Jackie Haines

Executive Director

Jackie Haines is the Executive Director of the Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. The District is comprised of a 27-member board of directors representing the Gallatin and Park Counties and each of the incorporated cities.

Previously, Jackie worked as the Economic Development Director for the Human Resources Development Council of District IX (HRDC), for 4.5 years. In this role, she founded a homeless youth shelter in Bozeman, and facilitated a volunteer income tax assistance program.

Jackie received her Master’s Degree in Applied Economics from Montana State University. In her free time she enjoys traveling, exploring the Montana outdoors, and going on hikes with her goldendoodle, June.

Robert Gilmore

Program Director

Robert (Rob) Gilmore leads the local business recruitment effort and is part of the leadership team that founded the Montana High Tech Alliance.

Previously, Rob was founder/CEO of two technology companies including Globe-1, Inc. The company provided e-commerce solutions to U.S. domestic and international markets. Before its sale to Onvia, Inc. in 2000, the Globe-1 system was one of the largest small-business trade matching systems in the US with linkages to all major US cities, more than 650,000 supplier companies and a dozen international markets.

Rob designed and operated a U.S. trade matching solution for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In this capacity he created and managed electronic trading blocks that joined U.S. suppliers with several European markets.

He is a recipient of the Ford Foundations award for Innovations in American Government, and the Council of State Government’s Award for Innovation. He has represented U.S. business interests in many international forums. As an invited speaker at World Bank Tech-Net conferences, Rob has introduced new strategies for trade development in emerging economies. Rob has extensive international experience and has consulted with senior trade officials in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

Rob graduated with honors from Alaska Methodist University. When not working projects, he and his wife Sandie Romer-Gilmore enjoy travel and spending time in Montana and their home in Naples, Florida.

Lisa Ledoux

Program Director

Lisa Ledoux has worked for the Bridger District since September of 2018. Lisa directs the Team of Professionals and the Business Development Programs.

Lisa received a Masters in Economics from Boston University in 2002 and has a vast amount of experience. She was an adjunct professor in Economics right after Graduate School. She obtained a Research and Development position in the Small Business Division for Travelers Insurance. At Travelers, Lisa created a new template for all competitive analysis in the division. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, she had her hand in several high technology start up corporations.

Her latest project has been working as Co-Founder for The Serenity Ranch in Bozeman. This organization assists Female Veterans with Equine Therapy Programs.

Lisa has also been working independently as a Marketing Consultant. She has specialized in branding, marketing strategy, website design, event planning, and research and development.

Lisa is working to increase awareness of the programs and benefits that the District offers, and is incredibly excited for the opportunity.

Lisa, her husband Rich, and their two children love camping, horseback riding and skiing. The Ledoux family has lived in the Bozeman area for 13 years and shares their home with two dogs and a cat.

Mia Bell

COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Coordinator

Mia comes to NRMEDD after spending over 30 years working in state and national park settings providing hospitality services under state and national park concession contracts. In the past decade, she held leadership roles at two of the larger national park concession operations in Yellowstone and Grand Canyon.

Originally from Salt Lake City, Mia spent over 20 years in Ohio after graduating from The Ohio State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She returned west to Yellowstone in 2009. At Yellowstone, Mia is proud to have been part of a team that completed over $150M in facility construction and improvements including the Canyon Lodging Redevelopment and the renovation of the Lake Yellowstone Hotel completed in time for the hotel’s 125th anniversary and designation as a National Historic Landmark.

The highlights of her tenure at the Grand Canyon were the initiation of construction of new lodging at Maswik Lodge and the opportunity to round out her career with Xanterra Travel Collection, in the same park she started, working as a seasonal food service employee on the north rim in 1982.
Having made that full circle with Xanterra, Mia is excited to have returned to her home in Livingston and ready to add value to NRMEDD and the Southwest Montana COVID Resiliency and Economic Recovery Team.

Mia is enjoying being back near her son and daughter in law in Gallatin county and will be supported by her black lab and office assistant, Bessie, in her new role.