Kimberly Baker - At Large

Montana CDC - Grants Coordinator

(406) 240-8177

Missoula, MT 59802

Board Member since 2013
Board Term Ends 08/31/2016

Kimberly is the Grants Administrator for the Montana Community Development Corporation. As Grants Administrator, Kimberly manages all grant work, maintains funder relationships, and prepares grant reporting to ensure compliance with legal and funder regulations. Prior to joining Montana CDC in 2013, Kimberly was the Director of the Children's Museum Missoula. Kimberly moved to Missoula after receiving her BA from the University of Utah and quickly became committed to contributing to the health and prosperity of the Missoula community. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, and sailing on Flathead Lake with her husband and two wonderful daughters.

Tim Bechtold, JD - Past President

Bechtold Law Firm - Principal

(406) 529-7964

317 East Spruce Street
Missoula, MT 59802

Board member since 2002
Board Term Ends: 8/31/2014

Tim is a Missoula attorney in private practice who is active in many community and legal organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Missoula Parks, Brennan's Wave, Montana Lacrosse, Team Stampede-Five Valley Velo, the Harvard Club of Montana, and the Montana Trial Lawyers Association. Tim is the former Chair of the Missoula City Park Board, and has also served on the Boards of many organizations, including the Missoula Area Youth Hockey Association, the Wild Rockies Field Institute, Sussex School, Missoula Lacrosse, the Society for Conservation GIS, the Montana Bicycle Racing Association, and the Montana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. The Bechtold Law Firm sponsors recreational and competitive hockey teams, lacrosse teams, and bicycle racing in Montana. Tim and his spouse Karen have two children. The family enjoys skiing, backpacking, mountaineering, boating, fishing, biking, hockey, gardening, and other outdoor pursuits.

Travis Dye - At Large

Kalkstein & Dye - Attorney

(406) 531-3913

140 North Avenue East
Missoula, MT 59801

Board Member since 2014
Board Term Ends 07/31/2017

Travis is a third-generation Montanan, born in Billings and raised in Missoula and Helena. He graduated from Hellgate High School in Missoula after which he attended Seattle University and the University of Montana. Travis graduated from the University of Montana with high honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology (emphasis in Criminology). In 2001, he graduated with high honors from the University of Montana School of Law. During law school, Travis was a staff member and co-editor-in-chief of the Montana Law Review and served as an intern at the Missoula County Attorney’s Office. Following graduation, he spent two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald W. Molloy, then-Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Montana. After his clerkship, Travis spent four years at a Missoula firm that specializes in insurance defense work. He joined Kalkstein & Johnson in June 2007. In December 2010, Travis became a partner and the firm name was changed to Kalkstein, Johnson & Dye.

Travis is a member of the Montana Bar Association and the Western Montana Bar. Travis has been selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyer in 2011 (Rising Star), 2012, and 2013. Travis has a wonderful family and enjoys many activities. Travis is married to the lovely and talented Megan Ashton, a Forensic Scientist at the Montana State Crime Lab who definitely has the job people would rather talk about. Travis and Megan have one son, Ciaran. Along with his family, Travis enjoys biking the roads and trails around Missoula; cross-country and downhill skiing anywhere there’s snow; hiking; camping; gardening; cooking; and soccer. He even plays a little ultimate frisbee - or tries to.

Ian Foster - At Large

Missoula Children And Nature Network - Chair

(406) 396-9562

225 Hastings Avenue
Missoula, MT 59801

Board Member since 2014
Board Term Ends 07/31/2017

Ian can be found enjoying Missoula’s parks and trails on a daily basis with his wife April, adventurous son Nels, and his energetic chocolate lab Toba. As a stay at home dad he is especially thankful for the parks and open spaces in and around Missoula that allow for ample recreation, socialization, and exploration. Once an elementary and middle school science teacher, upon moving to Missoula in 2008 Ian returned to school and earned a Masters in Recreation Management. While working on his masters he taught outdoor education programs for middle school students and UM undergrads through Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures. For personal recreation Ian became involved in Missoula Parks and Recreation Soccer League and participates and volunteers in many area cycling and running events. Since 2009 Ian has volunteered as chair of Missoula Children and Nature in order to connect Missoula kids and their families to the parks and open spaces of the community. When not enjoying the outdoors, Ian is supporting his wife and her pediatric dental practice.

