2016 Board of Directors Bios

Douglas Fender was promoted in August of 2015 to Warden at Crossroads. Fender joined CCA in 1998 as a correctional officer at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, where he also served as a senior correctional officer. He later became a correctional officer at the Sanders Estes Unit, where he was promoted to assistant shift supervisor before serving in the same role at Hardeman County Correctional Center, where he became a shift supervisor. Fender went to Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility as assistant chief of security, and was promoted to chief of security at Hernando County Jail. He held the same role at Graceville Correctional Facility before being promoted to assistant warden at Moore Haven Correctional Facility. In 2013 he transferred to Crossroads Correctional Center as the Assistant Warden. Fender has served as a SORT member at commander at several facilities.
Warden Fender enjoys hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.

Marsha McCubbins has lived in Montana since 2003 and came to the town of Shelby in 2012. She has three teenagers and thought Shelby would be a great place to raise them. Marsha began a career with Edward Jones in 2012 as an on call branch office administrator and became the financial advisor in the Shelby office in October of 2014. She holds a Series 7 and 66 Securities License and also Life, Disability (Health), and Variable Insurance licenses. She became a financial advisor to help people understand and reach their financial goals. When it comes to your financial future, it's important to work with someone who takes time to understand you and your situation. Relationships are key, and in her view, meeting face to face builds strong relationships. At Edward Jones they take a step-by-step approach to identify your goals and develop specific strategies to help you achieve them. Giving back to the community has always been important to Marsha. In addition to serving on the Shelby Chamber Board, she is active in several clubs in the area.

Cheri Hirst- As a 14 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. In addition to the Shelby Chamber of Commerce, which she currently serves as Treasurer, 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".

Loralee Aikins grew up in Shelby, MT graduating in 1997. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Dawson Community College and then went on to achieve her Massage Therapy Certificate from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota. She decided she wanted to come back to Shelby for small town life and ended up marrying her classmate Justin Aikins. They have had 4 children together. Loralee has had her massage business for 10 plus years in Shelby and enjoys being part of her clients healthcare. Loralee enjoys the benefits of small town living and raising children but also wanted to bring some city convenience to Shelby so she opened up Spa 30 LLC with her business partner Jennifer Marsicano in 2013. Spa 30 is a full service spa and also houses a little boutique. She continues to do massage within Spa 30. Loralee is part of the Merchant Association as well as being on the Chamber Board.

Jessica Brusven is the Financial Controller and Interim CEO 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.

Nea Rice grew up in Montesano WA and graduated in 1976. She gave 7 years to the U.S. Army and then went on to received her Associate of Arts degree from Yakima Valley Community College and then Central Washington University where she got a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Public Relations and a Minor in Business Administration. She spent 12 years with the Bureau of Reclamation in Yakima WA as a Receptionist/Secretary before getting a little "antsy". She was single, an empty nester and wanted an adventure...so in December 2014 she started the wheel rolling and by February 2015 she lived in Shelby MT. She currently works for the Toole County Conservation District as the Administrator and she says Shelby reminds her of the small town Cosmopolis WA where her mother was born and raised and Nea spent a lot of time there when she was a young girl. What she loves about Shelby?? No stoplight, the sound of the trains, friendliness of the people, and no one is a stranger, just a friend you haven't met yet. Nea's husband Kolin has 5 sons, Jeremy, Allen, Sam, Daniel and Jesse (twins) & her daughter, Melissa. Melissa is married to her high school sweetheart and he is a graduate of West Point. They currently reside in Fort Hood, TX. Nea and Kolin have 11 grandchildren, 8 boys and 3 girls. Nea’s hobbies are enjoying SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe.), sewing, crocheting, water aerobics, walking with her dog, hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time anywhere new in Montana that she has never been.

Wilma Flesch-Steiner is a person lines insurance agent with Leavitt Great West. She is a true Shelbyite, born in the Toole County hospital, raised in one of Shelby’s larger clans, and graduated from Shelby High. She moved around Montana and Idaho looking for a bigger life, but realized she was most at home in Shelby. So returned in 1992 and raised her 3 great children (Greg, Amber, & Jessica). Her children and grandson (Conner) keep her quite busy. She also enjoys quilting, camping and hiking Glacier, which Shelby is a good fit. Wilma has been active in the community by volunteering as a Girl & Boy Scout leader, 4-H leader, coaching girl’s softball, Red Cross Blood drives, and the Shelby Chamber of Commerce. Wilma believes every community member has something unique to contribute, and appreciates each person for making this a Wonderful place to live.

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.

Colleen Lee hails from Canada and spends most of her time trying to understand American politics and healthcare. Born in Saskatchewan and raised in Alberta, Colleen obtained her Bachelor of Management degree at the University of Lethbridge. She held advising and recruitment positions at universities in Alberta and British Columbia and went on to be the Director of Marketing for the tourism region of southwestern Alberta before relocating to Shelby. Most recently, she left her post as Director of Marketing at Marias Medical Center to become a full time mom to a little girl and far too many dogs.