Museums Association of Montana

MAM strives to strengthen all of Montana's Museums

Jeff Malcomson

Jeff Malcomson is the Photograph Archives Manager at the Montana Historical Society in Helena, MT, where he has worked since 2005.  Jeff has been a public historian for 25 years in Colorado, Arizona, and Montana, working as an archivist specializing in government records and photographs.  He earned a Master’s degree in history from Colorado State University, where he studied public history and the history of the American West.

Matt Lautzenheiser

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.

John Maclean (Author, Keynote Speaker)

John N. Maclean’s Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River, has been hailed as a companion to his father, Norman’s, A River Runs through It, and a stand-alone tribute to their home state, Montana, fly fishing, and family. The younger Maclean, an award-winning author and journalist, has written five books about fatal wildland fires that are staples of the literature and often used for training. Before writing about fire, Maclean was for thirty years a reporter, writer, and editor for The Chicago Tribune, most of that time as diplomatic correspondent in Washington, DC. He was one of the “Kissinger 14,” the group of media who regularly traveled with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during the era of shuttle diplomacy. Commenting on Home Waters, published in 2021, Publishers Weekly declared, “His Heminqway-esque prose is as clear as a mountain stream, flowing with a poetic cadence and lyrically describing the many splendid natural treasures to be found under the Big Sky.” Maclean divides his time between Washington and a century-old family cabin at Seeley Lake, Montana. He and his wife, Frances, have two adult children, Daniel, an author and chief of the science department at Robert Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska, and John-Fitzroy, a public defender for the state of Maryland.

Books by John N. Maclean

Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire

Fire and Ashes

The Thirtymile Fire

The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57

River of Fire: The Rattlesnake Fire and the Mission Boys

Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River

Lisa Tate 

Lisa Tate grew up in Missoula, Montana but moved to Boise, ID in the early 1980's where she worked in Museum and Non Profit management for over 40 years.  Her career has focused primarily on  curatorial  and Museum Director roles, as well as fundraising positions including Development Director. She holds a Master degree in Nonprofit Management and is a Certified Fund Raising Manager from Indiana University Lily School of Philanthropy.  Lisa has served on several nonprofit boards including 8 years as President of a national nonprofit association.  She has also served as a Trustee for several nonprofit foundations.

Prior to returning to  Missoula in 2016, Lisa spent five years in Fargo, ND where she was the Director of the Red River Zoo, a world renowned facility known for their conservation work with some of the world's rarest cold climate species.  While in Fargo, she was honored to be nominated for and receive Fargo's Woman of the Year in 2016.

In 2016 Lisa moved back to Montana to serve as the Executive Director for the National Museum of Forest Service History.  She has a strong passion for understanding history as a way to make better, more informed decisions for the future.

Pete Bolenbaugh (ZooMontana)

Billings native Pete Bolenbaugh got his start in fundraising in Oregon working for a few organizations, primarily OSPIRG, The Human Rights Campaign, and The Sustainable Forestry Project doing door-to-door fundraising and petitioning. After four years, he got tired of living paycheck to paycheck and always having to ask strangers if I could use their bathroom and moved back to Montana. He earned a degree in physics from UM, worked as a software developer, then reentered the nonprofit world at Rocky Mountain College as Director of Major Gifts and Interim Vice President of Advancement. He served as the Executive Director of Wise Wonders children’s museum and is now the Development Director for ZooMontana. He also shares his time serving on multiple community boards: Big Brother Big Sisters, Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools, and The Always Be Creative (a local nonprofit he cofounded ) just to name a few. In his spare time, he snuggles with his children since they haven’t realized yet that he’s lame and plays in a few bands.

Charlene Porsild, PhD

Charlene Porsild, is the President and CEO of The Montana History Foundation. A native of Canada’s Yukon, Charlene is an historian, author, administrator, and fundraiser with over 30 years of experience in higher education, museums, archives, and the nonprofit sector.  A former history professor and Fulbright Scholar, she holds degrees from the University of Alberta, the University of Ottawa, and Canada’s Carleton University.

