Anna Baldwin, the 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year, has taught for 16 years on the Flathead Reservation in Western Montana. For four of those years, she had the honor to teach at the tribal alternative school where she learned immeasurably from her colleagues and students about tribal culture. During the remainder, she has served her local community where she teaches high school English and is a literacy coach. In addition, she designed and teaches Native American Studies for the Montana Digital Academy; this online class for high school students is the first of its kind in the nation. She designed and teaches an online class for teachers who want to integrate authentic tribal materials into their classrooms using best practice literacy methods. Finally she also teaches English methods courses as an adjunct at the University of Montana.
Her passions are culturally responsive teaching and mentoring teachers. She is committed to developing cultural understanding and has started a club which partners her students with those in other schools to increase understanding of reservation life.
Anna has won several awards, including the Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching award from Teaching Tolerance and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Distinguished Educator award as well as Teacher of the Year. Her husband is a ceramic artist, and her children are her greatest source of pride.
Throughout 20 years of flying low and slow throughout the Northern Rockies and coast-to-coast, commercial pilot and aerial photographer Chris Boyer has documented the patterns of landscape change with particular attention to encroachment, pathways, and intersections between contrasting management decisions. His award winning fine art and documentary imagery has appeared in regional and national magazines, museums, galleries and private collections. In addition to his own work, Chris has provided flight services for a wide variety of photographers, journalists, researchers and decision makers.
Chris earned his pilot’s license during a graduate program in Fluvial Geomorphology and after 10 years designing and constructing ecosystem restoration projects Chris sold his company to start Kestrel Aerial Services, Inc. Kestrel offers a wide variety of flight and imaging services to conservation and natural resource projects throughout the Northern Rockies and Great Plains, conducting oblique photography, mapping and hyper-spectral imaging flights, aerial survey and habitat assessments for wildlife and land use projects, and providing an aerial platform for other photographers and researchers.
When not flying professionally, Chris is a frequent and enthusiastic volunteer for Lighthawk and Angel Flight, serving conservation and humanitarian causes. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and his young son, B, on Farm 51 in Bozeman, Montana, where they raise and sell Boer and Nubian goats for meat and dairy.
George Bumann doesn’t mind getting dirt in his clay. As a professional sculptor working in and around Yellowstone National Park, he takes an unconventional approach to his art. Though reared in his mother’s New York sculpture studio, he initially turned his back to the arts to pursue a parallel passion – ecology. Later, living in the fabled Lamar Valley of Yellowstone, he was overcome by the depth of experiences that words could not convey. An effort to communicate the indescribable brought him back to the early lessons of the studio. The tug between art and science, in the end, led him on a very personal journey to unify his two worlds. Through his art, George chases the awe and the mystery of wild places and wild beings in pursuit of a deeper sense of what they mean to us, and more importantly what they reveal about us. When not working in his Montana studio, he may be found modeling clay beside a herd of bison, hiking primordial pathways or scrambling up a tree to avoid an ornery moose.
As CEO of technology startup KERBSpace, Bill Clem believes that digitally driven interaction will change the way everyone interacts with and discovers within their community. With 25+ years of experience creating useful solutions, Bill has a keen sense for design that is beautiful, yet elegant in its utility and user experience. He has worked in both startups and established companies, and has won numerous awards during his career that highlight his commitment to beautiful design, from consumer to industrial projects. Bill's career includes design projects for global brands such as Nike, Philips, Reebok, Schwinn and yeah, he even worked on Battlestar Galactica branded Theme Park. Yes, he is that cool. Bill holds numerous utility patents. He lives in Bozeman, MT.
Angela Des Jardins
Dr. Angela Des Jardins, a solar physicist by training, is the Director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), Director of Montana NASA EPSCoR, and current Chair of the NASA EPSCoR Caucus. Montana Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR are programs that work to strengthen education and research in Montana in fields related to aerospace science and engineering. Angela is proud to be a third generation Bozemanite who was able to follow her dreams of working for NASA while staying in Montana. Angela's mission is to use the ability of space to ignite the human sense of wonder; to engage Montana students, teachers and researchers in aerospace activity, capitalizing on our inherent fascination with discovery and exploration to further the drive to achieve great strides in STEM fields; to conduct research in solar astrophysics with an emphasis on student involvement; to cultivate a spirit of service.
