Vaugn Rinner, FASLA
FASLA, ASLA President
Vaughn is known and respected as an articulate, diplomatic and credible spokesperson for the profession of landscape architecture. A pragmatic visionary, she combines the abilities to listen, synthesize, and facilitate with the insight to move forward and take action. Her leadership style is collaborative, demonstrating her firm belief that we must work together to support the growth and future of the profession.
A graduate of Iowa State University, Vaughn has worked for forty years in both small landscape architectural firms and as a partner in interdisciplinary firms. Her management of a wide variety of project types has given Vaughn a broad understanding of the issues landscape architects face in both private and public practice.
Vaughn‘s sustained involvement in the ASLA has been an integral part of her landscape architecture practice. She completed a term as Vice President for Finance and Investments after serving as chair of the Finance and Audit Committees, helping to lead the society through challenging financial times. Since relocating to Seattle, she is leading the advocacy efforts for the Washington Chapter. In acknowledgement of her dedicated service to the society she was honored to receive the 2014 ASLA Presidents Medal.
Kate Dinsmore, ASLA
Kate is a landscape architect and planning professional with experience designing recreation, transportation, and site/civil projects as part of the multi-disciplinary WGM Group team. She has a Master’s degree in landscape architecture and emphasizes sustainable designs that have minimal impact on the environment. Ms. Dinsmore has extensive graphic design skills, which provide clients with visual interpretations of planning concepts. Her renderings often provide clarity to the general public during outreach activities to convey complex concepts in a straight forward manner. Her talents greatly enhance the project development process and increase stakeholder buy-in, contributing to the success projects.
Passionate about creating transformative change for Montana communities and their children, Holly Truitt is the founding director of the University of Montana Broader Impacts Group (BIG) and its award-winning spectrUM Discovery Area. A former Noyce Leadership Institute fellow, she regularly serves as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer, teaching approaches to social marketing as well as design and systems thinking. A recent TEDx presenter, Truitt consults with local and national organizations on catalyzing social and behavioral change. She lives in Missoula with her husband Reed, boy Finn, and a flock of wily urban chickens.
Arborist, City of Missoula
Christopher is currently the City Arborist for the City of Missoula, Montana. He has over 37 years of experience in urban forestry managing municipal forestry programs. Prior to Missoula, Mr. Boza served as the Urban Forester for Hayden, Idaho, the Urban Forester for Chico, California, the Assistant Arborist for San Jose, California, and as a Field Tech for Forest-Ag in Lafayette, California. His first experience in municipal tree care occurred during the Summer of 1980, collecting data for a street tree inventory in Sterling Heights, Michigan, on paper forms!
Chris has facilitated numerous public and industry seminars in Chico, Hayden and Missoula. His most recent project is an urban forestry class for high school students at Big Sky High School in Missoula.
Bryce was raised in an Air Force military family. He has lived a lot of places including Colorado, Texas, Arizona, England, and Maryland. The opportunity to grow up in a lot of places helped him be more “cultured” as his mom would say. He participated in
a variety of sports growing up but when he was in middle school he found his niche and became an avid hockey player for the next 18 years and has played on several travel clubs and teams in England. Hockey is still a part of his life but he has traded in his gloves temporarily for a golf glove since he has moved to southern Utah. He studied Parks & Recreation Management at Utah State and minored in Instructional Technology, Go Aggies! Bryce worked for Smithfield City before Hurricane and often refers to his mentor Brett Daniels as the person who gave him the foundation to the recreation professional he is today. In the fall of 2011
he stepped into a new role and became Hurricane City’s first full time recreation director. Since joining Hurricane City the department, job title and programs have grown exponentially! People often ask him if his job is fun and he often responds with, “It is AWESOME”! He loves working with people and seeing people recreate and have new experiences. He wears many hats in addition to recreation director such as graphic designer, webmaster, janitor, pool maintenance manager, boiler technician and more. He has presented several times for the Utah Recreation & Parks Association and at the Arizona Parks & Recreation Conference. He is married to the love of his life, Stacey and often refers to her as the “Assistant Recreation Director.” She is the force that leads him to be successful! They have 4 great kids and love to spend time in Logan, playing in the parks together, watching movies, and attending USU sporting events.
