Key Leadership

Blackfoot’s Executive Team has a deep wealth of knowledge and experience in the telecommunications industry.

Under the leadership of the Board of Trustees and CEO Jason Williams, the Executive Team works to ensure Blackfoot lives up to it’s mission every day — to improve our customers’ ability to communicate, collaborate and compete by delivering superior technology solutions through trusted relationships.

Executive Team

Jason Williams

Chief Executive Officer
  • Responsible for the overall strategy of Blackfoot, including its regulated and competitive affiliates, as well as Kadence, Blackfoot’s wholly owned software development subsidiary.
  • Current position since 2016. Previously served as Blackfoot’s Vice President – General Counsel and Chief Operations Officer.
  • Serves as a Director of VisionNet, Inc., Syringa Networks, the Missoula Economic Partnership and the United Way of Missoula County. Serves as Secretary of US Telecom’s Leadership Committee and is a Member of WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband’s Public Policy Committee.
  • Previously served as a Director of the Universal Service Administration Corporation
  • 20+ years of business and legal experience in the telecommunications and energy sectors.

Stacey Mueller

Chief Financial Officer
  • Responsible for all financial activities, including accounting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, and financial reporting.
  • Current position since 2014.
  • CPA, MBA with 25+ years business experience. Expertise and experience in corporate finance, financial analysis and reporting, accounting, executive leadership, and financial planning and strategy.

Dave Martin

Chief Technology Officer
  • Responsible for establishing, directing, and articulating a long-term vision and strategy for the integration of industry technology into the organization.
  • Current position since 2012. Employed with Blackfoot since 1996.
  • 40+ years in the communications and networking sector, primarily in research and strategic technology planning.

Aaron Neilson

Vice President - General Counsel
  • Responsible for Blackfoot’s and its subsidiaries’ legal matters, such as contract negotiation, review and drafting; regulatory compliance; employment matters; and litigation.
  • Current position since 2017.
  • Previously worked in private-practice law firms in Seattle and Missoula, focusing his practice primarily in these areas of law: telecommunications, real estate, business, employment, tech, banking, and litigation.

Laura Marshall

Vice President — Corporate Administration
  • Responsible for providing executive leadership in the areas of human resources, safety, buildings/grounds, real estate, public affairs and legal.
  • Current position since 2016. Previously served as Blackfoot’s Human Resources Manager since 2002.
  • More than 30 years’ experience in private and public sector primarily in human resources, safety, buildings/grounds, real estate and marketing.

Joel Block

Vice President — Customer Operations & Marketing
  • Responsible for providing executive leadership for Blackfoot’s customer operations and marketing strategies.
  • Current position since 2011.
  • 25+ years of experience in the technology sector in business leadership, product management, corporate and product marketing, and marketing sciences.

J.P. Violette

Vice President — Sales
  • Responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies to generate predictable revenue growth and scaling the company’s sales efforts.
  • Current position since 2013.
  • 20+ years of executive sales and management experience in telecommunications.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is legally responsible to the members of Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative for the organization’s management. Blackfoot’s Board typically meets on a monthly basis, and employs a Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization. All Trustees serve a three-year term; nomination and election of Trustees occurs at Blackfoot’s Annual Meeting.

Each Trustee represents one of nine districts that encompass all of Blackfoot’s Cooperative communities. Board members are listed below in the order they appear in the picture (left to right):

  • Stuart Morton, District 5 — St. Ignatius, Ravalli
  • Geof Wilson, Board Vice President, District 9 — Haugan, De Borgia, Saltese, St. Regis, Superior
  • Jim Blush, District 7 — Charlo, Moiese, Plains, Paradise
  • Les Iverson, District 3 — Avon, Elliston, Potomac, Greenough, Ovando
  • John Teague, District 6 — Alberton, Alberton South, Alta, Clinton, Powell (ID)
  • Jim Newberg, District 4 — Arlee, Dixon
  • Ross “Butch” Friede, District 2 — Drummond, Gold Creek, Hall, Philipsburg
  • Cindy Lewis, District 1, Board Secretary/Treasurer — Condon, Seeley Lake
  • Tom Eggensperger, Board President, District 8 — Noxon, Heron, Thompson Falls, Trout Creek