Montana News

Jan 28, 2011 1:37 PM by KXLH

Governor Schweitzer announces board, council appointments

Governor Brian Schweitzer today announced appointments to various boards and councils.

Board of Public Education (2-15-1508, Montana Code Annotated)
- Doug Cordier, Columbia Falls. Qualification: District 1 (Democrat). Cordier is a high school counselor in Columbia Falls. He has a master of education degree from Northern Montana College (now MSU-Northern) and a bachelor's degree in recreation management from the University of Montana. He's a member of the Montana Counselors Association and the MEA-MFT, and has served on the board of the Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus and the Samaritan House Homeless Shelter. Cordier is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
- Lila Taylor, Busby. Qualification: District 2 (Republican). Taylor served on the Board of Regents from 2003-2010, and also served in the Montana legislature. She received her degree in agriculture business from Montana State University. She has served in the Big Horn County Planning Board, Big Horn Hospital Campaign Board and the Spring Creek School Cooperative School Board. She is a member of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, the Montana Farm Bureau and the Montana Agri-Women.

State Tax Appeals Board (15-2-101, Montana Code Annotated)
- Samantha Sanchez, Helena. Qualification: public representative. Sanchez received her law degree (emphasis in taxation law) from Catholic University of America School of Law. She has belonged to both the Montana Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association and served as a board member for the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

Board of Crime Control (2-15-2006, Montana Code Annotated)
- Brenda Desmond, Missoula. Qualification: judiciary representative. Demsond is a standing master for the 4th Judicial District and the Chief Justice, (part time) for the Fort Peck Tribal Court of Appeals. She received her JD from the SUNY Buffalo Law School. Other public service includes the Western Service Area Authority and the Missoula County DUI Task Force.
- Angela Russell, Lodge Grass. Qualification: public representative. Russell works for the tribal courts for Ft. Belknap and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and was previously chief judge for the Crow Tribal Court. She served in the legislature as a member of the Montana House of Representatives.
- Lois Menzies, Helena. Qualification: judiciary representative. Menzies is the court administrator for the Montana Supreme Court. She earned her bachelor degree from the University of Akron and her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin (political science). She also was the executive director of the Legislative Services Division and has held other top government posts.
- Godfrey Saunders, Bozeman. Qualification: educator. Saunders is the director of the Public Education Foundation and previously served as principal of Bozeman High School. He received his bachelor degree in science education from Western Montana College (now UM-Western) and his master of science degree (counseling and education) also from UM-Western.
- Richard Kirn, Poplar. Qualification: tribal government representative. Kirn is a farmer and a tribal council member for Fort Peck Tribes. He received an associate of science degree in engineering and surveying from Dawson Community College.
- Randi Hood, Butte. Qualification: criminal justice agency representative. Hood is the chief public defender for the state of Montana. She earned her law degree from the University of Montana, and has served on the Appellate Defender Commission and the Commission on Courts of Limited Jurisdiction.
- Mike Ferriter, Helena. Qualification: state law enforcement representative. Ferriter is the director of the Montana Department of Corrections. He earned a bachelor's degree in vocational rehabilitation from Montana State University-Billings and has completed coursework for a master's degree in public administration at the University of Montana.
- Sherry Matteucci, Billings. Qualification: public representative. Matteucci is an attorney in private practice, and previously served as Montana's U.S. Attorney. She has served on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee Working Group on Domestic Terrorism, the Governor's Concealed Weapons Advisory Committee, the Montana Supreme Court's Equal Access to Justice Task Force, President Clinton's Executive Committee on Indian Country Law Enforcement and many other appointed bodies.

Board of Horseracing (2-15-3106, Montana Code Annotated)
- Susan Egbert, Helena. Qualification: resident of district 4. Egbert is a teacher with the Helena public schools. She has a master's degree in education.

Board of Housing (2-15-1814, Montana Code Annotated)
- Jeanette McKee, Hamilton. Qualification: public representative. McKee is a real estate agent and has an elementary education degree from the University of Montana. She has served as a member of the Montana House of Representatives and is active in historic preservation efforts.
- Bob Gauthier, Ronan. Qualification: public representative. Gauthier has 30 years experience in the housing industry, with 20 of those years for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He's also served as chairman of the Eagle Bank, the CDFI advisory board and the Seattle Federal Home Loan Bank.
- Sheila Rice, Great Falls. Qualification: public representative. Rice is the executive director of Neighborworks, a partnership of residents, financial institutions, the business community, and governmental and non-profit agencies that promotes home ownership. She earned an MBA from the University of Montana and served in the Montana House of Representatives.

