About MDA

The Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) is a not-for-profit membership based organization dedicated to promoting, supporting and enhancing the vitality of downtown Missoula. Created in 1975, the MDA has grown to over 400 business and individual members. Managed by a volunteer board of directors and paid staff, the Missoula Downtown Association works to attract people Downtown through events such as Out to Lunch, Downtown Tonight and the River City Roots Festival; creates visual improvements such as flower baskets and banners; provides a voice for Downtown; builds a sense of community and acts as a clearinghouse and referral service among other things.

  • Linda McCarthy

    Executive Director
    Linda McCarthy began her tenure with Downtown Missoula in 1999 as the Executive Director of the Missoula Downtown Association (MDA). Under her leadership, Downtown Missoula has seen the creation of the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) in 2005, the creation of the Downtown Master Plan in 2008-09, and the creation of the Missoula Downtown Foundation (MDF) in 2010. The MDA, BID and MDF formalized their collaboration with the creation of the Downtown Missoula Partnership in 2014.

    McCarthy has served on the Board of Directors of Destination Missoula - the Convention and Visitors Bureau - since 1999 and previously served on the First Night Missoula Board of Directors.

    She is a double graduate of The University of Montana, receiving her B.A. in Communication Studies in 1991 and her M.A. in Public Administration in 1999. She was named the Montana Alumni of the Year in 2008. Prior to her tenure with Downtown Missoula McCarthy was a Sports Information Director for the University of Montana from 1989-99.

    Originally from Dupuyer, Mont., Linda is married to Tom Gallagher, and their daughter, Madelyn, is a student at Washington Middle School.
  • Robert Giblin

    Finance & Administration Director
    Robert is originally from Boston, MA and moved to Missoula a little over 14 years ago. He has a BA in Accountancy and Finance from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH and is currently working on an MBA degree at UM. He has been the bookkeeper for his brother’s company, JPR Roofing, for about 10 years and previously was a Registered Financial Representative/Market Analyst at McLaughlin, Piven & Vogel Securities and a high school calculus teacher.. He also served as a dog musher/tour guide in the Juneau ice field for one summer. Robert spends his leisure time outdoors and enjoys reading, golf and Boston sports teams.
  • Kristen Sackett

    Marketing and Events Director
    Kristen Sackett is the Marketing & Events Director for the Downtown Missoula Partnership. Sackett is responsible for the comprehensive marketing and communications on behalf of Downtown Missoula and the Partnership organizations: the Missoula Downtown Association, the Downtown Business Improvement District and the Missoula Downtown Foundation. This includes image and program marketing; event planning, marketing and execution; communications; publications and more.

    Originally from Williamson, New York, Sackett most recently served as the assistant marketing director for the University of Montana Athletic Department, where she was responsible for marketing and promotions for women’s basketball, soccer and volleyball and also staffed game-day promotions for football, men’s basketball and more. Prior to that, Sackett was the marketing coordinator for athletics at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

    Sackett has earned three college degrees: a B.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Exercise Science with a Sport Psychology Concentration from Ithaca College and an M.S. in Management of Sports Industries from the University of New Haven. She relocated to Missoula, Montana in August 2013.
  • Sarah Ferguson

    Operations Coordinator
    Sarah joined the Downtown Missoula Partnership in April 2016. Moving here from Minneapolis, MN, Sarah fell in love with Montana and specifically the Missoula area. With degrees and a background in journalism and advertising, Sarah enjoys helping build brands and wearing many hats within an organization. She has a passion for music, art, animals and writing.
  • Madeleine Hoyt

    Customer Service Coordinator
    Madeleine joined the Downtown Missoula Partnership as Customer Service Coordinator because she is an exemplary representative of Downtown Missoula. Madeleine has been the owner of Garden City Recycling for two years and also works as a server for the Kettlehouse Brewing Company on Myrtle Street. She has a degree in Communications from the University of Montana. Madeleine is in the Downtown Missoula Partnership office from 10am to 2pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Leidy Wagener

    Membership and Events Director
    Leidy is originally from Teton Valley, Idaho and moved to Missoula in 2007 to attend the University of Montana. She received a BA in Photojournalism from UM in 2011 and has enjoyed living in Missoula ever since. Leidy enjoys doing all things Missoula, from shopping at the Farmer's Market to playing in the river with her dog. In addition to her work at the MDA, Leidy serves on the board of the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD). Leidy loves traveling, reading, and growing and eating delicious local food.
  • Karen Snow

    With a long career in sales, marketing, operations, and project management, Snow has spent most of her career in the private sector, working most recently for ABC Fox Montana, Montana Radio Company, and Bob Ward & Son’s.