Travelers' Rest Preservation & Heritage Association
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Molly Stockdale started her career in nonprofit management in at the University of Pennsylvania Museum as an undergraduate student in communications. She has held fundraising positions at a variety of cultural organizations including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gunston Hall Plantation, and the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. Molly earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Molly moved to Missoula in 2006 with her husband, Chris Ott, and two small sons (now ages 11 and 14). After spending a decade at home with her kids and volunteering for a variety of nonprofits, Molly joined Travelers’ Rest Preservation & Heritage Association as its Executive Director in August 2013.
Jeremy is a principal engineer with WGM Group and has 23 years of experience in urban planning, roadway design, streetscaping, bike and pedestrian design, and public involvement. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with an in-depth understanding of the connection between urban land use and sustainable design. Mr. Keene has managed many planning and design projects, including the North Reserve | Scott Street Master Plan, the Southgate Mall Redevelopment project, the Whitefish Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, and the Downtown Helena Master Plan. His experience planning both public infrastructure and private development offers a unique perspective on how to get good results for the community in a rapidly changing landscape.
John O’Connor serves as President of Friends of Missoula Parks, a local 501c3 dedicated to promoting parks, trails, and recreational opportunities in Missoula and the surrounds. He was a co-founder of Friends of Fort Missoula Regional Park and chaired the Citizens for Parks & Trails committee which spearheaded the campaign efforts for the successful $42M Missoula County Parks & Trails bond.
Professionally, John is the Practice Administrator for Five Valleys Urology, where he has worked since arriving in Missoula in 2002. He is a past president of the Montana Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), past chair of the Government Affairs Committee for national MGMA, and past chair of the MGMA Urology
Administration Assembly. John has traveled to Washington, DC on numerous occasions to work on Medicare physician reimbursement issues and meet with Montana’s legislative representatives on issues related to healthcare reform and
administrative simplification. John served on a national panel for CMS demonstration projects. He has a professional interest in the use of technology in healthcare, financial dashboards, and speaks nationally on the use of financial
performance dashboards in medical practices. He is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
Locally, John is a board member for the Montana Medical Association Healthcare Plan & Trust and is a Core Group member of Monida Healthcare Network. John is the co - founder of the Missoula Mile for Prostate Cancer Awareness & Treatment.
Mr. O'Connor serves on numerous civic volunteer boards, including the Missoula Parks & Recreation Board, RATPOD, (a benefit for Camp Mak- A- Dream, a children’s oncology camp in Gold Creek, MT), and the Missoula Ultimate Federation, the first 501c3 in Montana for the sport of Ultimate.
John hails from Indianapolis and is a proud graduate of Purdue University. When not working and volunteering, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children, traveling, cooking, playing Ultimate Frisbee, beekeeping, and enjoying all that Missoula and Montana have to offer.
Neil Miner, PLA, serves as the Parks and Trails Design and Development Manager for Missoula Parks and Recreation. As the Project Manager for the design and construction of the 155 acre Fort Missoula Regional Park, he is tasked with representing a joint City of Missoula/Missoula County project team; balancing the needs of a diverse group of stakeholders; and delivering the $38 million dollar project to the community that has been supporting, planning, anticipating the project for over 20 years. His 13 years of experience as a Landscape Architect has been a mix of private and public sector work in Colorado, Utah, and Montana.
Born and raised in Missoula MT. Graduated from Montana Tech in 2009 w/ BA in Civil Engineering. Worked for Kiewit Bridge and Marine on west coast as an Engineer and Project Superintendent. Main focus of work was Bridge Building – overpasses, underpasses, cable stay bridge and bridge deconstruction.
