January 2014


Big Sky Senior Services, Inc., a local nonprofit that provides direct services to Senior Citizens and Adults with Disabilities that help them remain in their homes, living independently, safe and free from abuse through the Senior Helping Hands and Prevention of Elder Abuse program is pleased to announce the results of the 2012/2013 Board of Directors election is as follows: 

President:  Jo Lamey is the owner of JL Market Research and has been a Board member since 2006.

Vice-President: Marsha Runge works for JL Market Research and brings years of fundraising experience.

Treasurer:  Tracey Kragt, Branch Manager at Valley Federal Credit Union bringing experience in management, marketing and customer service.

Secretary:  Sandy Gillitzer, a community volunteer, brings experience in accounting.


Board members who have continued with their service include:

Dianne Lehm is the Director of Community Development at Big Sky Economic Development and served on the Board since June 2001.

Robin Grinsteiner is the Director of the Billings Community & Senior Center and a Board member since 2003.

Wm. (Bill) Mercer is an Attorney with the Holland & Hart law firm in Billings. He was the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana (2001 – 2009) and former Acting Associate Attorney General of the United States (2006 – 2007). Bill is the PEP Coalition Chairman.

Ciara Sian is Assistant Vice President, Treasury Management Sales Consultant at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Ciara is a University of Wyoming graduate a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Finance.

Richard Rodriguez is the Vice President of Human Resources at First Interstate Bank and brings experience serving on Yellowstone County non-profit boards including Family Service, Inc. and Youth Dynamics, Inc.

Laurie Peterson Yamamoto is the Regional Supervisor for Adult Protective Services and was one of the founding member of the Billings Chapter for the Prevention of Elder Abuse program.

They have also added a new Board of Director, Sherry Essmann, currently works with her family property management business.  She has served on the Board of Directors of UniPro Systems, Billings Federal Credit Union, March of Dimes, and Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming.  During her career as a credit union professional, she helped form an operational organization that provided several core services for the credit unions of Montana.  She has held CEO positions with Credit Union Services of Montana, Inc. and Montana Health Federal Credit Union.  Essmann has extensive background in building and growing businesses in the financial community.


For additional information on board elections or company information, contact Denise Armstrong, Executive Director at 406-259-3111.

Contact: Denise Armstrong (406) 259-3111

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