Four generations of descendants before Coby have found balance working and living with the incredible landscapes that make Montana the "Last Best Place". A western Montana transplant from the wide open spaces near Miles City and Glendive, Coby brings years of innovative public lands conservation experience gained through work with four National Parks, the U.S. Forest Service, the Montana Conservation Corps, and several conservation non-profit organizations to his role with the Montana State Parks Foundation.
As a strong proponent of partnership and cooperation amongst land management agencies, local businesses, and community-backed groups, Coby is working to achieve the shared potential of Montana's State Parks and communities.
As a graduate of Portland State University, Coby has spent his entire young adult life as a professional and personal advocate of public lands and wide open spaces. You can find him on his raft, snowboard or mountain bike all across Montana often with his wife and young-at-heart pup in tow.
As the Executive Director of Visit Billings, Alex deeply appreciates and understands the significance of tourism in southeast Montana and the impact parks have on the Billings’ economy. In fact, parks are literally in her blood. Born in Yosemite National Park, Alex also lived in other national parks including Crater Lake and Yellowstone. One of her first jobs was scooping ice cream for visitors at the old Hamilton Store in Mammoth Hot Springs.
Prior to her work with Visit Billings and the Billings Chamber of Commerce, Alex anchored and produced "Montana This Morning" for CBS affiliate KTVQ. A 24-year resident of Billings, she is a graduate of MSU-Billings and has served as past president of the MSU Billings Alumni Advisory Board, as a board member of the Billings Education Foundation, MetraPark Advisory Board and Big Sky State Games along with state tourism associations including Voices of Montana Tourism.
For 24 years, Alex has proudly called Billings her home with her husband Calvin and their two children.
Brent has more than 30 years of experience in business leadership, project management, engineering, community planning, and infrastructure finance.
As the CEO of WGM Group, he has extensive experience in management, finance, strategy, and entrepreneurship. He currently serves on several economic development boards, which provides him with experience and expertise in finance, workforce development, and new business startups. He is also an owner and investor in several small established or start-up companies.
Diane's law practice focuses on real estate, business, water, and environmental law. She uses her wide-ranging skills to guide individuals and businesses through the complexities of residential, commercial and conservation real estate transactions.
A founder of Whitefish Legacy Partners, Diane's vision helped this nonprofit conserve over 2,000 acres of public and private land and build over 30 miles of recreational trails on the outskirts of Whitefish. This $14 million, 10-year project has resulted in an internationally recognized mountain bike trail system and thousands of acres of land to roam only a few short miles from town.
Diane is also the founder and owner of Montana Access Project. MAP brings their expertise to work with community-based organizations, businesses and public agencies to create, protect and enhance frontcountry outdoor recreation opportunities at the heart of Montana's way of life. From thinking to doing, from simple to complex, they know what it takes to get nature based recreation on the ground that is built to last.
Miles City, Montana
Terry was born and raised in Miles City, MT. He briefly attended Miles Community College, North Dakota State University before enlisting in then US Navy. After his naval service, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Montana and a law degree from the University of South Dakota.
He began his professional career with a short stint as legal service attorney in eastern Montana, followed by Head Counsel for the Montana Public Service Commission in the early 70s while the Colstrip power plant was still in development. He was a Deputy County Attorney fir Flathead County for about a year before establishing a private practice in Miles City which he has operated for over 40 years.
Terry is a former member of Board of Directors of Montana Trial Lawyers for 10 years and a 45 year member of Northern Plains Resource Council. Terry loves spending time outdoors, particularly with the oars of his raft in hand while navigating white water stretches of river in the northwestern US.
Lee’s love of the outdoors began at the age of six when his family took a cross-country camping trip to attend the World’s Fair in Seattle.
He began is outdoor career leading wilderness therapy trips with delinquent youth in New Mexico. He spent 10 years as an instructor, course director and program director with the Colorado and North Carolina Outward Bound Schools between stints as a classroom teacher and counselor.
For the past 23 years he worked for the Montana Conservation Corps as Regional Director and Director of Programs and Partnerships fulfilling his passion for providing conservation service experiences for youth and young adults.
Lee lives in Bozeman with his wife and daughter.
Tom has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years. Currently he is a Senior Investment Specialist at WestPac Wealth Partners in Missoula, MT.
Prior to that he was Chief Investment Officer and Director of Research of SGL Investment Advisors. He was also a Portfolio Manager and Equity Analyst for a $4 billion investment firm in Los Angeles, CA. There he was the co-manager of the Smallcap Value strategy and RCB Smallcap Value Mutual Fund as well an Equity Analyst covering consumer products, business services, retail and media industries.
