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Heather Knutson-Walter joins Mission West

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RONAN — Mission West Community Development Partners (MWCDP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Knutson-Walter as its new Executive Director effective Monday 8-1-2022.

“Heather has the perfect combination of education, experience and passion to lead Mission West. We are delighted she is joining us,” said Jim Thaden, the outgoing Executive Director. 

A longtime resident of Polson and MSU graduate, Ms. Knutson-Walter has most recently been employed as general manager of Simply 406; a producer of two national food/beverage brands. She has also served as Mayor of the City of Polson and is very active in numerous community organizations and activities. 

Sjaan Vincent, Chair of the Mission West Board of Directors commented, “We are really fortunate. When Heather expressed interest, we moved quickly to seize the opportunity. She is exactly the right person at precisely the right time.” 

Headquartered in Ronan, Montana, MWCDP is a 26-year-old provider of community focused economic development programs that serve the citizens of Lake, Mineral and Sanders Counties.

A welcome reception for Heather Knutson-Walter will be held at Mission West’s 407 Main Street S.W. facility in Ronan at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday August 3rd .

The public is invited to attend. Appetizers featuring farm fresh local foods and refreshments from the Ronan Cooperative Brewery will be served.


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