MISTY ANN GILES
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION
Misty Ann Giles serves as Montana’s Director of the Department of Administration (DOA). DOA serves state government by providing business services to other state agencies including treasury and accounting related functions, human resources, contracting, facilities, information technology, and insurance. In addition to these core government functions; DOA also regulates Montana’s state banks and financial institutions and houses the ConnectMT broadband program.

Prior to assuming the role of Director, Giles served as Chief of Staff for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As Chief of Staff, she directed and oversaw all aspects of daily operations related to the $239 billion dollar loan portfolio delivered by nearly 5000 employees and 477 offices nationwide.

Before joining USDA, Giles served seven years in leadership roles for both former Governor Sonny Perdue and former Governor Nathan Deal. While working for Perdue, she served as Policy Advisor over public safety and regulatory issues and managed one of the largest legislative portfolios within the policy team. Perdue appointed her Deputy Director over the Public Safety and General Government Division at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget where she directed fiscal policy for 45 state agencies. Under Governor Deal’s leadership, she continued to serve in this role and was promoted to Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. As Deputy Director, she directed 75 staff and a portfolio that included federal and state grants totaling $220 million and collaboration with 600 state and local sub-grant recipients.

Giles holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego (USD). She served as the Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Law Review and as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Writing and Research. She also holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Georgia Southern University.

CHRISTY CLARK
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Christy Clark has been serving as Acting Director of the Department of Agriculture for the past few months.  Clark has been with the department since 2015 serving as the Agricultural Development and Marketing Bureau Chief; Agricultural Sciences Administrator and most recently as Deputy Director. Christy is a native of Choteau and fifth generation rancher who served three terms as a representative in the Montana Legislature.  Clark earned her B.A. in English at California State University at Sacramento.

SCOTT OSTERMAN
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Scott Osterman is a visionary leader with a private sector background of guiding successful strategy and execution to realize growth, develop strong partnerships, and lead companies through transition. Osterman is a north central Montana native whose roots date back over 150 years in rural Montana. Mostly recently, Osterman served as senior director of business unit operations at Applied Materials in Kalispell. Over the course of his career, Osterman has served as a senior executive in Fortune 500 companies and venture start-ups in the semiconductor, automobile, and high-tech hardware and software industries. His broad experience in business includes strategic planning, rapid growth initiatives, mergers and acquisitions, operations, manufacturing, sales, market development, and turnaround execution.

Osterman is a graduate of the University of Montana and continued his graduate studies at Washington State University.

BRIAN GOOTKIN
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Brian M. Gootkin was appointed by Governor Greg Gianforte to serve as the Director of the Montana Department of Corrections in 2021. Director Gootkin comes to the department from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office where he most recently served as sheriff. Throughout his 27-year tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, Director Gootkin held positions including patrol deputy, detective with the Missouri River Drug Task Force, jail administrator, and undersheriff. Prior to that, Director Gootkin served in the US Air Force between 1989 and 1993. 

MISTY KUHL
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

Misty was born in Havre and is a White Clay member of the Fort Belknap Indian Community.  As a first-generation college graduate, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services (Cum Laude) from Montana State University-Billings.  

Misty spent several years working with tribal communities in New Mexico as a probation officer, and then nationally as a Director with the Native American Alliance Foundation. Following her work with NAAF, she lived out her love for the outdoors and was an outdoor guide for several years, eventually taking over Outdoor Programs for Kirtland Air Force Base. She especially loves paddling whitewater and trail running. Misty is a champion for diversity in outdoor recreation and loves helping people get outside. Entrepreneurship opportunities in the outdoor industry brought her “home” to Montana.

Being back in Montana ignited a renewed passion for serving Indian Country. Previously, Misty served as the Coordinator for Native American Outreach at Rocky Mountain College, and before that she served as Tribal Liaison and Field Representative for Montana’s At-Large congressman

LAURIE ESAU
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRY
Laurie was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Labor & Industry by Governor Greg Gianforte. Laurie previously served as chief of staff for former Minnesota congressman Erik Paulsen and as a deputy commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Commerce.  She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of St. Thomas in Minnesota.  

