30 episodes

Introducing Leadership Montana’s podcast ‘Listen First Montana’. Join us as we journey across our great state in search of connection and inspiration through stories of triumph over adversity. Hear dynamic Montana leaders share how they have leaned into listening to more deeply understand each other, themselves, and this place we call home. Listeners will leave refreshed, motivated, and ready for more.

Listen First Montana Eric Halverson

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Introducing Leadership Montana’s podcast ‘Listen First Montana’. Join us as we journey across our great state in search of connection and inspiration through stories of triumph over adversity. Hear dynamic Montana leaders share how they have leaned into listening to more deeply understand each other, themselves, and this place we call home. Listeners will leave refreshed, motivated, and ready for more.

    Anne Hughes

    Anne Hughes

    LISTEN FIRST MONTANA















    Listen first. It is what all great leaders do.













    Episode 29: Anne Hughes

    In this episode, Eric sits down with Anne Hughes, Chief Operating Officer at Missoula County and member of the Leadership Montana Board of Governors.  Anne talks about her experience with heartache and loss, her love of science fiction, why she chooses to invest deeply in Leadership Montana, and what great friendship looks like to her.  Anne even explains why she enjoys working on the Missoula County budget and why she feels a budget is a "values document."









































    Eric Halverson

    Host

    Eric, a graduate of Leadership Montana Class of 2016 and Masters Class 2019, leads this project with an unmatched curiosity and thirst for learning how each interviewee leans into leading. Eric magically brings to life the story underneath the words and weaves together a series that perfectly illustrates the meaning and value of listening deeply. Originally from Billings, Eric currently resides in Missoula where he serves as the Communications and Development Administrator for Partnership Health Center.



























    Anne Hughes

    Guest

    Anne Hughes is the Chief Operating Officer for Missoula County. She has worked in federal and local government for 20 years and is committed to public service that reflects her values of growth, empathy, and humor. Anne was raised in Montana and is a proud Missoulian. She received her bachelor's of fine arts in theatre at the University of Idaho and her masters in public administration from the University of Montana. She currently serves on the Leadership Montana Board of Governors and on the MPA Alumni Advisory Council for the MPA program at UM. She mentors MPA students, cheerleads her colleagues and friends, and strives to do good work with kindness. She is married to Ted Hughes, a skilled fine arts, gallery, and museum professional and metal head. She enjoys growing flowers almost as much as she loves giving them away, hiking in the hills around Missoula, and going on adventures across the Northwest with her husband, her exceptional mom Carole, and her two dogs, Noodle and Rosie.

    • 51 min
    Frank Garner

    Frank Garner

    LISTEN FIRST MONTANA















    Listen first. It is what all great leaders do.













    Episode 27: Frank Garner

    In this episode, Eric speaks with Frank Garner, 4th term State Representative of House District 7 and former Kalispell Police Chief.  Frank discusses his thoughts on the current state of policing, how he approached his leadership role as police chief, and how he used the lessons from Leadership Montana during a one year stint training police in Afghanistan in 2005.  Frank also reflects on state politics, leadership, and the future of Montana.  Frank is a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Montana in 2005 and is passionate about leaving the world in a better place than he found it – or as he says in this episode, planting trees that will provide shade for people he will never meet.









































    Eric Halverson

    Host

    Eric, a graduate of Leadership Montana Class of 2016 and Masters Class 2019, leads this project with an unmatched curiosity and thirst for learning how each interviewee leans into leading. Eric magically brings to life the story underneath the words and weaves together a series that perfectly illustrates the meaning and value of listening deeply. Originally from Billings, Eric currently resides in Missoula where he serves as the Communications and Development Administrator for Partnership Health Center.



























    Frank Garner



    Guest

    Frank Garner was raised in Kalispell, Montana, where he graduated from Flathead High School and Flathead Valley Community College. He became a member of the Kalispell Police Department in 1986, where he worked in the patrol division. Frank served in a number of roles throughout his career, including as a County Drug Team Agent, Shift Supervisor, Detective, SWAT Team Leader, and in 1997 he was promoted to Chief of Police.

    As Chief of Police, Frank initiated an aggressive community policing philosophy that led to a number of beneficial programs, including Kalispell’s Meeting on Meth, the Major Case Unit, the School Resource Officer Program, and the Police Advisory Council. After nearly nine years as Chief, Frank retired and took a position as a Police Advisor in Afghanistan, where he served as a mentor to Afghan Police, a police trainer at the Jalalabad Regional Training Center, and later as the Professional Police Mentor Supervisor in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Frank went on to serve as the Chief of Security for the local hospital and then transitioned into private law enforcement and security consulting.

