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The Montana Preservation Alliance is directed by an Executive Committee of up to fifteen members. Our Executive Committee includes volunteer historians, architects, city planners and other professionals with an interest in Montana's historic and cultural resources.


James R. McDonald, Missoula

jim mcdonaldJim McDonald is a Principal Architect and Partner in A&E Architects, P.C., specializing in historic rehabilitation, restoration, and adaptive reuse. Jim is also a founding member of MPA. 

Jim has extensive experience in the field of historic preservation, restoration, renovation, and adaptive reuse of historic structures, as well as historic resource surveys, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and Historic Structure Reports.  Much of his work involves the renovation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings, which includes providing space for contemporary needs, bringing buildings up to code, providing new environmental systems, and developing standards for the preservation of these buildings in order to retain their historic architectural character in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.


Robert Hawks, Bozeman

Bob Hawks grew up on a ranch in St. Xavier and went on to earn his BS in Natural Sciences from Pacific University in 1963. In 1966 he receievd an OD in Optometry and was an Optometrist in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1974, and an Optometrist for Optometric Association/Advanced Eye Care Associates from 1974 to 2004. Bob also served as Commissioner of the City of Bozeman from 1998 to 1990 and then served as Mayor of the City of Bozeman from 1990 to 1992.

Bob is a former member of the Montana State Senate representing District 33 from 2005 to 2013. During those years he served on the Education and Cultural Resources committee among several others. Since 2006, Bob has also worked to save history and heritage in Montana as a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Board of Advisors. He lives in Bozeman with his wife Jane.

Mary Oliver, Ennis






Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, Helena
StephenieStephenie is co-author of The Lewis and Clark Companion: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Voyage of Discovery. She lectures nationally about her experiences and observations on the Lewis and Clark Trail which she first followed in 1976 with her father, best selling author Stephen Ambrose.  She works with conservation and citizens groups to preserve and protect the trail and adjoining wilderness areas. Stephenie holds two degrees in History from the University of Montana and currently writes local history and serves on the Boards of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Foundation, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Friends of Montana PBS and the American Prairie Foundation. Her book of essays on Lewis and Clark will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in the Fall of 2008. Stephenie and her husband John live in Helena.

Ted Brewer, Helena
Ted Brewer is the author of guidebooks to Utah, Prague, and the Czech and Slovak republics. A novelist, essayist, and former staff writer at Best Friends Animal Society, he contributes regularly to Montana Quarterly, Montana Outdoors, and Montana Magazine. He attended the University of Virginia and the University of Utah, where he earned an M.A. in American studies with an emphasis on vernacular architecture in the American West. He lives in Helena with his wife and two hound dogs.

Charlotte Caldwell, Clyde Park

Charlotte CaldwellRaised on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Charlotte Caldwell graduated with a BA from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1974. She went on to receive Master’s Degrees in Environmental Studies and Special Education from other New England universities. Her book of stunning photographs and interviews, Visions and Voices: Montana's One-Room Schools was released in 2012. Charlotte, her husband, Jeffrey Schutz and their dog, Phoebe, divide their time between their ranch outside Clyde Park, Montana, and their home in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Ellen Crain, Butte

Since 1990, Ellen has been Director of the Butte Silver-Bow Public Archives, a gold mine of documents, photos, and ephemera detailing the rise and fall of one of the world's most important copper mining towns. She is the author of three books on Butte history and also coordinated the monumental effort to expand the Butte-Anaconda and Walkerville National Historic Landmark. Ellen serves on various cultural and humanities related boards and committees statewide, and is a past President of MPA. Welcome back Ellen!


Bob Ebinger, Livingston
Bob Ebinger was an award winning free lance Director of Photography based out of Los Angeles for thirty years. His interest in Historic Preservation dates back to 1980 in Los Angeles where he helped established a Historic District in his inner city neighborhood. He has restored his two historic residences in Livingston in the intervening years. As a Board member of Vision Livingston he assisted in the establishment of the Livingston Business Improvement District, the Yellowstone Gateway Museum of Park County, and the Business Expansion and Retention Commission under the Department of Labor. He is a founding member and Board President of the Livingston Center for Art and Culture. He was a Livingston City Commissioner from 2002-2006, a State Representative from 2007-2010, and is currently a member of the governor appointed Montana Ambassadors.

