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Juliette Olejnik has joined Watson Children’s Shelter as the new development coordinator. Olejnik holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Montana and formerly served as the membership manager for Girls Scouts of Montana and Wyoming. She will focus on events, grants, marketing, public relations, volunteers and development activities in support of Watson Children’s Shelter’s mission of providing a safe, nurturing home for Montana children who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment or family crisis.

Robert Clason has joined Axmen Propane as a certified heating and cooling technician. Clason has 10 years of experience and he will service customers in Frenchtown, Plains, Ronan, Thompson Falls and Victor.

Chay Hughes has joined Lambros ERA as a sales associate. She has been in sales for 23 years and a licensed Realtor for more than six years. Hughes started her real estate career as a licensed assistant to a top producing agent. Contact Hughes at

Jessica B. England, family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, is joining the Child and Family Service Network office of Western Montana Mental Health Center. England earned a Master of Nursing degree from Montana State University in May 2012. Prior to joining WMMHC, England worked at Community Medical Center in the pediatric units, the Montana State Hospital, and St. Patrick Health and Science Center. England is also an adjunct assistant professor of psychiatric nursing for the College of Nursing at Montana State University. England will begin seeing clients on Aug. 8 and is accepting new clients at the CFSN office at 1305 Wyoming St. Phone 532-9770.


Rachael Caldwell was promoted to marketing coordinator and technical writer for the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning at the University of Montana. Caldwell was formerly an editorial assistant at the school and has been providing editorial, marketing and conference planning support for the past 3 1/2 years. The school’s mission is to create and provide innovative and flexible education solutions and personal growth opportunities for diverse audiences. For more information, visit


Mark Glidewell, retirement planning adviser with Glidewell Investments and Insurance Group Inc., 2001 S. Russell St., completed the “Foundations of Financial Planning” course through the American College.

Debi Devine, customer service representative at Glidewell Investments and Insurance Group Inc., attained the CISR designation. The certified Insurance Service Representatives Designation Program is a nationally recognized educational program directed at a very particular job description in the agency – the customer service representative.

Elizabeth Miller and Valkyrie Harrison with the the Montana School of Massage received their certificate of graduation for completing the 650-hour Professional Massage Therapy Training Program in May 2012 and have recently passed the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination.

Nicole VanHorn, Sophi Lewis and Lea Hawkins received their Montana state professional massage therapy license. VanHorn and Lewis are the newest professional massage therapists in the Massage Clinic.

Jamie Terry, DPT, SCS, CSCS, of Alpine Physical Therapy, has attained national certification as a board-certified sports specialist of physical therapy through the National Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Terry completed the University of Montana’s Post Professional Sports Medicine Residency Program in 2011.


Vicki Judd and Corey Raths will serve as co-chairs for United Way of Missoula County’s 2012 campaign. Judd is the manager of community relations at NorthWestern Energy. Raths is a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch. The United Way of Missoula County campaign will kick off Aug. 29.

The Montana Independent Bankers Association elected new officers and directors, Martin Olsson of Eagle Bank in Polson was elected president; Kenny Martin of First Bank of Lincoln was elected president elect. Tom Christnacht of First Security Bank of Deer Lodge was elected to the board.


Kris Hawkins was the top producer at Properties 2000 for the month of June. Hawkins is a broker/owner of Properties 2000. She specializes in residential real estate.

Benchmark Litigation has named Kathleen DeSoto, attorney with Garlington, Lohn and Robinson PLLP to their inaugural edition of Top 250 Women in Litigation. The guide honors approximately 250 female litigators in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, for their achievements in the field.

Gypsy Ray, executive director of Mountain Home Montana, received the Montana Housing Partnership’s Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award for enduring service toward improving the conditions of Montana residents. Ray has 20 years of professional experience working with youth and homeless populations. She served 12 years as the executive director of Mountain Home Montana, a transitional living program for young mothers and children, and was a founding member of the Montana Coalition for the Homeless. Ray has worked with several groups regarding issues of homelessness and youth including the Montana State Continuum of Care, Missoula At-Risk Housing Coalition, the Governors’ Council on Homelessness special populations subgroup, Youth Taking Flight, System to Improve Teen Services, as well as serving on several other boards and advisory groups.

Heather Meigs is the July 2012 recipient of the Associate of the Month at Express Employment Professionals. Meigs has been working in the Home Health Care Department, providing local individuals outstanding and selfless care, since 2009.

Local Servpro franchise owner Dave Widerman was honored with the Director’s Gold Award for outstanding revenue performance during the Servpro 43rd annual national convention, held at the DisneyWorld Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., June 18-22.


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