    Frank has a long record of public service that includes membership in the Evergreen Lions Club, The Kalispell Rotary Club, and Big Brothers and Sisters.   Frank is now in his fourth term as a Montana State Representative for House District 7 and currently serves as Chair of the Montana ARPA Health Commission as well as serving on the Health and Human Services interim budget committee.

    • 52 min
    Amy Kellogg

    Amy Kellogg

    LISTEN FIRST MONTANA















    Listen first. It is what all great leaders do.













    Episode 27: Amy Kellogg

    In this episode Chantel travels to Kalispell, MT to speak with Amy Kellogg.  Amy is the former chair of Leadership Montana’s Board of Governors and the 2022 recipient of Leadership Montana’s most prestigious award, the Tom Scott Award for Excellence.  In this episode, Amy talks about how she became the first female bike messenger in the city of Philadelphia, her experience working with Dr. Anthony Fauci, her experience leading in the manufacturing industry during the pandemic, and much more.









































    Chantel Schieffer

    Host

    Chantel, Class of 2010 and Masters Class 2019 alumna, is also our President & CEO. An occasional host, she brings to Listen First Montana a deep knowledge of our alumni and the many ways they work to build a better Montana.



























    Amy Kellogg



    Guest

    Entrepreneur, world explorer, Philly's 1st female bike messenger.

    What excites her? Leadership, connection, F&B (emphasis on the B), & travel.

    Amy’s passions include cultivating connections, relationship building, and leadership development and she uses her core values of exploration, connection, and curiosity to help guide her in both her professional and personal worlds. 

    Amy serves as Chair of the Montana Agriculture Development Council. She also serves as a Montana Ambassador and is a member of the Frontier Angel Fund. 

    She is a former Chair of the Leadership Montana Governing Board as well as the Chair of the organization’s Alumni Committee. Amy completed the Leadership Montana Flagship and Masters programs in 2013 and 2020. In 2021 she obtained her certificate in the Executive Women Leadership course from Cornell University.  

    Along with her husband, Amy owns Simply406, where they manufacture Country Pasta and Tipu’s Chai.

    Prior to her move to Montana in 2004, she worked in pharmaceutical marketing and strategic development for clients such as Pfizer, Bristol Meyers, Genentech and others with a focus on oncology and women’s health. 

    Summer will find Amy on her SUP exploring the pristine waters of Montana. Winter will find her chasing the Northern Lights or shredding the ski slopes. Amy’s year-round activity is sampling fine cocktails. Her suitcase is always packed for the next adventure with her husband and she rocks her role as a stepmother to three kids and minion to her nutty cat, Princess Noelle.

    • 46 min
    Kelly Cresswell

    Kelly Cresswell

    LISTEN FIRST MONTANA















    Listen first. It is what all great leaders do.













    Episode 26: Kelly Cresswell

    In this episode, Eric speaks with Kelly Cresswell, executive director of Reach Higher Montana and current chair of the Leadership Montana Board of Governors.  Kelly tells us about the amazing work of Reach Higher Montana and describes their work to empower youth across Montana to find and succeed in career paths that fit their interests and lives. We also hear why Kelly loves working with the young adults as they approach and enter the critical life stage following high school.  Kelly also tells us about being a “card-iologist” and why she loves telling people positive things she notices about them, and much more.









































    Eric Halverson



    Host

    Eric, a graduate of Leadership Montana Class of 2016 and Masters Class 2019, leads this project with an unmatched curiosity and thirst for learning how each interviewee leans into leading. Eric magically brings to life the story underneath the words and weaves together a series that perfectly illustrates the meaning and value of listening deeply. Originally from Billings, Eric currently resides in Missoula where he serves as the Communications and Development Administrator for Partnership Health Center.



























    Kelly Cresswell



    Guest

    Curious, creative, and collaborative, Kelly is focused on supporting Montana's students as they prepare for their futures and pursue their aspirations. In her role as Executive Director of Reach Higher Montana, she leads a talented team of student advocates whose mission is to help students strategically pursue educational opportunities. Outside of work, Kelly's curiosity and creativity are nurtured by time spent outdoors with her husband, Don, and her two Corgis, Cooper and Sherman. A recent empty-nester, Kelly is tremendously proud of her three children: Rex, Lane, and Sloane; and head over heels in love with her grandson, Owen.

