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 Montanan she teaches classes in the Management and Marketing Department and in the MBA program. Brown 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. Brown has previously 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, Penn., Brown 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.
Heidi Starrett is an Advertising Executive at Missoula Broadcasting Company, a locally-owned and operated radio company. Prior to that she was the advertising sales manager at the Missoula Independent from 2014-2016, and she owned her own business, Computer Solutions, from 2005-2014. Starrett has been a board member since 2011 and has served as chair on the Out Lunch Committee since that time. She was the Board President in 2015 and has held three vice president positions: VP of Marketing in 2013, VP of Membership in 2014, and VP of Advocacy in the latter half of 2017. Since getting involved with the MDA in 2006, Starrett has served a role on nearly every committee, plus she volunteers for almost every MDA event. Originally from Massachusetts, Starrett has a B.A. in Interior Design from Endicott College. She moved to Missoula in 2004 after falling in love with the Garden City. In addition to MDA, Starrett serves on the Arts Missoula and City Club Missoula boards. In her free time, she helps with the Milltown Garden Patch and enjoys hiking, biking, cross country skiing and attending a plethora of Downtown events.
Kirk Bodlovic has served as the Chief Financial Officer for Providence St. Patrick Hospital since 2005, and his role expanded in 2013 to serve all the Providence facilities in Western Montana.
Charlie Beaton opened Big Dipper Ice Cream on the Hip Strip in 1995 and has grown the business from a simple wholesale manufacturer into a significant retail outlet, mobile vending operation, and a franchise with additional outlets in Billings and Helena. Big Dipper has garnered national attention in multiple publications and was selected in 2012 as the Best Ice Cream in America by USA Today and Good Morning America. Most recently Big Dipper was selected as the sole ice cream product sold by Xanterra, the management company for both Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. A native of Helena, Beaton earned a B.S. in Business Administration in 1991 from the University of Montana. He was a financial services agent with Prudential for two years before becoming an entrepreneur. Beaton has also served in leadership roles with the Missoula Food Bank, the Hip Strip Society and the State of Montana Small Business & Downtown Network. Charlie is married to Barbie, and they have two daughters, both students at Hellgate High.
A native of Missoula, Josh Eder has worked in financial advising since 2006 and has been with S.G. Long and Company since 2009. He earned a B.S. in Business Finance from the University of Montana in 2005 and has earned multiple licenses, including Series 7, 65 and 63, and health and disability insurance. Eder has served on the Board of Directors for the Missoula Downtown Foundation since 2015 and has also served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, Pheasants Forever, and the Clark Fork Coalition. He is married to Chanda, and they have one daughter, Ellery.
Geoff Badenoch has been a long-time advocate and public servant to Downtown Missoula. He served as the Director of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency from 1985-2003 and led the efforts to revitalize Downtown Missoula in the 1980s and 90s. After 21 years with the MRA, he moved into entrepreneurship and started his own consulting business. Badenoch was born in Glendive, and raised in Bozeman, Mont. He has a B.A. in Political Science and an Masters in Public Administration, both from the University of Montana, where he has served as an adjunct faculty member for several years. In addition to serving on the MDF Board, Badenoch also serves on the Supervisory Committee of the Missoula Federal Credit Union and on the Missoula Public Library Foundation Board. He also chairs the Missoula County Election Advisory Committee.