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.
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 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.
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 Wilson Preston
Jay Wilson Preston is currently President and CEO of Ronan Telephone Company. Jay was born in Missoula, MT and as a young child moved to Ronan where he graduated High School. Jay continued his education at Montana State University earning his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. Jay went on to Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York City earning his MBA.
Jay enjoys spending time with his wife Cynthia and his 5 sons and 3 grandchildren. Jay’s hobbies include being a private pilot, sailing, both racing and cruising, while his intellectual passion is history and a lifelong interest in economic development and local community affairs.
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.
Ernest "Bud" Moran
Ernest “Bud” Moran is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and grew up in Arlee, MT where he graduated high school. After graduation, Bud served 9 years with the United States Marine Corps. Bud attended Salish Kootenai College studying Business Administration.
Bud’s professional career is robust with leadership roles. Bud is a past Superintendent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs NW Region, as well as Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribal Councilmen and Chairmen, Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribal Gaming, Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribal Credit Manager and worked with OEO program stationed at the University of Montana.
Bud currently serves on the Salish Kootenai Technology Board of Directors in addition to the Salish Kootenai College Foundation Board of Directors. Bud also served on the Salish Kootenai College Board of Directors in past years.
Leonard acquired his Associates's Degree and he was one of the first to receive SKC’s first four-year Bachelor's in Human Services Degree from Salish Kootenai College. The Bachelor's Degree opened many new doors. He has worked with Tribal Probation, the Prosecutor’s Office, Defender’s Office, and two terms on Tribal Council.
Trina Finley Ponce
Trina is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She has worked at HP Inc
for 20+ years. As a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager, Trina is responsible for
operationalizing global strategy to meet local needs, delivering initiatives to attract, retain,
develop, and promote diverse talent. She has been a speaker, workshop facilitator, and
panelist in local and national forums.
Trina has a BA from Stanford University and MBA from the University of Montana. She is
passionate about education and student success. In addition to the SKC Foundation Board of
Directors, Trina serves on the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and the Kessler-Keener
Foundation boards. She is also a past SKC board member.
Trina is a proud mom of two competitive soccer players, and she and her husband love
spending their weekends at games.
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TITLE: Salish Kootenai College Foundation Board of Directors
LOCATION: Pablo, MT
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
Salish Kootenai College Foundation is dedicated to the mission to ensure Salish Kootenai College’s ability to provide quality post-secondary education opportunities for Native Americans locally and throughout the United States.
We support the College in its efforts to empower students to improve their families and communities through research, leadership, and service while promoting community and individual development while also perpetuating the cultures of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation. Our Foundation offers scholarships to students and supports programs and facilities on the SKC campus to promote a holistic, high quality community of learning. Foundation Board Members have the unique opportunity to be ambassadors of SKC in the greater community and have a positive influence in the lives of our students. More information on the Foundation’s role may be found at vision.skc.edu
Salish Kootenai College Foundation is currently accepting letters of interest with resumes included for 5 vacancies on its Board of Directors, each holding a 3-year term. Letters of interest and resumes for these voluntary appointments must be submitted to Jim Durglo, Salish Kootenai College Board of Directors. The Foundation Board consists of 12 members appointed by the Salish Kootenai College Board of Directors. Each member must be at least 18 years old. The Foundation Board meets quarterly and holds opportunities to engage in a variety of important resource development initiatives that support and promote Salish Kootenai College’s mission and programs. Additionally, the Board provides oversight and guidance to a small Foundation staff.
SALISH KOOTENAI COLLEGE FOUNDATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Application and nomination materials will be addressed to the Salish Kootenai College Board of Directors Chairperson.
The application will include:
A Letter of Interest
Jim Durglo, Chairman
Salish Kootenai College Board of Directors
58138 US Highway 93, PO Box 70
Pablo, MT 59855
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