The Gallatin River Task Force is governed by a board of community members representing a wide variety of stakeholders including: homeowners, recreation business owners, teachers, and local water resource managers.
A native of Michigan, Rick and his wife Michelle have owned a home in Big Sky since 2004. In 2010, after Rick retired from 31 years in the insurance business, they sold their farm, packed up their prized possessions, and are living the dream in Big Sky. After graduating from Western Michigan University in 1979 with a BA in Accounting, Rick began his career in the property and casualty insurance business. In 1985 Rick co-founded a specialty underwriting operation specializing in the insurance needs of governmental entities, which over the course of 25 years grew to serve over 2,000 governmental agencies throughout the Great Lakes Region. A fly fisherman for over 40 years, Rick has spent many days and nights fishing the streams of Northern Michigan, with a fondness for the Ausable River where he still owns a fish camp just around the bend from where Trout Unlimited was conceived and formed in 1959. Rick is active in the Big Sky Christian Fellowship, including a leadership role on the welcome team, where he spearheaded the adoption of a local portion of US 191 under the Adopt a Highway Program. Rick’s other passions include stalking bonefish and permit on salt water flats, skiing, scuba diving, hiking, golf, road tripping the West with Michelle, and planning for their upcoming move to the banks of the Gallatin River.
Rich was born outside of Seattle, WA and began skiing and fishing at a very young age. He moved to Big Sky in 1995 to better explore his love for the outdoors. Through this journey he has been a professional ski patroller for a total of 14 years. Since 2001 Rich has been employed by the Yellowstone Club where he currently manages the environmental performance of the company as well as managing the summer trails program. Rich brings knowledge and experience in the fields of land reclamation, recreational development, and environmental compliance to the Gallatin River Task Force. He currently lives outside of Belgrade with his wife and two children. Away from work Rich enjoys spending time on skis, pedaling his bike, hiking a mountain with a bow in hand, or carefully waiting for a fish to take a fly.
Mike caught a ride to Big Sky in 1991 and has been snowboarding in the area ever since. He has a bachelors degree in Environmental Geology from Ohio University and began working for the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology in 1995. Mike collects ground water data from participating landowners across Montana for the Ground Water Information Center (GWIC) database. He lives with his wife Jodi at Karst in the Gallatin Canyon and enjoys long pow runs, safe skin tracks, catching fish until his arm hurts, and friendly Big Sky, Montana.
Ron has been the General Manager of the Big Sky County Water & Sewer District 363 for the past 20 years. Prior to this position he served as the Manager for the Green Lake Sanitary District, a summer lake resort community located in Green Lake, Wisconsin from 1988 to 1995. He has a Masters degree in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelors degree in Geology from the University of Montana. Prior to 1988 he worked as a petroleum geologist in the Williston Basin. Ron and his family have lived in the Four Corners area since 1997. He and his wife Karla have 3 children: a daughter, and 2 sons. Ron enjoys golf and hunting and serves as the President of the Bozeman American Legion baseball program.
Nancy taught high school math and environmental science at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky and now coordinates community programs for the Big Sky Discovery Academy. Drawn by Big Sky’s scenic beauty and year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, Nancy moved to Big Sky in 2000. She worked as a professional ski patroller at Big Sky Resort for eight years while she attended Montana State University to complete her B.S. in Land Resources and Environmental Science. In 2012, Nancy completed her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from MSU. Nancy lives in Big Sky with her husband and two young children. Nancy loves to play outside and share her love of the outdoors with her family, especially if it involves skiing, biking, rafting, or camping.
On his 12th birthday Rich received his first fly rod, setting off a life-long love affair with clean, free-flowing high mountain rivers and streams. Rich is a son of the West (Oregon, Nevada, Colorado), but spent most of his career as a photojournalist working for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covering everything from Olympics to famine in Sudan to everyday life in a growing region and city. In 1998 he and his wife built a second home in Big Sky, a consolation prize of sorts, they joke, for sticking it out in the big city. Today as a freelance photojournalist, Rich happily calls Big Sky home, fulfilling a life-long dream of getting back home to the West. Rich is a graduate of Oregon State University. He loves all things outdoors, discovering new music, and spending time with his family, and black lab, Bunker. He also serves on the board of the Arts Council of Big Sky.