Heather is a Montana girl at heart, passionately working to protect the landscape and communities that inspire and ground her. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Studies, Alternative Energy and Sustainable Building, from the University of Montana, and a Master in Business Administration, Sustainable Systems, from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot University. She currently serves as the Energy Conservation Technician for the City of Bozeman, MT. Heather is a bridge builder and an eco-warrior, harnessing her insatiable curiosity and the power of community to find collaborative solutions to the region’s greatest environmental, social and economic challenges. She believes in the the inherent goodness of people. Heather is a rekindled poet and musician. She has an intense love affair with learning and more books than she can ever hope to read. Heather loves hot springs, music, playing outdoors, tea, flip flops, sleeping, and adventures with her daughter. She is proud mom and Sherpa to her amazing daughter, Scout. She is deeply grateful for her family, purpose, creativity, and curiosity. She can usually be found trying to make the world a better place.
Dr. Lisa Kirk is Principal Geochemist and President of Enviromin, Inc., a consultancy specializing in microbial and environmental geochemistry, as well as the application of biotechnology to the management of mined materials and water resources.Dr. Kirk is also Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering of Montana State University and serves as Mining Outreach Coordinator for the MSU Center for Biofilm Engineering. She was a graduate fellow of the Inland Northwest Research Alliance, the Montana Water Center, and the U.S EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. For over 25 years, she has conducted environmental geochemistry investigations and surface water management projects throughout the United States, and in Canada, South America, Australia and Africa. Her research is focused on the subsurface microbial ecology of mine waste, with a goal of developing operational strategies for in situ source control. In 2014, Lisa and her husband Allan were privileged to serve as mentors to the MSU chapter of Engineers Without Borders in Khwisero, Kenya, where they worked to develop and protect supplies of clean water. Dr. Kirk’s work feeds her passion for innovation in the sustainable production of mineral resources at the industrial/academic interface. The mother of two grown daughters raised in the Gallatin Valley, Meghan and Molly, Lisa makes her home with Allan and their cats in downtown Bozeman. She loves to ski and travel.
Josh & Kathy Lockie
We own and run a local Bozeman business called Lockie Photography (est. 1999). We primarly specialize in photographing weddings, and spend half of each year in Bozeman (where we're from), and half in Scottsdale Arizona, which allows us to focus on weddings all year round. Josh studied at Montana State University and has a degree in both Photography and Business. Kathy joined Lockie Photography full time in 2010, and while her background is more on the business side, they both photograph full time together.
Karen McNenny has had a diverse career path, stretching from her days performing as an actress and dancer, to hocking souvenirs at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. She currently works throughout the country as a professional speaker, group facilitator and personal coach. Before starting her own business, Made You Think Consulting, she worked as a master trainer & facilitator for Providence Health and Services; the largest healthcare system in the Northwest. Karen’s areas of expertise include employee engagement, leadership development, and transforming workplace culture. Her recent clients have included Spokane International Airport, The Department of Public Health and Human Services, The Department of Labor, and the YMCA of Los Angeles.
After studying media and theater arts at Montana State University, Karen completed her graduate studies as a Rotary International Scholar at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England. Karen has continued developing her skills through training with the Disney Institute, the Baptist Healthcare Leadership Institute and the Kaufmann Foundation for Entrepreneurs. She also trained with the Center for Ethical Leadership, earning her certification as a Gracious Space Facilitator. Karen has a unique talent of weaving her skills as a storyteller and performer with relevant and meaningful content.
Karen currently lives in her hometown of Missoula, Montana where she also holds the glamorous position of Domestic Diva, serving her two young children. When she is not out transforming the world of work and community, she can be found at home melting cheese on something and wielding a sharp butter knife.
