Staff & Board
Chamber Staff & Board of Directors
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce
Mailing Address: PO Box 550
Physical Address: 260 West Broadway
Jackson, Wyoming 83001
Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center: 532 North Cache
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee 2016-17
- Chair - Tim Harland - Grand Teton Distillery
- Chair-Elect - Levi Thorn - Grand Teton Lodge Company
- Vice-Chair - Kris Shean - Haagen Dazs
- Treasurer - Adam Meyer, Jackson Hole News and Guide
- Past-Chair - Joe Madera - SpringHill Suites by Marriott Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Directors 2017-18
- Oly Olson, Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates: Business Development Committee
- Richard Uhl, First Interstate Bank: Government & Community Affairs Committee
- Susan Eriksen-Meier, Eriksen-Meier Consulting, LLC: Membership Committee
- Alex Lemieux, The Wort Hotel: Special Events Committee
- Barry Hunter, Shine Group: Business Development Committee
- Derek Beardsley, Snake River Brewery: Special Events Committee
- John Frechette, MADE: Business Development Committee
- Karen Connelly, St. John's Medical Center: Sales and Marketing Committee
- Ned Wonson, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: Sales and Marketing Committee
- Stephan Abrams, The Liquor Store: Special Events Committee
- Jason Williams, Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris: Sales and Marketing Committee
- Martha Bancroft, Center for the Arts: Membership and Special Events Committees
Chair: Tim Harland, Grand Teton Distillery & Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
After growing up in Eugene, Oregon Tim attended Oregon State University in Corvallis attaining a BS in Industrial Engineering while playing football and lacrosse, as well as being President of his fraternity. Post college found him in California, working as a Senior Consultant for a national litigation consulting firm.
Since moving to Jackson Hole in 1993, he has been employed by Snake River Brewing Company in a variety of capacities. First on the construction team for the restaurant and brewery, then as a brewer and bartender for nearly five years. In 1998, his functions changed and he accepted the National Sales Director position assuming all sales and marketing responsibilities.
In 2012, Tim was hired on with the Wyoming Whiskey distillery as their National Sales Director for a period of three years before accepting the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing position at Grand Teton Distillery in 2015. Tim is also a real estate agent with his brother's company, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Brokers of Jackson Hole Real Estate.
Tim has been involved with the Jackson Hole community through a number of boards and associations. He was in the Leadership Jackson Hole class of 2001, served as Co-Chair on the Thanks-a-Million Foundation Board and participated as a member for the Citizens for Affordable Housing. He has been a volunteer firefighter in Wilson for 14 years, served on the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Old West Days Committee, and has been the Sergeant At Arms for the Rotary Lunch Club of Jackson Hole.
Tim has been married for over 20 years and has two incredibly active sons.
Past Chair: Joe Madera, SpringHill Suites by Marriott
A Florida International University Alumnus with a degree in Hospitality Management, Joe is General Manager for the 121-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Originally from Puerto Rico, Joe was first introduced to the valley in the winter of 2001 and immediately became of fan. He relocated from Chicago to Jackson Hole in January 2007 and notes, "Quickly I saw the importance of immersing myself into many community-related activities and organizations." In addition to being involved in the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commrce, Joe is a member of the Rotary and Elks Clubs. His wife Amy and he are proud parents to their two daughters Sofia Marie and Vivian Grace.
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Staff
President/CEO: Anna Olson
Anna Olson moved to Jackson, WY in Nov 1996 from London, England, she joined Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) the following September as the Communications Manager. Drawing on experience in the UK as Product Manager for 2 major tour operators including United Airlines, Anna combined her business degree with a marketing passion. Anna’s community organization experience includes working with JH AIR, JH Central Reservations and the JH Travel and Tourism Board. Anna served on the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 8 years including one year as Chair. She was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities by Governor Mead in 2012 and is a founding board member (and current chair) of Vertical Harvest Jackson Hole. Anna is married to Jeff Olson and together they are raising three children, Marcus, Martha and Pearl, who were all born in Jackson, WY. Her passions include family camping, skiing, road biking and cooking with friends. The latest Olson, Murray, arrived via the Teton Animal Adoption Center last year and he squarely rules the house as only an adoring lab can do.
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Vice President: Rick Howe, IOM
Rick Howe has been a Wyoming resident for over 35 years. He is currently Vice President of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and is a Graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management Program, with specialized certification in customer service and building successful business models and systems. Rick teaches and speaks throughout the country providing the latest updates and trends in all areas of organizational health with main focuses on customer service, strategy, ethics and finance.