Moved back to Montana in 2014 and started work for Jackson Contractor Group as a Project Manager. Main focus of work was new/remodel buildings and various civil projects. Currently Project Manager on the Fort Missoula Regional Park Project
Aaron Wilson is a transportation planner with the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization, where he focuses on active transportation and planning multi-modal systems. Aaron studied urban and regional planning at Portland State University before returning to his hometown of Missoula to help plan for a healthy, active and vibrant community. His recent projects with the Missoula MPO include updating the region’s Long Range Transportation Plan and developing a Bicycle Facilities Master Plan, both of which integrated health and equity more fully into the planning process. When not otherwise occupied talking with the public about transportation, Aaron can be found tinkering with data, maps, and developing creative new ways to engage Missoula in transportation planning.
Stan Griswold, PLA
Stan is a Senior Landscape Architect with The Land Group, Inc. based in their Coeur d’Alene, Idaho office. He has spent the past 28 years practicing landscape architecture in the intermountain and northern plain regions of the west covering a wide range of projects and services. Stan holds a Bachelor and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho, his studies and passion focus on sustainable development and ecosystem services. A licensed Landscape Architect in four western states, Stan strives for responsible stewardship and sustainable development in the landscape. A product of the Intermountain West, Stan believes one must drink the “Green” Kool-aid responsibly to retain the invitation to sit at the intermountain west’s socioeconomic table.
Megan Fisher is a four time Paralympic Medalist including one gold, ten time World Champion, National record holder, and a doctor of physical therapy practicing in Missoula, Montana
Lisa has worked in nonprofit administration and community health for more than 15 years, the past four at the Missoula City County Health Department as Health Promotion Supervisor. She is currently the team leader for Missoula Invest Health. Missoula was one of 50 mid-sized cities that received a planning grant in 2016 from Invest Health, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund. This grant launched Lisa to work with the City of Missoula and built environment departments to build a healthier community for all. Her experience also includes serving as executive director for a rural health and educational nonprofit organization, supervisor for a local prevention afterschool program, and Let’s Move! Missoula Coordinator. Lisa grew up in Indiana and graduated from Indiana University, where she received her degree in Human Development and Family Studies and is currently working towards her Master’s in Public Health. An important aspect of her life is family -- her husband, two daughters and dog are active in the beautiful outdoor activities Missoula has to offer.
Greg Baer, PIC, CGIA, PLA is Professional Landscape Architect with primary focus on Irrigation Design and Consulting with 18 years of experience. Growing up with an agriculture background and moving water by hand as a kid, Greg has developed a passion for utilizing technology in irrigation to provide efficient and low maintenance irrigation designs for subdivisions, schools, parks and golf courses. Greg has served as an instructor for Irrigation Association’s- Golf Irrigation Auditor Curriculum and publically presented irrigation design and audit courses throughout the Northwest. As a Professional Landscape Architect, Greg understands the importance of plant, soil and water relationships. All of which are critical to efficient water use and a healthy landscape.
Loren Flynn has worked “both sides of the aisle”, working in non-profit management for a decade before becoming Park Manager for Montana State Parks. He has 30 years experience in event and facilities management, public outreach, education and communications. He was selected at the Montana State Parks Division Innovative Thinker of the Year in 2012, was awarded the inaugural “Trail Stewardship Award” from the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Trail Foundation in 2010 and the Montana State Parks “Friend of Parks” award in 2008.
Ken has over 25 years’ experience in recreation planning. In his work with Ballard*King & Associates, Ken has personally been involved with over 300 recreation projects across the country, providing planning, feasibility and operations consulting. Ken is an accomplished speaker on a variety of topics has presented sessions for numerous state conferences, several NRPA Congresses and is a regular presenter for the Athletic Business Conference.
