We believe in the power of community service 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 throughout the year is imperative; yet such a place does not currently exist in Anaconda. The Smelter City Recreation Complex is being designed to fill 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
Vanessa Romero, 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 that specializes in go-to-market strategy.
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.
Trish Wagner, Vice President
An active member of the community by every definition of the word, Trish has always had a passion for giving back to her community and helping others. A resident of Anaconda for much of her adult life, Trish has played integral roles in many community organizations. A mother of three active children, she has coached practically every sport that is played in Anaconda as well as serving as an officer of the Anaconda Little League and for the Booster Club at AHS. She continues to give back as a committee member for the Wayne Estes Basketball Tournament, which has a massive impact on the town’s economy.
Trish gives back outside of athletics as well, as a PTA Officer and by organizing the parent volunteer program at Washington and Dwyer schools. She currently works as the Director of Revenue Integrity at Community Hospital of Anaconda, where she has spent 15 years. Her professional success resulted in her being named an executive board member of Montana Healthcare Financial Management Association.
She stays physically active on the trails and slopes around Anaconda and believes that is important for mental health. Trish has organized several events promoting community members to get out and exercise, and the time she has invested in Anaconda’s youth has made a profound impact on the community and she is excited for the opportunity to continue to do so as a member of SCRC.
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.
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.
Kyle, a native of Belgrade, Montana, received his Bachelor's Degree in Automotive Technology from WyoTech. The skill sets learned there, combined with his entrepreneurial mindset, provided Kyle with the tools he needed to launch his own business - Snubnose. Hot Rods. Kyle has seen great success with Snubnose which was recently featured in Street Truck Magazine.
Two years after opening his business, an opportunity presented itself to build a shop and home in Anaconda, which propelled his relocation. He, his wife, and their three young children transplanted his business and their lives to Anaconda which they have called home ever since. His wife Amanda grew up in the area and has deep roots in the community. Her family members are all very active in the community. Kyle enthusiastically joined SCRC with the intent of carrying on their do-good tradition.
Kyle believes the Smelter City Recreation Complex will bring new energy to Anaconda while creating a healthier local lifestyle that will benefit the influx of families and children that have been moving into the region in recent years.
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.
With a strong belief that athletics, exercise, and competition makes everyone a better person, Kevin recently joined the SCRC Board of Directors and enthusiastically supports the SCRC mission.
Kevin was born and raised on a hay farm in Oregon that had a surrounding population of 2500 people. He understands what small towns have to offer, and with the goal of providing a similar, family-focused upbringing for his own children, Kevin and his family moved to Anaconda from Boise, Idaho in 2019. Kevin believes enthusiasm coupled with common sense, research, education around your purpose, and a glass-half-full vision can make a profound impact on the community. He is excited to apply his hard-working hay farm approach to life, and leadership skills to the efforts of Smelter City Recreation Complex.
For nine years, Kevin worked as a Civil Engineer, before he made a shift in his career. With aspirations to have more control over his destiny, he moved into the Financial Planning/Wealth Management space where he has thrived for nearly a decade. Through both careers he’s been exposed to a variety of endeavors similar to SCRC where significant capital was needed to create the infrastructure and plans for a new addition to a community. Those numerous projects - ranging from the municipality sector to the private sector - have given him insight into the unforeseen issues that may arise at every stage of the process, and also the solutions that can be applied to combat them.
After playing college hoops for 4 years, Kevin became involved in coaching, refereeing, and competing in multiple athletic realms. He’s been a part of fundraising, volunteer efforts surrounding youth/community events, and the scheduling of multiple tournaments at multiple venues.
Kevin’s drive to be a part of this project is derived from his history in athletics, his mission to make an impact, and his goal to make Anaconda a better place for his own family and the families of others for years to come.
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.