2017 Board of Directors Bios

Cheri Hirst- As a 17 year veteran and General Manager of the Comfort Inn of Shelby, Cheri Hirst loves her job, whether it’s interacting with the guests or cleaning up construction dust. Cheri is a Montana native, with two grown children who are both involved in the Town Pump Hotel Group as well. Her husband, Charlie Hirst and she commute from Valier daily. Cheri describes the drive as “windshield time” - which has allowed her to dream up some great ideas for marketing and sales, which is only one of her duties at the Comfort Inn. Hirst also serves on Central Montana Tourism Board of Directors. In her time away from tourism and promotion, Cheri enjoys her dogs, and shopping for shoes!!! Cheri enjoys promoting Shelby to her guests. "Whether an overnight or a weeklong stay, there are so many things our guests can do in this great community".

Jessica Brusven is the Financial Controller, Interim CEO, and Administrator at Marias Medical Center. She is also a High School track and volleyball coach in Shelby, as well as an active member of the Marias Medical Center Auxiliary, Healthy Toole County Coalition, and Shelby Area Chamber of Commerce. Growing up in Montana, she chose to come back after attending the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. After spending 8 years in Sunburst, Jessica, her husband, Bob, and their 3 children moved to Honfleur, France, where they enjoyed 2 ½ years, before relocating back to Shelby in 2010. While abroad, Jessica earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting and Business Management, which has come in handy as the owner of J and J Rentals. Jessica takes pride in being an active member of the community and strives to keep Shelby a great place to raise a family and thriving business community. Jessica is currently serbing as the Treasurer of the Chamber. 

Ashley Kolve was born and raised in Shelby, MT, and graduated from North Toole County High School in Sunburst, MT in 2002. She attended Flathead Valley Community College where she was trained as a chef. Upon completion, she worked in restaurants in Kalispell and Great Falls. In 2008, Ashley, with her husband Dan, came back to Toole County to raise their three children, Annika, Alivia, and Addyson. Ashley is the Assistant General Manager of the Best Western Shelby Inn & Suites. She started by helping set up the new hotel, and then as a night auditor. In 2016, she received her Bachelors in Business with a concentration in Hospitality Management from the University of Phoenix. Ashley enjoys cheering on her kids at all of their sporting and academic events and she is an avid cross stitcher and quilter.

Crissy Bauman grew up outside of Baltimore, graduated from Georgia Southern University, spent seven years in Galveston, TX and then lived in Havre, MT for about four years before she finally settled in Shelby, MT in 2009. She initially became involved with the Shelby Area Chamber of Commerce in 2014 through her fundraising for the Relay for Life of the Hiline, but quickly discovered that the weekly Chamber meetings are the best way to find out what is going in the area and how to get involved in community events and causes.

Maria Crump, a native of the Dominican Republic, moved to the USA in the early 90's. She earned a B.A. in Mass Communications from Lehman College CUNY where she worked as Assistant to the Athletics Director. Maria also worked for the Dominican Women's Development Center where she taught ESOL for over six years. She helped countless recent immigrants from the Caribbean, Central and South America to take their first steps into learning a new language. Maria visited Montana for the first time in 2009 and felled in love with it since. She now lives in Shelby with her husband and sweet little Yorkie Allie.

Rebecca Austin was born and raised in Missoula MT! Go Griz! She moved to Shelby in 2007 to be closer to her husband, Ryan. They were married in 2011 and have 3 beautiful children. Coming from a larger population, Becky loves raising her children in the small town atmosphere, and loves the Shelby community. Becky has been in banking for 12 years and has been with US Bank for eight and a half years, where she is the assistant manager. Becky loves Montana and all it has to offer, and wouldn't want live anywhere else!