We believe in the power of community service, social engagement, and that the health and well-being of our community is worth investing in. With nine months of winter, an aging demographic, a paucity of youth, and a growing need for human connectedness, a vibrant place to stay active and social throughout the year is imperative. Yet such a place currently does not exist in Anaconda. The Smelter City Recreation Complex is being designed to fulfill that role. It will be a one-stop hub that will benefit youth and old alike for years to come.
Our Board of Directors is committed to putting in the hard work and effort that is required to create a better future for our community.
Board of Directors
Ed Dulaney, President
Ed is the founding President of SCRC. He has served the community of Anaconda for almost 30 years as a dedicated educator and high school track coach. Additional professional leadership roles have included four years’ service as the president of Anaconda Teachers’ Union and 12 as its grievance chairman. Ed holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University and a second M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Montana.
It is his firm belief in Anaconda as a southwestern Montana treasure, Ed finds significance not only in the area’s breathtaking natural surroundings but also in the community of people who live here. SCRC is a project that combines his passions for education, sport, building and design, and service. Ed has committed himself to leading SCRC, a major undertaking which involves hearing and honoring individual contributions, working collectively, and creating effective solutions for the community. Ed has lived in Anaconda since 1966; he has three daughters and two grandchildren. When he’s not in the office or classroom, Ed can be found working in carpentry, remodeling, tile, and stained glass.
Vanessa Romero, Vice President
Mission-driven organizations motivate Vanessa who was thrilled to get involved with SCRC upon moving to Anaconda in early 2017. She believes that few projects have the ability to make a real impact on the quality of life, spur economic growth, and improve the overall health of the region. Having relocated to Anaconda with her husband and her three young children, she is committed to doing her part to shaping Anaconda's future as she contributes effort toward this important vision.
Vanessa brings her skill sets as an MBA graduate and a lifelong business professional to the Board. She has built and led teams for both smaller startups and for multi-billion dollar companies. Most recently she worked as the Director of Franchise for Intuit's TSheets segment, before leaving the company to start her own consulting business.
In addition to business leadership and development expertise, Vanessa also has an extensive background in fitness and athletics: She competed as a collegiate and professional volleyball player and has stepped into the role of “coach” in recent years. In that environment, she has observed firsthand the benefits that an active lifestyle and wellness bring to a community.
Linda Moodry, Secretary
Strongly committed to the fitness and the overall health of Anaconda, the place where she was born and raised, Linda is delighted to be a founding Board Member of SCRC. Professionally, she is a program administrator for Water & Environmental Technologies, a civil engineering and consulting firm which manages the county Community Protective Measures Program regarding Superfund issues. Formerly, she served more than 30 years as Public Information Officer for Montana State Prison. Included among Linda’s professional experiences are eight years’ service in the U.S. Army Reserve. A strong supporter of victim’s rights, Linda earned a certification in Victim-Offender Dialogue and Mediation. She also holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Montana in Missoula.
Linda has witnessed the environmental and economic struggles of the region, but can also attest to the building momentum for revitalization. Since returning to Anaconda, Linda has translated her substantial communication skills and work experience into service for organizations that give back to the community. In addition to her work with SCRC, she also serves as a board member of the Anaconda Community Hospital Foundation, a member of the Community Market committee on good eating and health, and a member of the Anaconda Nonprofit Association. Linda’s husband Tom and her daughters, Lacee and Jessie, are all graduates of Anaconda schools and have heartfelt connections to this place.
Andy Stetzner, Treasurer
Andy is a lifelong resident of Anaconda with the exception of a ten-year stint in the United States Air Force. After returning to Montana, Andy started his career at St. James Community Hospital in Butte. After two years of service Andy accepted the position of Materials Manager with the Community Hospital of Anaconda. Over the years Andy served in many capacities up to and including the position of Chief Operating Officer.
After twenty-five years in health care Andy felt it was time to move on and accepted a position with First Montana Bank as their Branch Retail Manager.
Andy has been active in the community serving on boards, coaching athletics at all levels and is an avid spectator to all activities. Andy believes that a healthy community leads to a successful community.
More recently, Andy has joined Smelter City as the Treasurer.
Kelly Irons, MD
Dr. Kelly Irons, a pediatrician and psychiatrist at Community Hospital of Anaconda, is passionate about personal wellness and can’t think of a better way to give back to the community then to help SCRC’s plans come to fruition.
Prior to becoming a doctor, Dr. Irons practiced as a geological engineer which has given her unique perspective working at the intersect between land usage, mining, environmental contamination and human impact. After medical school she completed residency in Utah and subsequently took a job for a large hospital in Salt Lake City. However, it did not take long for her to realize that she wanted to settle down in a smaller community where she could truly make an impact. Her husband, a Montana native, had always wanted to move back so they made the leap just over a year ago and couldn’t be happier with their decision.
Dr. Irons has a deep appreciation for how physical fitness influences a person’s wellbeing; not only from the medical perspective but from her experiences guiding professionally for several outdoor travel companies including the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), leading ski, climbing and backpacking courses. This allowed her to witness first-hand the mind-body connection through the healing powers of the wilderness and influenced her decision to pursue a career in medicine focused on treating the body holistically. Now, she enjoys trying to keep up with her Australian Shepard and her two young boys on the mountain trails of southwest Montana.
