2017 Board of Directors Bios

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.

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.

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!