At RCB he was instrumental in developing an innovative and original research process and investment philosophy for the firm. Prior to that he was a financial analyst at a large international bank as well as at one of the world’s largest corporations.
Mr. Kerr has also been a contributing writer to TheStreet.com and RagingBull.com. Mr. Kerr is a CFA charterholder and obtained a B.B.A in Finance from Texas Tech University. He serves on the board of CASA of Missoula and is also a member of the Montana Snowbowl Ski Patrol.
Chris, originally from Pittsburg, PA, made his way west as soon as he could to begin a long career in public lands and wildlife management from Alaska to Montana.
Chris has over 34 years experience in planning, management, research, supervision and administration of resource conservation programs throughout Alaska and Montana. He has extensive involvement with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and inter-agency teams.
Chris has specialized training and experience in wildlife policy and law, public involvement, conflict resolution, personnel management, and strategic planning. Chris served as Deputy Director for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks for 11years. Prior to working in Montana, Chris worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
In his 23 years working for Alaska, he rose from Fisheries Technician to Assistant Director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation. Chris holds a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Alaska and a M.S. Degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of British Columbia.
Before founding Blackmore Group, LLC, Schimbeno attended Montana State University-Bozeman and the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. Schimbeno formed Blackmore Group, LLC and began working full-time following his graduation in May 2015.
The experience Schimbeno gained while working for two startup companies has been invaluable and integral for his success in starting Blackmore Group, LLC. Schimbeno’s familiarity with the challenges of starting a new business has proved valuable as he conveys his knowledge and experience to the growth of the Foundation.
Schimbeno’s passion for helping his customers is match by his desire to protect and improve Montana’s State Parks. When he’s not busy running Blackmore Group, Brock and his family enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and exploring Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.
Angie has lived in Montana since 1980 when she attended Carroll College and fell in love with this great state. She worked 28 years (retiring in 2012) for the Montana Legislative Auditor’s Office doing performance audits of a wide variety of state programs. Several of the audits and special projects focused on state parks operations. That’s where her passion for our great park system began! Although she lives in Helena, she spends a fair amount of time exploring the state and all it offers. Angie is an avid hiker, bird watcher, biker, bird hunter and skier who has done all those activities in our state parks!
Angie has also served on several boards such as the Prickly Pear Land Trust, Last Chance Nordic Ski Club, the FWP State Trails Advisory Committee, the Ten-Mile Collaborative for the City of Helena, and last but certainly not least-the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board. For the last three years, she served as the chair for the State Parks Board and was closely involved on several key projects and park developments. She also served on Governor Bullock’s Parks in Focus Commission in 2018 to develop a strategic roadmap to build and support the parks system that Montana deserves.
Noah Marion was raised in the foothills of Colorado's Rocky Mountains and spent his youth visiting parks and hiking trails across the western US. After receiving his B.A. in Political Science from Montana State University, Noah has worked for Montana Wilderness Association for the past five years. Currently, Noah is the State Policy Director and lobbyist for MWA where he develops state-level policy solutions, political and lobbying strategies, and campaigns aimed at protecting, and expanding, and properly funding state parks, trails, public access, wildlife habitat, and conservation values in Montana. Noah is inspired by a love of free-flowing rivers, exploring Montana's wildlands, and developing legislative strategies that protect these places for generations to come.
Noah lives in Bozeman with his wife and two dogs. They spend their free time rowing rivers across the west, fly fishing, backcountry skiing, and camping in Montana's spectacular State Parks.
Christine is a lifelong resident of Montana, raised in the South Eastern Corner of the State south of Wibaux in the farming community of St. Phillips. Access to State Parks has been an integral part of raising two daughters and three sons during the past 30 years of marriage to Bob, and she looks forward to sharing these treasures with her grandchildren. Currently she is the full time instructor at City College/MSU Billings.
Christine has worked for years advocating for stewardship, investment and access to Montana State Parks, trails and water access sites. We have a legacy in Montana that must be preserved for future generations. She was the past chair of the Makoshika Potable Water and Campground work group, served on the Visit Southeast Montana board, serves as an Ambassador for the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project and most recently has been supporting community outreach for the Yellowstone River Coalition. Her most unique role in Eastern Montana involved managing the Yellowstone Paddlefish Caviar Program for the Glendive Chamber of Commerce in partnership with FWP.