Jennifer Anders was appointed to the Council in January 2013 by Governor Steve Bullock. Ms. Anders worked closely with Governor Bullock during his 2009-2012 tenure as Montana’s Attorney General, tackling a number of high profile issues including energy development, water quality, climate change, public land management, and interstate water compact allocations. She has spent her entire professional career in public service, working for four separate Attorneys General in both the civil and criminal arena. Ms. Anders has a law degree from the University of Montana and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an avid skier and dedicated practitioner of hapkido, tai chi and qigong.
Ron Baldwin has spent 30 years managing, designing, and building information technology solutions in the government and private sectors. He is a professional project manager who has overseen multi-million dollar budgets and has experience working with the legislative and executive branches of state government and with federal programs. Ron has degrees in Computer Science and Biology/Chemistry. In addition, he holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. .
Ron and his wife, Jean, have a son, Jeffrey. For activities outside his regular job, Ron is an adjunct professor at Carroll College in Helena where he teaches project management. His interests include camping, hiking, piano, and classical music, which he locally supports as a member of the Helena Symphony Board.
Prior to his appointment by Governor Steve Bullock to serve as the State CIO, Ron was the Chief Information Officer for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, a $2 billion government agency with 3,100 employees. Ron was responsible for overseeing the contracting, management, implementation, and operations of information systems and infrastructure that directly support programs promoting the health and welfare of Montana citizens. This included an IT project portfolio of $100 million.
Mike Batista brings a 30-year career in law enforcement to the Montana Department of Corrections.
Batista manages the third-largest Montana government agency, with about 1,300 employees, supervision of almost 13,200 adult and juvenile offenders, and an annual budget of about $170 million.
A Great Falls native, Batista was administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigation in the state Department of Justice for two decades before taking the corrections post. He was an intelligence manager for the U.S. Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration from 1987 to 1994, with assignments in Texas and Nevada.
Batista was an investigator in the Montana Justice Department from 1983-1987 and began his career in law enforcement as an intern in the Victim and Witness Assistance Unit of the Spokane County prosecutor's office in 1982.
During his 20 years as Department of Justice administrator, Batista helped develop the Montana Fusion Intelligence Center, the only collaborative law enforcement intelligence program in the state. He played a key role in acquiring an automated system for capturing and submitting fingerprints and launched the Children's Justice Center, which is designed to enhance Montana's ability to effective respond to crimes against children.
Batista graduated from C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls and obtained a bachelor's degree in criminology from Eastern Washington University in 1982.
Montanans know that few things are as rewarding as making an honest living for an honest day's work. As a native Montanan, Pam Bucy has seen first-hand the challenges both our businesses and our job seekers face. As the Labor Commissioner Pam works hard to represent both Labor and Industry throughout Montana, to ensure workers are able to find and keep a quality job, and businesses can find a skilled workforce to meet their needs.
Pam received her B.A. in Political Science/History and English from Rocky Mountain College in Billings and her Doctor of Law (J.D.) from the University of Montana School of Law in Missoula.
Before her appointment by Governor Bullock to serve as the Commissioner of Labor and Industry, Pam worked as the Chief Legal Counsel and Administrative Counsel for the Department of Labor and Industry. In 2011 on behalf of the Department, Pam played an integral role in passing historic work comp reform that cut rates for businesses while maintaining protection and benefits for injured workers.
Pam has also practiced law in the private sector as an Associate Attorney for Luxan & Murfitt law firm. Pam started her professional career as a Deputy County Attorney for Lewis and Clark County and then moved on to work at the Montana Department of Justice as the Executive Assistant Attorney General.
Ron de Yong has served as director of the Montana Department of Agriculture since 2007. He was reappointed to the position by Governor Bullock in January 2013. A member of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, de Yong has served as chairman of the NASDA Rural Development and Financial Security Committee, which advises federal officials and Congress on farm program and policy issues. He also served as the President of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture from September 2009 through September 2010.
De Yong owns a 320-acre family farm near Kalispell that currently is rented to a dairy farmer who raises wheat, barley, and alfalfa. For seven years prior to becoming director, he was a lecturer at Cal Poly State University, teaching agricultural policy and economics.
In his capacity as director, de Yong serves on the Rail Service Competition Council, Noxious Weed Summit Advisory Committee, Montana Wheat & Barley Committee, Montana Agriculture Development Council and various other committees.
He and his wife Dee have three children and five grandchildren.
