The Southwest Montana Recovery and Resilience Team is a group of individuals that represent the towns, cities, counties and organizations throughout the region. The group meet weekly to discuss the latest economic development initiatives, updates, and all aspects of recovery and resilience from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Team members are listed below by town, city, county or organization:

City of Bozeman 

Anna Rosenberry, Assistant City Manager, City of Bozeman

Brit Fontenot, Economic Development Director, City of Bozeman

Chris Mehl, Mayor, City of Bozeman

City of Belgrade 

Ted Barkley, City Manager, City of Belgrade

Town of West Yellowstone 

Dan Sabolsky, City Manager, Town of West Yellowstone

Governors Office – State of Montana 

Ken Fichtler, Head of Economic Development, Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Aaron Pratt, Business Development Manager, Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Small Business Adminstration

Brent Donnely, Deputy District Director, SBA

Economic Development Organizations

Rob Gilmore, Executive Director, Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District

Candace Carr Strauss, CEO, Big Sky Chamber of Commerce

Kristie Gee, Executive Director, Belgrade Chamber of Commerce

Paul Reichert, Executive Director, Prospera Business Network

Daryl Schliem, Executive Director, Bozeman Chamber of Commerce

Alistair Stewart, Senior Business Advisor, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

School Districts

Steve Johnson, Deputy Superintendent for Business and Operations, Bozeman School District

Godfrey Saunders, Superintendent, Belgrade School District

College and University

Jason Carter, Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education, Montana State University

Stephanie Gray, Dean of Students, Gallatin College

Trevor Huffmaster, Director, Montana State University Blackstone Launchpad


Brian Sprenger, Director, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Financial Institution 

Jim Ness, President, First Security Bank


Tori Sproles, Provider Services Coordinator – Bozeman, Child Care Connections