Francine Dupuis – President

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-President 

Debby grew up in Ronan, Montana graduated from Montana State University in 1972 in history and education. After working as a tour guid 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

 

Bio soon to come.

 

Joseph McDonald

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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; and also 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 back country and traveling.

 

Tom Acevedo

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Tom is Chief Executive Officer of the S&K Technologies, located in St. Ignatius, Montana. Subsidiary companies are S&K Aerospace LLC, SK Global Solutions LLC, S&K Technologies, LLC, S&K Environmental LLC, S&K Logistics Servies, LLC and Adelos, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of NEw Mexico School Of Law and has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Montana. He is on the Board of Directors for the University of Montana Alumni Association; Chairman of the National Advisory council on Indian Education; a member of the First Interstate Advisory Board, Montana and member of the Federal Bar Association. Tom ha been a speaker at numerous conferences and legislative bodies; testified before the Canadian Royal Commission on Economic Development for First NAtions; Provided testimony to both Houses of Congress on various Indian Issues; speaker at the Harvard Project on Indian Economic Development at Harvard; presenter at the G2 conference on Indian gaming; presenter at the Department of the Defense Technology Transfer Integrated Planning Team Session.

 

Patty Stevens

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Patty has over 15 years of legal experience with the CSKT Tribes as a Court Advocate, Tribal Prosecutor, Juvenile Officer, Diversion Coordinator, Guardian ad litem and CASA. She is employed by DPHHS with the State of Montana to better the relationships between the 7 Montana reservations and the State of Montana with regards to underage drinking, adult problem drinking, suicide prevention and prescription drug abuse. she was appointed by the Governor in 2006 to serve on the Interagency Coordinating Council. She is a Npustin Executive Board member, an Arlee CDC Board member and also an Advisor for “Strong Young People” (youth group). Patty and her husband spend their free time with their 5 grandchildren, their 12 horses and they enjoy teaching anyone ride.

 

Shelly Fyant

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Shelly has been the Career Technical Training (CTT) Director at Kicking Horse Job Corps (KHJC) since April 2012. Her previous positions at KHJC include the Outreach and Admissions/Career Transition Services Coordinator. Shelly has also worked for USDA Forest Service as a Contacting Officer and served on a Type II Incident Command Team, The People’s Center Director and various position within the CSKT. She earned a BS in Business Administration with Management emphasis from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana and AA in Liberal Arts from Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas. She enjoys spending time with her four sons and extended family, the outdoors, Griz football and basketball games, learning to golf and volunteering in the community.

 

Jay Preston

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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

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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.

Nancy Gaynor-

 

Bio soon to come.

 

Leonard Gray

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Bio soon to come.

 

Jami Hame

Bio soon to come.

 

Ernest “Bud” Moran

Bio soon to come.

 

Curtis F. Cox, Jr. SKC Foundation Executive Director

Audrey Plouffe –  EX-OFFICIO – Treasurer