Names and faces
Connie Welsh is the newest agent to the Jacoby & Dee Insurance team. A Montana native, she has more than 25 years of experience in health care including serving as both the administrator for the state of Montana and director of the Montana University System Employee Health Plans. She brings to Jacoby & Dee a wealth of knowledge in the insurance field.
Chris Riccardo has been hired as the Holter Museum of Art's executive director.
Riccardo has served as interim director of the museum for the last two years. He relocated to Montana permanently in 2014 to assist in the build-out of Studio 740, located on Front Street in the Great Northern Town Center. In fall of 2016, Riccardo accepted a long-term fellowship position at the Archie Bray Foundation.
He received his BFA from Boston University in 1990 and served as the sculpture department chair and foundry director at the Armory Art Center in Florida from 1998 to 2014 before relocating to Montana.
Ashley Blanton has joined the team at Hair Hair Salon and Spa as a stylist and is also offering pedicures, nails, waxing and facials. Blanton has been in the industry for seven years and attended the Salon Professional Academy in Great Falls. She was trained in Redken Color and Principle Base Design. Blanton worked previously in Helena before relocating to Wyoming. She has returned home to Helena and welcomes new and former clients. Call 443-0055 or visit www.hairhairsalonandspa.com.
Katie Bevan has been hired as an asthma home-visiting nurse at Lewis and Clark Public Health. She has a 2011 bachelor's degree in nursing with a minor in psychology from Loyola University Chicago. In 2013, she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, which has prepared her to provide breastfeeding support. Bevan has six years of experience in neonatal intensive care, pediatric nursing, and women's health nursing. She previously served with the U.S. Navy and the Montana Medicaid Program.
U.S. Bank in Great Falls has named Denise Burk as payment solutions market manager for the Montana Region.
As payment solutions market manager, Burk will work with local businesses to identify and meet payment processing needs. She will be located at the U.S. Bank office at 900 3rd St. NW.
Burke has been with U.S. bank for five years, most recently as a banker with the Great Falls branch.
News and notes
Eaton Turner Jewelry attends buying show
Corey Johnson and Katrina Johnson from Eaton Turner Jewelry Inc. and other top jewelers from around the nation recently attended the 2017 Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) Summer Buying Show in Denver.
The semi-annual, three-day event, provides jewelers a chance to network with other professional jewelers and purchase jewelry at pre-negotiated prices, including exclusive jewelry products only available to RJO members. This year’s show, themed Mile High Style, also gave jewelers the opportunity to learn about new industry trends and attend educational sessions.
The Johnsons got to view the Imperial Tiara. Made with 171 natural South Sea pearls, the Imperial Tiara is set in pure platinum and features a fortune of diamonds. The center pearl resting on the peak of the tiara was coined the “Star of the Celebes.” Celebes is an island in Indonesia that is more recently known as Sulawesi. This particular pearl weighs in at 56 grains.
For more information about Eaton Turner Jewelry Inc., visit at 1735 N. Montana Ave. in Helena or online at www.eatonturnerjewelry.com.
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