Names and faces 

Jonathan Tommerup has been promoted to field engineer at Information Systems of Montana. Tommerup has 12 years of experience in the information technology field. Since starting at ISM, he has obtained many certifications including CompTia A+, Server+, Apple Certified Macintosh Technician, Mac Management, Mac Integration, Lenovo desktop, laptop, and server certifications. Tommerup will be responsible for supporting Windows and Macintosh hardware and operating systems, cybersecurity, disaster recovery solutions, networks, remote access solution implementation, as well as system reviews and recommendations.

Information Systems of Montana has offices in Helena, Great Falls, and Missoula and has more than 35 years of experience in business systems, network infrastructure, and technology. ISM can be found at www.infosysmt.com or 406-996-1858.

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Lexie Bass, registered client associate and supervisory branch operations manager with D.A. Davidson & Co., has completed the course work required to earn a Registered Paraplanner designation. The program is designed to help her exceed client expectations regarding financial planning advice and solutions.

Bass joined D.A. Davidson in March 2013 and works out of the Helena branch. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from Northern Arizona University. Bass works with Trost Wealth Management, a service of D.A. Davidson & Co.

D.A. Davidson is part of D.A. Davidson Companies, a financial services holding company with more than 1,350 employees working in 23 states.

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Darryl Rensmon has joined Opportunity Bank of Montana as the vice president, chief information officer. Rensmon has more than 25 years of experience in technology-orientated work in the field of information systems with 13 years in leadership. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business – information systems management. He is responsible for all facets of information systems and technology for Opportunity Bank including vision, leadership, oversight, planning, management and coordination.

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Helena native, Katie Chappell, FNP-C, RN, BSN has joined the Internal Medicine Department at St. Peter’s Medical Group Broadway. Chappell expects to graduate with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Ariz. in December. She received her Masters of Science in nursing, family nurse practitioner emphasis, from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The University of Montana in Missoula.

She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and serves on committees for the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing Rural Health Professions Program and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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Donita Mariegard, FNP-C has joined St. Peter’s Hospital as a Family Nurse Practitioner Hospitalist. Procedures she performs include physical exams, diagnosing, treating, prescribing medications and providing education emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention. She also treats diabetes, hypertension, infections and thyroid disease.

Mariegard earned her Masters of Science in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from Maryville University, in St. Louis, Mo. She received her Bachelor of Science, registered nurse degree, from Carroll College graduating magna cum laude. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Prior to joining St. Peter’s Hospital, Mariegard served as an RN, BSN with the Department of Veterans Affairs at Fort Harrison. She served on the Surgical Unit Practice Council and also served as a clinical instructor for Carroll College.

Mariegard is a Montana native.

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Tanya McCullough, ANP-BC has joined St. Peter’s Hospital in the specialty of pain management. She works in conjunction with primary care providers to help monitor and maintain appropriate and safe chronic pain management.

Tanya earned her Master of Science in nursing, with an adult primary care nurse practitioner focus, from Northern Kentucky University, in Highland Heights, Ky. She received her Bachelor of Science, nursing degree, from Lourdes College, in Sylvania, Ohio, graduating summa cum laude.

She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an adult nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority.

McCullough is originally from Billings.

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The Helena Housing Authority (HHA) announces the hiring of its new executive director, Michael O’Neil, and the board election of its new HHA Board of Commissioners Board leadership Chairperson Sherri Downing, and Vice-Chair Dan Sullivan.

Since 2001, O’Neil worked at AWARE Inc., serving as its Program Officer for Housing, Facilities, and Services Development, developed housing, schools, community facilities and related services in communities across Montana. He founded and led the Montana Home Choice Coalition, a statewide coalition bringing together the housing and disability communities to create better housing choices for Montanans with disabilities and seniors. During his career, he also has served as a HOME Program Officer with the Montana Department of Commerce, led development efforts at the Golden Triangle Mental Health Center in Helena.

Downing and Sullivan join board members Judy Nielsen, Bruce Hodess, and Stacy Anderson on the Board of Commissioners helping guide the work of the HHA. The volunteer HHA Board of Commissioners is appointed by the mayor of Helena and the city commission.

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GarageExperts® opens Helena office 

Greg Snortland has opened GarageExperts® of Montana, a leading, lifetime warranty, cabinet, floor coating, and organization company serving Helena, Missoula, Bozeman and beyond. Snortland brings with him more than 20 years of professional experience and a passion for creating both attractive and organized garages.

Snortland also spent more than 20 years as an information technology leader and knows what it takes to bring a project in on time, and get it done right. 

GarageExperts is a national, vertically integrated provider of quality garage cabinets, epoxy floor coating systems and organizational products. Visit www.garageexperts.com to learn more.

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Disaster preparedness, response training

The Montana State Library is sponsoring a one-day free training, with online follow-up, for libraries and cultural institutions on disaster preparedness and response.

The training is set for Monday, Oct. 24, at the State Library in Helena. It will be conducted by faculty of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/University of Virginia, which is the agency charged by FEMA to provide education on this important issue.

The outcome of the training and follow-up will be a one-page disaster response plan for the participating institutions that not only mitigates the effect of the disaster on the institution's facilities and staff, but also builds community resilience for preparing, responding to and recovering from disasters.

For more information or to register, contact Joann Flick, CE Coordinator, Montana State Library at jflick@mt.gov or 431-1081. 

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