Meet Our Staff
Director of Annual Giving & Publications
Shannon Behounek, Director of Annual Giving & Publications, rejoined the Montana State University Billings Foundation in July 2012. Behounek coordinates the Annual Drive for Excellence that raises dollars to support the immediate needs of the University. With the invaluable assistance of nearly 100 volunteers each year, she plans and implements the community drive, campus drive, direct mail campaign, and phonathon. She earned a BA in mathematics with an emphasis in operations research in 1991 from the University of Montana. Behounek is active in the community and in her church.
Chief Financial Officer
Jon Egeland, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), joined the Montana State University Billings Foundation team in September 1991. As CFO, he reports directly to the President & CEO and works with the Foundation’s treasurer and across the organization to lead and manage all financial aspects of the Foundation, including budgetary functions, financial reporting, investment performance analysis and the related oversight of Foundation investment managers. Egeland is also experienced in planned giving and works with Foundation donors with their gift/estate planning. As CFO, Egeland serves as staff liaison for the Fiscal Affairs and Real Estate Committees. A native of Northeastern Montana, Egeland is a 1989 graduate of MSU Billings (then Eastern Montana College) with a BS in accounting. Prior to joining the Foundation, Egeland served three seasons as a CPA with local public accounting firms
Manager of First Impressions
Lisa joined the Foundation staff in June 2015. When you call or visit our office, she is likely the first voice you will hear and the first face you will see. Lisa is in charge of making sure that everything at the Foundation is running smoothly and all of our donors and visitors’ needs are met. Prior to joining the Foundation, Lisa taught upper elementary and middle school special education in Yellowstone County. She enjoys seeing students reach their goals through scholarship awards and the efforts of the Foundation to further the mission of MSU Billings. Lisa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from MSU Billings in 2013.
Director of Development
Cindy Millard, Director of Development, joined the Montana State University Foundation in the summer of 2014. Millard works with the generous donors of MSU Billings to raise awareness and funding for student scholarships, University projects and programs. She has worked for MSU Billings and the Montana University System since 2005. Prior to her employment with MSU Billings, Cindy worked with a non-profit children’s mental health center in Montana for 14 years. She is an alumna of MSU Billings (then Eastern Montana College) earning a BS in human services in 1987 and a Master of Science in Personnel and Guidance Services in 1991. She is actively involved with the MSU Billings Alumni Association. Millard is a native of Great Falls, MT and is proud to be a 5th generation Montanan.
Jeanne Moller, Development Officer for Wine & Food Festival, has been with the Montana State University Billings Foundation since November 1994. Her primary responsibility is directing the annual MSU Billings Foundation Wine and Food Festival. She graduated from MSU Billings (then Eastern Montana College) with a BS in business administration/marketing in 1984. Prior to coming to the MSU Billings Foundation, Moller worked for 10 years at the Billings Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Business Development/Director of Leadership Billings.
Research and Records Coordinator
Bonny started at the Foundation on June 1st, 2015. Her main responsibilities include maintaining the Foundation’s extensive alumni, friends and donor database, producing data reports to support all activities of the Foundation, and research and article writing. Bonny was able to attend MSUB due in great part to the scholarship funds she received from the Foundation. She feels a great deal of responsibility to fulfill the promise she made to her benefactors of improving our community by contributing to the efforts of MSU Billings and the Foundation. She is very grateful to be a part of this team! Bonny has a Bachelor of Science from MSU Billings that she earned in 2013.
Jennifer Ries began working at the Foundation in June 2015. She oversees the allocation and application of external scholarships to student accounts. Jennifer recalled what a confusing and difficult process it was to apply for scholarships and wanted to be part of a team committed to guiding students and making higher education attainable. Every time Jennifer sends a scholarship award letter she knows she is helping a student get a little bit closer to achieving their goals, and that’s a powerful motivator. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jennifer was the managing editor of several weekly publications and early in her career was engaged in database management and organizational communications. Jennifer attended Rocky Mountain College where she earned a B.A. in English in 2001.
Susan Rhodes, Scholarship Administrator, has been with the Montana State University Billings Foundation since September 1982. She administers the privately-funded scholarships for MSU Billings which encompasses soliciting scholarship funds, coordinating the selection and distribution of the scholarship awards, and keeping in contact with both scholarship benefactors and scholarship recipients. Susan received an AA degree in business from MSU Billings (then Eastern Montana College) in 1973.