Montana State Workforce Innovation Board

Board Members

In accordance with WIOA, members of the SWIB are appointed by the Governor and the Governor has the authority to appoint ex officio members to the SWIB.

No less than fifty one percent (51%) of the membership of the SWIB shall represent business.  The membership must include private sector/business representation from all areas of the state including Native American Reservations.

SWIB Board Members

Full Board

The members appointed to the Governor’s Workforce Innovation Board are appointed to serve staggered 2-year terms.

  • Board Members
    VACANT
    Business Member
    Chair
      Term Expires: 
    Dean Bentley
    Business Member
    Vice-Chair
    Northwestern Energy
    40 East Broadway Street Butte, MT 59701
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021

    VACANT
    Montana Department of
    Labor & Industry
    Commissioner
    Public Member
    Designee: 

    Department of Labor & Industry
    PO Box 1728 Helena, MT 59624 – 1728
    Term Expires: 
    January 1, 2025

    Rebecca Morgan
    Business Member
    CEO, Spark Creative
    20 Old Montana State Highway Montana City, MT 59634
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021
    Clay Christian - Ex Officio
    Public Member
    Designee: Brock Tessman
    The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
    2500 E. Broadway Street PO Box 203201 Helena, MT 59620-3201
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021


    Jeaneen Campbell
    Business Member
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana
    5253 Keir Lane; Helena, MT 59601
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021
    Al Ekblad
    Workforce Member
    Montana AFL-CIO
    137 Gerber Rd. Great Falls, MT 59072
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2022
    Grover Wallace
    Business Member
    Stillwater Mining Company
    PO Box 1277 Big Timber, MT 59011
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2022
    Karen Miller
    Business Member
    St. John's United
    3940 Rimrock Rd, Billings, MT 59102
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021
    Ross Lane
    Business Member
    Montana Rail Link
    3086 Flurry Lane; Bozeman, MT 59718
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2022
    Asta So
    Business Member
      Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021
    Melanie Schwarz
    Workforce Member
    Big Sky EDA
    222 North 32nd, Suite 200, Billings, MT 59101
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021
    Superintendent Elsie Arntzen
    Public Member
    Designee: Katie Madsen
    Office of Public Instruction
    PO Box 202501 Helena, MT 59620
    Term Expires:
    January 1, 2025
    Becky Bey
    Business Member
    KLJ Engineering
    2611 Gabel Road, Billings, MT 59102
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021
    Jennifer Kobza
    Business Member
    TKI LLC
    2817 City Center Circle
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021
    Heather O'Hara
    Business Member
    Montana Hospital Association
    2625 Winne Ave; Helena, MT 59601
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021
    Bill Collins
    Workforce Member
    Easter Seals Goodwill
    PO Box 2509, Great Falls, MT 59401
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2022
    Mike McGinley
    County Commissioner
    Beaverhead County
    2 South Pacific Street, Suite #4 Dillon, MT 59725
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2022
    VACANT
    Montana Department of Public
    Health and Human Services
    Director
    Public Member
    Designee: 
    Dept. of Public Health & Human Services
    PO Box 4210 Helena, MT 59604
    Term Expires: 
    January 1, 2025
    VACANT
    Public Member
    Montana State Legislature, House of Representatives

    Term Expires: 

    Governor Greg Gianforte 
    Public Member
    Designee: 

    Governor's Office 
    PO Box 200801 Helena, MT 59620 - 0801
    Term Expires: 
    January 1, 2025

    VACANT
    Public Member
    Montana State Legislature, State Senate Term Expires: 
    Deborah Poteet
    Business Member
    Poteet Construction
    104 Apple House Lane, Missoula, MT 59802
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2022
    Paul Hopfauf
    Business Member
    Montana-Dakota Utilities
    318 Sunset Avenue, Glendive, MT 59330
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021
    Morb Wicks
    County Commissioner
    Liberty County
    111 1st St. E, Chester, MT  59522
    Term Expires: 
    July 1, 2021

