Montana Native Plant Society Elections




Gretchen Rupp



GRETCHEN RUPP. Gretchen has been an MNPS member for over 20 years. She is intrigued by native plants but makes no claim to be a botanist. Gretchen has degrees in biology and engineering, and has worked as an environmental engineer in Montana since 1984. She has been on staff at MSU-Bozeman for more than 20 years, serving as, variously, Extension specialist, instructor, advisor and research administrator. Her priority for MNPS is member recruitment, specifically, attracting the participation of more young people. She is the immediate past vice-president of the board.







SHANNON KIMBALL/JENNY TOLLEFSON, co-Treasurer incumbents have been retained for another term.
Shannon Kimball


- Shannon Kimball lives in Missoula where she is the curator/collections manager for the University of Montana Herbarium. She spent most of her career working as a contract botanist in northwest Montana. She is the co-author of an app for plant identification and two plant field guides: Wildflowers of Glacier National Park, and Trees and Flowering Shrubs of Glacier National Park.





Jenny Tollefson



- Jenny Tollefson is serving her 4th term in this job. Jenny was active in the Flathead Chapter in the 1990s and now lives in Missoula, where she is the Stewardship Manager at Five Valleys Land Trust and mother of two children.











Western Representative-At-Large

Pat McLeod



PAT McLEOD thinks being outside in a native plant environment is restorative. She is looking forward to serving and sharing her enthusiasm and learning with others. Pat was born in Libby and married a Troy HS graduate. Pat and Charlie graduated from MSU in 1982 and made careers in Houston, Texas. She was a social worker; he an engineer. They vacationed every year in Troy. Since retirement, Pat and Charlie enjoy summers at their home near Troy and winters at their other home in Mayhill, NM, where Pat quilts and Charlie enjoys his hobby of astronomy.

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