Heather Cope ~ President
I grew up in rural Montana, just outside of Miles City, and moved to Billings to attend college in 1990. After graduating with a B.S. in Accounting from Montana State University Billings in 1994, I moved to Red Lodge and it has been home ever since. I worked for the Laurel Federal Credit Union for three years before starting with Beartooth Insurance in 2000. Beartooth Insurance sold to HUB International in 2012. I am currently a Commercial Lines Producer for HUB.
Throughout the years, I have been involved with the Parent Teacher Association, Troop Leader for Girls Scouts, coaching soccer, and BETA.
I love being involved with the Chamber as I know and work with many of the business owners and truly want to see them successful. It can be challenging for the business owners dealing with Covid, cyclical seasons, recruiting talented employees, and tapping into the surrounding areas to draw people here.
Chelsea Brajcich ~ Vice President
Born and raised locally, in this wonderful community, just west of town in Luther. I graduated from Red Lodge High School in 2008 and attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA (Go Zags!). I received my BA in Public Relations and Communications.
My husband (Ryan Brajcich) and I moved back “home” to Red Lodge in 2017—it was a no-brainer for us, we get to live, work, and raise a family in this great community.
Upon returning home to Red Lodge, I opened a boutique on our beautiful main street, Hometown Sisters—what a fun venture! After 4 years of growing the business, we made the decision to sell the shop—allowing time to spend with our daughter and new son, before taking over my in-law’s business of 20+ years (Covering Broadway) at the beginning of the new year (2022). We are excited for this next venture!!
I am proud to sit on the Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce board and proud to promote this town and community.
Dominique Gruber ~ Secretary
I am a mother of three young children, a Certified Veterinary Technician, Practice Manager and part owner of Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic with my husband Dr. Casey Gruber. I am also a Certified Personal Trainer and fitness enthusiast. Growing up in a small town on the west coast of Canada allowed me to appreciate the closeness of a small community. At 15 years old, I landed my first job as a veterinary assistant on the Sunshine Coast of BC and fell in love with the veterinary industry. I moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2007 to follow my dream of working with horses. I then graduated from Thompson Rivers University in 2012 with a degree in Animal Health Technology. I continued my career as a Certified Veterinary Technician in Calgary before relocating to Red Lodge to purchase Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic with my husband in 2015. Since becoming a business owner, I have found a new passion for financial, personnel and practice management. Although stressful at times, the rewards of owning and running your own business are plentiful.
Kyle S. Peterson ~ Treasurer
I moved to Red Lodge in December 2020 and started employment with the Bank of Red Lodge on the 7th
of that month. I started as a loan officer and am still in that position. I moved from Las Vegas and
decided to move due to the effects covid was having on the city of Las Vegas and my employment there.
I never considered living in Red Lodge until Bart asked me if I was interested in taking the position but
have really enjoyed my time living here!
I’ve been in banking about 3 years and started working for a different community bank in Greybull,
Wyoming after I graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2018. While living there, I served on the
Greybull Economic Development Council, which is now known as the Grow Greybull council. Their main
goal was to stimulate economic development, encourage business growth and also attract new
Since I’ve moved here in December, I’ve wanted to figure out a better way to get involved in the
community while also making new connections. I recently attended an Elks meeting and have agreed to
join that group as well. My intentions of joining that group and hopefully this board are to be of more
service to and become a more integral part of the community. Although I’m not currently a business
owner, I’m hoping I can be of assistance to businesses here and also be a good reference once
development and growth are pursued.
Laurie has lived in Red Lodge for the past 28 years (nearly making her a local)?. Laurie and her husband, Buster have been ranch managers for 20+ years as well as Laurie being co-owner of Lights On Broadway for several years before getting her real estate license and becoming an agent at Montana Realty Company of Red Lodge. Laurie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in marketing from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Laurie is an active volunteer for the Red Lodge Home of Champions Rodeo Association. Laurie and Buster have raised 2 children in the Red Lodge School System, where she was a booster club volunteer for several years as well as a hospice volunteer.