Apprenticeship Advisory Council

Established under ARM 24.21.205 as required by 29 CFR part 29

The purpose of the advisory council is to advise and provide guidance to the Commissioner about the State of Montana's Registered Apprenticeship program and to make recommendations to improve and grow the program. The advisory council will gather information, advise, and make recommendations about Montana's apprenticeship program in order to increase apprenticeship opportunities throughout Montana and to ensure there is a population of skilled workers to meet workforce needs throughout Montana.
  • Apprenticeship Advisory Council
    Dean Bentley
    Business Member
    Chair
    NorthWestern Energy
    40 East Broadway Street
    Butte, MT
    Brock Tessman
    Public Member
    Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
    560 N. Park Ave.
    Helena, MT 
    Vicki Dickinson
    Union Member
    Laborers' Local #1686
    3100 Horseshoebend Rd.
    Helena, MT
    Dale Carpenter
    Union Member
    Montana Sheet Metal Workers State JATC
    PO Box 4048
    Butte, MT
    Chris McGowan
    Union Member
    Montana Electrical JATC
    2616 Bozeman Ave.
    Helena, MT
    Mykal Jorgenson
    Union Member
    Billings Pipe Trades JATC
    317 Washington
    Billings, MT
    Scott Lemert
    Independent Member
    Ranger Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
    54A Ginger Bear Ln.
    Bozeman, MT
    Barry Reddick
    Independent Member
    Collission Pro
    420 Dorothy St.
    Helena, MT
    Chris Hopkins
    Independent Member
    Montana Health Network
    519 Pleasant St.
    Miles City, MT
    Margaret McManus
    Independent Member
    Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, Inc.,
    PO Box 3018
    Missoula, MT

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is a required committee under WIOA

The Executive Committee is comprised of the officers and no more than ten at-large representatives, and is composed of a majority of business members. The at-large representatives of the Executive Committee shall be members of the SWIB and are appointed by the chair.
  • Executive Committee Members
    VACANT
    Business Member
    Chair
    Dean Bentley
    Business Member
    Vice-Chair
    Northwestern Energy
    40 East Broadway Street Butte, MT 59701
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021
    VACANT
    Montana Department of
    Labor & Industry
    Commissioner
    Public Member
    Designee: 
    Department of Labor & Industry
    PO Box 1728 Helena, MT 59624 – 1728
    Term Expires:
    January 1, 2025

    Superintendent Elsie Arntzen
    Public Member
    Designee: Katie Madsen
    Office of Public Instruction
    PO Box 202501 Helena, MT 59620
    Term Expires:
    January 1, 2025
    VACANT
    Director of the Montana Department of
    Public Health and
    Human Services
    Public Member
    Designee: 
    Dept. of Public Health & Human Services
    PO Box 4210 Helena, MT 59604
    Term Expires:
    January 1, 2025
    Governor Greg Gianforte
    Public Member
    Designee: 
    Chief Business Development Officer Governor’s Office
    PO Box 200801 Helena, MT 59620 - 0801
    Term Expires:
    January 1, 2025
    Al Ekblad
    Workforce Member
    Montana AFL-CIO
    137 Gerber Rd. Great Falls, MT 59072
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2022
    Mike McGinley
    County Commissioner
    Beaverhead County
    2 South Pacific Street, Suite #4 Dillon, MT 59725
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2022

WIOA Committee

The WIOA Committee is a required committee under WIOA

The WIOA Committee is responsible for understanding and making decisions on WIOA rules and regulations; administering the state’s One-Stop Certification process; and coordinating and implementing the state plan.
  • WIOA Committee Members
    VACANT
    Chair
    VACANT
    Business Member
    Mike McGinley
    County Commissioner
    Beaverhead County
    2 South Pacific Street, Suite #4 Dillon, MT 59725
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2022
    Superintendent Elsie Arntzen
    Public Member
    Designee: Katie Madsen
    Office of Public Instruction
    PO Box 202501 Helena, MT 59620
    Term Expires:
    January 1, 2025
    VACANT
    Director of the Montana
    Department of Public Health
    and Human Services
    Public Member
    Designee: 
    Dept. of Public Health & Human Services
    PO Box 4210 Helena, MT 59604
    Term Expires:
    January 1, 2025
    Paul Hopfauf
    Business Member
    Montana-Dakota Utilities
    318 Sunset Avenue Glendive, MT 59330
    Term Expires:
    July 1, 2021
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