Governor Brian Schweitzer today announced appointments to several Montana boards and councils.
Children's Trust Fund (2-15-2214, Montana Code Annotated)
- Roberta Kipp, Browning. Qualification: public representative. Kipp is the dean of students and curriculum specialist for Browning Middle School. She received a master’s degree in education from Montana State University.
Board of Dentistry (2-15-1732, Montana Code Annotated)
- Luella Vogel, Great Falls. Qualification: public representative. Vogel is retired from the Cascade County Health Department. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Great Falls.
Board of Outfitters (2-15-1773, Montana Code Annotated)
- John Wilkinson, Miles City. Qualification: fishing and hunting outfitter. Wilkinson is a rancher and outfitter, and is active in the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association.
Small Business Health Insurance Pool Board (33-22-2003, Montana Code Annotated)
- Jessica Rhoades, Helena. Qualification: Governor's representative; nonvoting member. Rhoades is a policy advisor for Governor Brian Schweitzer.
Telecommunications Access Services for Persons with Disabilities Committee (2-15-2212, Montana Code Annotated)
- Drew Arnot, Missoula. Qualification: independent local exchange company representative. Arnot is the customer care manager for Blackfoot Telecommunications Group. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications/public relations and philosophy from the University of Idaho.
Vocational Rehabilitation Council (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, As Amended 1999)
- Chanda Hermanson, Helena. Qualification: advocacy program representative. Hermanson is an advocacy specialist with the client assistance program for Disability Rights Montana. She has a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Utah State University.
- Nikki Sandve, Helena. Qualification: state education agency representative. Sandve is the coordinator of the state personnel development grant for the Office of Public Instruction. She has a master’s degree in experiential education from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
- Kate Granger, Great Falls. Qualification: community rehabilitation program representative. Granger is a supported employment supervisor for the Center for Mental Health. She graduated from the University of Great Falls with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology and human services.
- Bob Maffit, Helena. Qualification: statewide independent living council representative. Maffit is executive director of the Montana Independent Living Project. He is a certified rehabilitation counselor and has served in leadership posts with the Montana Association for the Blind and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living.
- Mary Hall, Missoula. Qualification: parent organization representative. Hall is afamily support consultant for PLUK (Parents, Let's Unite for Kids). She has a master’s degree in school psychology from the University of Montana.
- Nina Cramer, Missoula. Qualification: representative of organized labor. Cramer is a program coordinator for Missoula County and has held top positions in organized labor, including the local central labor council.
Water and Waste Water Operators' Advisory Council (2-15-2105, Montana Code Annotated)
- John Alston, Bozeman. Qualification: municipal representative. Alston is the superintendent for the city of Bozeman water and sewer operations. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Alston has held leadership spots in the Montana Section of the American Water Works Association and the American Water Works Association.