Dan is a Professor of Management in the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican University of California (DUC). Dan previously served as dean of the business schools at both DUC and Montana State University and as a management professor at Montana State and San Jose State universities.
Dan’s teaching, research and consulting focuses on leadership, high performance teams, change management, and attitudes and emotions in the workplace. He has consulted for a variety of private sector firms, including several social enterprise and health care organizations, as well as universities and municipalities. He has been a faculty member in an executive master’s program at the University of Lugano in Switzerland and has served as a research fellow with the Nemours Center for Medical Leadership.
A dynamic presenter and skilled facilitator with a background in improvisational theater, Dan has won more than a dozen teaching and presentation-related awards during his career. Prior to his academic and consulting career, he spent 10 years in industry in marketing and public relations.
Dan received his Ph.D. in management from the University of Oregon as well as master's and bachelor's degrees from George Washington University in Washington DC.
Sasha Joseph Neulinger
Sasha Joseph Neulinger (B.F.A. in Film Production at Montana State University) is the co-founder and Head of Production at Step 1 Films. He has worked behind the scenes on National Geographic’s award winning series, “America, The Wild” as an editing assistant and production assistant. At Step 1 Films, he has produced, directed, and edited multiple commercial videos for various corporate clients, including Simms Fishing Products and Wisetail, among others. He is currently directing his first feature length documentary, “Rewind To Fast-Forward,” an autobiographical film about his life surviving multigenerational sexual abuse. Sasha also travels nationally as a public speaker, advocating for reforms in child advocacy and child abuse prevention.
John Scannella was born in Queens, New York and fell in love with dinosaurs at an early age. He received a bachelor's degree in Geological Sciences from Rutgers University and is completing a Ph.D. in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. Since 2006, he has been involved in the Hell Creek Project, a multi-institutional exploration of the end of the Age of Dinosaurs in Montana and surrounding areas which was spearheaded by the Museum of the Rockies. John's research focuses on the growth and evolution of the famous horned dinosaur Triceratops and its relatives. In 2010, he and Jack Horner proposed that the horned dinosaur Torosaurus actually represents the mature growth stage of Triceratops. When he is not digging up new specimens of Triceratops in the field, he is studying the details of this dinosaur's anatomy at the Museum of the Rockies and other institutions. John is passionate about deciphering dinosaur evolution and sharing the excitement and importance of paleontology with the public.
Heather McPhie grew up skiing with her family in Bozeman, MT and has always loved the mountains. In her first year on the Bridger Freestyle Ski Team, Heather competed in every mogul competition and despite rarely making it through a run without falling down, she fell completely in love with her sport.
Almost ten years later in 2005, Heather qualified for the US Freestyle Ski Team and became known for a diligent work ethic, which gained her respect as well as a shot at the top of the podium.
In 2010, her work with a mental strength coach, combined with continued efforts on and off the hill, launched her from 27th to 2nd in the world in less than four months. Using these new mental skills, Heather earned her first World Cup podiums and punched a ticket to her debut Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Heather became the first mogul skier to pick up a Red Bull sponsorship and used her new wings to soar to 9 additional World Cup podiums, bringing her current total to fifteen. She took home the U.S. National Title in both 2012 and 2013 and finished the season ranked in the top five internationally for the past five years, including three Grand Prix podiums.
Last year, Heather reached a pinnacle goal, becoming the first woman to compete back-full and d-spin together at World Championships in Voss, Norway and at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi made history by performing this difficult air package.
