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 Pow wows whenever she can. she is a graduate of Salish Kootenai College with an Associates’s 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 graduated from Montana State University in 1972 in history and education. After working as a tour guide for the Schilthornbahn in Interlaken, Switzerland, she moved to Lake Tahoe, California, where she was the marketing director for Kirkwood Ski Resort. In 1974 she became the Executive Director of Ski the High Sierra, a national international marketing arm of the Lake Tahoe resorts (Squaq Valley, Northstar, Alpine Meadows, Ski Incline, Heavenly Valley and Kirkwood). In the late 1970’s she moved to San Francisco, Married, had two wonderful children and became the sales director for Sanspray, a building products manufacturing company. Debby returned to the sky business in 1989 when she moved to Vail, Colorado, and began work for East-West Marketing, a marketing arm for the largest developer in Vail/Beaver Creek. This led to managing the western office for Snow Country Magazine, a New York Times lifestyle publication. in 2007 she returned to Montana and currently serves as board member for several organizations, including the International Ski History Association, Montana Community Banks, Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation and the Montana History Foundation. Debby spends her free time enjoying family, traveling, hiking, skiing, cooking, 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. Ralph has been married for 38 years, has 2 children and 5 grandchildren. his hobbies include hunting and golf.


Ellen Swaney

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Joseph McDonald


Dr. Joseph F. McDonald is the founder and President Emeritus of Salish Kootenai College. He began his long career as a smoke jumper for the U.S. Forest Service and Yellowstone Park, then went on to be a teacher and coach at several Montana High Schools before becoming a Physical Education Teacher and Coach at the University of Montana and Northern Montana College. Dr. McDonald currently serves on the Federal Reserve Bank Education Consortium; the Board of the American Indian Business Leaders; serves on the Minority Advisory Council for USA Funds, as well as Chairman of the Board of the Fort Connah Restoration Society. 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 of 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 and the Real Estate Management Group in Missoula. 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 flying, as he is a private pilot.

Rhonda Whiting-

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Leonard Gray


Bio soon to come.


Jami Pluff

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Ernest “Bud” Moran

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Sandra Boham, Salish Kootenai College President

Audrey Plouffe –  EX-OFFICIO – Treasurer