Dr. Rob Amrine
r. Amrine is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician working at Missoula Bone & Joint. He currently serves as the Medical Director of the Missoula Marathon and Missoula XC Professional Mountain Bike Race. Additionally, he acts as the physician supervisor for the Missoula Bone & Joint Sports Medicine Outreach Program which provides Athletic Training Services to Western Montana High Schools and sporting events. Dr. Amrine’s clinic interests remain grounded in helping active people remain active with a special interest in endurance athlete medicine.
Systems & Services Superintendent, Missoula Parks & Recreation. David’s education and experience as an Urban and Regional Planner has influenced his interest and work in advancing efficient and effective delivery of parks, trails, open space, and recreation services. David has over 25 years of planning, design, construction, and park management experience. He has worked at a multitude of scales including urban and regional comprehensive planning; master planning for parks, trails and open spaces; park and recreation design, and specialized recreation facility construction. David’s experience and problem solving skill set integrates park and recreation values with community needs to plan and advance projects that meet the unique needs of neighborhoods, partners, clients and communities.
Conservation Lands Manager, City of Missoula. Morgan has lived in Western Montana and North Idaho for over 20 years. During this time, he earned an B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Montana and an M.S. degree in Botany, with an emphasis in Plant Community Ecology, from Washington State University. In Western Montana, he’s worked a variety of jobs including researching novel habitat restoration techniques, organizing local landowners groups for invasive species management , ecological consulting on private property, and whitewater raft guiding. For the past decade he’s have served as the Conservation Lands Manager for the City of Missoula. Missoula’s Conservation Lands Program is responsible for management of all natural, cultural and recreational resources on over 4200 ac. of City-owned public natural areas
Paul Filicetti, AIA, NCARB
Paul is the force behind the restoration of many Montanan landmark structures, possessing an appreciation for history and an intuitive feel for shape and form. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Montana State University, followed by a Masters of Arts in Historic Preservation from Goucher College of Maryland. Licensed
since 1986, Paul practiced with James R. McDonald Architects, until merging with A&E Architects in 2001. He has experience in all phases of new and historic architectural design and construction, including building preservation, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse and preservation planning. Additionally, he maintains specialized training regarding terra cotta tile preservation and historic masonry. His sensitivity and attention to detail supports his reputation as one of A & E’s preservation experts, and his thoughtfulness is evident in all aspects of his work.
Brian is the American Red Cross Aquatics Specialist covering Montana, Idaho, and the Pacific Northwest. With over a decade of experience in Aquatics and nine years of service with the Red Cross, he works with nearly 700 aquatic facilities across the region to provide quality programs and a safe environment to their communities.
Dr. Jakki Mohr
Dr. Jakki Mohr is the Regents Professor of Marketing and the Gallagher Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the University of Montana. She received her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the University of Montana in 1997, Mohr was an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before beginning her academic career, she worked in Silicon Valley for both Hewlett-Packard's Personal Computer Group and TeleVideo Systems.
Since March, 2009 Beth has been the Trails Program Manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. This position includes
administering and managing the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and providing assistance with other parks and
recreation duties on a statewide level. Prior to this position, Beth was a Park Manager at Hell Creek State Park, where
she developed a multi-use trails system for park users and the general public.
Beth previously owned and operated Summit Consulting Services, a consulting company that assisted various
communities with development and management of trails and recreation areas. Beth graduated from Luther College
with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Recreation Management at UW-
LaCrosse. She worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for nearly 5 years in the Continuing Education Division.
Molly is the Gym Coordinator for the New Directions Wellness Center. She has been part of New Directions for over ten years. She is certified through ACSM as an Inclusive Fitness Trainer and through ACE as a Clinical Exercise Specialist.
Molly graduated from the University of Montana with her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. She is passionate and committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities and chronic diseases through exercise and wellness. Her two boys keep her very busy, but she always finds time for a mountain bike ride, hike, or ski!