    She has been a long-standing volunteer for multiple non-profit organizations throughout Missoula, including the DUI Task Force, Habitat for Humanity, Buckle Up Montana, Safe Kids Missoula, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, and the Missoula Downtown Foundation.

    She has served on the Missoula Downtown Foundation Board of Directors for three years, and was recently elected President of the Board. Given her new role as a staff member, she will vacate her position on the board, and a new president will be elected at the next meeting.

    A native of Bozeman, Mont., Snow has a B.A. in Communications & Public Relations from Montana State University.

  • Anders Brooker

    Aimee serves as Vice President of The Hip Strip Society and on the Leadership Committee for the Montana Small Business Alliance. She is concerned with promoting a sustainable, healthy, and vibrant community. Aimee is also affiliated with UM's Blackstone Launchpad, New Leadership Council, Le Kickball Missoula, Hellgate High School’s Community Mentor Program and the Main Street Alliance, and is a regular contributor to Mamalode Magazine

    Originally from Portland, Aimee likes to watch birds, bake bread, fly down mountains on bikes and skis, camp in the woods, read voraciously, garden-eat-read about food, play kickball, and comb garage sales and junk stores for treasures.
  • Emily Kannady

    Vice President of Advocacy
    Having served on the Roots Fest Committee since 2009 and the Downtown ToNight Committee for the last two years, Emily Costello has agreed to increase her service to MDA as a board member. A loan officer for Treasure State Bank, Costello has been a Missoula resident for 10 years. A native of Marion, Kansas, she has a B.S. in Business Marketing & Accounting from Emporia State University. Costello is the consummate community volunteer, serving as PEO Chapter President, American Cancer Society Relay for Life Chair, and volunteering for the Boys & Girls Club, Missoula Medical Aid, Special Olympics, Run Wild Missoula, Celtic Fest, Sunday Streets, Adopt A Highway, and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. She has a wide variety of hobbies, including hiking, biking, reading, skiing, snowshoeing, floating, listening to live music and spending time in the great outdoors, all with her long-standing boyfriend Dax Kannady. She loves the sense of community and sense of pride that happens throughout Downtown as shown by the flower baskets, window displays and businesses. She is most interested in maintaining the quality of free, family-friendly events that offer culture and entertainment for all.
  • Ellen Buchanan

    Vice President of Master Plan
    Ellen Buchanan is the director of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency and a member of the MDA board. Ellen came to Missoula over a decade ago from Johnson City, TN and has been active with the MDA since her arrival. Ellen is most concerned with sustainability, maintaining Downtown vitality, and promoting residential development Downtown. She is the chair of the River City Roots Festival and also chairs the Garden City and Winter Brewfest committees.

    Ellen earned her Bachelor degree in Architecture. In addition to her MDA commitments, Ellen serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown BID of Missoula, and is a member of the Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee.

    She has one son, Jason; a daughter, Keenan; and one granddaughter, Tess. In her free time, Ellen enjoys listening to live music, hiking and camping.
  • Lynda Brown

    Vice President of Membership
    Lynda Brown is the principle and owner of Lynda Brown Human Resource Management Consulting in Missoula. As an adjunct instructor in the School of Business at the University of Montana she teaches classes in the Management and Marketing Department and in the MBA program. She has over thirty years of HR management experience with employers in Missoula including the University of Montana, St. Patrick Hospital, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Western Montana Clinic. She has served on the MDA board since 2013 and is beginning her second year as a member of the board of the Downtown Missoula Partnership. Previously Lynda served on the United Way Board of Directors, and she volunteers with local government and other non-profit agencies assisting with human resource issues.
    A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Lynda has a Ph.D. from Florida State University, a M.Ed. from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.S. from the College of William and Mary. She is a regular bicycle commuter, an avid skier, endurance rider, sailor, and a spinning instructor. She is married to Bill Brown, DVM and owner of Western Montana Equine.
  • Brooke Redpath

    Vice President of Marketing & Events
    Originally from Anaconda, Mont., Brooke Redpath earned a degree in business marketing from The University of Montana and has worked in sales at the Missoulian for the last six years. Primarily serving the downtown community, she was recently promoted to Advertising Director. Redpath has been extremely involved with a variety of community organizations and projects including River City Roots Festival, Team Up Montana, Special Olympics, Graduation Matters, St. Patrick Hospital and the Missoula Art Museum. A Missoula resident for 11 years, Brooke is married to Van Redpath, a native of Great Falls, Mont., who works for Sleep City. In her free time, she engages in golf, yoga, snowboarding and hiking.

