Board of Directors

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 dmitchell@mt.gov

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 ATrum@mt.gov

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 Colleen_Curry@nps.gov

Jennette Rasch, Treasurer

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: ksoderberg@mt.gov www.stateparks.mt.gov

Julia Quigley

Julia is a sixth generation Montanan with a passion for entrepreneurship and preserving the state's rich entrepreneurial history. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Science in Technical Communication, using her knowledge and experience as a Project Manager for a company specializing in virtual reality development. As a member of the Board of Directors, Julia manages MAM's digital media, and advises the Board on marketing strategy. She is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, and enjoys learning about natural history and the sciences.

Julia Quigley, Project Manager InsideMT & Bright Side Interactive Email: julia@brightside.media

Pat Roath

An independent consultant in museum policy and museum collections care, Pat is also Curator of Collections & Exhibits at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell. Past positions include Registrar & Collections Manager for the Museum of the Rockies, Curator of Collections at Virginia City, MT for the Montana Heritage Commission / Montana Historical Society, and Curator for the Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Pat holds an MS and BS from North Dakota State University in Fargo with a specialty in historic clothing. She is a member of and has served extensively with numerous museum professional organizations.

Pat Roath, Independent Consultant Hockaday Museum of Art Email: patro@montanasky.net

Kelly Hartman

Kelly Hartman, a native of Montana, is currently Curator at the Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Western Oregon University with a minor focus in art history. From 2013 to 2016 she served as Director of the Cooke City Montana Museum, her time there included the Grand Opening in 2014. Kelly still works with the Cooke Museum long distance.

Kelly Hartman, Curator Gallatin History Museum 317 West Main Bozeman, MT 59715 P:(406)522-8122 Email: curator@gallatinhistorymuseum.org www.gallatinhistorymuseum.org

Sabre Moore

Sabre Moore was born and raised on a sheep and cattle ranch near Douglas, Wyoming. She graduated from Montana State University with a B.A. in History before continuing her education at Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Masters of Arts degree in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management in 2016. She became the Executive Director of the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, Montana in December of 2016. The Carter County Museum interprets the 90 million year history of Carter County, Southeastern Montana, and the surround region, as well as operates as a steward for the excavation and preservation of fossil and archaeological resources in the area through exhibits, scientific research, and educational programming. The museum was the first county museum in the state and the first to display dinosaurs in Montana. The museum is home to the annual Dino Shindig, awarded Montana's Event of the Year in 2017. Sabre is a member of the Board of Directors for Visit Southeast Montana, Museum Association of Montana and Camp Needmore. She has worked at museums all over the world, including the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, Turkey and serving as an intern for the Smithsonian Office of International Relations. She and her sister, Stirling Moore co-operate Moore and Moore Livestock, LLC, an agricultural business based out of Douglas, WY.

Sabre Moore, Executive Director Carter County Museum 306 Main St Ekalaka, MT 59324 P:(406) 775-6886 Email: smoore@cartercountymuseum.org cartercountymuseum.org/

Tate Jones

Tate Jones is a Missoula native and holds a Master of Arts degree in History from George Washington University. He serves as Executive Director for the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History and Vice President of the Northern Rockies Heritage Center, both located at Fort Missoula.

Tate Jones, Executive Director Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History PO Box 7263 Missoula, Montana 59807 P:(406) 549-5346 Email: info@fortmissoula.org www.fortmissoula.org

Jennifer Birnel

Jennifer Birnel has a Masters of Education degree, a BS in Middle Grades Education, and BA in Organizational Communications. She taught middle school language arts and social studies for 12 years. She was hired by the State Library in 2011 as a technology trainer. In 2013 she became the Montana Memory Project Director for the Montana State Library. The Montana Memory Project is a digital library of items related to Montana history and culture. In this role she oversees the ongoing implementation of this project including the addition of new collections, website design, and communication with the MMP membership. She recruits new content contributors and provides training and technical support. Jennifer was born and raised in Conrad, Montana and now lives in Choteau where she works as a remote employee. She enjoys travel, camping, kayaking, and reading in her hammock.

Jennifer Birnel, Project Director Montana Memory Project Email: JBirnel@mt.gov

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