Governor announces appointments to various boards and councils


(HELENA) - Governor Brian Schweitzer recently announced appointments to various boards and councils.

Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee
(2-15-3004, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Tom Matchett, Billings. Qualification: alfalfa seed grower. Matchett was recommended for reappointment by the Montana Alfalfa Seed Growers Association.
  • Tom Neibur, Malta. Qualification: alfalfa seed grower (alfalfa leaf-cutting bees). Neibur was recommended for reappointment by the Montana Alfalfa Seed Growers Association.

Board of Banking (2-15-1025, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Maureen Fleming, Missoula. Qualification: public representative. Fleming has a doctorate in industrial psychology from Southern Illinois University. She recently served on the Montana Board of Investments and is involved in the Missoula Aging Services and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Coal Board (2-15-1821, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Marcia Brown, Butte. Qualification: representative from business and resident of District 1. Brown is the chief operating officer for the National Center for Appropriate Technology. She attended the University of Montana, majoring in political science, and has worked for Montana congressional members both in Washington, D.C., and in Montana.
  • Ralph Lenhart, Glendive. Qualification: expertise in education and resident of District 2. Lenhart is a retired educator and former legislator and most recently served as the interim president of Dawson Community College. He holds a master's degree in mathematics from the University of North Dakota.

·      Loren Acton, Bozeman. Qualification: expertise in education and resident of District 1. Acton attended elementary and high school in Fergus County and Billings, and received a B.S. degree in engineering physics from Montana State and a Ph.D. in astro-geophysics from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  His research work in solar physics took him into space for 8 days in 1985 on the Spacelab 2 shuttle mission.
County Printing Board (2-15-1026, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Dan Killoy, Miles City. Qualification: printing industry representative. Killoy is the publisher of Star Printing.
  • Milton Wester, Laurel. Qualification: printing industry representative. Wester is the publisher of the Outlook Publishing, Inc. and is active in the Montana Newspaper Association.
  • Calvin J. Oraw, Sidney. Qualification: public representative. Oraw has served on the city council and the county planning board.
  • Marianne Roose, Eureka. Qualification: County Commissioner. Roose is a county commissioner from Lincoln County.
  • Laura Obert, Townsend. Qualification: County Commissioner. Obert is a county commissioner from Broadwater County.

Board of Dentistry (2-15-1732, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Terry Klise, Missoula. Qualification: dentist. Klise is a dentist anesthesiologist with Ambulatory Dental Anesthesia of Montana. He received his DDS from the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
  • Luella Vogel, Great Falls. Qualification: public representative. Vogel has a B.S. degree from the University of Great Falls in sociology and is retired from the Cascade County health department.

Montana Grass Conservation Commission (76-16-112, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Dan Teigen, Teigen. Qualification: grazing district preference holder. Teigen has a bachelor's degree in economics and anthropology from the University of Connecticut and is self-employed in agriculture.
  • Steve Barnard, Hinsdale. Qualification: grazing district director. Barnard is a rancher and is a director for the North Phillips County Grazing District.

Board of Hail Insurance (2-15-3003, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Gary Gollehon, Brady (named as Chair). Qualification: public member. Gollehon is an agriculture producer. He attended Montana State University and has served in leadership positions in the Tiber water district and Chouteau County planning board.

Board of Horseracing (2-15-3106, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Cody Drew, Circle. Qualification: resident of district 1. Drew is a truck driver and handy man. He has an associate degree from Fort Peck Community College in hazardous materials/waste technology.

Board of Nursing Home Administrators (2-15-1735, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Ken Chase, Billings. Qualification: public representative, 55 years of age or older. Chase is retired. He studied agriculture at the North Dakota State University and has served on the Mayor's Committee on Homelessness and the Yellowstone County Council on Aging.

Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (2-15-3303, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Ronald S. Efta, Wibaux. Qualification: public member/attorney. Efta is the county attorney for Wibaux County. He earned his law degree from the University of Montana.
  • Bret Smelser, Sidney. Qualification: landowner without minerals. Smelser is the mayor of Sidney and has held leadership posts in the Montana League of Cities and Towns. He is the president of Border Steel and Recycling , Inc.
  • Jack King, Billings. Qualification: industry representative. King is a petroleum landman for Hancock Enterprises. He has a degree in economics from the University of Montana.

