Board Members and Staff

Mark Bostrom   Mark Bostrom (Ex-Officio) (state)
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Mark was born in Alma, Michigan and raised in Steamboat Springs, CO. He attended Western State College in Gunnison, CO and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1987. His early professional work was in analytical laboratories where he began in 1989 with ACZ Laboratories in Steamboat, followed by a seven year stint with Mountain States Analytical in Salt Lake City, UT. Mark moved to Helena Montana in 2003 and began working with the Department of Environmental Quality that year; first as Quality Assurance Officer in the Water Quality Planning Bureau and later it’s Bureau Chief. He is currently Administrator of the Conservation and Resource Development Division at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
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Jasmine Courville-Brown   Jasmine Courville-Brown, Governor Appointed Citizen Member

Jasmine obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis of Fisheries & Wildlife from the Salish Kootenai College.

She has worked with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as a Pesticide Specialist since 2009; since 2010 has been one of a few to hold United States Environmental Protection Agency Agent Federal Credentials to conduct pesticide inspections in regards to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) the national law that regulates pesticide use for the protection of applicators, the community and the environment. Jasmine is a “circuit rider” and provides coverage to the Blackfeet, Crow, Flathead and Northern Cheyenne Reservations in MT.

She loves spending time barbequing, camping, swimming and attending community and cultural events with her husband Cody, three daughters ages 2, 8 and 10 and foster son, age 16.
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  Jasmine Courville-Brown

  Patrick Holmes (state)
Office of the Governor

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Kate Hunt 2015   Kate Hunt, Governor Appointed Citizen Member since 2005. Creston, Montana.
Kate is an internationally known sculptor. Her work is in collections across the United States, Europe and Asia.
Webpage: http://katehunt.com
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  Kate Hunt

Rich Janssen 2015   Rich Janssen, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Rich Janssen is an enrolled Qlispe (Kalispel) member of the Conferedated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Mr. Janssen has spent his entire full time 25 year career with the Tribes working in the fields of Forestry, Fire Management, and Natural Resources Management. Previous work includes summer trail crew work in the Great Bear Wildnerness with the United States Forest Service and firefighting with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Forestry Division.

In 2011, the Tribal Council selected Mr. Janssen as the Department Head of the Natural Resoruces Department overseeing administration and management of 143 employees. The Department includes the Division of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation, and Conservation, and the Division of Water.

Mr. Janssen is a graduate of the University of Montana with a bachelors degree in Forest Resource Management (1993), and he received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Gonzaga University in 2007.

Mr. Janssen is married with two children ages 21, and 18 and loves his English Bulldog "Dottie."
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Brian Lipscomb   Brian Lipscomb, Energy Keepers,

Brian is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, has spent his career of over 30 years managing resources across the Northwest. His breadth of experiences includes time with the US Forest Service, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Executive Director of Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority. Brian has most enjoyed his work associated with the hydro power system of the Columbia Basin especially Séliš Ksanka QÍispé Dam, his degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State University has served him well in this passion. In 2010 Brian returned home to serve the Tribes as the Director of the Department of Energy and in 2012 was appointed as the CEO for SXʷNQ̓EʔELS L SUW̓EČM / KSUKⱠIⱠMUMAⱠ ʾA K̓AⱠMUKWAʾITS, Incorporated d/b/a ENERGY KEEPERS, Inc. a corporation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes established to acquire and operate Séliš Ksanka QÍispé Dam.

Brian and his wife Allyson of over 30 years enjoy spending time with their two grown sons and their families. Hunting, fishing, skiing and camping are the favorite activities of the Lipscomb family, but most exciting is the recent addition of three grandchildren.

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Jan Metzmaker 2015   Jan Metzmaker,
Governor Appointed Citizen Member
FBC President
, Whitefish, Montana.
Jan Metzmaker, citizen member from Whitefish, Montana is the retired director of the Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau and founding director of The Glacier Fund, the nonprofit fundraising partner for Glacier National Park. She has served on the Whitefish City Council 3 times and serves on many committees such as the Weed Monitoring Committee, Whitefish Downtown Farmers Market, Flathead Audubon Board, Montana Conservation Voters regional board as well as many years on the Whitefish County Water and Sewer District.

She is married to Pete Metzmaker and the mother of twin sons, Grant and Luke. When not attending meetings, she can be found hiking in Glacier National Park or skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

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PhilipB.Mitchell   Phil Mitchell, Flathead County Commissioner
County Commissioner Philip B. Mitchell began his term with Flathead County in 2015. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and represents the northern part of the County. Commissioner Phil Mitchell previously served as a Whitefish City Council member and as a constituent of the Whitefish School Board. Commissioner Phil Mitchell has lived in the City of Whitefish for 41 years and raised two boys in the community with his wife, Belinda.
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Jeff Mow   Jeff Mow, Glacier National Park Superintendent, first came to Montana in 1979 and spent four summers working for the USGS doing geologic mapping in the Flint Creek, Anaconda Pintler, and Sapphire Ranges of Montana. Subsequent visits occurred in 1988 during the Red Bench Fire in the North Fork and again in 2010 where he helped facilitate a scenario planning workshop for the Crown Manager’s Partnership in Whitefish. Jeff has been the Glacier National Park superintendent since August of 2013.

