Our Team

Click here to view our Menu of Services, including a listing of our team organized by specialty. We are eagerly awaiting your call!

Soren Chargois
Talent Attraction Director
Cell (406) 836-0147
Soren leads our efforts to bring home Great Falls and Golden Triangle expatriates and help employers attract talented new employees to relocate to the Great Falls region.
Shannon Clancy
Government Contracting Advisor
Cell (406) 590-1184
Shannon helps businesses sign up and secure government contracts through PTAC.
Brett Doney, CEcD, SLCR, AICP
President & CEO
Cell (406) 750-2119
Brett is responsible for implementing GFDA’s strategic plan, marketing the Great Falls region, managing our staff team, and strengthening relationships with our investors and partners. He reports to the Board of Directors. Under GFDA’s management agreement with High Plains Financial, Brett also serves in a similar capacity for HPF and reports to its Board of Directors.
Rich Gannon
SBDC Rural Business Advisor
Cell (406) 836-2078
Rich is on the front lines of our business coaching and training services to existing businesses and startup entrepreneurs in Cascade, Fergus, Glacier, Judith Basin, Pondera, Teton, and Toole counties.
Jill Kohles
Loan Officer
Cell (406) 590-1056
Jill is your got-to for business financing. She will ensure that every t is crossed and i dotted to get your deal moving forward!
Christian Leinhauser
Downtown Business Development Officer
Cell (406) 836-0136
Christian will lead efforts, in partnership with the Business Improvement District (BID), to spur further development in Downtown Great Falls.
Tyler Menzales
Content Marketing Director/SBDC Business Advisor
Cell (406) 590-1539
Tyler oversees GFDA’s content marketing efforts. He also counsels small business owners to innovate their digital presence and marketing efforts.
Jason Nitschke, MA, EDFP
Vice President/Small Business Development Center Regional Director
Cell (406) 750-0314
Small business and entrepreneurial development are important to the GFDA. Jason leads our business coaching team helping entrepreneurs start and grow.
Nathan Reiff
Business Development Officer
Cell (406) 403-4937
Nathan leads our business retention and expansion efforts, helping to connect them with resources for continued success and expansion, as well as other business development and marketing logistics work.
Jolene Schalper, CEcD
Senior Vice President Business Development
Cell (406) 750-4481
Jolene is responsible for helping businesses grow and expand across the golden triangle and recruiting new businesses to our region.
Teresa Schreiner
Investment Director
Cell (406) 781-9499
As a public/private entity, investment is vital to the day-to-day operations of GFDA. Teresa works with our community partners to ensure that GFDA is able to carry out its mission through the securing of private investment.
Barnett G. Sporkin-Morrison
Food & Ag Development Center Director
Cell (406) 750-3285
Food & Ag are important to GFDA and the Golden Triangle. Barnett helps agriculture-based businesses to start, expand and succeed, as well as give them counsel at no cost to them. He also helps entrepreneurs to innovate within the alternative protein space.
Lillian Sunwall, CPP
Vice President Business Strategy
Cell (406) 750-1253
Lillian helps businesses sign up and secure government contracts through PTAC, clean up contaminated and hazardous sites and buildings through our Brownfield Program, and aids businesses in access additional grants and resources.
Sarah Weaver
Commercial Lending Specialist
Cell (406) 836-0065
Sarah is responsible for leading clients through loan originations and closings, maintenance of loan files, reports to public and private loan capital sources, loan portfolio management system, and borrower relations.
Jana Williams
Accountant/Office Manager
Cell (406) 590-1044
Jana is responsible for office management as well as HR duties, Payroll, Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable and reconciliation of business credit cards and bank accounts.