    • 42 min
    Bruce Whittenberg

    Bruce Whittenberg

    LISTEN FIRST MONTANA















    Listen first. It is what all great leaders do.













    Episode 25: Bruce Whittenberg

    In this episode, Chantel speaks with the founding Executive Director of Leadership Montana, Bruce Whittenberg.  Bruce gives listeners an inside look into the earliest stages of Leadership Montana’s formation including the original vision for how a leadership training program could positively impact people and communities across Montana.  Bruce also tells Chantel about his long tenure as Executive Director of the Montana Historical Society and why capturing and sharing Montana’s history is so important to him.  Finally, Bruce talks about the significance of receiving Leadership Montana’s most prestigious award, the Tom Scott Award for Leadership Excellence.









































    Chantel Schieffer

    Host

    Chantel, Class of 2010 and Masters Class 2019 alumna, is also our President & CEO. An occasional host, she brings to Listen First Montana a deep knowledge of our alumni and the many ways they work to build a better Montana.



























    Bruce Whittenberg



    Guest

    Bruce was the founding Executive Director of Leadership Montana, a statewide effort to develop a sustainable network of leaders who share a commitment to the future of the state. Prior to that,

    Bruce was publisher of the Helena Independent Record from 1993-1998, and publisher of the Billings Gazette from 1998-2000. His newspaper career spanned 25 years in three states. He recently retired as the Director of the Montana Historical Society.

    Bruce’s long record of public service most recently includes the Board of Directors of the Friends of Montana PBS, the Board of Directors of the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, the Lewis and Clark Library Foundation and the Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy.  He currently serves as executive director for The Greater Montana Foundation.

    Bruce has two sons. Jake is a graduate of Montana State University and Emmy Award-winning broadcast news journalist for KING5 NBC television in Seattle. Jonathan is also graduate of Montana State University in graphic design and works for Spark R & D in Bozeman, MT. Bruce is also blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, Lula and grandson, Oliver, and two wonderful daughters-in-law, Tara and Beth.

    • 53 min
    Deb Vandeberg

    Deb Vandeberg

    LISTEN FIRST MONTANA















    Listen first. It is what all great leaders do.













    Episode 24: Deb Vandeberg

    In this episode, Eric speaks with Deb Vandeberg, vice chair of the Leadership Montana Board of Governors.  Deb talks about growing up in her beloved hometown of Havre and what she learned from being on crutches from ages 6 to 11.  She shares stories about working in New York City, starting a successful business in Havre, and running the Havre Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years.  Deb also tells listeners about her role on the Leadership Montana Organizing Committee in 2003, and how she advocated for rural Montana throughout that process.









































    Eric Halverson

    Host

    Eric, a graduate of Leadership Montana Class of 2016 and Masters Class 2019, leads this project with an unmatched curiosity and thirst for learning how each interviewee leans into leading. Eric magically brings to life the story underneath the words and weaves together a series that perfectly illustrates the meaning and value of listening deeply. Originally from Billings, Eric currently resides in Missoula where he serves as the Communications and Development Administrator for Partnership Health Center.



























    Deb Vandeberg



    Guest

    Debbie retired in 2017 as the Executive Director of the Havre Chamber of Commerce after 22 years of service. During that time she worked closely with community leaders and hundreds of volunteers. The Chamber works closely with City and County Government and Bear Paw Development on projects relevant to community growth and improvement. The Chamber’s largest project in recent years was the revitalization of eight half blocks in the historic downtown area, into the community’s Town Square, a cornerstone for many community events and gatherings. Prior to the Chamber position, Debbie owned her own business in Havre for six years. Before returning to Montana in 1986 to open Debra’s, she had 15 successful years in sales, retail, marketing and design including working for Lord and Taylor Department Store chain in New York City.

    Debbie was born and raised in Havre and a proud graduate of Havre High School and MSU-Northern.  Since retirement Debbie remains active in several community organizations: Havre Hill County Preservation Commission, the Art and Beautification Committee, co-chair of the Havre Master Plan Development project, member of the newly organized Hi Line Arts Council along with serving with honor on the Board of Governors for Leadership Montana.

    Debbie enjoys tending to her yard and flowers in the summer. Golfing in the summer and skiing in the winter keep her busy. She also enjoys cooking and entertaining friends.  Sharing her life with Dave Henry brings her joy.

    • 51 min

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