Team Members


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...

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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...

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Laura was born and raised in Sterling, Colorado and moved to Polson in 1990 where she met her love of her life, Shawn Burland, and they raised two amazing children, Shawntaya and Blaise Burland. Laura has been in the banking business for 23 years and is currently a universal banker at Valley Bank of Polson. Being involved in the community is an important aspect in Laura’s Life. She has helped serve as a chamber ambassador, board...

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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...

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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.

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Erin is a born and raised Montanan hailing originally from Libby, MT. After living in Missoula for several years, Erin and her family relocated to Polson in 2014. She currently serves in the role as the Director of Nursing at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, and has been in the healthcare arena for the last 24 years. Erin spends most of her time chasing kids around and responding to the health care needs of the community, and she...

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Jesse Yarbrough is a Polson Pirate through and through.  He grew up in western Montana and graduated from Polson High School. He attended the University of Montana for his undergraduate and graduate degrees.  After spending a few years in the Oregon wine country, he was fortunate enough to return to Polson to work in the schools.  He has worked in the district for 16 years between Polson High School and Polson Middle School.  He and...

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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...

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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...

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Cole was born in Bozeman Montana and moved with his wife Lyndi to Polson in 2016.  Together Lyndi and Cole have two amazing children- Cooper & Anna, and feel lucky for the opportunity to call Polson their home.  Cole is a graduate of Montana State University College of Business with bachelor degrees in both Accounting and Business Management.  Currently, Cole is a licensed real estate broker with Century 21 Big Sky in Polson, and...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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