  • Ben Wright

    is the Director of Client Services at the Montana Idaho Community Development Corporation at 229 East Main. He moved to Montana from Washington D.C. seven years ago to work for the University of Montana. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a B.S. in Physics from Shippensburg University and an MBA from Penn State. He is married to Stephanie, and they have a three-year-old son, Henry, are expecting their second child in February 2017.
  • Heidi Starrett

    Heidi is an Advertising Executive at Missoula Broadcasting Company, a locally owned and operated business. She has been a board member since 2011 and has served as chair on the Out Lunch Committee since that time. Heidi served as the MDA Board President in 2015 and has also held 2 VP positions on the MDA Board: VP of Marketing in 2013 and VP of Membership in 2014.

    In the past, Heidi has served on several committees including business development, Parade of Lights, MDA Annual Banquet and MDA Member BBQ. Since becoming a member of the MDA in 2006, she has also volunteered for Downtown ToNight, Garden City Brew Fest, Winter Brew Fest and Garden City River Rod Run. Having previously owned a Downtown business from 2005 to 2014, Heidi recognizes the importance of "keeping it local" by attracting locally owned businesses to Downtown, ensuring it stays a diverse and vibrant gathering place for local residents and visitors alike.

    Originally from Massachusetts, Heidi relocated to Missoula in 2004, following a 6 week summer journey across the US. When not involved in MDA committees & events Heidi dedicates her time and energies to fundraising for the Milltown Garden Patch – a charitable/educational non-profit she co-founded in the spring of 2009. She also serves on the Downtown Missoula Partnership Board, Arts Missoula Board and City Club Missoula Board. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, cross country skiing and attending a plethora of Downtown events.
  • Mario Schulzke

    Mario spent 10 years managing digital strategy teams at ad agencies WDCW and R2C Group, where he led digital campaigns for clients such as Chase, Vonage, P&G, Alaska Airlines and Philips. He is also the founder of IdeaMensch, a community of entrepreneurs who share stories of bringing their ideas to life. Mario has interviewed over 1,500 entrepreneurs, from the very famous to ones just getting started.
    Mario is a first generation immigrant from Germany who came to America as an exchange student at the age of 16, landing on a cattle ranch in Hamilton, MT. He is an Ironman triathlete and a 2002 UM business graduate.
  • Larry Brehm

    Larry is a senior project architect with OZ Architects, who as a member of the Caras Park Improvements Committee, designed a new automatic fabric wall system for the pavilion. A native Californian, Larry graduated from UC Berkeley and owned his own full-service architectural firm in Berkeley from 1974 to 2003. He moved to Missoula having been an annual Montana tourist since 1973 when his wife's twin sister and her family moved to Polson.

    Larry is married to Laura, who is the former President/CEO of the University of Montana Foundation and currently consults with universities and colleges around the western United States. They have two grown children and one grandson. Larry, a Missoula Sunrise Rotarian, is also a member of the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium Board and is Chairman of the City Club Missoula Board.
  • Katie Ghen Simpson

    is the owner of Bathing Beauties Beads at 501 S. Higgins. With a lifelong passion for beading, she bought the store in 2014 after working there for 17 years. Originally from Philadelphia, she followed her high school sweetheart to Montana and earned her B.A. in in business administration and marketing from UM. She will serve on the MDA’s Membership and Parade of Lights committees, and she also serves as Vice President of the Hip Strip Society. She is married to Neil Simpson.
  • Dan Cederberg

    The longest-standing member of the MDA Board of Directors, Dan Cederberg is an attorney for Cederberg Law Offices, PC. A Missoula resident for more than 40 years, he has maintained his business downtown for close to 30 years and has been a member of the MDA Board for 27 years. He has been instrumental in the renovation of the Caras Park Pavilion, spearheading the fundraising, managing and marketing of the facility. Cederberg believes the pavilion, downtown retail and parking are some of the most important aspects of Downtown Missoula. He is involved in several other downtown groups serving as a Business Improvement District trustee, a member of the Mayor’s Downtown Advisory Commission, a director of the Missoula Downtown Foundation board and a director of the Downtown Missoula Partnership board.

    Originally from Havre, MT, Cederberg has a BA in political science and history and a J.D. in Law from The University of Montana. Dan is married to Forey, a teacher at Lolo Middle School. They have four children: Brad, Jenna, Breland and Dac. Cederberg enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and continues to play an active role with that organization.
  • Paige Livingston

    is the owner of One Eleven Boutique at 111 N. Higgins. She bought the store in 2010 after managing the business for nearly a year. A native of Missoula, Living managed a fine dining restaurant in Portland before returning home. She previously served on the Mayor’s Downtown Advisory Commission in 2015-16 and will serve on the MDA’s Retail and Festival of Trees committees. Livingston recently got engaged to Randolph Chitwood.
  • Matt Ellis

    Matt is the Executive Vice-President for the Missoula Osprey Professional Baseball team and is serving as Vice President of the Master Plan Committee. He has been a partner of the Osprey in Missoula since the team relocated to Missoula in 1999. He also became an owner of the Uptown Diner in 2006. Matt is most concerned with preserving Downtown as a destination. He is active on the Advocacy committee and the Downtown Master Plan committee. In addition, Matt is involved with Rotary and the Missoula Convention and Visitors Bureau. Matt was behind the vision of the MSO Hub, along with his father, a visitors' facility promoting events and the Missoula Osprey, as well as serving as a incubator for tourism promotion organizations.

