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Meet the Board


Jim Galipeau CPA, CFE, CFF | President | JCCS

Jim currently serves on the Executive, Budget, Personnel, and Partnership Committees. He is interested in bringing great events to town and promoting the current events and ambiance that we already have to showcase Missoula as a premier location to live and work. Jim is active in a variety of organizations such as the MT Society of CPA’s, Missoula Chapter of MSCPA, United Way, Missoula Downtown Association, American Institute of CPA’s, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Missoula Chamber of Commerce. Jim currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of JCCS. Jim has lived in Missoula since the age of four. Since getting his degree in Accounting from the University of Montana, Jim has enjoyed living in Western Montana for all the amenities that it has to offer. Jim chooses to live in Missoula because he enjoys being close to Flathead Lake during the summer and the incredible outdoor recreation and services that we are spoiled with. During the fall expect to find him at the Grizzly games.

Christine Johnson | President Elect | Clover Creative Consulting

Christine is the owner of Clover Creative Consulting that specializes in technical writing and grant proposals. Originally from Butte America she is involved with the YWCA, Run Wild, Missoula Food Bank, Montana Gaelic Cultural Society, Missoula Businesswomen's Network and many more. Attaining degrees from Montana Tech in Professional & Technical Communications & the University of Montana in Journalism her heart is with Griz Nation, the Missoula Marathon and anything to do with getting out and enjoying Montana. 


Kate Leonberger | Past President - Treasurer | Z-5 Ranch



Bob Terrazas | Council | Terrazas Law Office



Matt Ellis | Secretary | Missoula Osprey and Uptown Diner

Matt is the Executive Vice President of the Missoula Osprey Professional Baseball Club and MSO Hub, a retail, ticketing, and visitors center hub in downtown Missoula. He also owns the Uptown Diner in downtown Missoula. Matt just completed his 24th season in professional baseball. Throughout his career he has been both an owner and operator and has worked at all levels of Minor League Baseball. He has been a part of the Missoula Osprey franchise as both an owner and operator since 1994. In December, Matt was named Executive of the Year for the Pioneer league, his 5th time winning the award. He has previously won the award for the Pioneer League in 1994, 2002, & 2007 and the California League in 1996. Matt and the Osprey take community service very seriously. He is currently a Board of Director for the Missoula Downtown Association, Missoula Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Parenting Place, and Play Ball Missoula. He is also a co-chair of the Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee. In the past year, Matt’s wife, Shelly, helped start the Epilepsy Association of Montana which is the first organization of its kind in the State of Montana to assist those suffering from Epilepsy. The Osprey also have one of the top grade school reading programs in the country. This spring over 4,000 area 1st to 5th graders read over 50,000 books in their “Hit the Books” reading program and earned over $90,000 in prizes from the Osprey.


Brad Murphy | Vice President | University of Montana Adams Center

Brad is fairly new face around Missoula having only been here since June 2012 he is currently the Executive Director for the Adams Center at UM. Originally from the one of smallest town's in the state, Winnett MT, Brad attained a Bachelor of Arts from Carroll College (MT) and a Master of Education from Bowling Green State University. He can be found at most UM Grizzly Athletic Events and enjoys the diversity and enthusiasm of our community. Working on large scale events that enhance Missoula and UM is what Brad hopes his experience will bring to the Destination Missoula Board of Directors.


Staci Nugent | Vice President | Paradise Falls



Matt Doucette | Vice President | Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown

Matthew Doucette hails from Boston, MA and is currently the General Manager of Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown. He has over 20 years of hotel industry operational experience, managing branded and independent hotels from 200 to 1,216 rooms and extensive food and beverage management history.

Matthew has served as an adjunct Professor Teaching at The Hospitality College Providence Campus and Fitchburg State University. Courses include; Strategic Leadership, Human Resource Management, and Marketing. He is a proud alumnus of the Johnson & Wales University Hospitality College with degrees in Culinary Arts AS, Foodservice Management BS, and Hospitality Administration MS.

While in New England Matthew was a member of Rotary Club, Board member of North Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau, member of North of Boston Chamber of Commerce, member of Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, and an advisor Board member of Fitchburg State University Business College. He currently is a board member of Destination Missoula, Missoula Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), and is an active member of Missoula Sunrise Rotary Club, First Night Missoula Selection Committee, First Night Star Judge, Montana Speech and Debate Competition Judge. Matthew’s focus and passion is family, community, team building, training and development, and teaching.   


Cris Jensen | Past President | Missoula International Airport 

Cris is the Director for the Missoula International Airport. Cris serves on the Sports and Conventions and Auction committees. Cris is most interested in looking for ways to grow and expand the CVB financially, so it can generate traffic to community businesses and help make the world aware of our awesome community. Cris is also involved with the Missoula Chamber of Commerce and the Missoula Area Economic Development Corporation. Originally from Elko, Nevada, Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He also has teaching credentials from Oregon State University. Cris says there are many things he loves about Missoula, but if he has to pick just one thing, it would be the people. He loves how genuinely warm and friendly they are. Cris’ favorite activities in Missoula include anything outdoors… hiking, biking and rafting just to name a few. 

Brian Flaig | First Security Bank


Ryan Montgomery | Montgomery Distillery

 

Anne Guest | Missoula Parking Commission

Anne is the Director for the Missoula Parking Commission. Anne is most interested in working on how to market Missoula as Montana’s leading destination to both in-state and out-of-state travelers. She is also involved with the Missoula Symphony Association, St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center & Foundation, Missoula Sunrise Rotary and the Missoula Downtown Association. Originally from Missoula, Anne attended the University of Washington for her undergraduate studies and the University of San Francisco for graduate studies. Anne loves everything about Missoula—she states we have it all. Anne says there are too many events and activities in Missoula to pick one favorite; Missoula is blessed with fabulous activities and events for a wide variety of people and interests that occur year-round.

Philip Mason | Tap Room Tours


Justin Philbrick | Jakers & Red Robin 

Justin came to Missoula for the University of Montana and  attained a degree from the Business College. Originally from York, Maine he choose to live here for the access to mountain, rivers and lakes. As General Manager of Jakers and Red Robin he is kept busy at work and enjoys the competitive softball leagues in Missoula. Attracting high tech conferences to the area is a goal while he is involved with Destination Missoula.

Scott Richman | Townsquare Media 


Michael McGill | MCT, Inc.


Kim Sawyer | Past-President | Wingate

Kim has lived in Missoula since 1992.  After completing high school at Billings Skyview High School     she moved to Missoula to pursue a degree in Communication Studies and Political Science at UM,    graduating in 1996. Kim is currently the manager of the Wingate by Wyndham and sits on various board committees such as the Executive, Tourism/ Hospitality and Board Development. She is also affiliated with Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association, Missoula TBID and the Cold Springs PTA. Originally from Albuquerque N.M., Kim’s favorite activity in Missoula is spending the long summer days at any number of parks around town playing with her family or enjoying the open space and letting her dog run. The best thing about Missoula for Kim is that it’s a fabulous place to raise a family with a safe environment, beautiful views and diverse culture. Matt is a graduate of the Arizona State University.  Matt and his wife, Shelly, have lived in Missoula since 2001 with their 18-year old son Michael.   

Erika McGowan | Ex-Officio | Windfall, Inc