Meet the Team
Each member of the Beartooth staff brings a wealth of professional experience to the organization to ensure your project is able to move towards a positive result.
Food and Ag Director
Joel is a fourth-generation Montanan who grew up on a "typical Montana ranch" just south of Roberts. He has continued his family's tradition of agriculture by working for the USDA Farm Service Agency for seven years, then becoming the director of the Food and Ag Development Center at Beartooth in 2007. Joel specializes in the business, marketing, and financial aspects of running a business. With his background in production agriculture, he is able to assist businesses in a variety of ways. He has a solid knowledge of the tools and opportunities available to both start-ups and expanding businesses.
Joel enjoys working with many diverse and innovative ag-related industries. "It's never the same. Every project is different and we all learn a lot."
Nan Knight came to Beartooth in the fall of 2021. Nan has extensive experience in the fields of management and finance, having most recently worked as an Account and Authorization Manager for Med-Write. Over the years she managed accounts for other companies as well as being involved in loan management. She is detail-oriented, motivated, and brings enthusiasm and work ethic to the Finance Director position. In her short time at Beartooth, Nan has grown the Revolving Loan Fund and made it her goal to help any business owner in need of assistance.
In her spare time Nan enjoys driving anything with a motor and spending time with her husband and son.
Economic Development Director
Jacy Head joined the Beartooth team in August of 2021. She graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science in History and Psychology. Jacy has experience working with a variety of businesses, including real estate and behavioral health organizations. After traveling abroad, she returned to her home in Montana to pursue a new venture in economic development. With her passion for helping the community and her love of south-central Montana, Jacy has thrived in her role of encouraging economic prosperity through a conservative approach in our region.
Myrna Lastusky came to Beartooth in the fall of 2020. She grew up in Billings and was a teacher for 25 years, primarily a high school English teacher and guidance counselor. She has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with English and Phy.Ed. majors and a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction.
With her background in education and writing, Myrna enjoys the challenges of grant applications and reporting as well as the variety of projects and communications at Beartooth.