Phil Gardner, M.D. - Secretary

Rocky Mountain ENT - Physician

(406) 243-2328

3023 Old Pond Road
Missoula, MT 59802

Board member since 2004

Phillip A. Gardner is an otolaryngologist at Rocky Mountain ENT. He practiced at the Western Montana Clinic from 1997 to 2008 and served as the Ethics Committee Chairman at St. Patrick's Hospital for ten years.  Phil completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Indiana University in 1996. The following year, he enjoyed a position as Otolaryngology Tutor Specialist at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Dr. Gardner completed medical school at Indiana University in 1991 and undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt in 1986.  

Phil loves everything about Western Montana, both the people and the magnificent landscape. He helped to organize RATPOD, a benefit bicycle ride around the Pioneer Mountains for Camp Mak-A-Dream, and has served on the RATPOD board for the past 15 years. He has served on the Friends of Missoula Parks board for the past 11 years and led the Rattlesnake Pedestrian Bridge project as well as the Rattlesnake-University Connection (RUX) project. He served on the Missoula Ski Education Foundation Board as Vice President for four years.  Phil has participated in two trips to Honduras with Missoula Medical AID and served for four years on the board of Youth Homes Inc. Phil and his wife, Julie, are the proud parents of three girls. 

Ross Mollenhauer - Vice President

City of Missoula - Missoula Utility Project Manager

406-552-6764

1345 W. Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59802

Board Member since 2011
Board Term Ends: 8/31/2014

Ross is a civil engineer, a new father, an avid recreationalist, and a recovering raft guide.  After moving to Missoula from his native state of New Jersey in 2003, Ross began working his dream job as a raft guide on western Montana rivers.  Quickly realizing he had a river addiction problem, Ross refocused his career and became a civil engineer with Morrison-Maierle, Inc. where he has worked for the last 10 years.  During this time, he has concentrated primarily on water related projects, including municipal water systems, wastewater treatment plants, fish ladders, recreational whitewater parks, and park design.  Ross has also been a board member with the Missoula Parks and Recreation department for 4 years and has been actively engaged in many recent, local park related projects.  When not working or playing with his wife and newborn son, Ross can be found happily playing hockey, running the north hills, floating the gorge, scouting for elk, or climbing nearby peaks.

John O’Connor - President

Five Valleys Urology - Practice Administrator

(406) 360-1086

610 West Crestline Drive
Missoula, MT 59803

Board member since 2010
Board Term Ends: 8/31/2016

John fell in love with Missoula's Parks & Trails and all the outdoor recreation opportunities afforded by Missoula's Open Spaces shortly after leaving his native Indiana 14 years ago. Active in the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, John quickly saw first-hand the poor state and lack of multi-use fields that existed in Missoula. In 2005 John became involved in efforts to develop playing fields at Fort Missoula, which eventually led to the successful passage of a citizen-driven parks & trails bond in 2014. The $40 Million bond is being used to create Fort Missoula Regional Park, the largest City/County park in the state of Montana, improve and replace playgrounds in 10 existing City parks, and create a County trails program. John is starting his 3rd term as a member of Missoula's Parks & Recreation Board. John founded the Missoula Ultimate Federation in 2006 where he serves as past-president and Treasurer. Since 2003, John has served on the organizing committee for Ride Around the Pioneers In One Day (RATPOD), a 135-mile bicycling fundraiser for Camp Mak-A-Dream. He joined Friends of Missoula Parks in 2010. When not playing, John is the Practice Administrator for Five Valleys Urology, is a member of the Practice Management Network of the American Urological Association, and sits on the exam committee for the Medical Group Management Association. He is also a board member of the Montana Medical Association Healthcare Plan & Trust. John lives in Missoula with his wife, Jen and has 4 children, all of whom enjoy Missoula's Parks & Trails on a regular basis.

