June 29, 2022
BOZEMAN, MT — Greater Gallatin United Way’s (GGUW) Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the hiring of the organization’s Interim CEO, George Haddenhorst.
Joe Cleveland, GGUW Board Chair said, “We are very excited to have George take over the leadership of the GGUW team with the upcoming departure of our President and CEO Danica Jamison. George’s prior experience of serving on GGUW’s Board of Directors and his passion to help his community, meshes well to keep the organization moving forward in this time of transition and search for a new President and CEO. George is working closely with Danica until her last day on July 10, 2022. We are grateful for the overlap and opportunity for George and Danica to prepare for a smooth transition.”
George Haddenhorst was born and raised in Billings, MT. After attending school at MSU Bozeman and Southern Illinois University, he began a career as an IBEW industrial electrician. While working for Yellowstone Electric Co (Billings) in 1985, he was offered a position as an electrical and instrument supervisor at the Billings Conoco Refinery.
George spent 18 years with Conoco as a supervisor, electrical designer, and as a large project manager including international work in Syria. Conoco was always a strong supporter of United Way and encouraged all their employees to volunteer, give, and advocate. Having parents deeply involved in United Way made it natural for George to be engaged with United Way.
In 2003, while working for Conoco in Denver, CO, George was asked to buy into Yellowstone Electric Co. He joined the company as Vice President and helped to lead the company as both Vice President and President until his retirement to Bozeman in 2016. During his time in Billings, George served on the United Way of Yellowstone County (UWYC) Board of Directors and was the Leadership Co-chair, alongside his wife, working with donors investing in UWYC’s community impact.
Since retiring to Bozeman, George has been active with HRDC’s Food Bank, and Greater Gallatin United Way. He has actively served on the Board of Directors for GGUW, and was engaged with the GGUW staff, helping to better the organization and develop long range plans.
George lives with his wife D’Neale Parker northeast of Bozeman off Brackett Creek Road. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
“I am honored that the GGUW Board of Directors has asked me to help guide this organization until a permanent replacement for Danica can be found. We will miss Danica and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. I promise the community that GGUW will continue to pursue our mission of addressing the human needs and issues that face those who are struggling here in Southwest Montana.”