GETTING AHEAD: Sunday, January 30

2011-01-30T00:00:00Z 2011-02-03T14:36:54Z GETTING AHEAD: Sunday, January 30By TANDY KHAMENEH of the Missoulian
January 30, 2011 12:00 am  • 


Cookie Hanson has relocated Tour de Faux to 725 W. Alder, Suite 27. Hanson now teaches with "green" products to reuse and repurpose counters, cabinets, floors and walls. Hanson has 10 years of field experience. Besides classes, she offers an apprentice program to retrain or add to one's profession.

Branch changes

Mountain West Bank in Missoula has made branch changes. The bank's real estate officers and staff are now located at 3301 Great Northern Ave. in the Real Estate Lending Center. Mountain West Bank real estate loan officers are Terri Lee Rider, Michelle Allen and Jackie Meisinger. For all consumer and commercial loan needs, lenders Larry Lamb, Nick Porrini and John Seeberger are located at 1821 South Ave. W. in the Commercial Lending Center. Mountain West Bank is a full-service, Montana-owned independent bank, located in Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, Bozeman, Kalispell and Whitefish, with a real estate loan-processing center in Polson.

New business

Martha Jane has opened Uptown Dance at 1008 Burlington, Suite D. She has been teaching for 22 years in the Missoula area. She has training in ballet, modern, tap, jazz and hip-hop, and has performed tap and jazz professionally in Chicago. She has spent the last few decades teaching and studying only social dancing. Call (406) 640-3262 or 829-1236, or e-mail

Caring With Kindness Adult Day Center has opened at 805 W. Spruce St. Caring with Kindness Adult Day Center provides care to any adult over 18 who cannot stay at home unsupervised. The business was created for caregivers so they can receive respite or be able to do errands. Caring With Kindness offers a stimulating environment, socialization, chances to interact with others, games, puzzles, mind- enhancing activities and exercise. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served. Call 830-3300 or visit

New associates

Melissa Nault joined J.R. Banna & Associates as an accountant. Prior to J.R. Banna & Associates, Nault worked as an accountant and an investment assistant for Bauer Evans Inc. P.S. in Washington, where she focused on business and personal tax return preparation, planning and consulting, financial statement compilation and reviews, and investments. Nault earned her Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Washington in 2000. J.R. Banna & Associates provides services as accountants and financial and insurance advisers and is located at 1821 South Ave. W., Suite 400.


Deborah Scott, R.N., of Partners in Home Care Hospice is now certified as a hospice and palliative nurse by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. Scott has been part of the Partners in Home Care Hospice team since June 2009. Partners in Home care is a nonprofit home health care agency providing home health, hospice, home medical equipment, infusion therapy and home and community based services.

Dianne Hansen, clinical director for Partners in Home Care has received her master's in health care administration from Montana State University-Billings. Hansen has been with Partners in Home Care since May 1993.

Adam Hertz, NMLS No. 266566, loan consultant with American Mortgage, is now a member of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. In addition to offering government-insured reverse mortgages, Hertz is licensed to originate conventional and nonconforming loans including FHA, VA, USDA rural development and jumbo mortgages.


The Missoula Downtown Association elected John Horner, vice president of First Interstate Bank, to serve as the president of the MDA board of directors. Joining Horner on the leadership team are Harry Watkins, owner of Zip Beverage, treasurer; Matt Ellis, general manager of the Missoula Osprey, vice president of master plan; Julie McFarland, owner of Farm Bureau Financial Services, vice president of marketing and events; Matt Loomis, owner of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, vice president of membership; Diane Lanning, gift shop coordinator at St. Patrick Hospital, past president; Todd Frank, owner of the Trailhead, vice president of advocacy. The membership also appointed Heidi Starrett, owner of Computer Central, to the board of directors. Starrett joins a board that includes Brent Campbell, co-owner of WGM Group; Dan Cederberg, owner of Cederberg Law; Jim Foley, vice president of the University of Montana; Kim Klages-Johns, owner of J. Elaine's Boutique; Tim O'Leary, owner of Kettlehouse Brewing Co.; Kent Watson, owner of Kent Watson & Associates; Racquel Williams, marketing and sales director at the Holiday Inn-Downtown at the Park; Rod Austin, operations director of the Downtown BID of Missoula; Ellen Buchanan, director of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency; Michael Tree, general manager of Mountain Line; Anne Guest, director of the Missoula Parking Commission; Dick King, president and CEO of the Missoula Area Economic Development Corp.; Amita Patel, SBDC director at the Montana Community Development Corp. New to the board in 2010 was Tree, serving as one of six ex-officio (nonvoting) board members.

