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Board of Directors

Demari Walter - President

Joined: April 2023
Profession: I started my banking career in 2013 at Flathead bank of Kalispell but have been with First Interstate Bank for 7 years. I am currently the branch manager at our Evergreen office.
Family: I am a proud mom of two amazing boys
Community Activities/Associations: President of the Wildcat Athletic Endowment Association, PTO Member, Member of the Evergreen Chamber Special Events Committee and the Show N' Shine Committee

B.J. Lupton - Founding President

Joined: July 1, 2012
Education: Graduate of Flathead County High School, 1965; BS degree in biology and chemistry, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA, 1969; Graduate work at U.S. Naval War College, Newport RI and National Defense University, Fort McNair, VA
Profession: Snappy’s, since June of 1972. Owner since 1978. Working with son Jon, junior owner and Vice President, and toward retirement. Retired naval officer, October 1994.
Family: Wife Mary, retired RN; son Jon, also a graduate of Whitworth; and daughter Sarah Anne, hydrogeologist in eastern Montana.
Community Activities/Associations: Life Member, Salvation Army Kalispell Corps Advisory Board; 20-year board member, Evergreen Water & Sewer District; 10-year board member and past President, Glacier Symphony; plus, numerous other community boards.
Hobbies: People, music, history, reading and more people

Chuck Eble - Secretary Treasurer

Joined: At inception – September 20, 2012
Education: BS Degree in General Economics from Weber State University. Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Montana
Profession: Chief Credit Officer at American Bank. I’ve been a banker since 1994.
Family: Son, Peyton.
Community Activities/Associations: Flathead Farm Mutual Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Evergreen
Hobbies: Golf, Basketball, hiking, biking, working out, reading, hanging out with my son

Jeff Brown - Board Member

Education: Graduated Flathead High School 1979.
Profession: United States Marine Corps 1979-1984, Automobile Business 1984-2014, Owner of The Hardware Store 2014-2021
Hobbies: Restoring old cars, woodworking, and welding

Gary Mahugh - Past President

Education: Graduate Flathead High School, AA from Flathead Community College, Many continuing educational opportunities, Student of School of Hard Knocks.
Profession: Owner Mahugh Fire & Safety / Northern Rockies Fire. Fire Chief Creston Fire District.
Family: Married, Luann Mahugh. Adult Son Chris
Community Activities/Associations: Member of the Flathead County Fire Investigation Team, involved in many community activities including Crimestoppers, 4-H, Lions, local area Chamber of Commerce and many more.
Hobbies: Spending time with my wife Luann outside of work, Camping, Boating, working to improve my community, Learning every day.

Kelsey Phelps - Board Member

Joined: June 2021
Education: Lakeside Highschool, Plummer Idaho, Headmaster's School of Hair Design
Profession: Hairstylist:2000-2006, Retail Management 2006-2015, Design Consultant/Salesperson 2015-present
Family: Proud Mommy to 3 daughters, 1 son, and 1 Border Collie
Community Activities/Associations: Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Show N' Shine committee, fundraising for The Wounded Warrior Project, Sparrow's Nest, Habitat for Humanity, and The Nate Chute Foundation
Hobbies: Gardening, reading, nature walks, singing in the car, playing with her kids and dog.

T.J. Wendt - Board Member

Education: Graduated from Columbia Falls High School in 1980, and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Empire State College – State University of New York.
Profession: 40+ years of experience in small business management, sales, service, and marketing. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years including the last 23 years with State Farm Insurance.
Family: TJ married Linda Bray, a Lubbock, Texas native, in 1994. They are the proud parents of 6 children and 2 grandchildren.
Community Activities/Associations: Rotary Club of Evergreen, Evergreen Water and Sewer District, Evergreen School District #50, and Evergreen Community Partners. TJ is also a founder and board member of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is a member of Montana West Economic Development, Bigfork and Columbia Falls Booster Clubs, Glacier Symphony/Chorale contributor, Whitefish Special Olympics Winter Games Sponsor, Stillwater Christian School contributor, founder and organizer of the Canyon Creek Sweetheart Run and Mountain Madness ATV Scramble, past firefighter for Bad Rock Volunteer Fire Department, member and leader in his local Christian church, and many others.
Hobbies: In his spare time TJ enjoys his family, sleeping in, the great Montana outdoors, all things auto racing, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, basketball (seriously??), reading, playing the piano, and almost anything related to music.