Courtney McKee, Butte
Courtney grew up in Connecticut and moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana, where she received a BA in English Literature. Passionate about Montana, Courtney settled in Butte in 2001 and owned an Information Technology company for a number of years before getting into the distilled spirits business. With her husband John, Courtney owns Headframe Spirits in Butte, which opened in 2012.  

Courtney is on the Board of Directors at the World Museum of Mining in Butte and Mainstreet Uptown Butte. She also participates in local historic preservation projects in Butte such as the Regional Historic Preservation Plan and Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan steering Committees. Courtney & John have two children, Cooper and Tuesday, who are enthusiastically engaged with growing up in southwest Montana.  

Milo McLeod, Missoula milo
Milo McLeod has a long history of protecting, restoring, and interpreting cultural resources in Western Montana. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Montana, with a thesis focused on the Lolo Trail.  McLeod started out with the Forest Service in the mid 1970s, and continued throughout the 1980s as the Forest Archaeologist contributing to archaeology fieldwork, historic resource survey, documentation, and physical preservation of our heritage. His work with the Passport in Time volunteer projects has resulted in the restoration of many historic places in Montana, including the Nine Mile Ranger Station and the Morgan Case Homestead.  In the summer of 2007 he lead a PIT project at the terraced gardens, brining his career full circle, as he was on the original discovery team of that mysterious place.

Lynda Bourque Moss, Billings

http://votesmart.org/canphoto/40393.jpgWith experience in philanthropy, museum management and policy, Lynda has worked extensively in Montana and the Pacific Northwest over the past twenty years. Her experience includes serving as the executive director of the Foundation for Community Vitality, a foundation focused on economic development, conservation and preservation of landscapes in the Yellowstone region and indigenous cultures in Montana and Patagonia. In addition Moss served as the executive director of the Western Heritage Center, a regional history museum in Billings, and served two terms in the Montana State Senate, from 2004 to 2012. Her academic background is in fine art having received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Montana State University.

Marcia Pablo, Bozeman
Marcia PabloMarcia Pablo is currently the Gallatin National Forest Archaeologist. From 1996-2011, Marcia served as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and director of the CSKT tribal preservation department. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Historic Anthropology from the University of Montana, Missoula, and working on her dissertation: “Kerr Dam and the Salish and Kootenai Cultural Aspect of Water.” She is a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai tribes and holds master and bachelor degrees in anthropology, also from the University of Montana.


Todd Wilkinson, Bozeman
Todd Wilkinson is a Bozeman-based writer who has been a professional journalist for nearly 30 years. Assignments have taken him around the world for stories appearing in both national magazines and newspapers. A native of Minnesota, he started his career as a violent crime reporter with the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago. He is author of several books, including the 2013 work, "Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save the Planet."  Having a passion for historic preservation, he was chair of the Bozeman Historic Preservation Advisory Board and a founding member of the Story Mansion Task Force.  



Chere Jiusto, Helena

Chere’s career in cultural resources and public history in Montana has spanned over two decades.  She served as architectural historian and coordinator of the MT SHPO’s National Register program from 1990 to1998, and spent two years overseeing MT SHPO’s community preservation and state survey program from 2000 to 2002.  She also operated a private consulting business from 1988 to 1990, and again from 1998 to 2000, completing broadly diverse projects including community surveys, historic property nominations, historic research and interpretive writing. She has extensive background with cultural resource documentation on every level, including historic properties, determinations of eligibility, cultural landscapes, traditional cultural properties, Section 106 compliance, Section 110 projects, National Historic Landmarks, reconnaissance surveys, preservation planning, threatened site planning, mitigation proposals and heritage education. She is the author of Montana Main Street's Guide to Historic Hamilton and Hand Raised: The Barns of Montana with co-author Christine Brown.

Christine W. Brown

Christine has a diverse background as a writer, editor, and architectural historian. Ms. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from DePaul University in 1996, and a Master of Science Degree in Historic Preservation from Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, Indiana in 2001. Christine moved to Helena in 2002 and began as a volunteer at MPA not long after. After serving on the Board of Directors for two years, Christine was hired as a part-time employee in January 2006.

At MPA, Christine coordinates all outreach and education programs, including quarterly publication of the Preserve Montana newsletter, memberships, conferences, workshops, website maintenance, and tours. She is the coauthor with Chere Jiusto of Hand Raised: The Barns of Montana and also compiled and edited Of Sage & Stone: A Guide to Southwest Montana's Rural Treasures, a back roads guide to fine crafts and cultural heritage.