Phone: (406) 303-8759
Kim started work with the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce pretty soon after graduating from Missoula’s Hellgate High School. She answered the phones and greeted visitors. Having worked her way up the ranks –and through national Chamber of Commerce educational and professional development programs – Latrielle has been president and CEO since 1996.
“It’s my job to make sure that the strategic initiatives and policies of the board of directors are effectively implemented,” she said. A nonvoting member of the Chamber executive committee, she advises the board concerning policies, programs and other key initiatives. And, Latrielle – along with the board chairperson – is the public face of the Chamber, working with constituencies throughout Missoula’s public and private sectors to promote the Chamber’s goals and priorities for the area business community.
While she works toward consensus during office hours, Latrielle does her own thing after work: she’s a serious amateur photographer and painter (acrylics and oil).
Director of Finance
Phone: (406) 303-8760
An MBA whose job title reads “bean counter,” Frank Cudia is not your average bean counter. Actually he hates to count the beans – he’d much rather spend his focused energy on the big picture, the profit and loss ledger lines that tell whether key projects can get done and a business prospers. “I’m not one to worry about minutia,” he said. “I worry about the big numbers.”
But as head of finance for the Chamber of Commerce, everything financial goes through him.
Throughout his adult years, Frank Cudia has been in many professional positions that involved leadership, creativity, adherence to rules and other pieces crucial to starting, growing and maintaining a solid business. From the U.S. Air Force to electronics / computer technology* to securities and insurance, Cudia has shared his business development mentality with the Chamber since 2007 as the Director of Finance and Retention.
My name is Debbie Erbacher. I was born and raised in Missoula, Montana and have lived here my entire life. I have been married to my husband for 34 years, I have two amazing daughters, three beautiful grand children ages 17, 6 and 4, and two fur babies.
After 27 years of working at the University of Montana, I decided that it was time to retire. I knew that I did not want to stop working entirely so I ended up at the Chamber of Commerce. I have been working at the Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Administration for over one year, and I have the pleasure of working directly under the CEO, Kim Latrielle. My day-to-day duties include working on Chamber initiatives, working with the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, assisting with events and all other items Kim and the Chamber are involved in. I enjoy working at the Chamber and it is made all the better, because I have the best view in Missoula overlooking the Clark Fork River.
In my free time I love spending time with my family, especially my grandkids, friends and, of course, my four-legged babies. I love to make jewelry and hope to travel more in the future.
Director of Community Outreach & Public Relations
Phone: (406) 303-8764
Member Services & Communications Director
Stephanie is originally from Boston Massachusetts. She graduated with a BA in English in the late 80s and spent 10 years working for a private psychiatric rehabilitation center called Gould Farm. Gould Farm is the first residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental health and related challenges move toward recovery and independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical care. At the end of
her time at Gould Farm, she was the Clinical Coordinator for the 40-bed program in the Boston Area.
Stephanie left Gould Farm and headed to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt Divinity School. She obtained a Masters of Divinity and worked as a Chaplain on the Psychiatric Unit at the VA Hospital. While at the VA, she met my husband, Edward, on the Psych ward. He was a Psych Resident. Stephanie also worked as the Development Coordinator at the Pastoral Counseling Center of
Tennessee in Nashville.
Once Edward completed his Psychiatric Residency, Stephanie moved to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to Edward’s home town of Ocean Springs. Edward got a job at the Gulf Coast VA Hospital and worked there for 21 years before they moved to Missoula. He now works for the Missoula VA. Stephanie worked part-time leading Substance Abuse Psychosocial Groups and doing individual counseling. She also was a leader for Celebrate Recovery in her church where she taught in the large group setting and facilitated both the Women’s Substance Abuse Group and the Mixed Issues Group for women.
Edward and Stephanie have three great children who moved with them to Missoula The oldest two are enrolled at Missoula College and one is a Junior at Hellgate High School.
Stephanie started as a volunteer at the Chamber in the Spring of 2021. She was looking for a way to connect with people outside the house and get to know the community. She now is a paid employee working part-time as the Member Services & Communications Director. She manages the membership database, makes sure members are receiving their benefits and organizes the marketing needs of the Chamber for events, programs and its members.
Stephanie volunteer monthly at Zootown Church working in worship production.