Board of Optometry
(2-15-1736, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Douglas Kimball, Bozeman. Qualification: registered optometrist. Kimball is an optometrist with Advanced EyeCare Associates. He earned a doctor of optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry.
  • Peter Fontana, Great Falls. Qualification: public member. Fontana is a self-employed real estate appraiser. He has a finance and accounting degree from the University of Montana.

Board of Pardons and Parole (2-15-2302, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Michael E. McKee, Hamilton (named as Chair). Qualification: education or experience in criminology, education, psychiatry, psychology, law, social work, sociology, or guidance and counseling. McKee is retired, and spent his career in banking, consulting and public service. He served in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in sociology.
  • John Rex, Miles City. Qualification: education or experience in criminology, education, psychiatry, psychology, law, social work, sociology, or guidance and counseling. Rex is the chemical dependency program director for the Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center. He has a B.S. degree in human services from Montana State University-Billings.

Board of Plumbers (2-15-1765, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Debi Friede, Havre. Qualification: public representative. Friede manages a restaurant in Havre and graduated from Havre High School.
  • Denver Fraser, Clancy. Qualification: DEQ representative. Fraser is an environmental engineer with the Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Scott Lemert, Livingston. Qualification: master plumber. Lemert is a master plumber with Ranger Plumbing & Heating. He has also served on the Building Codes Council and belongs to the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.
  • Steve Carey, Frenchtown. Qualification: journeyman plumber. Carey is the business manager for the United Association of Plumbers and Fitters Local 459. He is a graduate of Frenchtown High School.
  • David Lindeen, Helena. Qualification: public representative. Lindeen is a retired electrician. He has been active in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Pompey's Pillar Historical Society.

Board of Radiologic Technologists (2-15-1738, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Jesse Cole, Butte. Qualification: radiologist. Cole received his medical degree from Creighton University. He is a member of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons and the Radiologic Society of North America.
  • Charles McCubbins, Shelby. Qualification: radiologic technician. McCubbins is a MRI-CT specialist with Marias Medical Center. Previously, he served on the Columbia Falls city council.
  • Anna L. Hazen, Fort Benton. Qualification: permit holder. Hazen is a limited permit holder/CLS with the Missouri River Medical Center.
  • Sharon Dinstel, Colstrip. Qualification: public representative. Dinstel is a speech-language pathologist. She is a member of the state and national Speech/Hearing Associations.

Board of Realty Regulation
(2-15-1757, Montana Code Annotated)

  • Larry Milless, Stevensville. Qualification: real estate salesperson (Republican). Milless holds both a broker's license and a property manager's license. He is active in the Montana Association of Realtors.
  • Connie Wardell, Billings. Qualification: real estate salesperson (Democrat). Wardell is a property manager with Wardell Property Management and Investment. She is a trustee for Billings Public Schools and is active in the Billings Association of Realtors and the Yellowstone Property Managers Association.
  • Shirley McDermott, Laurel. Qualification: public representative (Republican). McDermott is a retired federal employee. She has a master's degree and studied at both Montana State University-Billings and MSU-Bozeman. She also served on the Billings City Council.
  • C.E. "Abe" Abramson, Missoula. Qualification: real estate salesperson (Democrat). Abramson is a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel and has served on the boards of the Missoula Public Library Foundation, UM's Friends of the Mansfield Library, and the Community/St. Patrick Hospitals' Joint Investigational Review Board.

Transportation Commission (2-15-2502, Montana Code Annotated)

  • S. Kevin Howlett, Arlee. Qualification: District 1 (Democrat); also named as Chair. Howlett is the department head for the CSKT Tribal Health & Human Services. He received a degree in education from the University of Montana.
  • Carol Lambert, Broadus. Qualification: District 4 (Republican). Lambert is the assistant manager for the Powder River Stockman's Club. She served in the Montana Legislature, and is a member of the Montana Federation of Republican Women and Women Involved in Farm Economics.

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