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Sonia Ortiz joins Elite One Source ® Nutritional Services as Materials Manager where she brings more than 16 years of food manufacturing experience home. 

Stockman Bank opened a mortgage office in Hamilton at 1713 N. First St. Carol Holman assistant vice president, real estate loan officer for Stockman Bank will develop and service real estate loans and assist clients. Holman brings over 32 years of banking experience to the position, which includes loan processing, customer service and business development. She can be reached at 406-375-5381.

Laurie Rowley has joined Windermere as a licensed realtor. Rowley attended the the University of Montana. She has 20-plus years in sales, customer service and extensive knowledge in account management and relationship building. She can be reached at 


Dan Hill has been promoted at Elite One Source ® Nutritional Services from Tablet/Encapsulation Supervisor to Shift Manager. Hill brings years of leadership experience with companies such as Metagenics and Cibo Naturals to this position. 

John Erickson has been promoted at Elite One Source ® Nutritional Services moving from the position of Quality Control Supervisor to Shift Manager. Erickson, who has served our country proudly in the United States Navy, has brought years of manufacturing experience and leadership to this position. 


Make-A-Wish Montana announced the 13 individuals from across the state who have volunteered to serve on the board of directors and govern Make-A-Wish Montana. Make-A-Wish Montana has offices in Billings and Missoula. Jared Brown from Great Falls, chair; Mary Windecker, of Missoula, vice chair; Bob Burns of Missoula, treasurer; Danielle Wanderer of Bozeman, secretary and Lynn Andenoro of Kalispell, Development Committee chair. The other board members are Michael Gray, Adam Tunning and Jason Vollmer from Billings, Alex Philp and Bruce Kramer from Missoula, Rod Austin from Helena, Teresa Seright from Bozeman, and Emily Michalik River from Polson.

The Exchange Club of Missoula installed its 2017-2018 officers and board of directors. Rolf Tandberg, retired contractor, president; Connie Kulbeck, director at Spirit At Play, president elect; Travis Deaton, president at Comfort Systems, USA, Temp Right Service, immediate past president; Clint Baertsch, retired, treasurer; Pete Pettersen, Pettersen Insurance, secretary. Newly elected and continuing board of directors include Teresa Nygaard, executive director of Parenting Place; Marilyn Hoblitt, realtor; Elaine Davis, fine artist; Chuck Eyer, retired UM professor; Beth Ishizuka, teacher, and Anita Rognas, retired. Dr. Tom Ferguson continues as the District Representative for the service organization and Winton Kemmis continues as the Program Chairman. 


Jim Parker, executive director of Children and Family Services at Western Montana Mental Health Center, was recognized for 40 years of service.

DJ Smith was top producer for the month of August at RE/MAX All Stars in Missoula. Smith is a full time licensed Realtor and specializes in residential real estate. He can be reached at 406-207-2559.

Patty Hixson of Hellgate High School has been recognized by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a recipient of the 2017 Yale Educator Award. Hixson was nominated by an incoming Yale freshman who was a previous Hellgate student. The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence.

The ERA Lambros Top Producers for the month of August were Bob Zimorino for commercial, Annelise Hedahl for residential, Cheryl Smith for the Hamilton office, Karen Nalley for the Libby office, Jodie Hooker for the Polson office and Bessie Evans for the Florence office.

University of Montana wildlife biology professor Lisa Eby was awarded the American Fisheries Society’s Excellence in Fisheries Education Award. Eby, who serves as the faculty adviser to the student chapter of the American Fisheries Society at UM, is a core educator in the fisheries and aquatic ecology tracks of study in UM’s wildlife biology and ecosystem science and restoration degrees.  

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