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Colleen Sickles has joined Stockman Bank as executive administrative assistant for the Missoula market. Her responsibilities include staff support, administrative activities and assisting with the day-to-day operations. Sickles brings over 38 years of banking experience to the position, which includes customer service, event coordinating, and administrative support. Her past experience will help Stockman Bank continue to provide exceptional service to customers and better assist the Missoula area. She is located at 135 W. Main St. Suite A and she can be reached at 406-258-1400.

Leidy Wagener has joined United Way of Missoula County as development manager. In the new staff position, Wagener will manage United Way’s workplace giving campaigns and donor engagement. Wagener joins the United Way team from the Downtown Missoula Partnership where she was membership and events director. She is a graduate of the University of Montana and serves on the board of the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD). She can be reached at 406-549-6104 or

Lauren Bendel has joined Logistic Systems, Inc. as a GIS Technical Support Associate. She will work with the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) team in order to support ongoing operations for 911, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Agencies, and National Forests and Parks. She is a graduate of the University of Montana where she earned a bachelor of science degree in resource conservation, a minor in Wildland Fire Science, and a GIS certificate. She interned with the Missoula Metro Planning Organization, and has experience as a GIS specialist for incident management.

Greg Fister is one of our newest software testers at Logistic Systems, Inc. Due to a recent surgery, he was unable to return to his previous career and enrolled in an accelerated online course for software engineering in February of this year. As he continues to further his education, he will be able to apply his knowledge for Logistic Systems, Inc., by being at the forefront of technology through the new material that he will learn at Colorado Technical University Online.  

CTA Architects Engineers added the following professionals to its team in Missoula: Danika Kosola, project coordinator; Chris Hodge, EIT; Logan Herbst, mechanical intern; Nathan Bronec, EIT; Chris McClurg, refrigeration CADD tech; Keith Jacobsen, AIT; Lexy Boschee, interior design.

Debora Braga Anderson has joined Jennings Management as executive assistant. She brings 10 years’ experience as a practicing lawyer in Brazil and is working toward completion of Career Coaching training. Jennings Management owns and manages The Wellness Institute of Montana (, which encompasses Winds of Change Mental Health Centers in Missoula and Bozeman, Frontier Assisted Living Community in Livingston, and Aleph pc and New Health in Missoula. Anderson can be contacted at

Erin Nuzzo has joined the staff at Missoula Aging Services in the role of grant writer/advocacy coordinator. Nuzzo has more than 10 years of fundraising and grant writing experience, and has served as a volunteer legislative coordinator for Amnesty International since 2002. She has an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Montana and a graduate level nonprofit administration certification.

Tim Hubbard has joined KPAX/KAJ s Local Sales Manager at KAJ TV in Kalispell. Hubbard has over 20 years in media sales ranging from broadcast television to cable advertising, digital and radio sales.  

April Sommers is the new membership & events director for the Downtown Missoula Partnership. She will be responsible for the Out to Lunch Summer Series, portions of River City Roots Festival, the Festival of Trees and all membership events. She is also responsible for membership recruitment, retention, outreach and benefits for members of the Missoula Downtown Association. Sommers comes to the DMP from the Hamilton School District, where she served as a theater arts teacher and manager of the Hamilton Performance Arts Center in 2014. Prior to that, she served the Daly Mansion Preservation Trust, as its events coordinator from 2007-2010 and later as the executive director from 2010-2014. She also served as the executive director of the Hamilton Players from 2001-2007.

Alexandra Hennessy is a new software testers at Logistic Systems, Inc. Hennessy is a graduate of Missoula College where she earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in information technology with a focus on programming and app development, and a certificate in computer support. During her college career, she interned and worked as a student technician for IT Central at the University of Montana. While interning she was nominated for the 2017 Student Employee Award. Hennessy will be working with the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) team to test our software products for 911, emergency medical services, fire agencies, and national forests and parks.


Deana Ross was the top producer at Properties 2000 for the month of May. Ross is one of the broker/owner of Properties 2000. She specializes in residential, investment, recreational and commercial real estate.

Amber Ward, Personal Banker for First Interstate Bank, was Employee of the Month in May.

Hillside Health Care Center has been recognized as one of only four Montana recipients of the 2017 Bronze — Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors long term and post-acute care providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of senior care.

Dick Anderson Construction was announced as one of the top 400 contractors in the United States by Engineering-News Record. They were ranked 343 out of 400 in the article that was released in May 2017. Dick Anderson Construction has been in business for over 40 years and serves clients throughout the Western United States. Dick Anderson Construction provides services such as general contracting, construction management, pre-construction services, design-build, development, civil construction and alternative energy. They have seven offices located in Montana, Sheridan, Wyoming, and Redmond, Oregon.

Missoula Fencing Association (MFA), Missoula's youth and adult fencing club, received top honors from the sport's national governing body. USA Fencing awarded MFA this year's Club of Excellence Award in Youth Development for the work they do with youth fencers.

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