Susan Ridgeway - At Large

Axilon Law Group - Attorney

(406) 240-2249

125 Bank Street, suite 403
Missoula, MT 59802

Board Member since 2013
Board Term Ends 8/31/2017

Susan is a partner in Axilon Law Group, PLLC, where her law practice emphasizes assisted reproductive technology and family formation law as well as commercial and real property transactions and litigation. She is active in her community and has served non-profit or civic organizations, including Blue Mountain Clinic (past board member and president), Missoula Community School (past executive board member), Missoula County Public Schools (Community Conversation participant 2006, Academic Freedom Policy Committee 2009, Grading Policy Committee 2012, Writing Coach 2011 to present), and Missoula Strikers (team manager, assistant coach, or referee 2005-2012). She served as a board member of Missoula City Parks and Recreation from 2010 to 2015. Susan's work experience includes teaching English in Japan, clerking for a judge in Seattle, and working as a Washington State Assistant Attorney General. She attended Sentinel High School in Missoula, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and the University of Montana. Susan enjoys playing ice hockey, cycling, and taking advantage of all that Missoula’s parks and trails have to offer. She has two wonderful daughters who cause her to reflect in different ways about the meaning of a life well lived.
Susan Ridgeway - Susan is a partner in Axilon Law Group, PLLC, where her law practice emphasizes assisted reproductive technology and family formation law as well as commercial and property transactions and litigation.  She is active in her community and has served non-profit or civic organizations, including Blue Mountain Clinic (past board member and president), Missoula Community School (past executive board member), Missoula County Public Schools (Community Conversation participant 2006, Academic Freedom Policy Committee 2009, Grading Policy Committee 2012, Writing Coach 2011 to present), and Missoula Strikers (team manager, assistant coach, or referee 2005-2012). She served as a board member of Missoula City Parks and Recreation from 2010 to 2015.  Susan's work experience includes teaching English in Japan, clerking for a judge in Seattle, and working as a Washington State Assistant Attorney General.  She attended Sentinel High School in Missoula, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and the University of Montana.  Susan enjoys playing ice hockey, cycling, and taking advantage of all that Missoula’s parks and trails have to offer.  She has two wonderful daughters who cause her to reflect in different ways about the meaning of a life well lived. 

Karen Sippy - At Large

Trees for Missoula - Executive Director

(406) 360-8817

1720 Streamside Court
Missoula, MT 59808

Board Member since 2013
Board Term Ends 8/31/2016

Karen arrived in Missoula in 2003, immediately falling in love with the city and its surroundings. After working as a middle school teacher, public speaker and sales manager, it was time to retire to a life of volunteerism and design. A devoted dog owner and walker, she quickly became familiar with Missoula’s parks and trails system. In an effort to create a safe recreational environment in her own neighborhood, in 2007 she became a founding board member of the Grant Creek Trails Association (GCTA), a 501c3 non-profit. Through GCTA’s work, Karen has gained experience with city, county, state and federal processes for non-motorized recreational trails and the role of a successful non-profit advocacy group. Karen is also a founding member of Trees for Missoula (TFM), an urban forest friends group. Since 2011, she has worked closely with Missoula’s Urban Forestry Division, in an effort to identify how the community and TFM volunteers could best promote a healthy urban forest. During 14 weeks in 2013, the city arborists with TFM volunteers inventoried 74% of Missoula’s street trees. Karen served on the working group that created Missoula’s first Urban Forest Master Management Plan, which was adopted April 2015. Karen, her husband Brian and their beloved dogs celebrate every season in Missoula hiking, biking, rafting, fishing, snowshoeing and skiing.

Donna Gaukler - Liaison

City of Missoula Parks and Recreation - Director

406-552-6277

600 Cregg Ln.
Missoula, MT 59801

Liaison since 2002.

Lisa Moisey - Liaison

Missoula County Community and Planning Services Parks, Open Lands & Trails - Program Manager

406-258-4716

200 W. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802

Julie Kubik - At Large

Clark Fork Dental - Dental Hygienist

970-620-2857

4620 Rattlesnake Dr.
Missoula, MT 59802

Julie has been a board member for The Max Wave, a river enhancement project since 2012. She has been active with the Humane Society of the United States and volunteers for various local nonprofit organizations. She received her bachelor degree in Biology with a minor in Physiology at Boise State University before earning a bachelor degree in dental hygiene from the University of Louisville. She currently practices at Clark Fork Dental and has two wonderful and active children. Julie enjoys mountain biking, running, skiing and paddle boarding and appreciates all of the amazing trails and parks that Missoula has to offer.