Kari Gagner
Kari has more than 15 years of experience in digital marketing and communications in both corporate and non-profit settings. Her principal areas of interest and expertise include digital communications, marketing strategies, customer service, and event planning and facilitation. She has been the Marketing & Visitor Services Director at ExplorationWorks in Helena since 2016. In addition, she has served on various tourism and non-profit committees and organizations. When she’s not at ExWorks she can likely be found exploring everything Montana has to offer with her husband, two sons, and their wild and crazy pup, Edie.

Sabre Moore

Sabre Moore is the Executive Director for the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, MT, home of the Annual Dino Shindig. Her work focuses on developing collaborative partnerships for educational projects with Carter County Public Schools, Museum of the Rockies, Montana State Parks and Project Archaeology. Born and raised on a ranch in Wyoming, Sabre is intimately familiar with rural areas and her work with groups across Montana gives her a special insight into the ways museums can impact communities. 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 received a Bachelor's in History at Montana State University and a Master’s in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a PhD student at Montana State University in American Studies with a research focus on rural museums and their contributions to community vitality. She serves on numerous boards throughout the state, including the Montana Governor's Tourism Advisory Council, Visit Southeast Montana, Museums Association of Montana and the Montana Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association.

Michele Mileham 

Michelle Mileham is the Project Manager for Measurement of Museum Social Impact and Accessibility Coordinator with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. She previously served as Director of Education at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City. Prior to moving to Utah, Michelle completed a Master’s and Ph.D. at Oregon State University, studying Environmental Sciences and Education with a specific focus on museum education. Her interests are in storytelling, identity, and understanding how museums can provide the most engaging learning experiences for all audiences. Follow Michelle on Twitter @mamileham.

Randi Tanglen

Born in Sidney, Randi has a B.A. in English Education from Rocky Mountain College and an M.A. in English from the University of Montana. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and was an English professor at Austin College in Texas for 12 years. There she served as director of the Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching, director of the Gender Studies Program, and interim chair of the English Department. She has written and lectured widely on pre-1900 U.S. women and minority writers, the captivity literature of the United States, and literature and social justice. Her co-edited volume with Dr. Brady Harrison of the University of Montana, Teaching Western American Literature, appeared from University of Nebraska Press in June 2020. Randi passionately believes that a strong and diverse democracy needs the ideas, stories, and dialogue inspired by the humanities.

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.

Kathy Barton

As Guest Services Manager, Kathy Barton creates a welcoming atmosphere that fosters education and recreation for guests of all ages at ZooMontana - a living museum! In her nearly 4 years at the Zoo, Kathy has overseen the rapid growth of admission, membership, and gift shop sales, despite the challenges of the pandemic. No stranger to museums, her past positions include Curator of Yellowstone County Museum and Archaeological Collections Inventory Assistant at Mackinac State Historic Parks. She previously served a term on the AASLH Nomenclature Task Force and currently serves on the MAM board.

Mike Jetty 

Mike Jetty is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and a Turtle Mountain Chippewa descendant. Mike is currently working at the Montana Office of Public Instruction as an Indian Education Specialist. He has been working with Indian Education issues for the past 28 years and has teaching experience at both the K-12 and University level. He has a B.S. in History Education, a Master’s in School Administration and an Education Specialist Degree. Mike is currently working on updating model social studies lesson plans to incorporate the recently adopted Social Studies Standards and adding new classroom activities and links to online resources. Please contact Mike if you are looking for ideas and resources to support your Indian Education for All instructional efforts. In addition to his work with K-12 education, he is an active member of the American Indian and Minority Achievement Council for the Montana University System.

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 contributors and provides training.

Dave Colamaria

Dave has a wealth of experience in both the history and data fields. He spent over a decade working for and partnered with the U.S. Navy's official history command, as a Photo Archivist and Digital Historian. He has experience working with physical collections, as well as building and maintaining online content management systems and websites for history organizations. He has a Master's Degree in History from George Mason University, as well as certification through the Western Archives Institute. The other focus of Dave's career has been data analysis, including work for the Montana Highway Patrol, Montana Department of Transportation, and a number of private sector companies. He is thrilled to join the Montana Memory Project in a position which will allow him to continue his dual focus on both history and data management.

