The Clark Fork Coalition board of directors is pleased to nominate seven outstanding candidates: Nick Babson, Mike Johnston, Monte Mills, Lexie Moran, Perk Perkins, Andrew Puckett, and Holly Truitt for election to the board by our members.
Board members will be installed at the CFC’s Annual Business Meeting:
The Loft of Missoula • 119 West Main St. • Missoula, MT
* Note: Coalition members may submit names of possible future candidates to the CFC at any time.
Nick Babson currently serves as President of NCB Ventures LLC, a private family office management and investment company. Previously, he served as Chairman and CEO of Babson Bros. Co., a global manufacturer and distributor of dairy farm equipment and consumable supplies. Over his career, Nick has held a number of board and leadership positions in the agricultural, real estate, and not-for-profit sectors, including the Farm Foundation, the FFA Foundation, Associated Equipment Manufacturers, and the Montana/Idaho Community Development Corp. He currently serves as Board Chair of Zurex PharmAgra, LLC a provider of ecologically sustainable sanitizers and disinfectant products to the dairy, poultry, and swine industries.
Mike Johnston is owner of Montana River Guides, a rafting company he founded in 1994. MRG now offers whitewater and scenic raft trips, and canoe, kayak, river board, and stand-up paddle board adventures on the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Bitterroot rivers. Mike is also co-founder of the Whitewater Rescue Institute, which teaches river rescue throughout the U.S. and provides safety and cleanup response for industrial spills on rivers. Before becoming a guide, Mike worked as a backcountry and law enforcement ranger for 7 years in Yellowstone, Acadia, and Glacier national park. Mike’s community work includes Lolo School Board Trustee, board service with the Missoula Whitewater Assoc. and Traveler’s Rest Preservation Project, and volunteer work for the Highway 93 Bike Path Project and Missoula County Search & Rescue. Mike and his wife have five children. The three oldest are college athletes and river guides. The two youngest are still home causing trouble and fun.
Monte Mills is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. Monte teaches and writes about a variety of Indian law-related issues, with a primary focus on natural resource matters. When not teaching or working, Monte can be found on local trails, streams, and ski slopes, usually with his wife Reagyn, his daughter Ellery, and his dog Sturgill.
Candidate’s Statement: “I love spending time on rivers; it is my passion and truly feeds my soul. Rivers are an invaluable resource to surrounding communities, and I feel fortunate to live in a place surrounded by so many amazing rivers. The conservation of rivers is very important to me, and I am grateful that the Clark Fork Coalition strives to maintain a clean and healthy river ecosystem for current and future generations. I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the board of such a well-run organization with a proven track record of achieving its mission to protect and restore the Clark Fork River basin, and I look forward to contributing to this mission.”
Andy Puckett is an orthopedic hand surgeon who has called Missoula home for nearly 20 years. He and his wife have raised two young men floating the rivers of Montana, teaching them to respect and care for their environs. Andy is a board member of RATPOD, a fundraising bike tour for Camp Make A Dream, as well as Missoula Medical Aid. He travels annually to provide orthopedic care to underserved Hondurans. Andy previously served on the CFC board between 2005 and 2011 and is eager to roll up his sleeves for a second tour of duty. A dedicated angler, Andy is frequently found knee deep in the Clark Fork River, or admiring it from a mountain bike trail vista.
Holly Truitt is passionate about closing opportunity and achievement gaps to help inspire the next generation of Montanans about the transformational power of higher education. She is the founding director of the University of Montana Broader Impacts Group (BIG) and the national award-winning spectrUM Discovery Area. Under her leadership, BIG and spectrUM engage over 70,000 Montanans annually through in-museum and mobile programming, with a particular focus on community-based initiatives on the Flathead Reservation and in the Bitterroot Valley. A former Noyce Leadership Institute Fellow, she regularly serves as an adjunct professor in and consultant on approaches to catalyze beneficial behavioral, organizational, and social change. Truitt was recently named one of the top 20 business professionals under 40 by the Missoulian and had the opportunity to be a TEDx presenter. She lives in Missoula with her husband Reed and boy Finn. They regularly escape to the rivers, mountains, and lakes of Montana to play.