Francine Dupuis – Chair

Francine Mathias Dupuis is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and a lifelong resident of the Flathead Reservation. Francine has been active in Tribal affairs for many years and has a special interest in education. She helps run the family ranch and likes to attend Powwows whenever she can. She is a graduate of Salish Kootenai College with an Associate Degree. France has nine children and many grandchildren. Several of her children have attended Salish Kootenai College and she remains committed to the success of the College as she feels it is a wonderful opportunity for reservation residents.

Debby McClenahan – Vice-Chair

Debby grew up in Ronan, Montana, and graduated from Montana State University in 1972.  After various positions in marketing in the ski industry, largely for Lake Tahoe resorts, she moved to San Francisco, married, had two children, and became the sales director for Sanspray, a manufacturing company.  Debby returned to the ski industry in 1989 when she moved to Vail, Colorado and managed the western office for Snow Country magazine, a New York Times lifestyle publication.  In 2007 she returned to her roots in Montana and became more involved in her family’s long-time business, Montana Community Banks. She spends her free time enjoying family, traveling, hiking, skiing, reading, writing, and long conversations while watching sunsets at Flathead Lake.

Ralph Goode – Secretary

Ralph has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Management and has 25 plus years of Forestry related jobs, seasonally and full time that concluded in being the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Forestry Department Head. In September 1999 he was promoted to the General Manager of Mission Valley Power for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and retired in September 2014. Ralph has 2 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. His hobbies include hunting, golf, sun, and fun.

Joseph McDonald – President Emeritus


Dr. Joseph F. McDonald is the founder and President Emeritus of Salish Kootenai College. He finished his public education career as the principle of Ronan High School.He currently serves on the Board of the Ft. Connah Restoration Society, the National Board of American Indian Business Leaders, and the Ronan Telephone Holding Company. He is active in tribal cultural events and environmental concerns. His hobbies include attending sporting events, golf, camping, and fishing in the backcountry and traveling.

Jay Preston

Presently Jay is President & Chief Executive Officer at CommunityTel, Inc. and is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Ronan Telephone Company. He has worked in every aspect of a small independent telephone utility, including outside plant, central office, engineering, commercial, business and regulatory functions. Jay is President of the Board of Directors for the Montana Cable Telecommunications Association. Other current affiliations include Ronan Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Community Development Corporation. He is an ongoing student of history on the Flathead Reservation, Montana, and the United States. His other hobbies include competitive sailing, cross-country skiing, bicycling, flying and horses. Jay has been an active member of the community in many aspects and resides with his wife Cynthia in Charlo, Montana.

Bruno Friia, CPM, MPM


Bruno Friia is CEO/Owner of Lambros Real Estate. His alma mater is Temple University. An active member of his community, Bruno also serves on boards of local community organizations and is an active supporter of Missoula arts and service associations. Some of his Community affiliations include Missoula Children’s Theater, Missoula Symphony; Rotary Club; University of Montana Excellence Fun. Previous affiliations include Chairman of the Missoula County Airport Authority; Director of Missoula Aids Council; Director of Missoula Chamber of Commerce; State Chair of Montana Red Cross; Trustee of the Community Medical Center; Board Member of St. Patrick’s Hospital Foundation Development Council; Missoula Housing Task Force. His hobbies include competitive pistol competition.

Leonard Gray


Leonard Gray was born in St. Ignatius and raised in Hot Springs. He graduated from school in Hot Springs and started a seven-year career as a professional jockey racing horses. Afterward, he attended Salish Kootenai College and earned bachelors in human services. He began working for CSKT in the Personnel Office helping displaced workers and eventually moved into the tribal legal system. He worked 13 years total in the Probation, Prosecutors, and the Defenders offices.

Leonard lives in Hot Springs on a small ranch where he was raised. He spends his spare time around horses. His two children are working, one in Alaska in social services, and the other in the Air Force.

Ellen Swaney

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Ernest “Bud” Moran

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Rhonda Swaney

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Rhonda Whiting

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Jami Pluff

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Rob Turner

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Linda King

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Sandra Boham – EX-OFFICIO – Salish Kootenai College President

Audrey Plouffe  – EX-OFFICIO – Treasurer