MIS, like most independent schools, is legally organized as a non-profit corporation. As such, the school is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees, elected annually at its May meeting. The Board holds the school, and its VISION and MISSION “in trust,” acting in the best interest of the institution.
1) establishing the school’s vision, mission and strategic plan;
2) assuring the financial welfare of the school and overseeing its business and budgets;
3) appointing and supporting the Head of School, who manages the school’s operations.
2016/2017 Board of Trustees
Norm Williamson, President
Norm is a certified public accountant, financial planner with his own firm, Norm Williamson, CPA. Norm moved from Georgia to Missoula in 1996, where he met his wife Jennifer. They have two students who attended MIS. You will likely find Norm coaching or watching soccer games on the weekends. He received a Master of Accountancy/Tax at Gonzaga University and then returned to Missoula in 1998, where he runs his own CPA firm. Norm served MIS as treasurer for several years and hopes his work on the Board contributes to the long term financial stability of MIS.
Rob Fleming, Past President
Rob grew up in Missoula where he attended public school. He is a graduate of the University of Montana, with a Business Administration degree in Finance and Marketing. Rob has been a mortgage banker in Missoula since 1995. A lifelong outdoorsman, Rob enjoys all aspects of living in the Missoula area, including mountain biking, fly fishing, and snowboarding. Rob has a passion for international travel, especially in Mexico and Central America. In addition to an active lifestyle, Rob devotes a portion of his time volunteering for the University of Montana Excellence Fund, as a board member for Habitat for Humanity, and has served on the MIS Board of Trustees since 2007. He is the proud parent of two MIS alumnae. He hopes his service on the Board contributes to the qualities that make MIS great- the incredible teachers, outstanding educational program, and welcoming community.
Emily Richardson, Vice President
Emily works as a consultant for Warm Springs Productions. She and her husband, a TV Producer and co-owner of Warm Springs Productions, enjoy family travel adventures and fly fishing. Emily has a background in sales, management, and project management. She is an entrepreneur and founder of several small businesses. Emily serves her community as a volunteer for the Missoula Art Museum, the Poverello Center, and Montana People’s Action. Her three children attend MIS, where her dream for them is to become lifelong learners who are always willing to be risk-takers. Emily contributes her time and talent to MIS through her work on the School’s facilities projects.
Doug Webber, Treasurer
Doug is a native of Berkeley, CA, where he attended public schools before receiving his undergraduate degree in History from Dartmouth. He went on to complete his medical degree from the University of California and finished his residency in Family Practice from the University of Utah. In 1976, Doug moved to Missoula where he practiced primarily emergency medicine at St. Patrick’s Hospital until 2008. He taught students at the U of M School of Law and Pharmacy, and was staff physician at Planned Parenthood and Blue Mountain Clinic. He serves his community as a volunteer and supporter of Five Valleys Land Trust, the Montana Natural History Center, Montana ACLU, and the Blackfoot Challenge. Doug is a dedicated outdoorsman and tennis player who lives in the Rattlesnake with his wife, Nancy, and their identical twin daughters who attend MIS. He is passionate about supporting education in Montana.
Jason Kiely, Secretary
Jason transitioned from a career in community organizing to conservation work when he moved from Chicago to Missoula in 2003. In 2008, he co-founded a clean technology start up with his father, the inventor of the green chemistry technology behind Rivertop Renewables. Jason now serves as a product manager developing industrial market opportunities. His wife, Gita, is a filmmaker and director of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Their daughter is at MIS and their son attended MIS until 2015. Jason served on the Board of Montana Conservation Voters from 2007-2010 as both chair and co-chair. He also co-founded the 2nd Street Community Garden in 2005. Jason volunteers his time for MIS by helping with strategic communications and planning. He is excited to see MIS engage in community partnerships with MCPS and the University of Montana that will serve to strengthen the IB Diploma Program in Missoula High Schools and establish Missoula as a hub for world-renowned IB education.
Julie Osborn, PA Council President
Julie is the mother two MIS students and serves as President of the Parent Council. She and her husband Scott live in the Rattlesnake where they enjoy playing in the creek, raising chickens and bees, and riding bikes in the woods. Together, they co-founded and direct Ecology Project International (EPI), which partners students and scientists on conservation projects in five countries. She has been fortunate to live internationally through her work and studies, most recently in La Paz, Mexico. Prior to EPI, she worked as an environmental scientist and energy policy analyst, and completed her graduate studies at Stanford. Outside of MIS and EPI, you can find Julie volunteering in the community and adventuring with her children and husband, preferably on or near a river.
