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.
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.
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.
Andrew grew up in Colorado and then moved to Utah in 1991 to pursue a career as a flyfishing guide on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam. Andrew worked for Flaming Gorge Lodge for 6 years before moving to Missoula to finish his education. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, emphasis in accounting and graduated in 2000. He then went to work for Wells Fargo before joining Valley Bank of Ronan in 2001. Andrew was fortunate enough to attend the Pacific Coast School of Banking and earned a graduate degree in banking in 2005. Andrew stayed with Valley Bank until April 2012 when he joined Community Bank in Missoula as a Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. Andrew worked for Community Bank until January of 2015 when he joined Eagle Bank as the new President and CEO. Andrew presently serves as the President of the Montana Independent Bankers and also sits on the FDIC Community Banker Advisory Council as one of 18 bankers in the U.S. Andrew lives in Big Arm, Montana and is an avid outdoorsman and horseman in his free time.
Vacant Seat(s) Available
Interested in Board service? There currently are vacancies on the Salish Kootenai College Foundation Board of Directors. If interested, please contact our Executive Director, Nick Roberts, for more information about available terms and application process.
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