The Clark Fork Coalition board of directors is pleased to nominate three outstanding candidates, Monica Anderson, Sara Rinfret, and Chuck Stokke for election to the board by our members. Two board members, Daniel Kiely and Caryn Miske, are up for re-election.
The CFC board has five open positions and the skills, qualities, and perspectives of the nominees listed below closely match the board’s selection criteria at this time. Current donors* to CFC are invited to vote.
Please review the candidates’ biographies and statements below and submit your vote by 5 pm MST, March 5, 2018.
You do not have to vote for each candidate. Votes will be tallied by Coalition board and staff and a final decision will be made at the Coalition’s annual business meeting on Wed., March 6, 2018. This meeting is open to all Coalition members and will be held from 4:00-4:30 pm at the Loft, 119 West Main St., Missoula, MT. Please feel free to join us to share your thoughts, ideas, and questions!
*Donation status will be reviewed upon vote submission. Voting limited to those who have contributed to CFC since January 1, 2018. Make a new contribution or renew your support here to ensure voting eligibility.
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.
Monica Anderson is a wife, mother of 7 and full time rancher. She and her husband run a 550 cow/calf operation and farm small grain and alfalfa. Growing up along the mighty Mississippi River in central MN, she grew up with the understanding of taking care of our natural resources. She brings many years of farming and ranching experience and has graduated from a two year agricultural leadership program, which included a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with our congressional leaders and an international study trip to Cuba to further her experience in the ag business.
Daniel Kiely is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Missoula. He covered a lot of terrain to get here, having grown up in Birmingham, Alabama, attended DePauw University in Indiana, and traded commodities in Chicago. After a visit to see his freshly re-located mom and dad – a now-retired chemistry professor who taught at the University of Montana – Daniel and his wife, Kay, decided to leave the urban rush for a life around rivers. Daniel immediately began volunteering for CFC, leading the floating entourage during annual river cleanups, raising funds for program work, and recruiting members. He went on to serve on the CFC board between 2006 and 2012 and is now one term into a second tour of duty. A dedicated angler, Daniel spends free time exploring local rivers with his wife and two teenagers, and playing drums in a band.
Caryn Miske currently serves as the Executive Director for Watershed Protection Advocates (WPA) of Northwest Montana. She also in the principal of CM Consulting, which provides natural resources management services to a range of governmental clients. Prior to her work with WPA, Miske served for 12 years as the Executive Director of the Flathead Basin Commission (FBC), a state agency statutorily charged with protecting the headwaters of the Columbia Basin. Miske obtained her law degree from the University of Montana in 2001 and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University in 1993.
Sara Rinfret is an Associate Professor of Public Administration & Policy at the University of Montana where she serves as the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program. She teaches courses on regulatory policy, environmental policy, state and local government, public policy, and public administration. Her main area of research is focused on environmental regulations. More specifically, she is interested in the interactions between agencies and interest groups during the stages of environmental rulemaking at the federal and state level. In her free time, she enjoys running with friends, hiking, swimming, or traveling with her husband, Bob.
Chuck Stokke is a retired dentist who practiced in Anaconda. He earned his dental degree from the University of Oregon and then served three years in the Army in Virginia, South Korea, and California. He has advocated for land and water policies to protect Georgetown Lake and the watershed and participated in efforts to acquire Stuart Mill Bay for the public. He also helped secure an NRD grant to conduct at Clean Water Study by the University of Montana at Georgetown Lake. Chuck currently serves on the Granite Watershed Steering Committee. Chuck enjoys spending time fishing, hunting, skiing, and traveling with his wife, Win. They have two sons who reside in Montana close to rivers and ski areas.