Marilyn Besich joined the Montana Cooperative Development Center in January 2018. As Program Director, she assists the center in promoting and developing cooperatives to meet the economic and community needs of rural Montana though training, technical assistance, and support efforts. Marilyn was Program Manager for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration for Great Falls College for 26 years and has taught Entrepreneurship and Management courses and curriculum for over 30 years. She has experience in both Management and Marketing positions in Great Falls. She is a graduate of the University of Montana in Business Administration and Montana State University in Adult Education. Marilyn has three sons and has been married to her husband, Al, for 43 years.