Most of Jeff’s 26 year career with the National Park Service (NPS) has been in Alaska. Over the course of 22 years in Alaska, Jeff served as a law enforcement ranger, Chief Ranger, Management Assistant, and Superintendent across seven NPS units. Most recently he had assignments as the superintendent of Kenai Fjords National Park and the acting superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve.

Jeff has served on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and with the NPS Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs. His additional experiences have included: 1) DOI Incident Commander on the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 2) investigator on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska, and 3) Policy Advisor to the fledgling NPS Climate Change Response Program.

Jeff lives in Whitefish Montana with his family and they are all passionate about winter sports including all types of skiing and skating. In the “off-season” they enjoy biking, hiking, camping, and paddling.
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  Kathy Olsen Manager, Kalispell Regional Water Office
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  Dennis Philmon (Ex-Officio)
Superintendent, Hungry Horse Project

U.S.Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
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Jack Potter   Jack Potter, Governor Appointed Citizen Member since 2011.

Jack retired from the National Park Service after 41 years; his most recent position was the Chief of Science and Resources Management in Glacier National Park, where he received the Department of the Interior Honor Award for Superior Service. Jack and his wife volunteer in Glacier during the summer.

He received a B.A. from Colgate University in Political Science, and a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana. He and his wife Rachel live in Columbia Falls and daughter Elena lives in Whitefish. They all enjoy hiking, camping, floating, skiing and traveling in Montana and beyond. Email Jack
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Mark Reller   Mark Reller, Montana Liaison for the Bonneville Power Administration

Mark has worked his entire 28 year career on Montana water issues. Starting as a hydrologist for DNRC where he wrote a surface water accounting model for the Musselshell River and worked on the development of the Surface Water Supply Index. He moved on to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council where for 9 years he served as a policy analyst on hydro operations and fish mitigation. For the last 17 years he has served as the Montana Liaison for the Bonneville Power Administration.

A Montana native, Mark received a BS and MS in Agricultural Engineering, with an emphasis in Water Management, from Montana State University Bozeman.

His passion is big game hunting and boating on Montana’s lakes and reservoirs.
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Jim Simpson   Jim Simpson, Lake County Conservation District

Jim grew up in a navy family settling in Montana in 1969 when he started college. Jim is a forester and has worked in North Carolina, Washington, Montana and Michigan. Jim joined the Lake County Conservation District in 2005 and has become very active in the conservation field at the County and State level.

Jim married his wife Joanne after graduating from college. They have three children, six grand children and make their home in Polson, their last best place.
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Dean Sirucek   Dean Sirucek, Governor Appointed Citizen Member
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Dave Stipe   Dave Stipe, Lake County CommissionerDave was born and raised in the Charlo area. Lived all his life in Lake County. Graduated from Charlo High School, went on to attend Montana State University for three years. Dave has a daughter and a grandson, has been a cattle rancher all of his life, and is currently in his third term as Lake County Commissioner.
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Chip Weber  
Chip Weber, Flathead National Forest Supervisor

Jim Williams
Jim Williams
  Jim Williams, Regional Supervisor, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Jim has been working for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) for over 24 years and is currently the Regional Supervisor for FWP in northwest Montana.

Jim did his undergraduate work at San Diego State and Florida State Universities and his graduate work at Montana State University in Bozeman. He studied mountain lion ecology for his Master's Degree on Montana's Rocky Mountain Front and Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

As a field biologist for FWP in central Montana, Jim managed big game populations, initiated wildlife habitat acquisitions, worked cooperatively with private landowners, and conducted aerial surveys of big game populations.

For 16 years, in his role as a FWP Wildlife Program Manager for northwest Montana, Jim supervised a talented group of research and management related wildlife biologists as well as other programs ranging from grizzly bear research and management and annual big game survey and inventory to habitat conservation and acquisitions. He was elected in 2009 to serve as the Vice President of the Wild Field Research and Management Association and served for 3 years.

Jim has recently travelled to both Patagonia Argentina and Patagonia Chile to work with colleagues on puma research and conservation projects. He is also a past president of the Montana-Patagonia Chapter of the Partners of the Americas.
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Caryn Miske   Caryn Miske, Executive Director, Flathead Basin Commission

Caryn Miske has served as the Executive Director of the Flathead Basin Commission (FBC) for slightly over a decade. Prior to her work with the FBC, Ms. Miske had a diverse career, previously working as a land use attorney, an environmental consultant and a fundraiser, as well as several stints in advertising/publishing. Miske obtained her law degree from the University of Montana in 2001, a Masters degree in Public Administration from Columbia University in 1993 and her work towards her PhD in forestry is on indefinite hold as her career obligations have now become her first priority.
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Sheena Pate

  Sheena Pate

Sheena Pate serves as the Project Coordinator of the Crown of the Continent Geotourism Council, a network of communities, tourism bureaus, conservation and business groups, and others working together to encourage responsible tourism within the trans-boundary Crown. In addition, Mrs. Pate assists the Flathead Basin Commission with web design and education and outreach efforts. Previously, she worked as a community liaison, program coordinator, conservation educator, hydrologic technician, environmental consultant and graphic designer. A desire to sustain and enhance the character of geographical places led her to earn a degree in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and a degree in Environmental Studies from University of Montana. She has long volunteered with the Flathead Community of Resource Educators, the Montana Watershed Coordination Council, and the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent.
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