Lowell heads up United Way

Hillary Lowell, the new executive director of United Way of Beaverhead County, is shown at the UW offices on South Montana Street. M.P. Regan photo


Hillary Lowell’s wide range of professional skills and experiences led her last month into the executive director position for the United Way of Beaverhead County.

“We are just excited to have such an energetic person in the role of executive director,” said United Way of Beaverhead County Board of Directors President Brenda Chouinard, the operations officer at Stockman Bank in Dillon for over a decade.

“Her energy and willingness to participate in our outside activities as well as our daily office work and eagerness to learn convinced us that Hillary will do a great job for us.”

With Kelsie Frazier, previous United Way executive, leaving the position earlier than planned this spring after her husband took a job in Canada, Lowell had to hit the ground running and learning when she took the job in late May.

She has already helped Van’s IGA general manager and UW board member Rick Roth stage this month’s successful United Way Golf Tournament in Dillon, while getting a crash course in the executive director role and the organization.

“I’m really enjoying learning about all the things United Way does for the community and all the support it provides Beaverhead County,” said Lowell, who is helping lead a cleanup of the Wise River Cemetery on Saturday.

A Texas native and graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Lowell came to Beaverhead County after earning a degree in advertising. She served as an advertising rep for the Dillon Tribune and worked in customer relations at Wells Fargo Bank in Dillon.

She also opened her own business, Hillary’s Dance Studio, in the South Montana Street location now occupied by Beaverhead Brewing Co.

Lowell continues to teach a variety of dance classes and organize performance groups at Shine Studio.

A dancer since the age of two, Lowell may need to call on her high energy levels in her busy new position as the local United Way’s executive director.


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