Board of Directors

Amanda Trum, President

Amanda Trum received a Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Florida and has worked in a collections management capacity for several museums, including internships at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. and the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT. Before graduate school she spent several years working on Cultural Resource Management archaeology projects across the country. Amanda has been the Collections Manager at the Montana Historical Society since 2007. She edits the quarterly Museums Association of Montana newsletter.

Amanda Trum, Collections Manager Montana Historical Society 225 N. Roberts St., PO Box 201201 Helena, MT 59620-1201 (406) 444-4719

Matt Lautzenheiser, Vice President

Matt Lautzenheiser is a native of Ohio, growing up in the small town of Dover about 85 miles south of Cleveland.  He attended Hiram College earning a B.A. in History and the University of Akron where he earned his Master’s Degree also in History.  Following completion of his M.A. at Akron, he was hired as the Site Historian at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio.  Hale Farm and Village is a living history site that is part of the larger Western Reserve Historical Society centered in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2005, Lautzenheiser was hired as the Executive Director at the Dover Historical Society.  The Dover Historical Society operates the J.E. Reeves Victorian Home.  The museum interprets the home, Reeves family, and local history of rural Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In 2014, Lautzenheiser moved to Missoula, MT where he became the Executive Director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.  The Historical Museum interprets the history of Missoula County, the forest products industry, Fort Missoula, and the Alien Detention Center that once held over 2000 foreign nationals during WWII.  The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, one of only six museums in the state of Montana with this distinction. Outside of his museum work, Lautzenheiser is an avid reader, and has published three books on local history.  They are; Images of America: Dover and Legendary Locals of Dover with Arcadia Press and The Dover-Phila Football Rivalry: A Tradition Shared Through its Greatest Games with the History Press. Matt is an avid runner and has completed the Boston Marathon twice.  He lives in Missoula with his wife Kelly and two boys, Douglas and Benjamin.

Colleen E. Curry, Secretary

Colleen E. Curry, a native of Orange County, New York, has been the supervisory museum curator at Yellowstone National Park since June 2003.  Since her arrival she has planned and supervised the move of the park’s several million item collection to the new Heritage and Research Center, planned the organization of the new storage areas, and continued with the collections documentation and acquisitions program.  In addition to overseeing the park’s museum program, she also supervises the park archives program and is responsible for the Yellowstone Research Library.

Colleen received her M.A. in Museum Studies (with an academic concentration in American Studies) from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and her B.A. cum laude in History and English Literature (with a minor in Anthropology) from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.  She has over 20 years of experience in the museum field and has served as assistant curator at both The Hermitage - Home of Andrew Jackson (TN) and the Supreme Court of the United States (Washington, DC); as well as collections manager at the Lehigh County Historical Society (PA) and curator of both Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial (VA) and the George Washington Memorial Parkway (VA).  She has also worked at Clara Barton National Historic Site (MD), Gettysburg National Military Park (PA) and Stones River National Battlefield (TN).

Supervisory Museum Curator, Yellowstone National Park 200 Old Yellowstone Trail Gardiner, MT 59030 (307) 344-2262

Penny Redli, Treasurer

In February 2008, Penny Redli started her position as Executive Director at the Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus, Montana. She is responsible for overseeing the entire operation of the museum. In the last two years she has re-organized all exhibits as well as developed many new exhibits and has tenaciously worked on making this County museum a visible cultural facility. In 2009, the museum completed an Institute of Museum and Library Services Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) grant of which Kay Karol Horse Capture, CAP Conservator, stated, “It is definitely one of the better small town museums. The integrity of the place is so high. They shoot for the highest standards.” Prior to the Museum of the Beartooths, Penny was Executive Director of the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum in Red Lodge for nine years. During her time at the Carbon County Museum, she filled the newly renovated building with exhibits, organized the move of the archives and artifacts, and assisted in the continuing effort to develop this small hometown museum into a first class museum. Prior to working with museums, she was a rodeo photographer and worked for 12 years for Coleman Gallery and Studio in Red Lodge, as photographers assistant, museum framing and matting, and hanging photography shows. Redli is a fourth generation Carbon County resident who is proud of her Finnish heritage.

