Staff

Linda McCarthy

Executive Director
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Linda McCarthy began her tenure with Downtown Missoula in 1999 as the Executive Director of the Missoula Downtown Association (MDA). Under her leadership, the MDA created the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) in 2005 and the Missoula Downtown Foundation in 2010. Under the guidance of the BID and the MDA, McCarthy helped to guide the creation of the Downtown Master Plan in 2008-09. In 2014, he MDA, BID and MDF formalized their collaboration with the creation of the Downtown Missoula Partnership. As the Executive Director of the Downtown Missoula Partnership, McCarthy is responsible for ensuring the DMP is executing its work plan across all spectrums. She works more specifically strategic planning, board development, communications and public relations, advocacy and implementation of the Downtown Master Plan. McCarthy served on the Board of Directors of Destination Missoula from 1999-2016, serving as President in 2011-12, and she was the recipient of the 2016 Jay Award for the Missoula Tourism Person of the Year. She also served on the First Night Missoula Board of Directors from 1999-2001, and the Mountain West Track Club Board of Directors from 1994-2004. McCarthy currently serves on the Hall of Fame Committee for Grizzly Athletics. She is a double graduate of The University of Montana, earning a B.A. in Communication Studies in 1991 and an M.A. in Public Administration in 1999. She was named the Montana Alumni of the Year in 2008. McCarthy previously served as a Sports Information Director for the University of Montana from 1989-99. Originally from Dupuyer, Mont., she is married to Tom Gallagher, and their daughter, Madelyn, is a student at Hellgate High School. In her free time, McCarthy enjoys volleyball, hiking, cross-country skiing, boating and watching her daughter play ice hockey.

Robert Giblin

Director of Finance & Administration
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Robert Giblin has been with the Downtown Missoula Partnership since February 2011. He is responsible for all the organizational budgets, accounts payable and receivable, administrative contracts, human resource management, strategic planning and more. A native of Boston, Mass., Giblin moved to Missoula in 2003, leading the migration of his father and five siblings (including twin sister Amy) to the Garden City. Giblin holds a B.A. in Accountancy and Finance from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH and will complete the MBA program at the University of Montana in May 2018. In his volunteer time, Giblin serves on the Board of Directors of Missoula City Club and currently holds the position of Treasurer. Before joining the DMP, Giblin did bookkeeping for his brother’s company, JPR Roofing, served as a Registered Financial Representative/Market Analyst at McLaughlin, Piven & Vogel Securities. He has also worked as a high school calculus teacher in New Hampshire and as a dog musher/tour guide in Alaska. Robert enjoys golfing, biking and playing hockey. He is an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan and loves being an uncle to his niece Emily.

Mirtha Becerra

Director of Giving
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Mirtha Becerra joined the Downtown Missoula Partnership in October 2018 as its new Director of Giving. She will be responsible for grant writing and donor development for the Missoula Downtown Foundation, the 501c3 non-profit with the mission to support and promote the spirit and heritage of Missoula through cultural, historical and economic enhancement of Downtown, now and for future generations.

Becerra currently serves as a Ward 2 Representative on the Missoula City Council. She previously worked for the City-County Office of Planning & Grants, serving as a land-use planner from 2003-2008 and a transportation planner from 2008-2013.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a master’s degree in Urban Planning, both from the State University of New York in Buffalo. She is married to Adam, and they have two children.

April Sommers

Membership and Events Director
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Sommers joined the DMP in 2017, coming from the Hamilton School District, where she served as a theater arts teacher and manager of the Hamilton Performance Arts Center in 2014. Prior to that, she served the Daly Mansion Preservation Trust, as its Events Coordinator from 2007-2010 and later as the Executive Director from 2010-2014. She also served as the Executive Director of the Hamilton Players from 2001-2007. Snow is responsible for membership recruitment and retention, as well as membership benefits and socials. She is also responsible for the Out to Lunch Summer Series, portions of River City Roots Festival, the Festival of Trees, as well as the annual awards banquet, summer barbecue and holiday party.

Pam Udall

Business Development Director
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Pam Udall became the DMP’s first Business Development professional in 2017, relocating home to Missoula after nearly 25 years away. Most recently Udall worked at UNLV, where she helped launch the university’s first School of Medicine. Prior to that she served for 10 years as the Media and PR Director for the Texas Medical Association, and she also served on the team that started the Texas Lottery in the 1990s. Originally from Ronan, Mont., Udall earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Montana, and then embarked upon a 25-year career in communications and program start-ups in Montana, Texas and Nevada. Udall is responsible for tracking investment and business activity in Downtown Missoula, formalizing business recruitment strategies, strengthening connections with Missoula’s economic development partners, deploying economic impact and community opinion analyses, and managing the Downtown business and property inventories.

Kalina Wickham

Operations Coordinator
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Wickham has served as a member of the DMP staff since May 2017 and previously served as a student intern in 2015. A native of Puyallup, Wash., she earned a BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Montana in 2015 with a certificate in Entertainment Management. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration from UM. Wickham helped establish the Unseen Missoula Guided Walking Tours and will continue to develop that program in the coming years. She will also be responsible for management of Missoula’s Town Square: Caras Park, as well as Downtown décor, communications, and support services. Wickham lives with her boyfriend Charlie and enjoys music, concerts, and spending time with her dog in her free time.

Lincoln Mansch

Marketing and Events Director
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Lincoln Mansch joined the Downtown Missoula Partnership in May of 2018. He will be directly responsible for all broad-based marketing of Downtown Missoula; event planning, production and marketing; gift card marketing; and social media outreach. His primary events include the Downtown ToNight Summer Series, River City Roots Festival, Small Business Saturday, Winter BrewFest, and Garden City BrewFest.

A 2008 graduate of Loyola Sacred Heart High School, Mansch attended Peru State College in Peru, Neb., where he earned a B.S. in Communications, Sports Management and Exercise Science and played baseball for the Bobcats. Mansch earned an M.S. in Tourism Administration, Sports Management & Hospitality from the George Washington University in 2016.

Mansch served as the assistant director of media and public relations for the athletic department at the University of Wyoming, where he handled all sports information responsibilities for volleyball, wrestling, swimming & diving, and golf from 2015-2018. He also worked in medical records at Partnership Health Center in Missoula for several years and worked at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. and Tandem Sports & Entertainment in Arlington, Va.

Bram Moore

Customer Service Coordinator
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Moore began his service to the DMP as a volunteer on the River City Roots Festival Committee in 2015 and most recently served as facilities staff for the organization. He previously served as Director of Development for the Boys & Girls Club and was the 2017 Professional of the Year for the organization. Originally from Livingston, Mont., Moore studied Cultural Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Montana. He will manage all frontline duties for the DMP and assist with communications, marketing, membership and operations.