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Donald J Hartman– President
Garret McFarland
James P Lucas
Shirley Gierke
Stanley A. Markuson
Sheryl Cathey
Terri Stevenson
Julie Nowicki
Susan Stanton
Contact Information
Miles Community College Endowment
2715 Dickinson Street
Miles City, MT 59301
Phone: 406.874.6165
Toll Free: 1.800.541.9281
Fax: 406.874.6277

Shirley Gierke: She is a true Eastern Montana native, having been born in Baker, MT in 1936 and lived in Miles City for the past 65 years. Shirley has been married to Harold E Gierke for 54 years; all six of their children were born and raised in Miles City, graduated from Custer County High School.

She has always believed in giving back to the community that has been very good to her family and so she has served in the following ways: since 1993, she has been on the Miles Community College Endowment Board and as Treasurer since 2009. Having been an active Convent Keeper since its’ inception in 1992, she was recently instrumental in the transfer of the historic Ursuline Convent from the Diocese of Great Falls to the newly incorporated Miles City Convent Keepers, making it a Miles City historic treasure. In the past she has served on the Custer County Sewer & Water Board; the State of Montana Banking Board; been an active member and officer of the Council of Catholic Women both on the parish and Vicariate level.

For over 20 years her family owned and operated an asphalt business, Portable Pavers, Inc. where she was office manager and Vice President. They sold the business in 1994 and dissolved the corporation in 2008. Although she considers truly retiring one of these days, her love of the MCC Endowment, the Convent, and their missions will no doubt keep her involved for a few more years.

Donald Hartman: Donald has been married to his wife, Melissa, for forty-three years and has three children; John, Mary Pat, and Jennifer. He has ten grandchildren. Don attended one year at Miles Community College and went on to become a Certified Public Accountant since 1975. He has been a member of the Kiwanis for twenty-six years and was President from 1990-1991. He has also been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1972. He was the State Deputy from 2000-2002. He has been a member and Treasurer of the MCC Pioneer Club for fifteen years and a member of the MCC Endowment board for thirty years, currently serving as President. Don has been a Montana State University Booster since 1984. He enjoys golfing and watching all the local sports at the high school and college.

Stanley A Markuson: Stanley grew up on a ranching operation in Ekalaka, graduating from Carter County High School in 1979. He graduated from Montana State University in 1983, with a degree in Business Finance and a minor in Economics.

Immediately following college, Stanley went to work for the Bank of Baker. He started as an Ag Field Representative and worked up to Vice President. He was there three years.

In December 1986, Stanley joined First Security Bank & Trust (now Stockman Bank) in Miles City as Ag Loan Officer. In 1988, he took over as Ag Department Manager and then in 2000 oversight and leadership of the Worden and Hysham branches were added to his list of duties. In 2002, he was named President of the Miles City office and is now in his 25th year with the company.

He currently serves on Stockman Bank of Montana’s Senior Loan Committee and on the bank wide Senior Management Committee. He is on the Board of Directors for Stockman Financial Corp., the holding company that includes Stockman Bank of Montana, Stockman Asset Management and Stockman Insurance. He is also one of three trustees of the Wm. & Lorene Nefsy Foundation and serves as the treasurer.

Stanley is also very active in the community. Listed below are some of the activities, both past and present, that he has been involved in: Member and Past President of the Miles City Club, Member and Director of the Town & Country Club, Member Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Council, Member Miles Community College Endowment Board, Member Miles Community College Rodeo Advisory Committee, Member Miles Community College Ag Advisory Committee, Member Fort Keogh Focus Group, Member and Past President of Rotary, Member Custer Rod & Gun Club, Member Carter County Sheep & Cattle Growers, Member and Officer of Eastern MT Bobcat Boosters, Member Southeast Montana Stockgrowers Association, Member Cow Capital Sports Boosters, Member Custer County Art & Heritage Center, Past Officer of the Upper Midwest Ag Credit Council, Past Member of the MSU College of Ag Development Board, Past Montana High School State Finals Rodeo Committee Chairman (3 years), Coached Youth hockey for 10 years (2 State Championships, one Runner-up, one 3rd and one 4th place finish), Coached Youth baseball 6 years, Coached Youth soccer 1 year

Stanley and his wife, Nancy, have two children, Pete and Megan. His interests include anything outdoors, including working on his ranch at Ekalaka, golfing, hunting, fishing and motorcycling.

Garret McFarland: Dr. McFarland was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2005. He has been a dentist in Miles City for 17 years. After growing up in Fort Benton, MT, he received his bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and received his DDS from the University of Minnesota Dental School. Along with being a Trustee for MCC and member of the MCC Endowment board, Garret is also active in Kiwanis, Miles City Club board, and Town and Country Club.

Julie Nowicki: Julie received her Bachelor of Science Human Services at Montana State University-Billings in 1996. She and her family moved back to Miles City to work in the family ranching business in 2004. She is the Human Resource support person for the companies that her family owns, along with contracting cattle for purchase. She is the team captain for her Relay For Life team and a Miles Community College Endowment Board Member.

Terri Lynn Stevenson: Terri Lynn Stevenson was born in Redding, CA. Her family moved to Denver, CO starting her freshman year of high school and she graduated Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, CO in 1977. She attended college at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK for two years, Western Bible College in Morrison, CO for two years, and met her husband Todd Stevenson and they were married in 1982.

Upon coming back to Miles City and helping out in the family business, she decided to get her prerequisites for mortuary science at Miles Community College. Terri and Todd went to Mount Hood Community College and received their degree in Mortuary Science. Terri was the first licensed woman in Montana to receive her education for Funeral Directing and Embalming. They returned to Miles City to work in the family business where they have been for 28 years.

They have two children Tiffany Gardner and TJ Stevenson. Throughout the years they have expanded to several communities in Eastern Montana, and recently bought two funeral homes in Helena, MT. They also are partners in The Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and in the Miles City Sanitation all in Miles City. Terri has been active in grief support groups, death education, and suicide awareness. She is a member of The Grace Bible Church, Custer County Art Center, National Funeral Directors Association, and Montana Funeral Directors Association where she served on the board for five years, and one year as president. She is also trained with CISM which is in disaster and trauma relief. She has served on the Friends of Holy Rosary board for two years and is an avid sports booster for the high school and the college in Miles City. Terri has served on the MCC Endowment board for two years.

Sheryl Cathey: Sheryl graduated from Custer County District High School and attended Missoula Vocational Technology Center where she received her Associated of Applied Science Degree in Office Administration. She also has a Certificate of Bookkeeping. Sheryl has been an office assistant at the Hungry Horse News in Columbia Falls, MT; a clerical assistant at the Financial Aid Office at Missoula Vocational Technical Center; an assistant for Investment Executives at Piper Jaffary in Missoula, MT; and the school secretary at Hellgate Middle School for fifteen years. She is currently the co-owner of an oil exploration and investment LLCs located in Miles City.

In Sheryl’s free time she has volunteered on local and state soccer organizations and served two years on a community credit union board. She has been married for 32 years with three children and three grandchildren.

Susan Stanton: Ms. Stanton was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006. She taught 31 years, 24 years in the Miles City Schools of which she served as librarian at Washington Middle School for 14 years. She retired in May of 2010 and is currently employed part time by Prairie Educational Service Area. She was raised on the family farm in Brusett, Montana. Sue graduated from Garfield County High School in Jordan, Montana, received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Masters in Reading from Eastern Montana College in Billings, MT. She completed a Library endorsement at Western Montana College in Dillon, MT.

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