Our Team

We boast the best economic development team you have ever worked with!

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 splits her duties between our Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), helping businesses with government contracting, and our business development team handling our various company and contact databases.
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
Vice President Lending
Cell (406) 590-1056
Jill oversees all the lending processes from underwriting, processing, closing and servicing for internal loans as well as SBA 504 loans. She also maintains and strengthens GFDA’s relationships with our lending sources and partners.
Christian Leinhauser
Downtown Business Development Officer
Cell (406) 836-0136
Christian leads our downtown Great Falls business development efforts.
Tyler Menzales
Business Development & Marketing Officer/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
SBDC Business Advisor/COVID Specialist
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.
Lillian Sunwall, CPP
Vice President Business Strategy
Cell (406) 750-1253
Lillian leads our Procurement technical Assistance Center helping businesses with government contracting. She leads our brownfield assessment and cleanup efforts, and also staffs the Great Falls Agritech Park.
Jana Williams
Vice President – Accountant/Office Manager
Cell (406) 590-1044
Jana handles all of our accounting, human resources and office management responsibilities.