Board and Council Appointees No. 6   03/24/2011    
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Section 2-15-108, MCA, passed by the 1991 Legislature, directed that all appointing authorities of all appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils of state government take positive action to attain gender balance and proportional representation of minority residents to the greatest extent possible.


One directive of 2-15-108, MCA, is that the Secretary of State publish monthly in the Montana Administrative Register a list of appointees and upcoming or current vacancies on those boards and councils.


In this issue, appointments effective in February 2011 appear. Vacancies scheduled to appear from April 1, 2011, through June 30, 2011, are listed, as are current vacancies due to resignations or other reasons. Individuals interested in serving on a board should refer to the bill that created the board for details about the number of members to be appointed and necessary qualifications.


Each month, the previous month's appointees are printed, and current and upcoming vacancies for the next three months are published.




Membership on boards and commissions changes constantly. The following lists are current as of March 1, 2011.


For the most up-to-date information of the status of membership, or for more detailed information on the qualifications and requirements to serve on a board, contact the appointing authority.






Appointee                                          Appointed by                   Succeeds                   End Date/


Alternative Livestock Advisory Council (Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

Mr. Ron Moody                                  Governor                             reappointed            2/7/2011

Lewistown                                                                                                                        1/1/2013

Qualifications (if required): representative of the Board of Livestock


Ms. Linda Nielsen                             Governor                             reappointed            2/7/2011

Nashua                                                                                                                             1/1/2013

Qualifications (if required): representative of the Board of Livestock


Board of Personnel Appeals (Labor and Industry)

Rep. Dave Gallik                               Governor                             Joscelyn                  2/8/2011

Helena                                                                                                                              1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): an attorney with labor‑management experience


Ms. Amy Verlanic                              Governor                             Dudley                     2/8/2011

Anaconda                                                                                                                        1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): management representative with collective bargaining experience


Mr. Steve Johnson                            Governor                             reappointed            2/8/2011

Missoula                                                                                                                           1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): management representative with collective bargaining experience


Mr. Jerry Rukavina                            Governor                             Thiel                        2/8/2011

Great Falls                                                                                                                       1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): officer of a labor union or an association recognized by the board (substitute member)


Board of Public Assistance (Public Health and Human Services)

Ms. Helen Barta Schmitt                  Governor                             reappointed            2/7/2011

Sidney                                                                                                                              1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): public representative


Board of Regents (Higher Education)

Mr. Major Robinson                          Governor                             Pease                     2/2/2011

Billings                                                                                                                             2/1/2018

Qualifications (if required): resident of District 2 (Democrat)


Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors (Labor and Industry)

Mr. Peter Degel                                 Governor                             reappointed         2/23/2011

Helena                                                                                                                             1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): licensed counselor


Ms. Rosemary Hertel                        Governor                             Thorngren             2/23/2011

Deer Lodge                                                                                                                     1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): licensed counselor


Ms. Beverley McCurry                      Governor                             Gilkey                    2/23/2011

Columbus                                                                                                                        1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): public representative


Board of Speech‑Language Pathologists and Audiologists (Labor and Industry)

Ms. Cheri Fjare                                 Governor                             reappointed         2/15/2011

Big Timber                                                                                                                  12/31/2013

Qualifications (if required): speech‑language pathologist


Ms. Beverly Stiller                             Governor                             Sias                      2/15/2011

Lame Deer                                                                                                                 12/31/2013

Qualifications (if required): consumer representative


Ms. Alida Wright                                Governor                             Dinstel                  2/15/2011

Columbia Falls                                                                                                           12/31/2013

Qualifications (if required): speech‑language pathologist


Electrical Board (Labor and Industry)

Mr. Keith Simendinger                     Governor                             Egan                       2/1/2011

Helena                                                                                                                             7/1/2012

Qualifications (if required): public representative


Facility Finance Authority (Commerce)

Rep. Joe Quilici                                 Governor                             reappointed         2/15/2011

Butte                                                                                                                                 1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): public member


Ms. Kimberly Rickard                       Governor                             reappointed         2/15/2011

Helena                                                                                                                             1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): public member


Mr. Matthew B. Thiel                         Governor                             reappointed         2/15/2011

Missoula                                                                                                                          1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): an attorney


Historical Records Advisory Council (Historical Society)

Mr. Jon Ille                                          Governor                             Bartlett                    2/7/2011

Hardin                                                                                                                            10/9/2011

Qualifications (if required): public representative


Human Rights Commission (Labor and Industry)

Ms. Lucy Simpson                            Governor                             Rusche                    2/7/2011

Helena                                                                                                                             1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): public representative


Ms. Cynthia Wolken                          Governor                             Fenter                     2/7/2011

Missoula                                                                                                                          1/1/2015

Qualifications (if required): public representative


State Emergency Response Commission (Military Affairs)

Mr. Bruce Suenram                           Governor                             Levitan                    2/7/2011

Helena                                                                                                                           10/1/2011

Qualifications (if required): representative of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation



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