The City Commission is composed of five voting members, including the mayor. Members of the commission shall be elected for terms of four years; two positions being filled at each general election. The City Commission is a non-partisan body, as mandated by the City Charter, and must be residents of the City of Helena, as well as, qualified electors.
Mayor Wilmot J. Collins Bio
Wilmot Collins was born, raised and partly educated in Liberia, West Africa. Wilmot, a former refugee, arrived in the United States in 1994 and now resides in Helena with his wife, who’s a registered nurse at VA Montana and also an Army Reservist. Their daughter is Active Duty Navy, and their son graduated from the University of Montana, Missoula and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
Presently, Wilmot is a Child Protection Specialist with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, and a recently retired U. S. Navy Reservist. Prior to working with MT DPHHS, Wilmot worked at VA Montana for many years as an Administrative Officer for Facility Management and also as a Public Affairs Specialist and Minority Veterans Program Coordinator. Wilmot is very active on several boards: United Way of Lewis and Clark Area, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance. Wilmot holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management.
Commissioner Andres Haladay Bio
Commissioner Andres Haladay works for the Montana Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General. He and his wife, Hannah Fisher, live in Helena's South-Central neighborhood with their son Grey. Andres and his family moved to Helena in 2010 and decided to call the city home. He has previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Mike McGrath of the Montana Supreme Court and an Assistant Public Defender for Region 4.
In his free time, Andres loves reading, all of the outdoor adventures Montana offers, exploring forest service roads, cross-country skiing, and spending time with his family. He loves public service and is proud to have this opportunity to give back to Helena. Andres was elected to the Commission in 2013, and his four-year term began in January of 2014.
Commissioner Ed Noonan Bio
Commissioner Ed Noonan was born and raised in Butte, MT, and has lived for 36 years in Helena. He is currently an adjunct professor at Carroll College teaching courses in Liberal Arts Studies, Theater and Film, Writing, Literature, and Business. Ed was a Christian Brother for 13 years after high school, graduated from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and taught in East Los Angeles and Chicago. He moved with two acting partners to Helena, Mike Casey and Pete Ruzevich, to support Helena as artists and citizens. They have worked and performed together across their years in Helena. Ed has an MA in Speech from Ball State University. He has worked at Carroll for 30 years. He was Resident Director of St Charles Hall and Borromeo Hall for 5 years and Student Activity Director for 10 years.
Starting in 2000, Ed worked as Executive Director of the Myrna Loy Center for 15 years culminating his work in Theater and Arts Presenting. He retired in October 2014. As Executive Director of the Myrna Loy Center, he wrote grants totaling approximately $2,000,000 awarded to the organization, served on numerous national arts panels including 5 years on the National Dance Project Hub Site Board and numerous grant panels including the NEA, MAPP grants, and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. He is currently a board member for the National Performance Network. In 2009, the Myrna Loy Center received the Arts Presenter/Met Life Award for Outstanding Work for Underserved Audiences. He produced “Echoes of Discovery,” a series of eight original arts works celebrating the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.
Ed is a writer, playwright, and poet. He has written a series of plays about Butte and Helena. In 1989, his play, “War of the Copper Kings,” was produced by Grandstreet Theatre as a Montana Centennial Production. He received the Montana Arts Council Fellowship for Playwriting for a Butte play, “Taking History”, and the Wilderness Institute’s Matthew Hansen Endowment Award for his play “Montana Wilderness.” A book of his poetry, “Noisy Soil” was published in 1998, and he has read his poems at many national, state, and local events. His work chronicles his world and often appears in publications tied to the subject of his poem. He has many poems about the life and times of Helena.
Commissioner Heather O’Loughlin Bio
Commissioner Heather O'Loughlin was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. In 2013, Heather moved to Helena with her husband, Neal, and their young daughter, Madeline. Heather currently serves as the co-director of the Montana Budget and Policy Center, a local non-profit focused on research and advancing public policy to help improve the lives of low- and middle-income families in Montana. Heather's work at the Montana Budget and Policy Center includes improving access to affordable health care, advancing fair and adequate tax and revenue policy, and highlighting the importance of state investments to help communities and families thrive. Heather serves on the board of directors for the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, a statewide membership organization comprised of local shelters and victim advocates and focused on improving social justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Heather also serves on the board of directors for NeighborWorks Montana, a statewide organization devoted to improving access to affordable housing and homeownership for Montana families.
Heather's research and policy background includes seven years in Washington, D.C., serving as counsel, legislative director, and policy advisor to Senator Max Baucus. Heather worked in a variety of public policy areas, including affordable housing, education policy, judiciary issues, and banking and economic policy. Heather graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration-finance. Heather earned her juris doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law. While in law school, Governor Schweitzer appointed Heather to serve as the student regent on the Montana Board of Regents, the governing body for the Montana University System.
Commissioner Kali Wicks Bio
Commissioner Wicks was raised on a dry-land wheat farm in Liberty County. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where she received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Public Relations, and an M.A. in Communications and Leadership. Kali also holds an M.P.A. from the University of Montana in Missoula.
Kali has lived in Helena since 2007 when she began work for the State of Montana in the Housing Division at the Montana Department of Commerce. Over the course of her career, Ms. Wicks has worked in facility planning, community and workforce development, higher education, and healthcare. Kali currently works in Government Relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana where she focuses on issues like access to affordable, quality healthcare, rural health policy development, and mental health and substance use disorder prevention.
Kali is an active member of the Helena community, serving as the Vice Chair of the Executive Board of the Career Training Institute and the Co-Chair of the Helena (Chamber) Leader’s Network. Kali also serves as the Vice President of the Women’s Foundation of Montana Board, is a member of the Executive Board for the state’s HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Chapter, and is on the University of Montana’s MPA Alumni Advisory Board. Kali is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Montana and a 2014 graduate of the Policy Institute’s Leadership Seminar Series (created by Montana’s U.S. Representative Pat Williams).
Kali and her husband Andrew love living in Helena, and enjoy hiking the trails, cross country skiing, or spending time outdoors with friends in their spare time.
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