Names and faces
On International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, Nonviolent Peaceforce named Helena native Robert J. Rivers as International Civilian Peacekeeper of the Year 2013. Rivers is presented with this award for his many years of constant service to Nonviolent Peaceforce, starting with his own active peacekeeping service in Sri Lanka in 2006. Subsequently, he has trained over 2,000 people from 80 countries to carry out unarmed civilian peacekeeping in nine different conflict zones around the world. Rivers lives in Missoula and operates Big Medicine Brewery Co. His parents reside in Helena.
Sean Logan, chief of Helena Fire Department, announced the promotion of Kelly Tuck and Ken Wood to assistant chiefs. Tuck is a 19-year veteran of the Helena department and has been assigned to the Operations Division. He has been serving in that position for eight months in an interim capacity. Wood is a 13-year veteran of the department and has been assigned to the Training Division and fills the vacancy that resulted from the retirement of Glenn Davis.
Ben Tiller has been hired as operations manager of the Cooperative Health Center. He has a bachelor's degree in mass media from Western State College of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He worked as an attorney in private practice for the past four years.
Dr. Lacy Claeys has been hired to provide dental services at the Parker Medical Center in Lincoln. She was in private practice before coming to work for the county. Claeys has bachelor's degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of South Dakota and her dentistry degree from the University of Iowa.
St. Peter’s Hospital recently presented DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nursing to registered nurses Susan Hansen and Brenna Manion. At the ceremony, the nurses also received recognition from Bonnie and Mark Barnes, co-founders of the DAISY Foundation, who were visiting St. Peter’s as part of their tour of hospitals around the country.
Hansen, who has worked on the Surgical Unit the past two years, was nominated by four patients who thanked her for her excellent care.
Manion, a certified emergency department nurse the past four years, received two nominations. One was from a police officer who wrote that in the past 12 years coming to the ED on multiple occasions he has never come across a more patient, caring, compassionate and hard-working nurse than Manion.
DAISY winners are selected by St. Peter’s leadership from those nominated by patients and receive a certificate at a presentation attended by colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Each DAISY Award winner also receives a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
KLJ, an engineering, surveying and planning firm hired Craig Genzlinger and Colt High in the Helena office.
Genzlinger is an engineer with the transportation group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University. Genzlinger has more than 25 years’ experience in the transportation industry.
High is an engineer with the municipal group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Montana State University- Northern. High has more than six years of construction management experience.
Morrison-Maierle, Inc. recently tapped internal employees for promotions in the accounting department.
Jona Parriman has been promoted as financial manager at Morrison-Maierle where she has worked since 2007. Originally hired as a staff accountant, Parriman was promoted to business analyst in 2009 and has been instrumental in improving Morrison-Maierle’s budgeting and forecasting procedures and developing effective reporting tools.
In her new position, Parriman will serve as the primary point of contact for employees, supervisors and managers for all accounting-related issues. She will work closely with the annual budget and forecasting processes and serve as liaison between the company and its financial-management software. In addition, Parriman will continue to focus on improving efficiencies and providing a high level of customer service to the accounting department’s internal and external clients.
Parriman holds degrees in business administration and accounting from Carroll College. Prior to her work at Morrison-Maierle, she was the finance manager at Summit Aeronautics Group in Helena.
Debra Larson and Gloria George have also been promoted to supervising accountants in Morrison-Maierle’s accounting department.
Larson began her career at Morrison-Maierle in 1980. With more than 30 years of experience, she has served in many roles and has set the bar for client service. An integral part of the project accounting team, Larson has developed invoicing techniques for a wide variety of clients.
In her new role, Larson will oversee all project accounting functions for the department, while continuing to assist Morrison-Maierle’s Bozeman, Billings and Kalispell offices with billing and revenue processes.
George joined Morrison-Maierle in 2007 as an accounts payable technician. In 2010 she was promoted to payroll administrator where she was responsible for the general ledger duties of the company’s medical group trust and ESOP and worked on annual financial audits.
She earned an associate’s degree in accounting from University of Montana in 2007 and will graduate this fall with a B. A. in accounting from Montana Tech. In her new role, George will supervise accounts payable and employee expense reimbursements and play a role in payroll and month-end financial reporting and analysis.
Ona Lepard, the assistant director of programs for community services at Helena Industries, was recognized by the Montana Association for Rehabilitation as the Community Rehabilitation Program Professional of the Year for 2013 at the group’s annual conference in Butte on Oct. 10. Lepard directs Helena Industries’ job placement program and supervises the agency’s supported employment program, which helps more than 125 Helena residents with disabilities find and/or maintain employment annually.
The Helena Brewers baseball season may have ended, but the success of their batting record is contributing to the community. Trico Community Federal Credit Union and CTA Architects Engineers recently teamed up and based a donation to Shodair Children’s Hospital on the number of RBIs made by the Helena Brewers during the 2013 season.
The initial commitment between the two was $1 per RBI but Trico increased its contribution to $5 for each, bringing the total donation to Montana’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to $6 per RBI for a total of $2,382. The donation will help an effort to fund the recently opened Shodair Family House, an on-site housing facility where families can stay while their child receives treatment.
The Montana Office of Tourism has $200,000 available for tourism e-marketing projects through the Tourism E-Marketing Technology Grant program. These grants are intended to help Montana’s tourism-related businesses improve their competitive e-marketing position within the industry. Grant funding may be used for a variety of projects and will be scored based on the project’s merit. To be eligible to apply for the grants, applicants must be currently licensed to do business in Montana with their principal business office located within the state of Montana. Applicants can include private businesses, nonprofit entities including city, county or tribal governments, as well as other Montana state agencies and federal agencies operating in Montana.
To apply, complete the application located at www.travelmontana.org/forms. The grant application deadline is Dec. 13, with grant awards being announced on or around Feb. 1. Call Carol Crockett at 841-2796 or email@example.com for more information.
The Montana Department of Commerce’s Business Resources Division implemented an online grant management system for its economic development grant programs. The system, known as FundingMT, will be used for both application submittal and grant management in efforts by the Bullock administration to increase government efficiency and accessibility.
Programs currently utilizing the new grant management system include the Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant Program, which awards grants to businesses for the purpose of training new full-time and part-time employees; the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund, which awards grants to local governments to assist businesses with expansion efforts that result in new job creation as well as planning grants to local certified regional development corporations, tribal governments and local economic development agencies; and the Community Development Block Grant — Economic Development Program, which awards planning grants to local governments that can be used for a variety of planning activities to assist with local economic development.
The online grants management system can be accessed at any of the above program websites or by visiting the Funding MT website at www.fundingmt.org. Individuals who are unable to access the system should contact the appropriate program staff for an alternate application method. For additional information about the programs in the Business Resources Division of the Montana Department of Commerce please contact Andy Poole, division administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.