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Anderson ZurMuehlen has recently hired John Cummings, MBA, CIC, PHR, SHRM-CP, as the human resources director. He has more than 20 years of experience in methods to improve personnel management practices in such areas as recruiting, selecting, promoting, evaluating, training and supervising employees. Cummings looks to bring out the best in a workforce by training employees and supervisors in best practices in personnel management. Cummings also consults on wage and hour issues, personnel policy manual development, diversity awareness, harassment prevention, effective customer services, benefit management and contract management. He is a nationally recognized risk management speaker and has an MBA from the University of Montana and a BA from Gonzaga University.

Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co., P.C., is the largest Montana-based accounting and business advisory firm with offices located in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Havre, Helena, Great Falls and Missoula. The firm has been in operation since 1957 and is an independent member of a national alliance of CPA firms. The Helena office is located at 828 Great Northern Blvd, 4th Floor. For more information, visit


Integrated Water, Inc. is pleased to announce that Mike Holliday is now a certified water operator. Holliday earned one of the highest scores ever for the test. He currently serves as Integrated Water Inc.’s director of field operations.


Lewis and Clark County recognizes Public Works Road and Bridge Superintendent Doug Nisbet for achieving Montana Local Technical Assistance Program Road Master Level II certification at the Montana Association of County Road Supervisors Annual Conference in Great Falls.

Nisbet has been with Lewis and Clark County since 1989 and has participated in the Road Scholar program for the past 26 years. Attaining the Road Master Level II Certification required the completion of 20 classes over a four to six year period. While the people who’ve worked with Nisbet over the past 26 years have come to know his professionalism and dedication, this achievement recognized his dedication to the safe and efficient management of county public works infrastructure.

Nisbet was also elected second vice president of the Montana Association of County Road Supervisors at the annual conference.


Mynor Alejandro Veliz, MBA, has joined the staff of Intermountain as chief financial officer.

Veliz brings extensive health care management experience to the 106 year-old Montana nonprofit that serves children and families struggling with emotional, psychological and behavioral health issues, dependency and trauma. His previous experience includes a position as chief financial officer at TPA Solutions, a $13 million health care employee benefits administration company in Seattle. Before TPA Solutions, Veliz was CFO for Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest with responsibility for finance, accounting, revenue cycle management, purchasing, facilities, security, operations support and strategic planning for the for the $44 million organization.

Prior to that position, he served as finance manager for Starbucks and oversaw the development of the annual operating budget and quarterly forecasts and supported the development of the strategic and operating plans for the 2,500 stores in the US and Canada.

Veliz attended the Harvard Business School Leadership Development Program. He holds an MBA from Eastern Washington University and a BA in business finance from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. He is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and the Harvard Business School annual global summit planning committee.


Kristin Best, LCSW, has recently joined the "Counseling and Psychotherapy Clinic" in Helena.

Best received her Masters in social work in 2007 from University of Montana and became licensed as a clinical social worker in 2010. Best has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, primarily with children and families at Intermountain Children's Home, and is also a Certified Circle of Security Parent Education Facilitator.

Best specializes in child and family therapy and also works with adults as well. Areas of clinical focus include attachment related and adoption issues (children and adults), trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other adjustment related issues. Best is currently accepting new clients and can be reached at 465-4730.


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