Dr. Irons brings her commitment to wellness, her experience in leadership and her ability to get things done to the board. She has been a founding member of several successful organizations and is currently working with local stakeholders on a suicide prevention task-force. She is thrilled to be a part of SCRC’s mission and can’t wait to share this opportunity with the community.
Michaela is a student at Montana Tech pursuing a BA in Business Management and a Professional Landman Certificate. For SCRC, Michaela represents the voice of organized youth activities, having participated in travel softball since the age of 10, varsity softball, varsity volleyball, and more — receiving all-state recognition multiple times. She was an active participant in 4H, Girl Scouts, music, and just about every childhood activity available in Anaconda. Before joining SCRC, she gained experience as a student representative on the Anaconda Community Foundation Board for two years.
Michaela wants to make sure the present and future young people of Anaconda have access to high-quality recreational opportunities outside of school. She envisions young Anacondans developing their talents and skills, building their confidence, and enjoying the sense of belonging that comes with being part of something larger than themselves. Well-versed in the value of teamwork, Michaela applies this knowledge within her role on the SCRC Board to help make the SCRC vision a reality.
Beyond her academic, board, and athletic activities, Michaela is passionate about photography and hopes to expand this interest into a full-time endeavor one day.
Kyle's career in custom street rod restoration is impressive to say the least. He works on all types of vehicles from the ground up, featuring custom paint. Most recently he has a truck featured in Street Truck magazine. Kyle is very humble about his work but it is evident that he's been able to build an incredible career out of one of his life's passions.
Kyle, a native of Belgrade, Montana, received his Bachelor's Degree in Automotive Technology from WyoTech. In 2015, he started his own business "Snubnose." Two years later, an opportunity presented itself to build a shop and home in Anaconda, which propelled the relocation of his business and life. Kyle, his wife Amanda, and their three young children have enthusiastically called Anaconda their home ever since. Amanda who grew up in the area and has deep roots in the community. Both sets of her grandparents grew up and lived in Anaconda. Her parents, her sister, and her extended family are residents as well. All are very active members of the community.
Kyle believes the Smelter City Recreation Complex will bring new energy to the community and would help us create a healthier local lifestyle. He wants this for himself, his family, and his community.
Betsy enjoyed a 28-year career focused on program coordination and education with Montana Power Company and NorthWestern Energy, and she is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, recognized by the Butte Chamber of Commerce as “Military Citizen of the Year.” Dedicated to service, Betsy is a founding member of Women in Military Service for America. Active in Kiwanis International, Betsy is a past Distinguished Governor of Kiwanis; and, since 2006, she has provided leadership training to organizational leaders and hundreds of students as the Montana District’s Key Leader® Chair, among other notable positions. Betsy is also a founding member and past President of the Anaconda Main Street Program; a member of the Historic Resource Board for Anaconda-Deer Lodge County; a two-term Board member for the Anaconda Community Hospital; and has served for more than 15 years as a crisis line volunteer and guardian ad litem for the Anaconda PCA. She has a B.S. in Organizational Management (Society & Technology) with a Finance minor from Montana Tech of the University of Montana.
Betsy’s energy and experience are assets to the SCRC Board. She brings her expertise in communications and leadership to a project that she is excited about in her hometown. Betsy believes lives can be changed through meaningful experiences, and she is certain SCRC will provide a much-needed environment for positive outcomes for people in Anaconda and beyond. Betsy and her husband, Larry, raised two daughters and have six beautiful grandchildren.
Al Messer (Emeritus)
SCRC is honored to count Al Messer among its founding board members. He has been an active, supportive, and energetic contributor to our community since 1963 when he first arrived and opened his family-owned and operated hardware store. Al has been involved in every service organization in town. He is the longest participating member of the Eagles (50-year membership), has served for 62 years as a member of the Knights of Columbus, and is also active in Kiwanis and the Elks. He has been Bank Board Director, a CHA Foundation Board Trustee, and a member of the SCORE Board. In addition to his work with SCRC, he currently serves on the boards of the County Airport, Chamber of Commerce, Anaconda Job Corps, and Booster Club. Al also served in the National Guard for five years.
At 80-years young, Al is a “do-er” who lives by the following motto: “If you don’t try, you won’t know!” The results of Al’s proven methods include the Anaconda Chamber of Commerce’s new office building; Anaconda’s Historic Bus Sightseeing Tour operated by the Chamber; the new track at the historic Mitchell Stadium; and the more than 2,000 bicycles distributed through the repair and give-away program he created and carries out in association with the Anaconda Kiwanis Club and Free Cycles of Missoula. Convinced of the positive role youth sports can play in young people’s learning to persevere, to challenge themselves, and a be good teammates, Al coached little league and Babe Ruth League for 12 years.
Al believes SCRC will be a catalyst for us locally, regionally, and statewide. Anaconda has never had this type of multi-purpose community facility: It will put us on the map, and it will be good for local businesses. It will bring individuals, no matter their age, together to socialize, recreate, and play – and, most importantly, experience the array of benefits these activities have to offer.