Blackfoot Welcomes Candy Noland-Faroni as New Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative District 4 Trustee

District 4 was previously represented by Jim Newberg for over 19 years

March 29, 2023 – (Missoula, MT) – Blackfoot Communications today announced that Candy Noland-Faroni was appointed District 4 Trustee, filling a vacancy after longtime Trustee Jim Newberg announced his retirement late last year. District 4 includes Arlee and Dixon.

“On behalf of our Trustees and 12,000 cooperative members, I want to thank Jim for his over 19 years of service to Blackfoot Communications,” said Jason Williams, CEO. “Jim is a tireless advocate for his neighbors and for the communities within the cooperative. It’s been a great honor working for him and we will continue his legacy into a new and exciting chapter for Blackfoot.”

Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative is governed by a nine-person board of trustees that are elected by cooperative members. Each customer, or “member-owner” in the cooperative area has a vote to elect trustees at Blackfoot’s annual meeting. The next annual meeting will be held in Missoula on April 29.

“Blackfoot is excited to welcome Candy Noland-Faroni to our Board of Trustees,” said Jason Williams, CEO. “Candy embodies the spirit of the cooperative with a demonstrated commitment to community. Candy is a leader who is team-oriented, seeking solutions and finding creative ways to meet challenges and get things done. Furthermore, her expertise in finance and cybersecurity makes Candy an asset to Blackfoot.”

Candy Noland-Faroni lives, and raised her family, in Dixon and is the Chief Operation Officer at Valley Banks, serving in that role for the past 15 years. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration with emphasis on cybersecurity from the University of Montana in Missoula.

Candy was born and raised in Western Montana and is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hiking, and riding horses. Candy is also committed to service and is active in supporting community events and conservation organizations.

Blackfoot Communications delivers voice, broadband and fiber-based internet connectivity to homes and businesses in Western Montana and Eastern Idaho.

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