The Chamber is a great way to contribute to the community – Red Lodge has a unique challenge in combining both the tourism and the standard economies – this requires an everexpanding
outlook to branch the consideration to all local business growth. Marie is a wonderful addition to the board and has experience, such as: Past Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Past City Planning Board Member, Proprietor at Boyd’s Auto Bodyworks for the last 17 years, Member of the Chamber, Rotary, and Elks, Full-ride DECA scholarship & B.A. in Hospitality Marketing from University Wisconsin Stout, Past careers and experience with tourism event planning, Broad volunteer/philanthropy work within Red Lodge, Part-time Host & Commentary for Rev’n Television/Luken Communications & the SEMA Auto administration.
I have served on various boards in the past and have enjoyed the camaraderie of working together as a team and overseeing projects. I now enjoy being a Red Lodge Chamber Member and continue to encourage others to become involved as well. I am a strong community member and am thankful to once again be a part of Red Lodge. I grew up in North Dakota as a 4th Generation Norwegian. I was an honor student in High School, and later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing/Advertising/Communications from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. I spent 10 years working in the advertising/marketing world. I later went back to college in Madison, WI and graduated with honors in Interior Design. I have run my own Interior Design business for 28 years. I raised my children in Hudson, WI with my youngest Britta Zietlow graduating from Red Lodge in 2012. She now lives in Bozeman, MT with her 7 year old son Liam.
I am the Vice President/Branch Manager of the First American Title Company branch here in Red Lodge Montana (formerly American Title and Escrow). I am a Montana Licensed Title Insurer and have worked for this company since February 1993. I started at the bottom level at that office in Billings, searching at the Yellowstone County Courthouse daily, examining title records, and then having my own foreclosure office in that same Billings location. The amazing night of the 2000 Christmas Stroll, I moved to my dream town Red Lodge and to my dream job of managing the Red Lodge First American office.
As a Montana native, I was born in Bozeman and grew up in Billings, Columbus and Sidney. I am a graduate of Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Georgia. My interests include, skiing, hiking, gardening, watching all sports, and spending time with my family.
My grandparents Paul and Monica Kroll, had a family beet farm in Bridger, and made a point to have fami ly members join them in Red Lodge for the Festival of Nations for years and years, these days in the Civ ic center in the 70’s and 80’s watching a community celebrate it’s heritage had a lasting effect on me and made me want to be a part of Red Lodge. Seeing how this community celebrates it’ self has driven me to stay here year after year; and makes me want to help the celebrations go… on and on.
Being in the real estate business for over 28 years has shaped my business-friendly idea of what would be good for Red Lodge and Montana. I am excited for the future of the strong business in our community and would love to get the chance to promote all of them by being a member of the Red Lodge Chamber board.
As a native to the greater Yellowstone region it was my passion for Red Lodge and the Beartooth Mountains that has allowed me to follow my heart in returning to live and work in Red Lodge. I have obtained a diverse skill set throughout my youth in Billings, higher education in fine arts and liberal art studies in Missoula, and a career in the music industry built in Boulder, CO.
Jody Ronning ~ City Council Liason
Born and raised in Southeastern Montana, my family moved to Red Lodge in 1987. I attended Montana State University in Bozeman, majoring in Business Finance and Computer Engineering. I have worked in many sectors of the Red Lodge economy, from serving at Bogarts Restaurant, to lending at what was Laurel Federal Credit Union to 24 years as an insurance agent for Beartooth Insurance/HUB Insurance. I recently changed careers and started a new business in Red Lodge highlighting our local cottage industries, Market 5555. Red Lodge has been a wonderful community to raise my two sons and giving back to Red Lodge through volunteerism has always been important to me. Currently, I am your Ward 3 city council representative. I also volunteer on the Red Lodge Proud & Beautiful committee planning the Christmas Stroll and raising money for both the downtown flower baskets and the 4th of July fireworks. Other than that, I volunteer to help put on the Red Lodge Car show and serve as a liason from the City Council to both the Chamber and the TBID boards.
Spencer Weimar is the Assistant General Manager at Red Lodge Mountain. He moved to Red Lodge in May 2018 from Angel Fire, New Mexico in an effort to find colder temps and more snow. Spencer is a veteran of the ski industry having worked at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon and Angel Fire Resort. He has served on several tourism boards as a representative for the ski areas he has worked at and currently serves on the Yellowstone Country tourism board. Spencer grew up in Oregon and has a Master’s of Business Administration from Washington State University.