Rick currently serves on the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Board of Regents. Rick has held top-level positions within his community, state and nationally. Rick has been Awarded Lifetime Ambassadorships and is Recipient of Numerous Community Service, National Leadership, and Achievement Awards.
Rick’s business ventures have included successful global marketing and touring operations for the famous and infamous. He has special expertise in operational planning, business and program management, resource allocation, staffing and financial administration, formulating and implementing effective solutions and resolving complex challenges.
Rick was named Staff Member of the Year by the Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce in 2014.
Operations Manager: Riley Frances Boone
Riley Frances grew up in Alexander City, a small town on Lake Martin in east central Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama with an Interdisciplinary Degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Design and Psychology with a focus on human responses to the environment. During her time at the University of Alabama, she was elected Environmental Chair and Philanthropy Chair, respectively, of her sorority. She also worked for the university newspaper and played for the intramural soccer team, both interests that originated in high school. In the fall of 2012, Riley Frances moved to Jackson, Wyoming and has made it home over the past fie years.
She graduated from river guide school in the spring of 2013 and worked as a river cook for Mad River before joining Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for 3 years, rising to the position of Executive Assistant to the VP of Product Sales and Profit Centers. In this role, she assisted in the redesign and branding of both Piste and Off Piste restaurants and developed an event series called Yoga on the Deck. After working for a large corporation, she began working for Lily & Company learning how to run a small business. Her day to day design work shifted from interior design to event and floral design. A creative a heart, with a desire to work with people and an eye for beautiful spaces, she has begun building a photography business, focusing on real estate, architectural design and landscape.
Born a small town girl, Riley Frances thrives on the connectivity of the Jackson community. She values the importance of both small and large business alike and is eager to get involved. Riley Frances has an attitude of gumption about her and she is thrilled to bring it to the table as Operations Manager of the Chamber.
Finance Manager: Christie Maurais
Christie is responsible for all accounting services at the Chamber including accounts payables, accounts receivables, budget reporting, payroll and special projects. She has been the Chamber’s contract bookkeeper since 2008. Christie lived in Jackson for 14 years where she raised her two children, and moved to Colorado in 2009 to be closer to her now grown children and her father. Due to the marvels of technology, she is able to work remotely without skipping a beat! Christie is active in her community volunteering for Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County, playing golf, winter sports, and enjoying her family and the outdoors.
Director of Destination Global Sales: Kent Elliott
Kent has lived in Wyoming since his assignment at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne May 1978. Originally from the Shores of Lake Michigan south of the Green Bay, WI area, Kent opted to stay in Wyoming after military service. Kent studied at the University of Wyoming and has a Degree in Business Administration, Marketing Management and an emphasis in Finance. Kent made his way to Jackson in the spring of 1991 and has worked extensively in the Hospitality Business including Food & Beverage, Sales & Marketing and Operations. As Director of Destination Global Sales, Kent travels extensively promoting our Fall, Winter & Spring months via face to face meetings, tradeshows and events. His department assisted by Rachel Smith, coordinates incoming travel writers, meeting planners and domestic/international tour operators planning itineraries to help them better familiarize themselves to our area.
Director of Special Events: Maureen Murphy, IOM
Maureen Murphy was born into a family that consisted of a former nun and Franciscan Brother (yes, folks…Mary and Joseph) in Medford, OR. She attended Oregon State for three years (GO BEAVS!) before up and moving to San Diego, CA to work with Mike Riley, the head coach of the San Diego Chargers (at the time) and then back to Oregon State. Mo graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelors of Business Administration. She has an amazing Yorkshire terrier named Lizzie who is a fan favorite in Jackson…if you haven’t met Lizzie yet, she is a must. Mo is the Director of the Special Events department in charge of networking, community and tourism events. She graduated from Leadership Jackson Hole in May of 2016 and the US Chamber’s Institute for Organizational Membership in January of 2017.
Maureen was recognized with the "Going the Extra Mile" award by the Town of Jackson in October 2015 and she was named Citizen of the Month by the Jackson Hole Rotary Lunch Club in September 2014. She graduated from the Institute for Organization Management in January of 2017.
