Meet our members and connect!

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Joe Mitchell

Agent, Joe Mitchell State Farm Agency

I love to play golf, spend time with my family. Being outdoors, on the boat or hiking in the mountains. I own a small business that helps people manage the risks of everyday life. I offer, auto, home, life and business insurance.


Want to connect, learn & grow with Joe? Call or text his Cell @ 701-866-9609 office 406-443-0867 or email


Kristen McLaughlin

Real Estate Lender, Stockman Bank 

I began my career with Stockman Bank in 2016 and quickly moved into the Real Estate Department shortly thereafter. As a Real Estate Loan Officer, I help individuals achieve their goals of homeownership or for some, refinancing to help meet their current financial needs.

Outside of work, I can be found biking the Helena trails, running outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Want to connect, learn & grow with Kristen? Call her office 406-447-9007 or email

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McKinley Winkle

Helena WINS Director 

My position at the chamber is in workforce development and innovation. The goal of the program is to attract, develop and retain talent to enhance the workforce pipeline in the Helena area. A lot of what I do is bridging gaps between employees and employers as well as industry and education. 

Most of my spare time during the week is dedicated to coaching cheer at HAC. When I am not at the gym or the chamber, I love to spend time with my family, snowboard, hike with my dog and go boating. 

Want to connect, learn & grow with McKinley? Call her office 406-442-4120, email or check out her LinkedIn


Erinn Donnell

Tourism Sales Manager, Helena Tourism Alliance

After an early career in banking, I made the move into marketing and tourism, where I worked in positions with the Montana Lottery, the Made in Montana program at the Department of Commerce, and now with the Helena Tourism Alliance (Visit Helena). I have also acted as the Communications Director for Kamut International - an international organic wheat company - and the Community Manager for the first-of-its-kind coworking lounge in Missoula.

My passions are working with the public, customers and stakeholders in order to connect resources and promote Montana as the best place to live, work and play. I enjoy building membership and developing programs, coordinating events, creating marketing and social media campaigns, designing collateral, and developing branding strategies.

Want to connect, learn & grow with Erinn? Call her office 406-443-2117, email or check out her LinkedIn


Katie Nichols

Marketing & Communications Director, Helena Area Chamber of Commerce

I initially began my marketing career in Minor League Baseball. While attending University of Montana, I interned for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, AAA Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. After graduation, I went on to become Entertainment and Community Relations Manager for the Peoria Chiefs, Class A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. I moved back to Montana in 2016 to become Director of Athletic Marketing, Fan Experience, & Corporate Relations for Carroll College Athletics. I started with the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce in January of 2020. I enjoy promoting the great community that we live in!

When I am not at the chamber, I love to spend time with my family, hike, watch baseball and travel. 

Want to connect, learn & grow with Katie? Call her office 406-442-4120, email or check out her LinkedIn


Amanda Bartsch

Account Associate, Commercial Insurance , PayneWest Insurance

Hello, my name is Amanda Bartsch and I work as a Commercial Lines Account Associate for PayneWest Insurance. In the summer of 2019, I interned with a local State Farm agent in Helena. It was through this experience that I became a fully licensed Producer and discovered my passion for insurance. Upon my graduation from college, I began working for PayneWest. Working here has allowed me to expand on my skill sets and learn the ever changing ways of insurance.

Although I am a newer member of The Helena Leadership Network, it is a role I am excited to partake in. It allows for career development and positive relationships within the community, all of which are crucial to growing within my field. I pride myself in being professional, timely, and a continuous learner, for it is through these attributes and hard work, that I have been given a vast amount of opportunities.  

Want to connect, learn & grow with Amanda? Call her office 406-457-4555, email or check out her LinkedIn


Ali Mandell

Business Development & Marketing Director, Anderson ZurMuehlen CPAs, Tech, and Business Advisors

Hello HLN members or those considering joining this great group of young Helena professionals! I am a Montana-focused marketer with a journalism, advertising, public relations, and business development background. I have worked on the agency side of marketing and advertising, and for the past 13 years, I have been in financial services marketing. I strongly believe in financial literacy, leadership, mentorship, continuing my education, community philanthropy, and advancing my leadership skills. I am a former Leadership Helena participant and former Co-Chair of Helena Leaders Network. I begin my journey with Leadership Montana in 2021 and 2022.


Care to connect, learn & grow with me? Call me direct at 406-544-9070, email or connect with me on LinkedIn.

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Emily McVey

Executive Director of the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area at 75 East Lyndale Helena, MT 59601

At the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area we are the hub of nonprofit work in the tri-county area.  We bring resources, organizations and people together to improve financial stability, housing and access to community resources. We work together to achieve more than any single person or organization can do alone.


My hobbies are cake decorating, exploring the community by walking and taking classes to learn new skills.


Want to connect, learn & grow with Emily? Call her office 406-442-4360, personal cell 406-431-8635, or email her at

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Kelly McDermott

Development Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena & Great Falls

As Development Coordinator, I am responsible for all aspects of fundraising for the organization, including event planning and execution; marketing for events and volunteer recruitment; communications such as emails, newsletters and social media; website and event registration development; creating annual and specific giving campaigns; building partnerships with corporate sponsors; maintaining the donor database; and donor prospecting and stewardship.


My hobbies include paddleboarding, hiking/backpacking, running, sewing, and constantly searching for the best beers around!


Want to connect, learn & grow with Kelly? Call her office 406-204-7403 or email her at


Whitney Mitchell

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Communications Specialist

In my position with Mountain-Pacific, I provide communications guidance and support for activities under various projects and contracts. I develop, establish, maintain and evaluate the effectiveness of marketing strategies designed to accomplish contractual goals. I specialize in developing communications materials for media, the public, hospitals, physicians, stakeholders, agencies and employees.


In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, working on home improvement projects, grabbing coffee with friends and pouring back into my own cup. I am also a board member with Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, an organization supporting mothers throughout Montana.


Want to connect, learn and grow with Whitney? You can reach her at 406-366-3848, or check out her LinkedIn profile.

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Whitney Mitchell

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Bridger Mahlum

Kelsey Payne

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Ricky Entenmann

Joseph May

Kyle Jackson

Tre McMillan

Daniel Bridge

Doug Tamcke

Joy Kostka

Taylor Benedict

Vikki Bohlman

Collette Anderson

Ingrid McLellan

Abbie Nordhagen

Rich Bailey

Teal Whitaker

Justin Kennedy

Emily Frazier

Laura Craft

Meghan Scott

Wes Feist

Katie Mildenberger Brennan

Katie Gallagher

Sarah Elliott

Clancy Casey

Tiffany Kniepkamp

Lee Ricks

Ashleigh Heimbach

McKenzie Homan

Tristan Shea

Dillon McLain

Sassion Beckman

Nicole Anderson

Judith David

Erin Lyndes

Alex Crosby

Matt Forba

Eric Parsons

Rachel Supalla

Ryan Evans

Tara Wells

Kami Stevenson

Brandon Boka

Jason Davis

Mark Ophus

Beth Brown

Courtney Bahny

Stephanie Beckert

Amanda McGowan

Amy Emmert

Becca Dudek

Brenden Craig

Brian Lee

Claire Pichette

Cody Salo

Corinne Moore

Erik Rose

Jared Engels

Jolene Lloyd

Kamille Kirchberg

Katy Peterson

Keif Storrar

Kelsee Dalton Watts

Luke LaLiberty

Vikki Bohlman

Travis Hawley

Amanda Lantz

JD Mooney