Emma Selfors 

Emma Selfors is the Curator of Collections at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. With nine years of museum experience working with collections and curating exhibitions, she began her career in museums as a Collections Manager for a military aviation museum in Washington State. After receiving her Masters in Museum Studies she has since worked with a university special collections and archives, a maritime history museum, a textile mill history museum, and an Australian based exhibition design company. Emma continues building her experience and knowledge about the museum field by attending monthly workshops and webinars about collections management practices as well as conferences and trainings such as the Heritage Emergency and Response Training program directed by FEMA and HENTF. With a strong background in policy review, she has revised and updated many types of museum policies for various institutions including Collections Management policies, Thematic Exhibition policies, and Disaster and Emergency Response policies.

Kristjana Eyjolfsson 

Kristjana Eyjólfsson is the Education Director for the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, instructor for the National Association for Interpretation, and a tour guide for the Unseen Missoula program. Before joining the HMFM team more than 7 years ago she worked for the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, California State Parks, National Museums Scotland, and as a field archaeologist in Scotland. When not at the museum sharing her passion for history, you can find her enjoying nature with her family and pups, or at home figuring out how to parent a baby and a teenager.

Tom Petersen

Tom Petersen is Development Director of the National Museum of Forest Service History. He has worked in the Development field for more than 30 years, creating dozens of successful grants, organizing membership drives, and cultivating major donors. Among other Museum development work, he serves on the Museum’s Capital Campaign team to build their flagship facility, the National Conservation Legacy Center. He lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife, daughter, and two frisky dogs.

Katie Elam (ZooMontana)

Katie has worked in informal education for over 9 years and has been at ZooMontana in various capacities since August 2017, mostly in the education department with her current title being Education Lead. While most of her professional focus has been on environmental education, Katie is passionate about languages & cultures, baking and crafting, the interconnectedness of just about everything, and more. She loves to get people as excited about the world as she is, and has worked  in various nature centers, zoos, and museums around the U.S. in both animal care and educational aspects.

Kevin Koostria (Western Heritage Center)

Lauren Hunley

Lauren E. Hunley has spent nearly 20 years in the museum field. Earning her Master of Arts in Learning & Visitor Services in Museums and Galleries through Leicester University in England, she’s worked for both small museums and national museum service organizations. She is the author of 101 Museum Programs on a Shoestring Budget and has presented at numerous museum conferences. She is currently the Community Historian at the Western Heritage Center in Billings, Montana, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountain-Plains Museums Association. Her recent projects include Conquering Diseases of the Past, Saints & Sinners: Women Breaking Tradition, and Healthcare on the Crow & Northern Cheyenne Reservations.

Taylor Crowl 

Taylor Crowl is a Program Specialist with the Montana Department of Commerce, where she oversees complex state- and federally-funded projects that further historic preservation, downtown revitalization, and economic development in communities across the state. She helped shepherd the inaugural round of MHPG grantees from application to award to implementation, and enjoys working with diverse stakeholders to demonstrate and improve the economic and cultural impact of these historic resources. Prior to joining Commerce, she served for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA, working on a variety of community development projects across Montana. Taylor has a B.A. in Geography from Vassar College.

Mackenzie Espeland

Mackenzie Espeland is a Program Specialist with the Montana Department of Commerce. In this role, she administers projects that revitalize downtowns, plan community goals, rehabilitate historic structures, assist non-profits, and grow businesses through state and federal funding. She is passionate about providing technical assistance to support organizations and communities successfully completing their goals. Before joining Commerce in 2018, Mackenzie previously worked as an Archaeological Surveyor cataloging historic sites and interned with a non-profit to further organizational capacity. She has a B.S. in Anthropology and a M.P.A from Montana State University.

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