New business

Skip Tucker has opened Chinook Carpentry & Woodcrafting. Formerly of CKM Carpentry and Yellowstone Traditions, Tucker has built homes in the Yellowstone Club and at Moonlight Basin.  A licensed and insured independent remodeling contractor, Chinook Carpentry offers unique built-in furnishings, elegant log and timber accented interiors, and specializes in building custom handcrafted fine wood furniture. Visit chinookcarpentry@ or call 529-5334.

New associates

The following have joined Partners In Home Care: Debra A. Kottre is the staff accountant. She has an AAS degree in accounting technology from the University of Montana College of Technology. Scott A. Hankel is a patient service technician in the Home Medical Equipment Department. He has a Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Montana. Matthew B. Hill is an HME clinician in the Home Medical Equipment Department. He has an AAS in respiratory care from UM-COT. Maureen L. Hoffmann, RN, is an RN-case manager in the Home Health Department. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Felician College in Lodi, N.J. Leah C. Swindle, RN, is an RN-home health in the Home Health Department. She has a Master of  Science in nursing from Emory University in Atlanta and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in  Augusta, Ga.

Donald J. Bagley, CPA, CrFA, has joined Lawson N. Lowe P.C., CPA, 3700 S. Russell, Suite 113B. As a certified public accountant, Bagley has  specialized in taxation and business consulting for 20 years, most recently as the tax manager for Washington Corp. Bagley is also a certified forensic accountant, assisting attorneys and small businesses with fraud investigation and litigation support. Call 721-4450.



Janina Capacillo was promoted to call center operations assistant at the DirecTV call center.


 Zane Sullivan, a principle in the law firm of Sullivan, Tabaracci & Rhoades, has earned the Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification from the National Association of Realtors.

Diane Beck, broker with Windermere Real Estate, received her Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification from the National Association of Realtors. She has also been approved to teach the short sale and foreclosure resource class in Montana.


Callie Aschim, catering director at the Doubletree Hotel, was chosen by a group of her peers for the Leader of the Half Award for the second half of 2009.

Gil Gale, range and weeds program leader of the Bitterroot National Forest, was named the Agency Weed Fighter of the Year by the Montana Weed Control Association.

The Missoula Businesswomen’s Network presented Karen Orzech with the MBN Flying High Award, in honor of her extraordinary achievements and personal contributions to MBN and society, and for helping to raise the standards and level of professionalism in business, and mentoring future generations. Judge Orzech has served as Missoula County Justice of the Peace since 1998 and is on the board of Community Circles and Planet Kids as well as a member of the Missoula Kiwanis Club. 

The Missoula Building Industry Association recognized the following members for their outstanding contributions to the association in 2009 at the Annual Awards Recognition Banquet:  2009 MBIA Tom Dunton Volunteer of the Year Award – Carrie Hall, Hoyt Homes Inc. 2009 President’s Award –  Ben and Carolyn Overman, Western Montana Lighting. 2009 Associate of the Year – Rich Sargent, Direct Source Cabinets and RBM Lumber Inc. 2009 Builder of the Year –  Wade Hoyt, Hoyt Homes Inc.


The following were appointed to the Missoula Building Industry Association’s 2010 board of directors – Rebecca Babin of Community Bank, president; Bill Clawson of Clawson Manufacturing, past president. Other directors include: John Freer, Riverworks Inc.; Wade Hoyt, Hoyt Homes Inc.; Don Garramone, Garramone Builders Inc.; Kim Chambers, Charter Construction Inc.; Sue Bergmeier, Pierce Flooring and Design and Sue B Design; Mark Comfort, Northwestern Energy; Michelle Felde, First Security Bank; Kathy Greathouse, Greathouse Construction Inc.; Rich Sargent, Kitchen and Bath Design Center; Mike Nichols, Tamarack Construction.

Kim Chambers was elected Montana Building Industry Association president for 2010. Chambers, along with her husband, Leon, is owner of Charter Construction in Missoula. For two years, Kim has served as membership chairwoman of board of directors of the MBIA. She has been an active member of the state association and has served on the board of directors for seven years.

The Montana Automobile Dealers Association elected the following officers for 2010: Gary Schoepp of Action Auto and Eagle Country Ford in Sidney, president; Don Kaltschmidt Jr. of Don “K” Chevrolet in Whitefish, president-elect; Ken Fichtner of Fichtner Chevrolet in Laurel, vice president; Tim Hubbard of University Motors in Missoula, chairman; Marilyn Olsen, Helena,  executive vice president.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula elected the following to its 40th  Anniversary Celebration/

Auction Planning Committee: Danette Rector, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula; Claire Olivier, development/events coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula; Rebecca Morgan, committee chair, Spark Creative, Dan Ingram, Grizzly Sports Properties; Diane Beck, Windermere Real Estate; Jed Liston, UM assistant vice president of enrollment; Kari Watkins; Kate Likvan,  Red 440 Design; Malin Stearns Johnson, attorney, Garlington, Lohn & Robinson PLLP; Mieko Howe; Sally Evans,  the Springs at Missoula; Scott Johnson, Insurance & Financial Services; Sheila Callahan, Mountain Broadcasting.

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