Alanna Anderson ~ President
Alanna was raised here in Red Lodge, graduating in 1997. She attended college in Wyoming, graduating from Dental Hygiene school in 2005. Upon returning to Red Lodge, she met my husband, Mick Thompson.
They opened Back Alley Metals in 2009 and moved into the current location the following year. She has volunteered for the rodeo association since 1984 and is currently volunteering for Pedal United expanding our local trail systems.
Heather Cope ~ Vice 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 now a Commercial Lines Produce for Insurance Service Representative. 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 cyclical seasons, recruiting talented employees, and tapping into the surrounding areas to draw people here.
Laurie Haugen ~ Secretary
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.
Rhonda Baker~ Treasurer
Rhonda Baker’s family comes from Red Lodge and Roberts, so the future of this town is as important to her as the past. Rhonda believes volunteering is a vital part of being in a community, and to this end, she volunteers for the Historical Society, chairing the financial committee at the Hoedown each year. She has been the commerce chair for the Hospital Ball, and also works the Humane Alliance fundraiser each year. She has worked at the Feast for the Beasts.
She is the Branch Operations Officer at First Interstate Bank. Her knowledge of non-profits, banking expertise and enthusiasm for the position makes her a solid representative for the Board.
Glory grew up in Red Lodge and therefore her roots run deep. After retiring from her job in Southern California she returned to Red Lodge and became a volunteer. In addition to the Chamber Board she serves on the Carbon County Historical Society Board, Friends of the Beartooth All American Road and Yellow Ribbon Community Committee. She is a member of the Elks Lodge, Lions, Rotary and VFW Auxiliary. Glory is President of the Red Lodge City Council and is the Parade Director for the Home of Champions Rodeo on the 4th of July.
Sandy Brajcich– As a Red Lodge resident since 1999, Sandy and her family have immersed themselves in the community and culture that makes this mountain town their home. A native of Great Falls, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education at MSU Bozeman with a major in Family Consumer Sciences with an endorsement in Instructional Media. After moving to Red Lodge, Sandy worked at the BHHC’s Children’s Center and The Glass Rabbit before she and her husband opened Covering Broadway in 2002. They are currently celebrating 13 successful years in business. Sandy has served on the board of First Interstate Bank for the past 11 years. Her business and educational backgrounds will be an asset to continuing this vitalized economy.
Tricia Nix Jackson
Tricia is a Montana native, spending the last twenty years in Red Lodge. She worked in banking for 15 years and in some facet of the restaurant business for 20 years. She currently manages Bogart’s Restaurant in downtown Red Lodge and is an active volunteer for Silver Run Ski Team, serving on its Board of Directors for two years and as Treasurer for two. With a daughter at MSU in Bozeman and a son currently in the Red Lodge School District, Tricia looks forward to continuing to grow in the community, its people, friendliness, safety and prosperity.
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.
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.
I started working in Red Lodge in 2001, driving from Billings every day. I had the opportunity to move here in 2009 and have never looked back. This is such a vibrant, eclectic community with the potential for great things. From neighbors taking care of neighbors to businesses promoting businesses, Red Lodge is truly a diamond in the rough and I am honored to be a part of it all. I have served on the RLBA (formerly Red Lodge Merchant’s and Lodging Assoc), the TBID committee and this is my second stint with the Chamber of Commerce (having served 6 years previously). I am eager to again be a part of the forward movement of this community, and am thrilled at the opportunity to showcase our area and capitalize on all that Red Lodge has to offer.
I am the proud owner of Hometown Sisters, a lifestyle boutique, here in our beautiful town. The name ‘Hometown Sisters’ derived because my sister and I really are born and raised hometown gals. We grew up 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 with a minor in Communications.
I am the lucky lady who gets to say I am married to Ryan Brajcich and the mom to our little girl, Emersyn Marie. Above all things, I am most proud to be a wife and mom to them. Ryan and moved back “home” a few years ago-it was a no-brainer for us, we get to live, work, and raise a family in this wonderful community.
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.