Ronan Chamber Board


Katie Jo Elliott

Katie Jo Elliott

Katie Jo Elliott




Katie Jo Elliott

Katie Jo Elliott

Welcome to our town!


Lana Bartel

Katie Jo Elliott

Lana Bartel


Chamber Board Members


Jamie Buhr, Co-Chair

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Heather Gray

 Heather is the business education teacher for Ronan School District and earned her MA in Educational Leadership from Montana State University. She and her husband Jesse have 4 children they enjoyed raising in the Mission Valley. They love fishing, exploring and traveling. Heather is involved with a multitude of school organizations along with many local community committees. She is passionate about giving, helping others, and building the Ronan area community. She hopes to instill the desire to make where she lives, and the lives of others, a better place with her children and the students she serves. Heather has been a Chamber Board member since 2017 and looks forward to continuing to serve the Ronan Community.  


Robbie Gauthier


Robbie was born and raised in Ronan. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. After graduating from UM, Robbie went to work full-time with Glacier Bank. He currently is a Commercial Loan Officer for Glacier Bank in Ronan. In his spare time, Robbie enjoys volunteering in the Ronan community, spending time at the lake and attending UM Griz Football and Basketball games. He serves on the Ronan Chamber of Commerce and Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation boards.

DeeAnn Richardson Bio
Professionally, leadership has been a defining element for DeeAnn.  During her

DeeAnn Richardson

 Professionally, leadership has been a defining element for DeeAnn. During her career she has always focused on relationship development, whether as the director of sales, project manager or general manager for a large corporation or as the executive of a independent non-profit. Through these experiences, she has built a diverse skill set in marketing, budgeting, sales, leadership, grant management, team development and program implementation. DeeAnn has served in her current capacity as a non-profit executive director and advocate for SAFE Harbor for over a decade and has found that a willingness to listen to others, be vulnerable, kind and accept people’s differences are all great tools for success. 

In her personal life and her professional world, work/life balance is a force DeeAnn values. When she is not making memories traveling with her husband Bret, spending time with her large family or leading her team at work, she feeds her artistic spirit repurposing furniture, making jewelry or creating something with her hands. 

Adele Vincent

Jim Krell


Ronna Walchuk

Blessed by my family deeply rooted to Mission Valley with my grandfather being a first homesteader and my grandmother a first pioneer woman to this area. I am only the 3rd generation to America with my family.

I was raised throughout the Ronan Schools as well as my family of three children - Joe, Ann & Bonnie.

I ranched for 25 years in the Round Butte area and love being outdoors but also am the owner of Ronan Flower Mill for past 25 years.

I have been on the Ronan Chamber of Commerce over 10 years and am passionate with Main Street Beautification projects along with many other chamber activities for the betterment of our community here in the heart of the Mission Valley.


Lacy Cates


Lacy is a Real Estate Broker at Luedtke Homes and Real Estate, and the Manager of Bevs Bloomers.  She was born and raised in Ronan, and feels blessed to raise her family and grow her business there as well.   Lacy is married to Sam, a local building contractor, and together they have 3 children, McKenzie, Samuel, and Payton.  When she's not working or volunteering in the community, Lacy can be found crafting, traveling with her family, and enjoying the Montana wilderness.  


Robert McDonald


Robert McDonald, board member, is the Communications Director for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He’s worked in this position for 13 years and previously worked as a newspaper reporter at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. He’s married and has two sons


Shane Shima

 I have lived in Ronan area for over 40 years.  What was Ronan Power Products is now called Montana Power Products; it  has been in our family since 1991.  I have been on the Chamber board for around 15 years.  I am on the board to make sure Ronan doesn't lose its focus and roots.  


Susan Lake

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Could you be our next board member? The chamber is always seeking community-minded folks to join us! Contact the Chamber at (406) 676-8300 for more information

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