Governor Steve Bullock recently appointed Jeff Hagener as the Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Hagener previously served as FWP director 2001-2008, and most recently worked as a senior biologist at NewFields, an international natural resources consulting firm. Before that, Hagener was the Development/Program Director at the Montana Wildlife Federation.
Hagener was born and raised in Havre and received degrees in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and in agriculture from Montana State University. After brief stints as a packer and guide in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and along the Rocky Mountain Front in the late 1970s, Hagener carried out range and wildlife inventories for the federal Bureau of Land Management.
He began his career in Montana state government in 1981 as a range/reclamation specialist with the former Montana Department of State Lands. In 1986 he became chief of the Surface Management Bureau and in 1989 he was promoted to the Lands Division administrator, which evolved into the Trust Land Management Division when DNRC and State Lands consolidated in 1995.
Sheila Hogan was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to serve as the Director of the Montana Department of Administration. Previously, she served as the executive director of Career Training Institute in Helena, MT for 20 years. She has a bachelor's degree in business and public policy from Montana Tech-University of Montana. Sheila has held numerous leadership roles in workforce and economic development organizations throughout Montana.
In 2009, Sheila received the state Interagency Committee for Change by Women's Excellence in Leadership Award for the Private Sector. She is a Leadership Montana Class of 2008 alumni. In 2004, she received the YWCA Women of Distinction award and the federal Small Business Administration's Women of Distinction award. Sheila served on the Finance Committee and Executive Board for St. Peter's Hospital in Helena.
Sheila is married to Jim Edwards. Collectively, they have four children, two grandchildren, and a Labrador named Led Zeppelin.
Mike Kadas serves as the Director of the Montana Department of Revenue in the administration of Governor Steve Bullock. Kadas is the department's 17th director and leads a staff of 650 employees and manages a budget of $55 million.
Over the last 30 years, Kadas has served in a variety of private and public positions, most recently as Director of Special Projects at Rivertop Renewables, a Montana-based company that produces biodegradable chemicals. During his five years in different management positions at Rivertop Renewables, he helped oversee a multimillion-dollar expansion of the company.
From 1996 to 2006, Kadas was the mayor of Missoula, Montana, where he managed a $100 million budget and 450 employees.
Kadas is no stranger to Montana's Capitol. From 1983 to 1996, he was a Montana State Representative, serving on the House Appropriations Committee for eight of those years.
From 1989 to 1996, he owned and operated a small construction company. He holds a B.A. in economics and philosophy and a M.A. in economics from the University of Montana.
Kadas and his partner Martha Newell have two sons, with whom he enjoys skiing and hiking.
Kadas is honored to have the opportunity to return to Helena and continue his public service to Montana. His goals for the department include advancing digitalization, a simplified and transparent tax system, and building good working relationships with the legislature and taxpayers. Some guiding principles that Kadas hopes to bring to the job and continue to enhance with the department are professionalism, efficiency, courtesy and fairness.
Christian Mackay was raised on his family's cow-calf operation near Roscoe, Montana. After graduating from Absarokee High School, Christian worked on ranches in Montana and Oregon. In 1991 after attending Montana State University, Christian began a career in Helena, working for various political organizations.
Beginning in 2007, Christian took over as Executive Officer to the Montana Board of Livestock. Since then, the biggest challenge to the Department and the industry has been the issue of brucellosis. Montana pushed hard to get the federal government to change their brucellosis rules in order to not punish entire states when small outbreaks occur. Since then, Montana cattle have continued to demand high prices in national markets, in spite of recent small outbreaks.
Other accomplishments during Christian’s tenure include making many services available on the Department's web site. The biggest of which is the ability for Montana’s brand owners to rerecord brands online.
Christian has been married to his wife Rende for twenty-two years. They have one daughter, Shealyn.
Meg currently serves as the Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. Her interest in the Department of Commerce comes naturally. She is dedicated to building Montana's economy and creating well-paying jobs for Montana citizens.
The Department of Commerce offers programs that encourages and supports new growth, while helping established economic drivers. Meg is a native of Helena, Montana and a graduate of The University of Montana.
Prior to January 2013, Meg worked for 23 years at Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, Montana, where she was the Director of Sales & Marketing. During that time she demonstrated her dedication to growing Montana's economy by aggressively marketing Montana as a premier tourism destination and collaborating with the public and private sectors to ensure the health of the Big Sky Resort and the bigger community of Big Sky, Montana.
