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Board of Directors

President:  
Steve Arveschoug

V.P.:  
Brian Obert

Treasurer:  
Rick Edwards

Past President:  
Paul Tuss

Charter Board Positions (9):
Anaconda – Jim Davison, Anaconda Local Development Corporation
Butte –  Joe Willauer,  Butte Local Development Corporation
Billings – Steve Arveschoug, Big Sky Economic Development Authority
Bozeman – Paul Reichert, Prospera Business Network
Great Falls – Brett Doney,  Great Falls Development Authority
Havre – Paul Tuss, Bear Paw Development Corporation
Helena –  Brian Obert, Montana Business Assistance Connection
Kalispell - Kim Morisaki, Montana West Economic Development
Missoula – Jeff Fee, Missoula Economic Partnership

Rotating Board Positions (up to 13) (term ending):
Tim Guardipee,**  Native American Development Corp.  (2020)
Jason Rittal, Fallon County Development (2019)
Tori Matejovsky, Great Northern Dev Corp, Wolf Point (2020)
Gypsy Ray, Lake County Community Development   (2020)
Rick Edwards*, NorthWestern Energy, Butte (2020)
Russ Fletcher *, MATR, Missoula (2020)
Leslie Messer, Richland Economic Development (2018)
Kathie Bailey, Snowy Mountain Development Corp. (2019)
Sarah Converse, Sweetgrass Development, Great Falls Region (2019)
Sue Taylor, Bearthooth RC&D, Joliet   (2019)
Tracy McIntyre, Rural Economic Designs  (2019)
Jim Atchison, Southeastern MT Development Corp., (2019)
Stephanie Ray, CTA, Livingston,  Helena (2019)
Chris Cequone, New Fields, Missoula (2019)

Ex Officio Board Positions:
Ken Fichtler ***  Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Pam Haxby-Cote, Sean Becker   ***  MT Dept. of Commerce
Charles Robison  *** USDA/Rural Development MT
Wayne Gardella *** SBA District Director
Gloria O’Rourke***,  MEDA  (Secretary)

*Required business seat
**Native American seat
***Ex Officio seat

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Scholarships!
Each quarter, MEDA members may apply for a  MEDA Rick Jones Memorial Scholarship to increase his/her professional skills as an Economic Developer.