Names and faces
Sheila Stoddard has been promoted to assistant vice president/mortgage loan underwriting manager at Opportunity Bank of Montana. She joined Opportunity Bank in September 2014 as a mortgage loan underwriter III. Stoddard has been involved with mortgage lending in some facet for 17 years. Stoddard has her FHA Direct Endorsement Chums Authority and her VA SAR/LAPP designation.
Robert Peccia and Associates (RPA) of Helena has announced its 2018 board of directors and trustees. RPA is an employee-owned civil engineering, planning, landscape architecture, and land surveying firm headquartered in Helena with offices in Kalispell and Bozeman, and Fort Collins, Colorado.
Robert Peccia, PE, is the chairman of the board of directors. The firm’s founder, Peccia has supervised and completed many civil engineering, transportation planning, traffic engineering, comprehensive planning, and environmental engineering projects throughout the United States.
Jeffrey Key, PE, was elected to the board of directors and elected president. He is the operations manager for the Helena office and is also the streets, highways and drainage group manager, supervising projects for state and federal agency clients throughout Montana and the Pacific Northwest. Key holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Montana State University. He has 24 years of experience in the consulting industry.
Rick Donaldson, PE, was elected to the board of directors and elected vice president of human resources. Donaldson is the airports group manager and has been with RPA since 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from MSU.
Craig Jenneskens, PE, LEED, was elected to the board of directors and elected vice president of business management. He previously served on the board of trustees for nine years. Jenneskens joined RPA in 1994, and he is the site development group manager. He holds a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Carroll College.
Daniel Norderud, AICP, was elected to the board of directors and elected corporate secretary. He has been with the firm since 1978, and is the environmental studies group manager. With a Bachelor of Science degree in earth science geographical planning option from MSU, Norderud holds registration with the American Institute of Certified Planners. He has 40 years of professional experience.
Thomas Stark, PLS, CFedS, was appointed to the board of directors. With more than 25 years of experience in surveying for engineering and surveying companies in Montana and Ohio, he joined RPA in 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration-finance from the University of Montana as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree in surveying with honors from Flathead Valley Community College.
Lance Bowser, PE, was elected corporate treasurer. He is a project manager in the airports group, managing projects for general aviation airports throughout Montana. Since joining RPA in 2004, Bowser has served on the firm’s board of directors, and he is the portable nuclear gauge radiation safety officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology from MSU-Northern.
Chris Hayes, PE, was elected to the board of trustees. He joined RPA in 2006, and he is a project manager in the water and wastewater group. Hayes holds a Master of Science degree in project engineering and management from Montana Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology from MSU-Northern.
Toni Ballard was elected to the board of trustees. She is RPA’s staff accountant and has served on the board of trustees since its inception in 2009, when the firm transitioned to a 100 percent employee-owned ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). Ballard has been with RPA since 2000, and she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
Scott Randall, PE, PTOE, was elected to the board of trustees. He is the traffic and transportation group manager, and has been with RPA since 2007. Randall is a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) and provides traffic engineering, transportation planning, and GIS expertise. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering with emphasis in transportation from MSU.
Brad Thompson, PE, was elected to the board of trustees. He is a project manager in the streets, highways and drainage group, where he works on Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) projects. Prior to joining RPA in 2000, Thompson was a field engineer with the Wyoming Department of Transportation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from MSU.
Awards and honors
Library association honors Helena women
At its annual conference in Bozeman, the Montana Library Association — a statewide organization dedicated to promoting outstanding librarianship and library services — celebrated individuals who create the kind of libraries that do lead their communities and their residents to better lives.
The award for Montana Library Association Champion was given to Sara Groves, marketing and community relations manager at the Helena Community Credit Union. Through cutting edge collaborations, creative problem solving, and extensive fundraising, Groves pioneered early literacy and lifelong learning in Montana.
The award for Outstanding Support Staff of the Year was given to Marlys Stark, administrative assistant at the Montana State Library. Stark was honored for her hard work, commitment, and excellence in her service to the Montana State Library Commission.
News and notes
Mountain-Pacific celebrates 45 years
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is celebrating 45 years of working with its partners and providers to improve the quality of health care in Montana.
Mountain-Pacific was started in 1973 and has a reach beyond Montana. Staff also serve Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. While Mountain-Pacific’s corporate office is in Helena, they also have offices in Casper, Wyoming; Honolulu, Hawaii; Guam and Anchorage, Alaska.
The business also provides Medicaid utilization management services for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
Sara Medley is Mountain-Pacific’s CEO and has been with the nonprofit organization for many years.
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