She has served on the Big Sky Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Big Sky Transportation District, and the Big Sky Lodging Association. She was appointed by Governor Schweitzer as a member of the Tourism Advisory Council and was Co-Chairman of the Big Sky Economic Development Council. Her leadership skills were finely tuned during her participation in Leadership Montana, sponsored by the Montana Chamber of Commerce.
She was a leading advocate in securing new direct flights into the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, including the non-stop flight from the New York metropolitan area to Bozeman
Meg was named the Tourism Person of the Year by the State of Montana and the Tourism Advisory Board in 2012.
Richard Opper currently serves as the Director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. He served 8 years under the Schweitzer Administration as Director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Prior to that, Richard was the Director of the Missouri River Basin Association, a coalition of Missouri Basin states and Indian Tribes that addressed major water policy issues.
Richard has a Master's Degree in Environmental Sciences from Montana State University. He and his wife, Sally, have a son, Isaac, in graduate school in California.
Major General Matthew T. Quinn is the Adjutant General for the State of Montana; serving as Commander of the Montana National Guard and the Director of the Department of Military Affairs. He is responsible to the Governor of Montana to provide Army and Air National Guard military forces that are ready to deploy worldwide and accomplish military missions in support of national defense, homeland security, natural disasters, domestic emergencies, and military support to state and local governments. As The Adjutant General Major General Quinn serves on the Governor’s cabinet as the principal military advisor and is responsible to the Governor for State Disaster and Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Veteran Affairs, Counter-Drug Support to Civilian Law Enforcement, the Montana National Guard Youth Challenge Program and the STARBASE Program. Prior to his appointment as the Adjutant General he served as the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Commander, 95th Troop Command, Vice Chief of the Joint Staff, J-6 and 495th Transportation Battalion Commander. General Quinn is a veteran of both Operation DESERT STORM, 1991, where he served as Commander of A Company, 34th Signal Battalion and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, 2003 – 2004, where he served as Commander of the 495th Transportation Battalion.
Dan Ritter currently serves as the Director for the Governor's Office of Community service. He was born in the Flathead Valley and raised in Helena. He brings his work history in both the private and public sector to the OCS.
A graduate of the Helena High School, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carroll College in Business Administration and Economics.
He returns to Helena from the Flathead where he was a REALTOR and owner of a property management company.
John Rogers was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock as Montana’s Chief Business Officer to head the Governor's Office of Economic Development. John began his duties on January 7, 2013. Prior to his appointment, John served as the Economic Development Representative for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. He was appointed to that position in 1988 and served as EDA's field representative for the State of Montana for nearly 25 years. In the year 2000, he was also assigned the State of Wyoming and in 2005, he was assigned to work with the State of North Dakota. During his tenure, John was awarded the Silver Award by the Secretary of Commerce, the department's second highest award. During his tenure with EDA, John's work with the agency resulted in investments exceeding $150 million in infrastructure, revolving loan funds, and other economic development projects.
A native of North Dakota, John came to Montana in 1986 when he was appointed as the Manager of the Helena Business Improvement District, the first such entity in the State. His wife, Judy, and their daughter, Jillian, reside in Clancy, Montana.
Jason Smith was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to serve on his cabinet as State Director of Indian Affairs. Jason brings years of experience working with Montana Tribes, Montana Legislators, and state agencies addressing issues in Indian Country.
Prior to his appointment, he worked at the Montana Department of Commerce as the State Tribal Economic Development Program Manager where is oversaw the Tribal Energy Efficiency Reinvestment Program and worked to assist Tribes to adopt the Model Secured Transaction Act in increase business development.
During the 2009 Montana State Legislature, he served as the Chief of Staff to the Montana American Indian Caucus tracking legislation, appropriation, and communication between the Tribal Nations and the American Indian Legislators.
Mr. Smith was Executive Assistant to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Chairman. He was responsible for informing the Chairman of tribal member issues, tribal policies, and assisting in the development of Federal, State, and Tribal Relations.
He graduated from the Salish Kootenai College with his Bachelor of Arts in Business and Entrepreneurship degree.
Jason is Kootenai, Assiniboine, and Sioux from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes.
Pat Smith was appointed to the Council in January 2013 by Governor Steve Bullock. Before his appointment to the Council, Smith practiced Indian law in Montana for 30 years, including as an in-house attorney for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes from 1984 to 1994.