Penny has been on the Museums Association of Montana (MAM) Board of Directors for eight years to assist in promoting professionalism to Montana’s museums. She is currently the Secretary/Treasurer and was the annual conference chair for five years. In 2010 & 2011, along with two MAM board members, she traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for Montana’s museums at the American Association of Museum’s Museum Advocacy Days. In 2002, the Montana Historical Society appointed her to the 16 member Cultural & Aesthetics Projects Advisory Committee that reviews all Cultural Trust Grants and makes funding recommendations to the Montana Legislature. In 2008, she was appointed chair of the committee. She thoroughly enjoys serving in this capacity and following up on many of the projects around Montana that were assisted with funding from the Cultural Trust Grant.

Museum of the Beartooths PO Box 1 Columbus, MT 59019 (406) 322-4588

Deb Mitchell, Executive Director

Deb Mitchell has been the Program Specialist at the Montana Historical Society Outreach and Interpretation Program for the last 10 years. Here she manages 3 interpretative sites, the Montana Historical Society Museum, the Montana State Capitol, and the Original Governor’s Mansion. She also provides help in developing online and published lesson plans and curriculum for teachers and educators throughout the state. Deb has also worked for the Museums Association of Montana since 2007 as the Membership and Program Coordinator. She is now the Executive Director of the MAM organization.

Program Specialist, Montana Historical Society PO Box 201201 225 North Roberts Helena, MT 59620-1201 (406) 444-4789

Jennette Rasch

Jennette Rasch is the current Operations Manager of the Moss Mansion Historic House Museum located in Billings, MT. She holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of North Dakota. Jennette has had the privilege of working in museums and cultural institutions around the U.S. over the course of the last 13 years including: The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Powell, WY, the Kennedy Museum of Art in Athens, OH, The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature and The Clint Hamilton Foundation in Abilene, TX, as well as the University of North Dakota Art Collections. She is also currently an adjunct professor for the Montana State University Billings Art Department as well as a Coach for the Montana Arts Council’s Montana Artreprenuer Program.

Jennette Rasch, Moss Mansion Historic House Museum Billings, Montana

Bill Jones

Bill Jones of Harlowton is a fourth generation rancher on the family ranch, Twodot Land and Livestock Co., founded in 1908.  With a ranch full of history Jones took his love of history to the board of the Upper Mussellshell Historic Society, serving for many years.  Then Jones was asked to reopen the shuttered Charles M. Bair Family Museum at Martinsdale, operating it for 3 years, then was instrumental in building the new museum building at the site.  Jones finished a two year commitment in April 2016 as the Executive Director of the Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman, steering that organization through a difficult time. Presently researching several historical topics, Jones is currently working on family history.

Ken Soderberg

Ken Soderberg has been involved with connecting people to public parks for the past 28 years. He worked as a park ranger; director of a non-profit outdoor education center; and director of a county park system before joining Montana State Parks. He is a Certified Interpretive Planner and Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation. His work with Montana State Parks has included the planning and development of state park visitor centers; wayside exhibits; self- guided materials and interpretive service training programs. As the program manager for Interpretive Services: Volunteer Engagement and Montana State Parks AmeriCorps his goal is to instill a sense of discovery of Montana’s rich natural and cultural heritage in state park visitors which will lead to their commitment of stewardship of state parks.

Ken Soderberg, Interpretive Services Specialist Montana State Parks 1420 E. 6th Helena, MT 59601 P:(406) 444-3750 Email:

Gil Jordan

Gil Jordan is the Executive Director for the Northwest Montana Historical Society and the Museum at Central School in Kalispell since January 2005.  He holds a Master of Arts degree from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly, Pomona. Gil and his wife Kim bought 40 acres of wilderness a few miles south of Glacier National Park in 1978, built their own log home, and have lived and worked in the Flathead Valley full time since 1985. Prior to becoming the director of the Museum in 2005, Gil was a social worker for 13 years at Kalispell’s Lamplighter House, working with adults with serious mental illness; a debate coach at Whitefish High School; the Technical Director of a large and very active Southern California civic theatre, and for 25 years and still active, is a volunteer firefighter with the Coram-West Glacier Fire Department. Gil is a runner, having completed 35 marathons and 2 ultras (31.2 miles and 50 miles) since 1993, including the 2011 Boston Marathon, and has covered more than 27,000 miles training and racing since 1984.

Gil Jordan, Executive Director Northwest Montana Historical Society Museum at Central School 124 2nd Ave E, Kalispell, Mt 59901 (406) 756-8381