BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hank Fischer, Board President,
is a conservationist, author, journalist,
and guide, has been extensively involved in endangered species
restoration in the northern Rockies. Hank studied at wildlife
biology and journalism and has an MS in Environmental Studies
from the University of Montana. From 1977-2002, Hank was the
Defenders of Wildlife Northern Rockies and his 1995 book Wolf
Wars, chronicles the effort to restore wolves to Yellowstone.
Hank created the Defenders of Wildlife Compensation Funds
for reimbursing farmers for wolf and grizzly bear livestock
losses. Hank has been honored with many awards including Don
Aldrich Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Award, the Edward
Lowe Enviro-Capitalist Award and a Special Achievement Award
from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.
Ellen Knight, Vice President, has
been an active volunteer and supporter of MNHC since the beginning,
providing educational expertise and enthusiasm in every aspect
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is an author and former Seattle attorney. Several of her novels
are set in the West and focus upon environmental issues. She
is a passionate advocate for wilderness and wildlife, especially
the preservation of Yellowstone National Park. She writes
for the Yellowstone Association's Discovery and teaches screenwriting.
Melynda (Mindy) Goldberg is a native of upstate New York. After graduating from college in Ohio, she worked in hospitals from New York to California as an obstetrical nurse. In 1995 she moved to Ennis, Montana. In addition to hospital work, she has been employed with the US Forest Service and worked part-time as a commercial fishing guide. She's been forturnete to work and volunteer for hospitals and non-profits in Havre, Lewistown, Bozeman and now Missoula!
Marcia Hogan, Secretary is a private consultant with expertise in facilitation. Marcia worked on natural resource issues on the Lolo National Forest for over 25 years. She served on the Five Valleys Land Trust board for nearly a decade and as the treasurer for the successful 2006 Missoula City-County Open Space Bond. She now serves on the Good Food Store board. Marcia co-produced the Pines of Primm Meadow video about a special place in the Blackfoot. View or check out the video at MNHC. She graduated from the University of Montana with two degrees in liberal arts and forestry after attending Lewis and Clark College and studying a half year in Afghanistan.
Marilyn Marler is a plant ecologist in Missoula where she works as the University of Montana's invasive plant specialist, taking care of UM's natural areas. She has a degree in Biology from UC Davis and a master's degree in Ecology from UM. She joined the MNHC board in 2007, after working with MNHC staff on various community outreach projects during the past 8 years. Marilyn and her husband David enjoy fishing, hunting, backpacking and gardening, and are also active with the Montana Native Plant Society.
Ian Marquand is
the Special Projects Coordinator for KPAX-TV and the Montana
Television Network. He has won more than a dozen awards from
the Montana Broadcasters Association for his on-air work and
in 2004 received the Wells Key, the Society of Professional
Journalists’ highest honor. Along with his service on
the MNHC board, he also is the president of the Montana Chapter
of the Society of Professional Journalists, president of the
Montana Freedom of Information Hotline, president of the Japan
Friendship Club of Montana and a board member of the Missoula
Megan Parker is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Montana in Wildlife biology where she has worked for the past 8 years on African wild dogs in Botswana's Okavango Delta. She was born and raised in Missoula and found inspiration in the natural world of this area. She has worked on field biology projects from tropical falcons to songbirds. She She is also co-founder of Working Dogs for Conservation Foundation, dedicated to training detection dogs for conservation and research projects in Montana and around the world.
Alan Okagaki, Board Treasurer,
is a private consultant with expertise in community development
and non-profit management.
He has also been active in renewable energy and sustainable
agriculture, and most recently worked for ShoreBank Corporation,
a $2 billion community development bank.
He enjoys hiking, camping and bike riding.
Elizabeth Oleson is
a CPA and the Fiscal Affairs Director of the Maureen and Mike
Mansfield Foundation. Betty earned her BA at the University
of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Montana. She
and is an avid hiker, skier and bike rider. Betty also serves
on the Board of Blue Mountain Clinic and String Orchestra
of the Rockies.
lives west of Missoula with his wife Penney. They have 3 grown
children. Oncken works at Lambros Real Estate, specializing
in ranch and recreational land. He is a member of most of
the hunter-conservation groups working in Montana and is currently
on the board of directors of the RMEF. Oncken's interest in
nature goes back to his youth, growing up in Iowa. Pets such
as crawdads and turtles (mom said no to snakes), fishing with
a cane pole and helping relatives on their farms helped foster
a lifelong interest in the world around us.
Susan Roy is
an attorney at Garlington, Lohn, and Robinson. She is also
active with Adventure Cycleing and the Montana Wilderness
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is deputy regional director of Western Progress, an independent
public policy institute for the Rocky Mountain West. He was
opinion page editor of the Missoulian newspaper for nearly
20 years. Previously, he was the Missoulian's natural resources
and environment writer. He also coauthored "Montana Wilderness:
Discovering the Heritage." Woodruff is a graduate of
Washington State University, where he studied communications
with an emphasis on wildlife and forestry.