His private practice in Missoula focused on state-tribal agreements, natural resource law, water rights, and economic development issues. With the Salish and Kootenai Tribes he worked on similar issues and also the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project, federal Indian law matters, voting rights, and electric utility law as in-house counsel for Mission Valley Power, the tribes’ electric utility.
Mr. Smith was raised in Billings and on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, where his family operates a wheat farm. He and his wife, Michelle Stearns, live in Arlee. He is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe.
Mr. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Montana. His law degree also is from the University of Montana. His political experience includes serving on the Montana Redistricting Commission from 2009 to 2013.
Tracy Stone Manning was appointed as Director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality by Governor Steve Bullock.
She worked for the past six years for United States Senator Jon Tester as his natural resource advisor, regional director and acting state staff director. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the Clark Fork Coalition, a Missoula-based non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring the Clark Fork River Basin. Stone-Manning was the founder and editor of the Headwaters News, now Mountain West News. In the late 1990s, she served as a senior fellow for Ecotrust, an organization that focuses on the intersection of conservation and economic development. She started her career as Executive Director of the Five Valleys Land Trust.
Stone-Manning received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 1992. She received her bachelor's degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Maryland.
She is married to Richard Manning and lives in Helena, Montana.
Michael Tooley was appointed by Montana Governor Steve Bullock as Director of the Montana Department of Transportation in January of 2013. He worked for the Montana Highway Patrol for 28 years, most recently leading the organization as Colonel and Chief of the Patrol.
Tooley was born in Havre and is a Capital High School graduate. He attended Carroll College and is a graduate of Grand Canyon University; he has undergone training for senior executives in state and local government at Harvard University and graduated from the FBI National Academy. He has served in the Montana Army National Guard and the United States Naval Reserve, where he was honored as the Sailor of the Year in 2003.
He and his wife Olivia live in Helena.
John Tubbs is the Director of Natural Resources and Conservation. He was appointment by Gov. Steve Bullock and has served in this position since January 7, 2013.
John Tubbs had served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science in the Department of the Interior since June 2009. As one of two Deputies in Water and Science, he worked with Assistant Secretary Anne Castle to oversee the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Tubbs has worked for the State of Montana for 25 years in both policy and financial programs. From 2006 to 2009 he was Montana's Water Resources Division Administrator for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) managing four bureaus and eight regional offices directing a wide variety of programs including water right processing, water management, operation of state owned water projects, flood plain management and dam safety regulations.
Before serving as director, Tubbs managed grant and loan programs for Montana including the Renewable Resource Grants and Loans, Reclamation and Development Grants, Irrigation Development Grants, State Revolving Fund Loans, and Regional Water System Financing. He began his career with DNRC as an economist in the Energy and Water Resources Divisions.
In addition to his state service Tubbs was the Vice-President of Ambrose Tubbs, Inc from 1993 through 2001. He received a M.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Forestry, both from the University of Montana, Missoula. Throughout his career, Tubbs has worked closely with state associations, conservation districts, counties and municipalities, state agencies, the legislature, tribal governments, federal agencies, and congressional staff.
Dan was born and raised in Anaconda. He is a graduate of Anaconda High School and Montana Tech with a degree in Business and Information Technology. After serving on the Anaconda School Board, Deer Lodge County Planning Board, and the Anaconda Local Development Corporation Board of Directors, Villa was elected to three to terms in the Montana House of Representatives. He served on the Appropriations, Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, Education, Business and Labor, Agriculture and Rules Committees. Governor Schweitzer appointed Dan as his Education Policy Advisor and Budget Director. Governor Bullock appointed Dan as his Budget Director in 2012.
He continues to live in Anaconda with his wife Brandie (Barkell), his daughter Reese and his son Dane.
In January, 2013, Angela Wong was reappointed to head the Montana Lottery by Governor Steve Bullock. Angela has been the Lottery's Director since February, 2011. Under Angela's leadership, the Montana Lottery has had two back-to-back years of record sales.
Angela's professional background includes business, marketing, and public relations experience in both the public and private sectors. Before her 2011 appointment to the Lottery, Angela held positions with the State of Montana for several years. Among them, she was an energy development specialist for the Department of Commerce and a brand manager for the Office of Tourism. In the private sector, Angela has assisted a number of small businesses to develop business/marketing plans.
Angela graduated from Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
The Lottery director is responsible for administrating operations of the Lottery according to state law and the directives of the Lottery Commission, including: licensing retailers, maintaining security, and negotiating contracts for equipment and services required for Lottery operations.