EPEDC Executive Director
EPEDC Executive Director Beth Epley is a graduate of Baker High School. Epley attended Evangel University, graduating with a degree in Public Administration along with minors in English and International Relations. She has worked in a variety of positions in the energy industry including regulatory reporting, safety coordinator, accounting and production analysis. She has served on a number of community boards, ranging from a D.W.I. Taskforce to the Southeastern Montana Area Revitalization Team (SMART) to her local Board of Adjustment.
Epley holds tightly to the belief that our communities are what we, the community members, make them. She is, therefore, very involved in the Baker community, where she volunteers at the local Youth Center and serves as a cheer coach.
As a native of Montana, she understands that no one knows the communities of these counties better than the residents themselves. Her goal is to listen to the concerns of the local people and assist them in finding tangible, effective solutions. She is excited about the opportunities that the EPEDC affords eastern Montana and is grateful to be a part of the organization.
EPEDC Community Development Specialist
Ashley Bonamie joined the EPEDC team as Community Development Specialist. Ms. Bonamie will be actively involved in assisting the EPEDC alongside Director Beth Epley in accomplishing projects throughout the five county districts with her office located in the N-style building in Baker, MT.
She graduated from Gaylord High School (Gaylord, MI) in 2009. In 2013 she relocated to Western North Dakota to be closer to her family. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources from Capella University in 2018. She is currently pursuing her MBA also through Capella University. Spring of 2019 she relocated to Baker, MT to be with her fiancé. She has worked in administrative roles in a wide range of fields from banking, insurance, legal, healthcare to even licensing. While working for Catholic Health Initiatives she was the chair of the Christian Effectiveness Committee leading the other members to plan and execute food, back to school and crisis center drives for the community.
She is excited to begin a new chapter with EPEDC as a Community Development Specialist and looks forward to assisting and watching the communities around her grow and thrive. She believes being involved promotes community development and economic growth. She has an easygoing and optimistic nature that enables her to relate to people of all ages, adapt to change, accept direction, and stand up to make a difference in serving the communities.
Meet the board of directors
The Board of Directors of the Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation currently includes a representative from six of the seven communities and all five counties, appointed by that government entity. In addition, Southeastern Montana Area Revitalization Team (S.M.A.R.T.), Prairie County Economic Development Council, Wibaux County Chamber of Commerce, and the Montana Department of Labor and Industry each have a representative on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors also includes several private sector representatives and one at-large member for a total of 16 members. This includes 11 elected officials (58%) and 4 non-government representatives (42%) plus the one at-large member.
Dawson County Commissioner, Chairman
Prairie County Commissioner, Vice Chairman
Carter County Commissioner
Fallon County Commissioner
Wibaux County Commissioner
Other Government Representatives
Dave Bertelsen, Town of Wibaux, Mayor
Kitty Schmid, Town of Ekalaka, Clerk
Jodi Miller, Town of Plevna, Clerk
Lynn Schilling, Town of Terry, Clerk
Jerry Jimison, City of Glendive, Mayor
Lance Kalfell, Kalfell Ranch, Inc, President
Wanda Van Vleet, Stockman Bank, Manager
Amy Deines, Glendive Job Service, Manager — E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shanny Gion, Baker- SMART, Director — E: email@example.com
Parker Powell, Health Care/Health Care Administration