Board of Directors
2015 Board Members. Pictured (Left to Right) Pat McKelvey, Bob Fry, Mandy Randall-Project Coordinator, Greg McNally, Rich Blaney, Matt Arno, Tony Harwood, Bud Peterson, Mike Frost, Byron Bonney, Rocky Infanger, Joe Page, and Ray Prill. Not Pictured- Jim Sweaney, Ray Hageman.
Chair: Patrick McKelvey
Pat McKelvey is a lifelong resident of Helena, MT. Pat is the hazard mitigation project manager for Lewis & Clark County and the Tri-County FireSafe Working Group. Pat is a member of the Clancy Volunteer Fire Department, Jefferson County Firewarden, a founding member of FireSafe Montana, a board member of the Keep Montana Green program, and a deputy Disaster & Emergency Services coordinator for Lewis & Clark County. He holds Type 1 certification as a Public Information Officer and serves with Northern Rockies Type I & Type II Incident Management Teams. He participated in several all risk/all hazard type incidents including the Columbia Shuttle Recovery, and the Katrina/Rita flood response, and most recently Hurricane Sandy. He is a past member of the executive committee for the Forest Stewardship Workshop program, a past board member of the Forest Stewardship Foundation, and a past team leader for the Multi-County Fire Investigation Team.
Secretary: Rocky Infanger
Rocky is a founding member of FireSafe Montana and TriCounty FireSafe Working Group. He is the Fire Chief for the Wolf Creek and Craig fire district.
Treasurer: Rich Blaney
Rich Blaney is a graduate of UM Forestry. He is a Forester, contracter, and owner of Resource Speciaties Inc.
Retired USFS Fire Behavior Analyst and Community Forester for the Bitter Root RC&D.
Vice Chair: Matt Arno:
Matt Arno grew up on a small family forest in Florence Montana. He graduated from the University of Montana Forestry School in 1993. In 1992 he started a small business called Woodland Restoration specializing in low-impact thinning and logging using farm tractors. With the help of a number of partners Woodland Restoration grew to include forestry consulting, fuels reduction treatments and high tech equipment. Matt joined the Blackfoot Challenge in 2011 where he is the Forestry Coordinator. One of his main duties at the Blackfoot Challenge is helping landowners reduce the fire hazard around communities in the Blackfoot Valley through good forest management. Matt lives in Potomac with his wife Melissa.
Greg McNally has worked as a Land Use Planner with the Lewis and Clark County Community Development and Planning Department since 2005.
Greg leads the Community Development and Planning Department in the development and administration of subdivision regulations. He also represents the Department on the Lewis and Clark County Rural Fire Council. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the Montana Association of Planners.
Greg received a B.A. degree in Rural Sociology from The University of Montana and an M.S. in Geography with an emphasis in Community Development and Environmental Planning from The University of Montana.
Custer County Fire Warden.
Founding member of the Park County FireSafe Coalition, and Retired USFS Smoke Jumper.
After receiving his Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering, Ray founded Gordon-Prill, Inc., an engineering design company in Missoula, Montana. The company specializes in the design and constructing of facilities for the high tech industry with offices in Montana, Silicone Valley and San Diego. Ray retired in 2001 and lives with his wife JJ in the Wildland Urban Interface just outside of Helena. Ray and JJ have been active with the Tri-County Fire Safe Working group and have received the Sonny Stiger Award for their efforts in mitigation and working with researches on the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
Mike Frost is a mostly retired attorney from Seattle, and a part-time resident of Montana (mostly summer and fall). After the 2003 fire season, he and others in the Whitefish area created the Whitefish Area Fire Safe Council (WAFSC) to help address wildfire risks to the community. Since then, WAFSC has helped create a community-wide Whitefish CWPP, and sponsored numerous public education events in Whitefish. He also helped his own WUI community of Elkhorn (approximately 5 miles NW of Whitefish) become an officially recognized ‘firewise’ community, and has helped four other Whitefish communities to do the same. Except for fighting forest fires in Washington State when he was a teenager, Mike has no formal fire-fighting experience or training. His primary interest is in raising public awareness of wildfire risks to WUI homeowners, and encouraging those home owners to take the steps necessary to reduce and manage those risks.
(Biography to Come)
Tony started his fire management career in 1970 as an emergency fire fighter at the Blackfeet Indian Agency. In 1975, he received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Montana. In 1979 he was hired as a Timber Sales Officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs/Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and later worked for the tribal Division of Fire as the Prescribed Fire Fuels Specialist and Fire Program Manager. Tony is currently the Division Manager for Forest Inventory and Planning for the Tribes. Tony is the Intertribal Timber Council representative to the West Region Cohesive Strategy Committee and is active in collaborative Lake and Sanders County fuel reduction and prescribed fire project activities. Tony lives in Polson with his wife Mindy.
(Biography to Come)