The board of directors of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship announces the retirement of their minister, Nina Grey. Grey has served the Fellowship for the past five years, supporting their efforts to obtain a permanent home, introducing the spiritual pluralism program and working for social and environmental justice in the larger community. Last year, when members of the gay and lesbian communities were allowed to marry, she immediately made herself available to perform weddings for them.

Grey has been an active member of the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association and of Organizing for America. She spoke at City Commission meetings in favor of the non-discrimination ordinance and volunteered at the community cafe. All her activities have supported the seven principles which guide Unitarian Universalism.

She will officially retire at the end of June and will move to Columbia South Carolina in July to be near family. The Fellowship has called Duffy Peet as their next settled minister. He will begin service on August 1.

Kris Rochford has been promoted to vice president/branch manager of Stockman Bank Manhattan. His responsibilities include overseeing bank operations, management and employee supervision, and all lending activities in Manhattan.

Rochford brings over 25 years of experience to the position including consumer, commercial and real estate lending; and business development. He was previously the vice president/commercial loan officer for the Bozeman Kagy office.

Rochford, a native of Three Forks, earned his associates degree in business management from Northwest College. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. He is active in the community as the treasurer of the Gallatin Valley Golf Association and former president of the Three Forks Chamber of Commerce. He will continue to be involved in Stockman Bank-related activities.

Licensed realtor Jocelyn Drange completed the Rookie Course for Real Estate. Drange was born and raised in Big Timber, Montana on her family’s ranch. She attended Montana State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business, finance in 2012. Prior to becoming a realtor, she spent years working road construction as a heavy equipment operator, completed an agricultural business internship in Tokyo, Japan and worked in the real estate department at Western Security Bank.

PureWest Christie’s International Real Estate, the largest, independently owned brokerage in Montana, welcomed these new sales associates and recognized the outstanding achievements of its skilled and professional agents:

Molly Ogle, sales associate. Ogle attended and graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in economics. She was a highly successful sales producer for the fashion designer BCBG and for Merck Pharmaceuticals before becoming licensed in real estate as a sales associate in the state of Montana several years ago. In addition to helping with sellers’ and buyers’ needs, Ogle has acquired one-year of additional training toward her GRI (Graduate of Realtor Institute) and is working on her ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative) designations.

Doug Addicott, sales associate. Addicott attended and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in construction engineering. He has since spent the last 25 years in the construction industry, both commercial and residential. Addicott owns Doug Addicott Construction and has recently become a licensed real estate agent. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of building and developing. He calls Livingston and Paradise Valley his home, where he lives with his wife and daughters.

Brad Ehrnman, sales associate. Ehrnman holds a bachelor’s degree from Denison University and is a passionate advocate for the Montana lifestyle. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Ehrnman has spent nearly two decades living in southwest Montana. After a successful opportunity in the advertising and marketing sector, he moved on to the fly fishing industry where he has worked extensively as a guide, outfitter and entrepreneur.

Marc Parent, broker. PureWest Christie’s announced that Marc Parent has successfully completed the required sales transactions and the 60-hour extensive education training to become a licensed real estate broker in the state of Montana.

Jody Savage, broker. PureWest Christie’s honored broker Jody Savage in recently completing her Graduate of Realtor Institute (GRI) certification. This designation provides the skilled and professional real estate agent with in-depth training on legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards and complexity of the sales process.

Trident Plant announced several new hires.

Chase Duval, summer laborer. Chase Duval has started as a summer laborer at the Trident Plant. She will report to Dan Smith, logistics manager. Duval is a graduate of Three Forks High School. She will be attending Montana State University in the fall.

Nicholas Bachmann, summer laborer. Nicholas Bachmann has started as a summer laborer at the Trident Plant. He will report to Dan Smith, logistics manager. Bachmann is a graduate from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. He will be attending Montana State University in the fall.

Kelby Janicek accepts accounting and HR intern role at the Trident Plant. Kelby Janicek has accepted the accounting and HR intern role at the Trident Plant. She will report to Sheri Brown, controller. Janicek will be graduating with Bachelors of Science degree in business management and accounting from Montana State University in 2017.

Nate Johnson accepts mechanical engineering intern role at the Trident Plant. Nate Johnson has accepted the mechanical engineering internship at the Trident Plant. He will report to Chris Berry, mechanical engineer. Johnson received his Bachelors of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Montana State University in May. This fall he will be attending graduate school at Montana State University.