MIKE HONEYCUTT
DEPARTMENT OF LIVESTOCK

Mike Honeycutt is currently the Executive Officer of the Montana Department of Livestock being appointed to this role by the Montana Board of Livestock in February of 2016. After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural and extension education from North Carolina State University, Mike served as an agricultural educator and local FFA (Future Farmers of America) advisor. He then accepted a position with the National FFA Organization where he led the development and implementation of leadership and agricultural career development services for FFA’s 600,000 members in over 11,000 communities nationwide. Mike later served with Cargill Ag Horizons, working directly with farmers in the Midwest on price risk management strategies and securing grain for the Cargill global supply chain.  Between 2014 and 2016, Mike served as the Managing Director of the National Council for Agricultural Education, a group focused on influencing agricultural education policy and programs for youth, colleges and adult farmers and ranchers. Mike is a native of North Carolina and currently resides in Helena, MT, with his wife Raylee and their twin daughters.

MAJOR GENERAL JOHN ‘PETE’ HRONEK
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS
Adjutant General for the State of Montana; serving as Commander of the Montana National Guard and the Director of the Department of Military Affairs. He is responsible to the Governor of Montana to provide Army and Air National Guard military forces that are ready to deploy worldwide and accomplish military missions in support of national defense, homeland security, natural disasters, domestic emergencies, and military support to state and local governments.  As The Adjutant General Major General Hronek serves on the Governor’s cabinet as the principal military advisor and is responsible to the Governor for State Disaster and Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Veteran Affairs, Counter-Drug Support to Civilian Law Enforcement, the Montana National Guard Youth Challenge Program and the STARBASE Program. Prior to his appointment as the Adjutant General he served as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Air Education and Training command. In this position, he assisted with formulating, developing, and coordinating policies and programs impacting more than 107,700 Air National Guard members. The command operates more than 1,400 trainer, fighter, and mobility aircraft, 23 wings, 10 bases, and five geographically operated units training more than 293,000 students per year. 

AMANDA KASTER
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & CONSERVATION
Kaster is a former aide to Montana U.S. Rep. and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and has worked for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in roles dealing with timber management, oil and gas production and grazing programs. She graduated from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.

BRENDAN BEATTY
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Brendan Beatty was a longtime state Department of Revenue lawyer before being tapped as Director. On staff at the department since 1996, Beatty has worked on legal issues regarding natural resource taxes, property taxes, income taxes and the breakup of the Montana Power Company. A Shelby native, he has a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara and a law degree from the University of Montana.

CHRIS DORRINGTON
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Dorrington has worked at DEQ since 2016 and previously spent a decade working for the Montana Department of Transportation. He has an engineering degree from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University.

SCOTT SALES
MONTANA LOTTERY
Scott Sales served as legislative liaison to Governor Gianforte before his appointment as lottery director. Sales owns and operates Cottonwood Custom Haying. First elected to serve Montana in the state legislature in 2002, Sales served as Speaker of the House from 2007-2008, House Minority Leader from 2009-2010, and President of the Senate from 2017-2020.

Before his public service career began, Sales spent fifteen years with Extended Systems as purchasing manager and regional sales manager, and nearly three years with Hewlett-Packard as a purchasing agent.

MACK LONG
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Malcolm “Mack” Long, Director of the Montana Department of Transportation, was appointed in December of 2020.  Born and raised in Billings, Montana, Long leads the Montana Department of Transportation with twenty-five years of experience in professional construction operations and management.  Long traveled extensively throughout his career, living in Texas, Wyoming, and Montana, to pursue endeavors in the construction, development, and oil industries, including serving as president of family-business JTL Group, Wyoming; developing the Shiloh Crossing commercial retail and entertainment center in Billings; and assuming ownership of Dale Weaver, Inc, DWI, an oil field gas plant construction, pump service, and sales company in Powell, WY.  Additionally, he is experienced in airport reconstruction and highways and utilities work.

Long has degrees in Business and Construction Engineering from Montana State University and a Master of Business from the University of Montana.  He and wife, Karen, married in 1990 and have two children, Nathan and Amber, who are young engineering professionals in the civil/environmental engineering fields

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