Rick Nelson, Special Events Manager
Rick has been based out of western Wyoming the past 15 years. Prior to coming to the Chamber, Rick served as the Director of Activities for International Schools in Poland, Romania, Hawaii, Vietnam and most recently Thailand. In his role overseas, he designed and implemented hundreds of successful programs and events for students, faculty and community. Originally from Minnesota, Rick has enjoyed the beauty and adventures of the Greater Yellowstone region since his early teens. As a 13-year-old, Rick climbed Gannet Peak in the Wind River Mountain Range and has returned to the region ever since to explore and discover the endless treasures of this pristine ecosystem and western culture. Rick attended the University of Minnesota and majored in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies, with an emphasis in Outdoor Education. He later received his Master’s degree from St. Catherine’s University in Organizational Leadership. He has a keen understanding of global travel and shaping events that bring lasting memories and life-long learning. In his free time, Rick enjoys exploring the area by hiking, climbing, biking, canoeing, and skiing. Rick also enjoys volunteering with various community organizations and taking part in the numerous entertainment and cultural events that happen each week in Jackson and surrounding communities.
Director of Membership: Elisabeth Rohrbach
Elisabeth has eleven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently as the Director of Rendezvous Park (R Park), Jackson Hole's 40-acre park for the enjoyment of all, for free. Before that Elisabeth supported the National Park Service with Grand Teton National Park Foundation and while in San Francisco she was part of an international organization that eradicates illiteracy in the developing world. She is enthusiastically on the board of Wyoming Stargazing, as well as the Jackson Hole Land Trust Open Space Council. Elisabeth made Jackson her home in 2010 and does her best to avoid flying over her mountain bike’s handlebars.
Communications Manager: Kate Foster
Kate is responsible for overseeing the publication of the weekly Lowdown & CloseUp email newsletters, managing the Business List Serve, managing social media, and creating and maintaining content for the website and calendars of events. She works closely with all departments to promote the Chamber and its events and initiatives. Kate is a proud University of Wyoming alumna with a bachelor’s degree in English. She and her husband Aaron lived in Jackson for nearly ten years before relocating to Lander, Wyoming in 2014. She now works remotely.
Lead Visitor Services Agent: Justin Walters
Justin has been living in Jackson for eleven years. He has worked as a Park Ranger Interpreter in Grand Teton National Park during the summers and as a Naturalist on the National Elk Refuge during the winters. He is a graduate of Clemson University (BS Parks and Recreation). Justin enjoys helping visitors discover new and creative ways to enhance their adventures while in the Jackson Hole area. He immerses himself in the outdoors and is emotionally connected with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He enjoys hunting, fishing, mountaineering, climbing, skiing, camping, and he's always on the lookout for morels and huckleberries.
In addition to outdoor pursuits he and his wife live a very sustainable lifestyle, raising their own food and vegetables and they often utilizing what nature provides.
Visitor Services Agent: Jill Hiatt
Jill has lived in Jackson for over fifteen years. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she came for a visit on a beautiful fall day, fell in love with the area and wildlife, returned to work here in two weeks and never looked back. Drawing on her international and domestic relocation experience, sales management, non-profit leadership, and strong customer service, Jill loves to help visitors enjoy everything that Jackson and the surrounding area has to offer. Having lived overseas multiple times, she understands the nuances and challenges of travelling to a new city or country. As a chef with a passion for healthy, sustainable and local food, she continues to inspire others in the community to lead a healthier lifestyle. Jill helped launch the new Chamber partnership with St. John’s Medical Center’s Wellness Department Be Well Jackson Hole. Jill graduated from the Claremont Colleges where she received her degree in Latin American Studies. She actively participates in winter sports, tennis, art, music, hiking, culinary arts, and enjoys the beautiful outdoors.
Visitor Services Agent: Sharon Brown
Sharon is known as a long- timer and has been a resident of the area for 42 years. She drove from Michigan to Jackson, Wyoming in a 1969 Ford Torino toting a bag of apples and some granola. With two cats and a dog in the back seat she made her sojourn to Wyoming.
Known as a nature nut where she grew up, it still holds true today. Over the years she has been a hunter, fisher, wood cutter, berry picker, jelly maker, hiker, skier and camper. She was also a mother who raised a beautiful daughter who was the first resident baby born in Jackson in 1981.
Her current interests are being outdoors anywhere in the mountains either hiking or just hanging out next to a creek observing and listening to the sounds of nature. She is an avid flower gardener and spends much time tending her garden in the summer months and enjoys cross country skiing in the winter.
Sharon also has a passion for the healing arts. She attended school at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ. She is a Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Practitioner as well as a Licensed Massage Therapist and enjoys playing Native American flute. Living a healthy lifestyle is something she enjoys sharing with others along with her love of the area.