A native of Billings, Mont., Ashley Larkin started working at First Montana Bank in 2011 and is currently AVP Commercial Loan Officer. She earned a B.S. in Business Finance from the University of Montana and more recently completed the Pacific Coast Banking School program.
Larkin joined the board in 2018 and served as board president in 2021 and has served as a volunteer for Downtown event and committees for several years. In addition to the MDA, Larkin serves on the Jadyn Fred Foundation and Missoula Chamber Red Coats.
Matt Mellott is the owner and lead commercial real estate advisor with the Sterling Group, which includes Sterling Commercial Real Estate Advisors, Sterling Commercial Management Group and Sterling Capital Investment Group. He is also a partner with Renewal Real Estate Services which builds modern, sustainable and affordable homes inside the city limits of Missoula. Mellott specializes in commercial realty and affordable housing development.
Originally from Lancaster, Penn., Mellott has a B.A. in Real Estate from Penn State University. After starting a career in commercial real estate in Atlanta, GA and Harrisburg, PA, he served with the United States Marine Corps. He spent twelve years on active duty flying F/A-18 Hornets and then moved with his family to Missoula where he returned to the world of commercial real estate.
Matt and his wife have five children. Together they have a deep appreciation for the Missoula lifestyle.
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 Central, 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.
Corey Aldridge has been the CEO & General Manager of Mountain Line Transit in Missoula, Montana, since 2015. Corey has numerous significant accomplishments helping to advance public transportation in Missoula. He successfully oversaw the Zero-fare initiative, now in its eighth year, with overwhelming voter approval to fund it in perpetuity in Nov. 2020. Zero-Fare is at the core of Mountain Line's identity and a strong source of community pride. Since 2015, ridership has grown nearly 70% to 1.5 million rides annually.Corey also oversaw a transformational mill levy increase initiative on the November 2020 ballot, which allowed Mountain Line to expand its service by 28% in July 2022. He fostered strong community pride in Mountain Line, with residents clearly repeating back our agency's message that public transportation "benefits us all," a message that was largely unknown prior to his arrival. Corey has championed the largest project our agency has ever undertaken, the Bus Stop Improvement Project, aimed at improving safety and accessibility. Corey has also championed sustainability initiatives, transitioning the agency to a zero-tailpipe-emissions fleet. With successful applications for two Low-No grants (2018, 2020) and a state grant (2020) to purchase a total of 12 electric buses in three years, bringing the fleet to 40% electric. Mountain Line won national recognition in 2021 with APTA’s Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award for North America!