    Originally from California, Matt earned his Marketing Degree from Arizona State University. In Matt's spare time he enjoys ice hockey, bowling, spending time with his family and traveling.
  • John Horner

    John is in his seventh year as an MDA board member and is the Vice-President and Commercial Banker at First Interstate Bank. John is on the Advocacy Committee and is also involved with Leadership Missoula as a facilitator and the City Council Subcommittee for Economic Development. He is most concerned with Downtown growth and how to manage it properly.

    Originally from Missoula, John is a graduate of Loyola High School and Carroll College. John and his wife Judy have two children, Austin and Rachel. In his spare time John enjoys spending time with family, reading and golfing.
  • Anne Guest

    Anne is the Director of the Missoula Parking Commission and has been in this position for 20 years. Since 1993, she has served on the Missoula Downtown Association Board of Directors. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors for Destination Missoula and the Pacific Intermountain Parking & Transportation Association.

    She is also a member of the St. Patrick Hospital & Health Sciences Center Board of Directors and is on the Board for the St. Patrick Hospital Foundation. She is a charter member of the Missoula Sunrise Rotary Club. She served on the Board for the Missoula Symphony Association, was President for two years and remains very involved in their fundraising and marketing activities.

    Anne is a native of Missoula, received a BA degree from the University of Washington and has one daughter, Elise, who is a Principal of an elementary school in Portland, Oregon. Anne enjoys a wide variety of outdoor sports, cultural events, travelling and being close to her family and friends.
  • Kim Klages-Johns

  • Diane Lanning

    Diane has been actively engaged in the MDA for eleven years, and is currently serving as Past President. Diane has proved to be a valuable asset for a variety of downtown businesses, having worked at the Bon Marche and the Missoula Independent. She is now employed by both St. Patrick Hospital and J. Elaine's Boutique. Diane has been instrumental in the marketing committee and planning the Garden City River Rod Run, MDA Barbeque, MDA Annual Dinner and Parade of Lights as well as volunteering her time to help with River City Roots Festival and Downtown flower baskets. She has been deeply involved in fundraising for the Campaign for Caras Park and the development of the Downtown Foundation, a 501(c)3 focused on grant writing and fundraising for downtown projects. Diane is also involved Relay for Life.

    A native of Helena, Diane enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, snowboarding and visiting her property near Townsend.
  • Scott MacIntyre

  • Corey Aldridge

    Ex Officio, Mountain Line
  • Shane Stack

    Ex Officio, Montana Dept. of Transportation
    A native of Whitehall, Mont., Shane Stack has lived and worked in Missoula for 18 years, all as a preconstruction engineer with the Missoula office of the Montana Department of Transportation. He has been attending MDA board meetings since last spring and will be ratified as an ex officio (non-voting) board member. Stack earned a civil engineering degree from Montana State University in 1996 and immediately moved to Missoula. He loves the atmosphere of Downtown Missoula, and specifically enjoys Caras Park events, surfing on Brennan’s Wave, and having lunch at Worden’s Market. He is most interested in how downtown develops its transportation network over time. An avid runner and cyclist, Stack notes finishing the Missoula Marathon as another favorite of Downtown Missoula. Stack is a member of Team Stampede and serves on the Missoula Airport Authority Board of Directors. He and his wife, Shanna, are triathletes and enjoy flying.
  • James Grunke

    Ex Officio, Missoula Economic Partnership
  • Tom Snyder

    Snyder is the owner of Five on Black at 325 N. Higgins, which opened in 2013, and at 3850 S. Reserve. He has also opened restaurants in Bozeman, Denver, and Boulder, Colo. A native Missoulian, he holds a B.S. in Business Finance from UM and won the UM Business Plan Competition in 2011. He also serves on the Providence St. Patrick Hospital Foundation Board and will serve on the MDA Advocacy Committee. Tom is married to Lauren, and they have a baby daughter named Clarke.
  • Bob McGowan

    is the Student Services Associate at Rocky Mountain School of Photography (RMSP) at 216 N. Higgins. Originally from Southern California, he came to Missoula to attend RMSP and is now in his 12th year as am employee. He has a 20-year career in retail management, but this is his first soiree into non-profit service. McGowan has served on the Downtown ToNight Committee for several years, and he was the 2014 Downtown Volunteer of the Year.