Angela Zuba - Board Member

Joined: 2020
Education: BA, Certified Wine Maker, Diploma Professional Photography
Profession: Entrepreneur, Vintner & Restaurateur
Family: Married to Trevor Zuba, Son Arwin Zuba
Community Activities/Associations: Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Advisory Council Member with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Hobbies: Cooking, wood working, gardening, boating, photography

Connie McCubbins - Executive Director

Education: Graduate of Flathead High School, attended Western Montana College, Certification in Medical Records from American Medical Records Association.
Profession: Medical Records Administrator, Colonial Manor 1984-1986, Medical Records Administrator, Parkside Nursing Facility 1987-1989, Owner of The Moving Image Health & Fitness Center 1989-2009, Advertising Representative, The Daily Inter Lake 2012-2018, Executive Director, Evergreen Chamber of Commerce
Community Activities/Associations: Active in our church on all levels of leadership, local, deanery and diocese.
Hobbies: Hiking, snowshoeing, quilting, and I am an avid reader.

Angie Willey - Administrative Assistant

Education: Graduate of Bishop Kelly High School, attended Lewis-Clark State College, Certified Administrative Assistant, Certified Social Media Manager, Certified Event & Wedding Planner
Family: Married to Justin; Dog-Mom to Kida & Reece
Community Activities/Associations: Active in our church and Postpartum Support Groups
Hobbies: Reading, Traveling, Writing and Dancing


Promote the Chamber, help new and existing members feel welcome and valued. Ambassadors serve as hosts and representatives of the Chamber to members, guest and the public.

The Evergreen Chamber's Ambassadors are a highly visible group of dedicated volunteers who are passionate and engaged. They are vital connectors between our Chamber, it's Members and the Community.

An Ambassador's involvement not only benefits the Chamber and our Members, but their participation is a great way to promote their business.

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Craig Christopherson - Fraternal Order of the Eagles

I enjoy meeting other business men and ladies whether they are ambassadors or chamber members and getting to know them. When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a Policeman!

Janet Lake - J2 Office Products

I enjoy building long lasting relationships with my awesome customers. I get inspired by coming up with solutions that help my customers. I have also been a Mary Kay Consultant for 26 years.

Porsche Keller - Kalispell Toyota

I am the rental manager at Kalispell Toyota. We are a locally owned dealership. Kalispell Motor Company Vision: "To be so effective that we are able to be helpful to others." Our goal is to be an industry leader in providing unmatched quality automotive products and services. We will constantly strive to meet the changing needs of our customers.

Susan Taylor - Gregg’s Homes

The most inspiring part of my job is seeing the look on people's faces when they walk into the perfect house. That spark that lights up in their eyes is what has kept me doing this for 16 years.

Ted Luerh - Advantage Water Conditioner

If I could invent a holiday, the United Nations General Assembly dedicated a day as the International Day of Happiness. They chose my birthday, March 20th. That would be my holiday.

Lloy Griffin - PureWest Christie’s International Real Estate

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely be a perfect new holiday. It would be a reboot of Earth Day called Think Global, Act Local Day when everyone finds a one-day project to clean up their community and imagine a cooler planet.

Charles Lapp - Re/Max Home Again Realty

What's the most inspiring part of your job? Helping people find a home. There is nothing more gratifying than helping someone find shelter for their family!

Jessi Nelson - Glacier Bank

I am the Operations Supervisor at the Evergreen branch of Glacier Bank. I have worked for Glacier for 3 and 1/2 years. I really love getting to be on the front line building great bonds with the Evergreen community. When I'm not working I love spending time with my family, especially my my 5 grandkids.

Pam Koller - NW MT Stand Down & NW MT Veterans Food Pantry LLC

I am the CEO for NW MT Stand Down & Food Pantry. My passion is to help support our community by having a direct positive impact on their lives and providing a helping hand up. I am excited to be part of the Chamber that allows me to give back to our amazing community.

Ashley Gibbs - TrailWest Bank

I am the CSR for TrailWest Bank in Evergreen and I am in charge of most of the community outreach events for the bank. I became an Evergreen chamber ambassador to extend my knowledge and expertise to benefit the Evergreen community. I was born and raised in Evergreen and I am raising my children in Evergreen. When I am not working I enjoy spending time outside with my dogs and my family.

Sophie Joern - Mountain HR Consulting

As an Evergreen community native, I am excited to be a part of the Chamber to help promote growth and vitality in the place I still get to call home. I started Mountain HR Consulting with the mission to help small local businesses drive their company goals forward by elevating their human resource and workforce strategies. Together, we can create strong businesses which in turn create strong communities!


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