Our Board is Committed to the Community
Chad Smith – President
Chad grew up in Florence and graduated from Florence-Carlton High School. He then attended the University of Montana, and graduated from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy in 1996. Chad started working in Stevensville as a pharmacist in 2000 and in 2006 he bought Family Pharmacy. In 2016 he purchased the iconic Valley Drug. Chad has served as a board member and president of the Montana Pharmacy Association in addition to his work on the Stevensville Community Foundation Board. Chad and his wife Tracey enjoy working, living and raising their family in this wonderful community.
Laurie Pelham, Vice President
Laurie and her husband, Doug, relocated to Stevensville from Redmond, Washington in 2011. Laurie joined the board in 2012 and served as President in 2015 and 2016. Laurie worked 20 years at a K-12 public school district developing and implementing technology solutions. She now consults for American and international schools in Singapore, China, Africa and Russia. Over the years she has worked with PTSA, the Schools Foundation, Little League baseball, Junior Football Associations and St. Mary’s Mission Founder’s Day. Laurie’s interest in serving on the board is to help Stevensville continue the tradition of working together as a community making it a great place to live and work.
JoyceAnne Jodsaas, Secretary/Treasurer
JoyceAnne Jodsaas is originally from San Diego County and came to the Valley when she married her loving husband Robert who grew up in Florence, Montana. JoyceAnne stays busy with her businesses: Broker/Owner of Eickert Realty, LLC & Agent for You Property Management, Heatwave Heating & Cooling and runs her own bookkeeping/administrative service. JoyceAnne joined SCF to become involved in the community and volunteer her unique skill-sets. JoyceAnne wants to see integrity maintained in Stevensville’s growth and development to keep its small-town feel and a stable downtown business community.
Bob Thomas has served on the board since 2003 including a 4 yr term as President . He completed grades K-12 in the Stevensville Public School System and went on to finish his college education at Montana State University in Bozeman. He began his banking career in Bozeman with stints in Billings and Missoula before returning to the Bitterroot in 1999. Bob is now retired from banking but continues to serve on the TrailWest Bank Advisory Board. Among other civic interests he sees the Stevensville Community Foundation as an important asset for a growing vibrant community.
Cody Velin was raised in Missoula Montana, graduating from the University of Montana in 2014. After graduation he began working as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones which resulted in him relocating to Tempe Arizona for a short time before eventually making his way back to Missoula. In September of 2015, after being given the chance to run the Stevensville Edward Jones branch, Cody moved to Stevensville and shortly after joined the Stevensville Community Foundation Board. Cody is also the Chair of the Missoula Young Professionals committee and actively involved on the Stevensville Volunteer Fire Department. Cody joined the SCF board to be a more involved in the community and looks forward to seeing the positive effects the Stevensville Community Foundation will have on the community going forward while still helping preserve the past.
Sandy grew up in west central Wisconsin and relocated to Stevensville with her husband in 2016. Why Stevensville? … a grand baby of course! Sandy has been in the banking world for over 17 years plus a 19 year stint as a CFO for a large auto dealership group. In her spare time, she was the bookkeeper for her husband’s residential construction business for 30 years. Sandy is currently a commercial lender for First Security Bank and enjoying the opportunity to meet and work with customer’s in the Bitterroot Valley. The opportunity to be on the board for the Stevensville Community Foundation seemed a perfect fit. Sandy and her husband, Randy, enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, rafting, trail riding, camping, hunting, fishing, and life in general.
Tim grew up in Helena, MT. His family moved to Missoula where Tim graduated from Loyola Sacred Heart. Tim, his wife Melanie, and their son Christian, moved to Stevensville in 2007. Tim teamed up with Will Johnson and Associates at Farm Bureau Financial Services in 2011. He enjoys helping people protect what matters most to them.
Tim loves the outdoors, hunting, golfing, and attending Griz football games. He also loves sitting on his back deck with his amazing wife and dogs and enjoying a bottle of wine.
Lee Starck has called Stevensville home since Summer 2012. Originally from western Wisconsin, Lee moved west to Bozeman to pursue his graduate degree from Montana State after completing his undergraduate studies. He has served as a school counselor at Stevensville Schools since then, and he and his wife, Adrianna feel fortunate to be raising their two young boys in such a beautiful place building connections with incredible folks here. Joining the SCF to become more integrated in this community and foster deeper connections with our schools seemed like a natural fit. Lee feels most like himself when he is with his family and friends on the river, hiking, trail running, camping, reading, hunting, playing cribbage, or just spending time around a campfire.