Leadership Montana is the premier leadership development program and alumni organization in our state.

About Leadership Montana

Through our unique educational programming, we gather some of the most accomplished minds to deeply discuss current issues facing Montana. At the same time, participants enhance their own leadership skills through our curriculum, Leading in Montana, designed specifically around our class members’ interests and needs. 

Once participants complete the program, they join our esteemed alumni network consisting of the state’s most influential professionals. With an increased awareness and a commitment to service, our alumni shape Montana’s future with enhanced leadership skills and a deepened knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing Montana.

Leadership Montana also provides training for the citizenry of our state through special programs and events like our annual signature event, The Confluence, and the Lessons in Leadership speakers series.

Honored and treasured alumna Barbara Braided Hair

Learning from alumni. 

Learning from community leaders. 

Our Mission

Leadership Montana exists to develop leaders committed to building a better Montana through knowledge, collaboration, and civility.

Our Leadership Team

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Anna Berg

Program Director

Grass Range
Core Values: Family, Honesty/Integrity, Respect, Security, Humor


Heather Collins

Development Director

Core Values: Family, Love, Empathy, Respect, Happiness


Kelly Heaton

Executive Director

Red Lodge
Core Values: Hope, Honesty/Integrity, Love, Trust, Curiosity

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Casey Wolfe

Member Experience Director

Core Values: Authenticity, Creativity, Friendship, Humor, Love

Our Trainers and Consultants 

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Jen Davis

Jen Davis

Masters Class Trainer

Core Values: Connection, Curiosity, Growth, Family, Health

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Carmen McSpadden

Flagship Class Trainer

Core Values: Productivity, Competence, Dependability, Autonomy, Family

Hatton Littman

Hatton Littman

Gracious Space Director

Core Values: Wisdom, Love, Beauty, Honesty/Integrity, Family

Eric Halverson

Eric Halverson

Podcast Producer & Co-Host

Core Values: Love, Curiosity, Contribution, Growth, Meaning


Laurence (Lanny) Hubbard

Associate Trainer

Core Values: Family, Happiness, Competence, Open-mindedness, Honesty/Integrity

Board of Governors

Julie Jenkinson (2015, Masters 2020)
Senior VP Insurance Services, State Compensation Insurance Fund, Chair

Darrell Hirsch (2020)
Commercial Loan Manager, First Interstate Bank, Vice Chair

Camila (Cami) Skinner (2015, Masters 2023)
Principal, Seitz Insurance Agency, Treasurer

Aaron Pratt (2017, Masters 2020)
Deputy Economic Development Rep, US Economic Development Administration, Past Chair

Barb Cestero (2015, Masters 2020, III 2023)
Landscape Program Director, The Wilderness Society

Terri Cheff (2020, Masters 2023)
IT Architect, Washington Corporations

Anthony (Tony) Flynn (2015, Masters 2022)
Supervisor – Credit, Collections and Remittance, Northwestern Energy

Aimee Grmoljez (2012, Masters 2022)
Partner Lawyer/Lobbyist, Crowley Fleck

Anne Hughes (2012, Masters 2022)
Chief Operating Officer, Missoula County

Julie Jaksha (2021)
Director of Business Advising, Dakota Business Lending

Leonard Malin (2014, Masters 2019, III 2023)

Josh Pallister (2021, Masters 2023)
Senior Security Specialist, Montana State Fund

Jim Swan (2021, Masters 2023, III 2023)
CEO, RJS & Associates, INC.

Ben Thiem (2023, Masters 2024)
Director of Development and Partnerships, Montana West Economic Development

Debbie Vandeberg (2005)

Travis Yuzik (2023)
Custodian in Fabrication, Atomic Industries

Board terms are three years with a maximum of 2 terms. If you are interested in serving, please click on this link to fill out our Board Application. There you will find all the details including the qualifications and responsibilities. Applications are always open and terms begin July 1. If you have any questions, please email kelly@leadershipmontana.org

Gracious Space

A spirit and a setting where we invite the “stranger” and learn in public.

Gracious Space is an integral aspect of Leadership Montana curriculum. For Montana to move forward we need to know how to learn the perspective of all groups so we can all continue to live and thrive in the last best place. The Gracious Space curriculum developed by the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle, WA, is a framework to work better together around critical issues. Gracious Space creates a container that can hold your hardest conversations and most challenging issues. Gracious Space is most powerful and most needed when conflict is present.

Want to learn more about Gracious Space? Would you like to introduce Gracious Space to your business or organization? You can contact the Leadership Montana office or one of the Leadership Montana Alumni that have been certified as Gracious Space facilitators.

Annual Report

Click here to view the 2022-2023 Annual Report online.