Judicial Nomination Commission (3-1-1001, Montana Code Annotated)
- Shirley Ball, Nashua. Qualification: public representative. Ball is the board chair for the Ethanol Producers and Consumers, and an honorary counsel to the Canadian consulate.

Livestock Loss Reduction and Mitigation Board (2-15-3110, Montana Code Annotated)
- Elaine Allestad, Big Timber. Named as Chair. Qualification: Board of Livestock nominee. Allestad is a rancher who served as a county commissioner in Sweet Grass County. She has also served on the Board of Crime Control and the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.
- Larry Trexler, Hamilton. Qualification: Board of Livestock nominee. Trexler is a ranch manager with experience running registered Angus cattle and training APHA horses
- John Herman, Hot Springs. Qualification: Board of Livestock nominee. Herman is a rancher and owner of a trucking company. He's active in the Montana Cattlemen's Association.

Lottery Commission (23-7-201, Montana Code Annotated)
- Leo Prigge, Butte. Qualification: certified public accountant. Prigge is a CPA with Prigge and Otten PC. He received his master of accountancy from the University of Montana and is involved with the National Exchange Club of Butte and the Burros Club.

Milk Control Board (2-15-3105, Montana Code Annotated)
- Jerrold A. Weissman, Great Falls. Qualification: public representative (Republican). Weissman graduated from the University of Miami in history and economics. He is the chairman of National General Supply, Inc. He is active in the Jewish community and has held leadership posts for the local synagogue, Montana Association of Jewish Communities and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
- W. Scott Mitchell, Billings. Qualification: attorney (Democrat). Mitchell is an attorney with Holland & Hart LLP. He earned an agricultural engineering degree from Montana State University and his law degree from the University of Montana. He's active in the Boys and Girls Club of Yellowstone County and the Big Sky Little League.

Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council (44-4-402, Montana Code Annotated)
- Winnie Ore, Helena. Named as Chair. Qualification: public representative. Ore is a self-employed criminal justice consultant/trainer. She attended the former Eastern Montana College (now MSU-B). She's a member of the Montana Correctional Association and previously worked as the chief of the staff development and training bureau of the Montana Department of Corrections.
- John Schaffer, Great Falls. Qualification: local law enforcement officer (nonadministrative). Shaffer is a police officer and training coordinator for the Great Falls Police Department. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Minot State University and is on the board of the Montana Police Protective Association.
Lewis Matthews, Wolf Point. Qualification: certified tribal law enforcement representative. Lewis is a criminal investigator for the Fort Peck Tribes' Department of Law and Justice. He graduated from both the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Criminal Investigator School.
- Georgette Hogan Boggio, Hardin. Qualification: county attorney.) Boggio is the Big Horn county attorney. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School. Boggio has been involved with the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Helping Hands Food Bank.
- Mike Anderson, Helena. Qualification: Board of Crime Control representative. Anderson served as a county commissioner from Hill County and spent 23 years as a firefighter in Havre. He now works for the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance.
- James Smith, Libby. Qualification: chief of police. Smith is the chief of police for the city of Libby. He has an advanced public safety officer certificate from the POST Council.

Public Employees Retirement Board (2-15-1808, Montana Code Annotated)
- Timm Twardoski, Helena. Qualification: public representative. Twardoski is the executive director of AFSCME Montana Council 9. He studied business finance at the University of Montana.

Board of Chiropractors (2-15-1737, Montana Code Annotated)
- Scott Hansing, Helena. Qualification: practicing chiropractor with at least one year experience. Dr. Hansing is a chiropractic physician with Intermountain Chiropractic. He received his degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic and has served in leadership positions with the Montana Chiropractic Association.

Respiratory Care Practitioners (2-15-1750, Montana Code Annotated)
- Thomas Fallang, Butte. Qualification: respiratory care practitioner. Fallang is a respiratory care practitioner with St. James Healthcare. He earned a bachelor degree in business administration from Western Montana College (now UM-Western).


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