Staff

Board of Directors

Gary Mahugh - 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.

Daren Engellant - Vice President

Joined: 2018
Education: Graduated high school from Geraldine in 1988. BS degree in accounting from University of Montana, 1992. MBA from University of Montana, 1996.
Profession: Played professional basketball in Europe from 1992-2004. Owner of Glacier Insurance Strategies from 2004 until present. Agency specializes in group insurance benefits. Owner of Clean Getaway Car wash located on Reserve Street behind Glacier Insurance Strategies office suite.
Family: Wife Melissa, three children Drew 19, Trey 16, Sam 13.
Community Activities/Associations: Member of Daybreak Rotary, past board member of Glacier Lacrosse, Human Therapy on Horseback, Leadership Flathead. Coached basketball at both Flathead and Glacier High School.

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-present
Hobbies: Restoring old cars, woodworking, and welding

Scott Hansen - Board Member

Joined: 11/2020
Education: BS Business Administration Newport University
Profession: General Manager Conlin’s Furniture and The Sleep Center.
Family: Married with 2 sons and 1 grandchild.
Community Activities/Associations: Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, Fund raiser Sparrows Nest, Intermountain, Shriners, Wounded Warriors, Ray of Hope.
Hobbies: Aspiring guitar and mandolin player, avid reader, cook

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.

Dorothy Meyer - Board Member

Joined: 2019
Education: Columbia Falls Montana High School, FVCC
Profession: Former Garden Designer/Grower; Hospitality/Event/Tourism Professional; Economic & Community Development Marketer; Home, Garden, & Lifestyle Columnist; and currently is a Digital Marketing Consultant for Hagadone Media Montana
Family: Proud Mom of a daughter and two sons; happy GiGi to three grandgirls, and doting Dog-Mom to Maxx the Mischievous
Community Activities/Associations: Evergreen Chamber Board of Director and Member of Marketing, Special Events, and Eco Dev Committees; Whitefish Chamber Membership Committee; Kalispell Chamber President's Club Member, Branding Committee Member, and Emcee of Coffee Connect; Columbia Falls Community Market Board of Director; Boys & Girls Club of Glacier Country's Resource & Development Committee Member; and PowerHouse Montana Advisory Committee and PowerHouse Flathead Planning Committee
Hobbies: Photography, gardening, reading, oil painting, playing Scrabble & cribbage, sunrise & sunset & storm chasing, and all travel - especially along the backroads of beautiful Montana.

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.

Ambassadors

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.

Want to Be An Ambassador?

Please Contact Connie at connie@evergreencofc.com

Craig Christopherson - Daily Inter Lake

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!

Mariah Fauth - Edward Jones, Pearl Galbraith

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is the little things are the BIG things.

Cassie Herman - Shaine Reece Farmers Insurance

The best of advice I have ever been given is to choose to be optimistic, it feels better.

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.

Joi Gratny - GSS Electric, Inc

In another life, I’m pretty sure I was an introvert who in time morphed into an extrovert.

Porsche Keller - Express Employment Professionals

What's the most inspiring part of your job? I am able to help our community grow. With being in the staffing industry, we are able to help keep business staffed so they can keep their doors open. We also help people in the community be able to get jobs and provide for their families. I never thought I would work for such an amazing company that does such great things for those in need.

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.

Cathy Brady Sorenson - Trail West Bank

Since the conception of the Evergreen Chamber, I have noticed a true difference in the Evergreen community. What an honor it was when asked if I would like to join the team of ambassador’s and with great pride I accepted. Through the hard work and dedication of our chamber ambassador’s and members, Evergreen is a safer and more vibrant place for all of us to live, work, play, and do business in.

Kristina Mahan - Kalispell Regional Healthcare

The best piece of advice has been given from my Dad and that is if you’re not happy then change it. Be it work, personal, etc. that I had the power to change it at any time.

Jamie Lake - The Shipping Station

The most inspiring part of my job is all the great customers I’ve met and how it has connected me to the community and allowed me to give back.

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.

Jon Shaw - Jon Shaw, State Farm Insurance Agent

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is to "Live each day to the fullest because you are not guaranteed tomorrow!"

Amanda Wilson - Boys & Girls Club of Glacier

With my position at The Boys & Girls Club of Glacier Country, I have the opportunity to witness firsthand what doors an established after-school program can open to the youth of our communities. My favorite part of my position is to photograph the Club members while they learn new skills and share these experiences with the community via our media outlets.

Zachary Miller - Weyerhauser

What's the most inspiring part of your job? Making sure we have healthy forests for the future! When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a Forester when I grew up.

Lynsi DeWaard - Keller Williams

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is, Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.

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!

Julita Ward - TJ Wendt, State Farm

Julita and crew enjoy all things outdoors and love riding their sleds, 4 wheelers, or Harleys.

Katie Barker - Glacier Bank

I have been at the Evergreen Glacier Bank as the Operations Supervisor since July of 2018 and an ambassador with Evergreen Chamber since November of 2018. I enjoy working in the banking industry and in the Evergreen Community.

Jennifer Clayton - First Interstate Bank

My question is... cats or dogs? Definitely a dog person! Dogs need us as much as we need them, cats are way to independent for my liking (even though I do have 2)

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