Ray is a lifelong learner, having devoted his life to education and research at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels in science and math. Ray received a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. He then became a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University’s School of Medicine and went on to work as a research scientist for thirty years studying reproductive biology. After leaving Yale, Ray taught middle school and high school math and science. In Missoula with his wife Cyndy, Ray spends his time working with a number of community organizations. His volunteer experience includes working with Mended Hearts, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and Chimney Corners YMCA. Ray enjoys flying, carpentry, kayaking, and traveling. As the the proud grandfather of three MIS students, Ray would like to assure that the educational program MIS provides is available for his grandchildren’s grandchildren.
Originally from Northern California, Susan and her husband Carter moved to Missoula in 2000, to follow his career as a physician and a passion for river rafting. After graduating with a BA in Political Science from UCLA, Susan worked for various companies in advertising and marketing, most recently Adobe Systems, Inc. In addition to being a full-time Mom to Oliver, who started preschool at MIS in 2006, Susan keeps busy by volunteering. She spent 6 years as a room parent at MIS and served as a member of other nonprofit boards, including the Missoula Symphony Association, the Montana Neuroscience Institute Foundation, and the St. Patrick Hospital Foundation. Susan and her family enjoy traveling and participating in the many activities that Montana’s seasons have to offer.
Betsy is a consultant for fundraising and marketing working with both for profit and nonprofit clients in western Montana. Betsy served as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, and as Class Dean in 1996. She was the Charter School Coordinator for the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she developed a plan for an elementary charter school, including a grant for state funding, and charter school education research. Betsy also worked as the Development Director for the Montana Natural History Museum where she was responsible for individual, corporate and foundation fundraising. She is a founder and steering committee member of the Missoula Nonprofit Network. Betsy is very dedicated to independent education in Missoula. She and her husband, Peter Bensen, have a son and daughter in college.
Jenn is an accountant at WORD, Women’s Opportunity Resource Development. Her previous positions in Missoula include tax accounting, Good Food Store Deli Manager, and restaurant owner. Before moving to Missoula, she was Accreditation Coordinator at John Hopkins School for Continuing Medical Education. Jenn volunteered as a chair for Threads for Humanity and led fundraising efforts for women affected by Hurricane Katrina. She and her husband are the proud parents of an MIS student, who Jenn hopes will continue to love school and attain all the qualities of the IB Learner Profile. They enjoy camping and travel and their two dogs and four chickens. As chair of the Fund Development Committee at MIS, Jenn hopes to build participation in fundraising and develop a culture of philanthropy in the MIS community.
Dave has worked in the Missoula Valley as a financial advisor for Edward Jones for over fourteen years. He has served as volunteer with the Lion’s Club and as a tutor for MCPS. He lives in Lolo, MT with his wife, Audrey and their son, Noah, who attended MIS through 2014. Dave enjoys running, fishing, and hiking. He hopes his work as a Board member for MIS will support preparing children with the tools to think through the increasingly complex problems the next generation will have to face.
Mary has been an active volunteer for MIS since her two sons arrived at school, serving as President of the PA Council and chair of the Event Committee. A current member of the Board’s Finance Committee, Mary has worked for over fifteen years with JP Morgan Asset Management, where her focus is mutual funds, business strategy, and providing leadership to a team of salespeople. Mary serves her alma mater, Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee, as a National Advisory Council Member and spearheaded their fundraising efforts as part of a $32 million dollar capital campaign for the school’s Health and Wellness Center. Mary also served on the board of Clark Fork School in Missoula. She and her husband Will, a Missoula physician, enjoy skiing, running, hiking, and spending time with family at Flathead Lake. She hopes her involvement on the MIS Board of Trustees will contribute to the school’s greater financial stability and provide a strong academic foundation for her children.
Mike Vetter is Senior Resource Forester with Plum Creek, where he has worked for the last 35 years. Mike has a B. S. in forest management from The University of Montana. In the middle of his forestry career, he took a 5 year hiatus to work as an Industrial Analyst at Plum Creek’s regional office in Columbia Falls as well as Shift Supervisor at Evergreen Sawmill in Kalispell, MT. He lives in Missoula with his wife, Julie, and two younger boys who attended MIS, Ben and Liam. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Forest Resource Committee that organizes Forest Discovery days for 500 5th grade school children as well as a Forest Resource Tour in the fall. During the off season, Mike coaches soccer and Nordic skiing for two Missoula youth programs. He began serving on the MIS Board of Trustees in 2012.
NEW MEMBERS FOR 2016/2017 (Bios pending)