Emily Gentner summer laborer at the Trident Plant. Emily Gentner has started as a summer laborer at the Trident Plant. She will report to Dan Smith, logistics manager. Gentner is a graduate of Bozeman High School and will be attending Trident Technical College in South Carolina this fall.

Don Sowers accepts electrical technician role at the Trident Plant. Don Sowers has accepted the electrician role at the Trident Plant. He will report to Tim Noss, maintenance manager.

Before accepting this new role, Sowers worked at US Steel’s Fairfield, Alabama mill and as an IBEW Electrician in Chicago, Illinois.

Paul VanLandingham accepts process engineering Intern role at the Trident Plant. Paul VanLandingham has accepted the process engineering Internship at the Trident Plant. He will report to Mike Mullaney, production manager. VanLandingham will be graduating with Bachelors of Science degree in general engineering with a mechanical option from Montana Tech in December 2016. He has had two previous internships with Conoco Phillips, and one with EN Engineering.

Montana Raptor Conservation Center (MRCC) Director Becky Kean was recently named Conservationist of the Year by Montana Audubon. The award, which recognizes an individual who has provided significant wildlife conservation achievement in Montana, was presented on June 4 at group’s annual bird festival in Missoula.

Despite the unfortunate odds, Kean and her team managed to rehabilitate more than 200 injured birds of prey last year, releasing them back into the wild.

Kean is an MSU graduate in fish, wildlife, and management.

Founded in 1988, the Montana Raptor Conservation Center (MRCC) is a 501©(3) nonprofit whose mission is to improve the welfare of raptors across Montana through rehabilitation of injured birds, community education and partnerships for raptor conservation and research.

Sarah Yoder is now a shareholder in The Wendt Agency, Montana’s longest-standing full-service advertising agency. Wendt became an employee-owned corporation in 1955 and currently has nine employee owners.

Yoder has been a social media specialist/account manager at Wendt since 2010. She develops strategic social media plans that allow clients to achieve success through a real-time conversation with their audiences. Social media account setup and management, contest implementation, and online reputation management are all tools Yoder utilizes to support Wendt’s clients’ online marketing strategy goals.

Yoder has bachelor’s degrees in advertising and communications studies and resource recreation and tourism from the University of Idaho. In addition to her work at Wendt, Yoder is an active member of the Great Falls community. She is a member of the River’s Edge Trail Funding Committee as well as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Ranch & Resort Group welcomes longtime Bozeman resident Bart Manion to join their Bozeman and Big Sky real estate staff. Ranch & Resort Group hired Manion to lead their new division of real estate transaction services. These services include Transfer of Development Right (TDR) and acquisition of conservation easements. In 2007, Manion completed the very first TDR transaction in Bozeman. This TDR initiated the preservation of 106 acres of open space and critical wildlife habitat along Bozeman Creek.

Ranch & Resort Group created this new division to assist landowners with accessing development equity in their properties with the understanding the property would remain undeveloped. The new division is based on a market strategy that supports the community’s desire to protect open spaces, wildlife habitat and local productive agricultural lands. Manion will also be available to assist buyers and sellers with standard commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Montana State University research professor Albert Parker is part of a team awarded the 2015 Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, level 1 from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The award is the highest honor the EPA gives to a research team. It recognizes research with national significance and considerable impact to the public.

The award was given for Parker and the team’s research into the effectiveness of the performance standards the EPA uses to evaluate antimicrobial products, such as sprays and disinfectants. The EPA made changes to the performance standards it uses in hospitals based on the researchers’ published findings. The winning research was chosen from among 118 entries.

Energy 1 welcomes the following new employees:

Danielle Miska recently joined the Bozeman, Montana office of Energy 1 as a mechanical designer, EIT. Miska recently graduated with a second Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Montana State University after obtaining her first degree in accounting from Santa Clara University. She left insurance sales after 10 years in the business to pursue her dream of being an engineer in renewable energies.

Dominique Cox recently joined the Bozeman, Montana office of Energy 1 as mechanical design intern. Cox is in her last year at Montana State University, Bozeman working towards a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. She has multiple years experience as a mechanical design intern for hydropower installations in the Pacific Northwest, and brings experience in drafting, mechanical modeling and complex system analysis to the Energy 1 team.

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