New associates

David Sims has joined the Missoula office of Morrison-Maierle as a survey technician and will be working on projects in the Land Development and Survey market groups for Craig Schaeffer. Sims received his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Wyoming in 2004 and recently received his UAS Drone Pilot Certification. Before coming to Morrison-Maierle he worked at R.A. Smith National in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the past two years as a survey technician.


Kim Hutcheson has been promoted to the position of development coordinator at Missoula Aging Services. In her new role, Hutcheson will assist the development director by providing support services including database maintenance and gift tracking and reporting. She will also assist with campaign development and implementation, direct mail, monthly and online donations, event coordination and special assignments. 


Krystal Stewart, CPA, PFS, shareholder at Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co, Helena was the recipient of the 2017 MSCPA Outstanding Young CPA Award as announced by the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). She works tirelessly throughout legislative seasons to ensure that legislators understand the tax bills they are presented and that the bills passed represent fair taxation for the people and businesses of Montana. Stewart graduated from Montana State University in 2003 with a bachelor of science in business with an accounting option.

Gary Carlson, shareholder at Anderson ZurMuehlen, was awarded the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants inaugural Community Service Award. Throughout his career, Carlson has been involved with Rotary, many local and statewide organizations, and the Rocky Mountain Development Council (RMDC).  

Caron Lavoie was salesperson of the month for June at RE/MAX All Stars in Missoula. LaVoie been a full time licensed Broker for 20 years and specializes in Farm and Ranch along with Residential Real Estate. She can be reached at 406-880-8855.

Journalist Mick Holien received an E.B. Craney Award from the Montana Broadcasters Association as writer, producer and narrator of the 2016 Radio Program of the Year. Holien’s daily commentary “In My Opinion” is a two-minute program which originates in Polson and can be heard on KERR Radio (750AM and FM) after the 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. news and weather. It can also be heard in Missoula and the Bitterroot on “The Ride.”  


Missoula County Republican Women have elected new officers. Sarah Weber, retired aerospace engineer, is president; Jane VanFossen, vice president; Kim Keith, secretary and Edna Kent, treasurer. MCRW meet the second Wednesday of the month. Call 406-240-7935.

Michelle Felde, AVP Mortgage Loan Officer at First Interstate Bank, was voted in as a state life director with the Montana Building Industry Association. Felde began attending the local association meetings in 1992 and has served in many capacities including the Parade of Homes Print Chair; Membership Chairperson; Founder and Chairperson for Building Futures – Student Built Home. She has served on the State Board of Directors since 2001 and became the president of the Missoula Building Industry Association in 2003. Her awards include State Associate of the Year, two times Missoula Associate of the Year and President’s Award. 

ERA Lambros Real Estate announced Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s appointment of Julie Gardner, a sales associate at ERA Lambros, to the Board of Realty Regulations. Gardner began her three-year term with the board in June 2017. She joined ERA Lambros Real Estate in 2007, and works in both the Commercial and Residential Real Estate Departments. 

Joshua Kendrick was appointed the new chief executive ifficer at Opportunity Resources, Inc., (ORI). Kendrick serves on various committees and boards for over the past decade, including the Special Olympics, CASA of Missoula and the Missoula Chamber of Commerce. He has held various positions within ORI during the last 19 years, including Director of Services and Chief Operations Officer.

William (Bill) Hughes, CPA, PFS, CFP, was appointed to the the Montana Society of CPAs (MSCPA) board of directors for a three-year term. Hughes is a shareholder in the Butte office of Anderson ZurMuehlen and Company. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1978 and in 1981 joined Anderson ZurMuehlen.

Joshua Herbold, Ph.D., CPA, was appointed president of the the Montana Society of CPAs (MSCPA) board of directors for 2017-2018. Herbold is the chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Montana’s School of Business Administration. He received both his undergraduate and graduate accounting degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jim Galipeau was selected as ex-officio of the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants for the 2017-2018 board year. Galipeau served as president in 2004-2005 and will mentor president Joshua Herbold, Ph.D., CPA (University of Montana) throughout his term. Galipeau is a shareholder in JCCS and a graduate of the UM.

Tamarack Grief Resource Center elected three new board members at the June board meeting. Heather Stokes-Taylor, LCSW, has been serving as the vice president of Strategic Development of LivingWorks Education Inc. for the past seven years. Stokes-Taylor brings years of experience from a wide variety of nonprofit administration and development in many different fields. Heather Foster, currently the human resources director at the Missoula Family YMCA (10-plus years), brings experience in nonprofit administration and project management to the board. John Jay Miller, is a former principal and administrative faculty member for numerous elementary, middle and high schools throughout Alaska and Montana. Miller has previous experience with nonprofit boards and experience working with children at all levels of development.