Kerry Williams began her work in early childhood advocacy over twenty years ago. In 2003, the Children’s Defense Fund awarded Kerry an Emerging Leaders Fellowship. She was chosen by the state DPHHS office to facilitate the creation of Montana’s Early Learning Guidelines, which she then presented to audiences across Montana. Kerry has also testified in front of the Montana state legislature on the positive economic impacts of childcare subsidies. As an Early Learning Specialist, she has taught educators and other professionals about the latest early childhood research and brain development findings. Kerry received an Early Childhood Service Award from the Montana Association for the Education of Young Children in 2005. Currently she is in an “on” phase of off-and-on stay-at-home parenting, which has been her dominant occupation for the past decade. Most recently, Kerry was a Children’s Librarian at the Bozeman Public Library, coordinating the ReachOut:Storytime program, which pairs volunteer readers with area child care centers, and conducting Books & Babies and Storytimes. Kerry is married to a 5th generation Montanan, and has lived in Bozeman since 1996. She and her husband Spencer are raising two boys, ages 11 and 7, under the Big Sky. Kerry holds a master’s degree in Child and Family Sciences from Montana State University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College.
As a member of the “Apsaalooke Nation,” Supaman makes his home on the Crow reservation in Montana. The name “Supaman” hardly describes the person who is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a humble Native American dancer and hip hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering youth and educating listeners with a message of hope through culture and music. He is a young energetic entrepreneur with tremendous leadership abilities. His presentation style and delivery are nothing short of captivating. Known for his tremendously powerful inspirational lyrics, he is in demand nationally with the purpose of spreading a positive message throughout Indian country and abroad. He has been the recipient of the Nama “Native American Music Award,” “North American Indigenous Image Award,” and seven “Tunney Awards.” He recently was awarded The Aboriginal People Choice Music Award for best video and was voted MTV’s new Artist of the Week! His latest video titled “Prayer Loop Song” has gone viral and has received over a half a million views on YouTube, which has allowed him to tour extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is currently in the works with Nickelodeon to film a show of his life on the road as a Native artist.
Christian’s presentation combines Native American culture, humor, and urban hip hop culture, which dazzles audiences, captivates listeners, and breaks down stereotypes. For this has has gained the respect of his culture and generation. He is a champion fancy dancer traveling extensively on the powwow circuit throughout the U.S. and Canada and lives a drug and alcohol free life. Last year he was selected to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. He also is an aspiring comedian and a Native American Flute player, which adds to his uniqueness as a role model, not to mention a loving husband and father of three. The communicative talent along with the compassion that exudes from his life allows him to connect with people from all walks of life. His uncanny ability to motivate, encourage, and inspire through dance, humor, and music keeps him at the forefront among his contemporaries.
Ranges in Motion
Ranges is Motion is comprised of three local Bozeman dancers; Michelle Kolodin, Erin Levy and Deann Snyder. The three met during their involvement with IndepenDANCE.
Michelle Kolodin trained in classical ballet at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy (LABA) under the direction of Andrea Paris. She received numerous principal roles and attended some of the most elite ballet schools in the world including The Royal Ballet School Covent Garden, The Harid Conservatory, The Washington School of Ballet, and the American Academy of Ballet, to name a few. After a brief stint away from the dance world, Michelle continued her dance education at Santa Monica College with a focus in modern and contemporary dance. During this time she also performed with Synapse Dance Theater. Michelle is currently Associate Faculty at the Montana Ballet Academy and a Real Estate Agent at ERA Landmark.
Erin Levy Trained at Nutmeg Conservatory and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She danced with Eglevsky Ballet & Blue Muse Dance Project (Semi-Pro NY dance companies). She has an associates degree in Jewelry Design from FIT in NY and a BFA in Metalsmithing with a minor in small business from MSU. Erin currently teach Ballet at MSDT, committee member of IndepenDANCE, and the manager of Riddles Jewelry in Bozeman.
Deann Snyder is from Missoula and is currently a graduate student at MSU in the Microbiology and Immunology Department. She has been an active member of the IndepenDANCE Committee for 2 years. Dean also teaches and takes class at Main Street Dance Theater!
Kaito Irizarry and Mike Cichon
Kaito Irizarry and Mike Cichon are violinists from Bozeman, Montana. Both violinists were classically trained before branching out into other genres. Kaito likes to experiment with mixing genres creating fusion in the pieces he performs while Mike likes to add flavor to his music with an electric violin twist. Combined, these two musicians bring out the art and style in this new orchestral era.