The International Association of Wildland Fire has announced the Executive Planning Committee for its 11th Wildland Fire Safety Summit to be held at Missoula's Hilton Garden Inn April 4-8: Dick Mangan, Blackbull Wildfire Services in Missoula, conference chair/incident commander; Mikel Robinson, University of Montana, deputy chair/IC; Michelle Ekstrom, Montana DNRC, exhibitor coordinator; Paula Short, Montana DNRC, media contact and information officer; Jaime Kirby, deputy; Capt. Rick Paulsen, Missoula Rural Fire, pre-conference training coordinator; and professor Carl Seielstad, UM, university coordinator.

The Missoula Building Industry Association has announced its board members for 2011: president, Wade Hoyt, Hoyt Homes Inc.; vice president, Don Garramone, Garramone Builders Inc.; secretary, Michelle Felde, First Security Bank; treasurer, Rich Sargent, RBM Cabinets and Lumber; and Rebecca Babin, past president, Community Bank. Other board members include Sue Bergmeier, Sue B Design and Pierce Flooring & Design Center; Eric Petersen, Palmer Electric Technology Energy Services; Mike Nichols, Tamarack Construction Co.; and Elaine Hawk, pLAND Land Use Consulting. Kathy Greathouse has been chosen as the executive officer.

The Missoula Community Chorus elected Jamie LePard as a new board member. LePard is a pharmacist for Albertsons. The other 2010/2011 board members include Robin Schmitt, president; Susan Fortner, vice president; Judy Smith, treasurer; Dennis Johnson, treasurer; Kathy Shappee, bookkeeper; Mike Bennett, chorus rep; Hank Jennings, DMN, chorus rep; and Beth Taylor Wilson.

Charlie Eiseman has been elected to the board of directors for First Montana Bank Inc. Eiseman brings extensive financial experience to the board, having worked in marketing, management and retail lending for such institutions as Federal Home Loan Bank Seattle, Western Security Bank and Havre Federal Savings and Loan. Retired from the Federal Home Loan Bank in 2010, he is also an owner of PEAK Health and Wellness Center. Eiseman graduated from the University of Montana in 1973.


The following were recognized by the Missoula Downtown Association board for their dedicated services to the MDA board: Kim Murray, owner of Joint Ventures, New Quest Distributing and co-host of the 102.5 Mountain FM Morning Show, served on the board for 15 years following 10 years of service to the Out to Lunch program. Murray was president of the MDA board in 2007 and co-chaired the campaign to build the permanent pavilion in 1997. Colleen Rudio, owner of Rudio Performance Management Group, served on the MDA board from 2005-2010. She was president in 2009 and led the effort to create the Missoula Downtown Foundation in 2010. Rudio will continue to serve as president of the Foundation board of directors. The MDA also celebrated the contributions of assistant director Julie Weaver, who will be leaving Missoula. Weaver has served the MDA since 2004 and has had a hand in nearly all aspects of MDA's success over the last seven years. The MDA recognized the following at its annual dinner and awards presentation: Committee Member of the Year went to Susan Anderson, BalanceTech, LLC; Board Member of the Year was presented to Kim Murray; Downtown Employee of the Year was given to Trevor Iman, WGM Group; Downtowner of the Year was given to Kevin "KB" Brown, Strongwater Paddle Shop.

EXIT Realty Bitterroot Valley's Rod Freeman and Christie Anderson were awarded the President's Award. EXIT Realty Bitterroot Valley's Jani Summers was awarded the Top Producer Award for the second year in a row.

The Missoula Building Industry Association honored several of its members during its annual awards ceremony: Jim Schafer of Straightedge Construction was chosen as Builder of the Year; Michelle Felde of First Security Bank received the Associate of the Year award; Volunteer of the Year award went to Vicki Houk of Western Rockies Radio and Mike Nichols of Tamarack Construction Co.; and John Freer of Riverworks Inc. received the President's Award.

Ernest Dewey, a first vice president-financial consultant with RBC Wealth Management's Missoula office, was selected to be a member of the firm's consulting group.

Christina Witt, branch manager of PrimeSource Mortgage received the Rookie of the Year Award at the PrimeSource National Annual Conference on Jan. 21. Witt has been providing mortgage services (formerly Mortgage Solutions) in the Missoula area for more than 10 years and joined the PrimeSource team in February 2010.

New members

The following are new members of the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce: All That Jazz Salon & Day Spa, Events Boutique, Grizzly Greetings, Judnich Law Office, Ole's Country Store No. 2, Thom Schmidt.



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