the Mission Valley. Launa and Tom own and operate Xtreme Weed & Pest Solutions in Western Montana and Billings. In her spare time she loves spending time with their 4 grandbabies and riding horses. She is passionate about her family and helping others succeed.
Louis CrossPast President 2015
Louis was born and raised in Western Montana where he graduated from Polson High School before attending Montana State University and ultimately moving to North Dakota for a short time. Louis always wanted to raise his family in the Mission Valley and moved back to Polson in 2003. He is the Hotel Manager at the Kwataqnuk Resort where he was first introduced to the Polson Chamber of Commerce and discovered his enjoyment of working with the community and other Polson businesses. He was a Chamber Ambassador before becoming a member of the board and eventually Chamber Board President in 2015. After his term he went on to be a member of the Polson Economic Development Committee and is now serving a second term as a Polson Chamber Board member. Louis is married to Julie Cross and has 3 kids Alex, Cole, and Sara. They enjoy spending their time on the lake, and hiking and camping throughout Western Montana when they are not following the kids in their athletic events.
Trevor MotichkaBoard Member
Trevor Motichka grew up in the Flathead Valley and has lived in Lake County since 2002. Trevor graduated from Western Montana College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and has been the owner (and head janitor) of Farm Bureau Insurance on Main Street since 2005. He and his wife Marcie have raised three children in Polson: Tel (23), Josey (21), and Quinn (20). Now an empty nester, Trevor joined the Polson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2020, and remains dedicated to giving back to our great community. When he isn’t working or supporting our community, Trevor enjoys recreating in our local outdoors and moving grass fed beef cattle with his horses and stockdogs.
Kate SheridanBoard Member
Originally from the West Coast, Kate moved to Missoula in 2010 to pursue a Masters degree in Environmental Studies. After graduation, Kate worked in a variety of fields and positions, including barista, assistant farm manager, and conservation campaign organizer, before taking on the Executive Director role at the Flathead Lakers in 2019. Kate was drawn to Flathead Lake through the world of open water swimming and racing. When not in the water, or working for the protection of our local watershed, Kate enjoys hiking in the Missions.
Ian WithrowBoard Member
Ian was born in Whitefish and raised in Missoula. After graduating from Princeton University in 2005, he spent time in Boston, Phoenix, and San Diego before pursuing and obtaining an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. In 2009 he moved back to Montana, and for the next eight years worked to support fundraising and communication efforts for the University of Montana. In 2017, he and his wife moved to Polson, where he presently serves as a media and information specialist at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. Ian joined the Polson Chamber board in 2019, and is dedicated to supporting this incredible community for many years to come. He enjoys food in any shape or variety, and is also a writer of fiction.