The Clark Fork Coalition board of directors is pleased to nominate three outstanding candidates, Tim Flynn, Wendy Morris, and Brent Taylor for election to the board by our members. Five board members, Justin Angle, Nick Babson, Monte Mills, Lexie Moran, and Andy Puckett, are up for re-election.
The CFC board has 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, Tuesday, March 3, 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 4, 2020. 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, 2019. 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.
Justin Angle is Associate Professor of Marketing and the Warren & Betsy Wilcox Faculty Fellow at the University of Montana College of Business. He earned his Ph.D. and MBA from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and did his undergraduate studies at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Justin’s academic research focuses on how people express their identities through their consumption behaviors. He is particularly interested in the unconscious effects of social and marketing factors on attitude and behavior. Justin’s research has been published in Journal of Consumer Research and Journal of Consumer Psychology and has been covered by media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The Washington Post, and Business Insider. Justin also hosts a weekly podcast, A New Angle, about cool people doing awesome things in Montana. Prior to his doctoral studies, Justin worked as a bond trader with a specialty in hedging interest rate risk for mortgage banks. After leaving the trading floor, he worked as a collegiate rowing coach at both the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. When not teaching, doing research, or chasing his two daughters around, Justin is a avid trail runner, cycling, skier and product tester for Patagonia.
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 MoFi. He currently serves on the board of Zurex PharmAgra, LLC a provider of ecologically sustainable sanitizers and disinfectant products to the dairy, poultry, and swine industries.
“My interest in serving on the board of the Coalition is two-fold. As an avid fisherman and outdoorsman who has traveled the Clark Fork for many years, I have become emotionally attached to the river and its history and I’d like to see it returned to its old self. It is one of the most beautiful rivers anywhere. Secondly, and more importantly, I believe the manner in which the Coalition has approached cleanup and restoration in the Clark Fork can serve as a model for the environmental community at large. There is a time and place for single-minded advocacy. But if an organization wants to make a lasting difference, it must work with a whole community of interests to find common ground and build practical solutions. I believe the Coalition has been a leader in tackling environmental issues in this fashion, and it will be exciting, and an honor, to work with this group and its board as we take on the many environmental challenges facing western Montana.”
Tim Flynn is a fifth generation Montanan. His family has lived primarily in the southwestern part of the state. The past three years spent as a fishing guide have enabled him to spend countless hours in direct touch with the environment that we Montanans hold dear. Always an advocate for plentiful clean water and healthy communities, Tim finds his current profession allows him to engage an ever-changing audience on the importance of the Clark Fork Coalition and its mission. Tim and his family are proud to support our public lands and waterways, and the various organizations that help to improve and maintain them. An opportunity to come back and work with a truly professional and passionate staff to set policy and raise money for the river is a challenge he will enjoy. The rivers and corridor communities all need planning and thoughtful co-existence. Tim believes the CFC has always helped educate and guide communities in a way that helps achieve clean, plentiful water and healthy communities. Tim looks forward to helping advance that mission for another term on the board.
Monte Mills is an Associate 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.
“Having spent my entire life enjoying the great rivers of the West, I’m thrilled to be considered for another term on the board of the Clark Fork Coalition. Not only is the Coalition’s mission to restore, sustain, and protect the waters of the Clark Fork basin precisely what is needed, the Coalition’s collaborative, educational, and inclusive approach is exactly the right way to accomplish that mission. I’m excited to remain part of the effort and will do my best to continue the CFC’s tradition of success and progress.”
Lexie Moran is a mother, small business owner, former river guide, and former accountant. She worked for nine years as a public accountant in Missoula and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Montana. She works part-time managing J.M. Moran & Company, Inc., a construction business jointly owned with her husband. Prior to her work as business manager and accountant, Lexie spent 15 years exploring the rivers of Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska as a professional river guide. She enjoys rafting, kayaking, hiking, camping, skiing, and traveling with her husband and two children.
“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 keep serving 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.”
Wendy Morris is a practicing anesthesiologist in Missoula, Montana for the past 14 years. She is also a rancher and co-owns Oxbow Cattle Company with her husband Bart. Having grown up on a ranch and now ranching in Miller Creek, Wendy has a deep appreciation of the value of water resources for agriculture. As a fly-fisherman with a sincere respect for nature and ecosystems, she also understands the need to balance the multiple values and uses of our water. In her free time, Wendy enjoys fresh and saltwater fly-fishing, riding horses, roping, packing, reading and bird hunting.
“Since I moved to Missoula, some of my most enjoyable memories have been floating the rivers. As a landowner with Miller Creek running through my property, the bigger picture of utilization of water, habitat, and watershed health are part of my responsibility. Knowing the Clark Fork Coalition is working to protect recreational and agricultural opportunities as well as improve the entire watershed is exciting to me, and I look forward to learning and growing while serving on the coalition board. I believe some of the most important work we as a community can do is protect our water resources for all uses, not only for our time but in perpetuity.”
Andy Puckett is an orthopedic hand surgeon who has called Missoula home for over 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 – a camp for children and young adults with cancer – 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 term on his 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.
“After seeing the mountains for the first time at age 10, I knew I was destined to make them my home. I learned a respect for the environment as a Boy Scout, which morphed into a passion to protect and help restore watersheds, landscapes, ecosystems, and water and air quality. As a physician, these values also make make sense, in terms of the health of individuals and the community as a whole. The reason I want to continue to serve on the board of the Clark Fork Coalition is to continue to make positive contributions to the place and communities I care deeply about.”
Brent Taylor is a Consumer Loan Officer and Branch Manager at First Security Bank here in Missoula. He didn’t have to travel too far to get here, being a born and bred Missoula native, then staying in Missoula to study at the U of M. He did, however, start his banking career in 2008 after relocating to Portland Oregon. It didn’t take long for him to start missing Montana so he was able to find his way home in the spring of 2011. Not long after that he was able to join First Security Bank, an organization that prides itself as a community involved organization. Which in turned inspired him to get involved with several non-profits including volunteering for Montana Special Olympics and serving for the last 5 years on the board of directors for Home ReSource. As a river enthusiast, Brent spends most of his free time around local rivers looking for fish or whitewater with his girlfriend Jess and their Springer Spaniel Norman. When the weather isn’t conducive to river running they spend their time hiking and XC skiing. Mainly just checking out the snowpack in anticipation of spring…
“I spend the majority of my free time exploring our local rivers, with the Clark Fork watershed being the center of attention, whether it’s a day wade fishing Rock Creek, leisurely floating through town, or seeking some excitement on the Alberton Gorge. So it’s needless to say that I’m passionate about access and clean water. Because of this I’m very excited to start my journey with the Clark Fork Coalition. I feel like my passion will fit right in with the mission of the Coalition. I’m excited to work alongside the dedicated staff and board to continue protecting and protecting the Clark Fork River Basin.”