Western Montana Land Protection Director for The Nature Conservancy. Chris works with
partners and communities to find durable conservation solutions for forests. The Nature Conservancy
currently manages about 155,000 acres of former industrial timberland in western Montana, and over the past
20 years has secured permanent conservation ownership on nearly 370,000 acres. Besides the critical role
these forests play for wildlife and water resources, they also contribute to local economies by providing work
in the forest, products to local mills and public access for recreation.
Regional Park Manager for Montana State Parks in Missoula, where he oversees 10 state parks ranging from National Historic Landmark and heritage sites to lake-based campgrounds and day use recreation areas. Originally from Rapid City, SD, Chet attended Minnesota State University, Mankato and the University of Idaho earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in Recreation Management. Over the years, he has worked in a variety of recreation programs at city, state and federal levels in South Dakota, Minnesota, Idaho and Montana, but has spent the last 13 years working for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. He enjoys doing anything outdoors and trying to keep up with his wife and 3young kids.
Michael is the manager of Milltown State Park near Missoula, Montana. He joined Montana State Parks in late 2010. He has a B.A. in journalism and a M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Montana. Prior to joining Montana State Parks, he worked in environmental communications and nonprofit management. He has experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in community forestry in the Dominican
Republic, a resource management ranger and biological technician with the National Park Service, and a river guide in Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks.
Karen is a founding member and executive director of Trees for Missoula (TFM), an urban forest advocacy group.
Since 2011 she has worked closely with Missoula’s Urban Forestry Division (UF) and TFM volunteers to promote a healthy urban forest. In 2013, TFM volunteers and city arborists inventoried Missoula’s public trees to gain insight on the current state of the urban forest. Karen served as a member of the working group that created Missoula’s first Urban Forest Master Management Plan, adopted in April 2015.
Karen is excited to create new educational programs and volunteer opportunities for community members. Volunteers in Pruning (VIPs), a TFM program that trains volunteers how to formative prune the city’s young trees, was started in Fall
2015. Missoula’s Urban Forest Gravel Bed, a TFM pilot project, was built in April 2016 as a way for volunteers to be able to plant bare-root trees each fall. After a successful planting in 2016, the gravel beds are being expanded. She enjoys
speaking to different groups about the importance of the urban forest and advocating for the UF at the local government level.
Bob has worked in the landscape and sports turf industry for over 32 years. After having managed collegiate level sports fields for 20 years in San Diego, Ca., Bob moved to Chino Valley, AZ where he managed their park and trail system as the Parks and Trails Superintendent. Bob is now the Park Maintenance Manager for the City of Missoula, MT. In 2014, Bob developed a Turf Maintenance Plan that was formally adopted by City council in February 2014.
Ryan has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Studies and an MBA in Sustainable Business Practices. He is currently the Business Manager at Missoula Parks and Recreation. Past professional experiences include: outdoor recreation programming, investment banking, retail management, public school teaching, and business management.
Emily has been the Director at the Missoula County Fairgrounds since January of this year. In her short time on-the-job, she has re-energized the 46-acres in the heart of midtown, and brought her skills and ingenuity at navigating complex land development and government processes to bear. Ms. Bentley received a Bachelor in History and Political Science and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Montana. Her professional background is in local government, land use planning and infrastructure development, as well as in public relations and political campaigns.
Perhaps most essential to success at the Fairgrounds, Ms. Bentley is a dynamic leader, with the energy, relationships,and vision that are critical to an undertaking of this magnitude.
Daniel S. Hall
Daniel S. Hall, M.A., 1994, University of Montana, has been involved with historic preservation and the study of Western history and Montana history for nearly thirty years. During this time he has authored numerous reports and National Register of Historic Places nominations on the history of Montana and the Rocky Mountain West. Mr. Hall has worked on a number of Montana’s signature historic places, including Bannack, Marysville, Virginia City, Bonner, Traveler’s Rest, and Fort Missoula. During the past twelve years he has worked with the various landowners and stakeholders at Fort Missoula to research, interpret and preserve Fort Missoula’s history. These projects include assisting the Historical Museum with the location and installation of interpretive signs for the Internment Camp Historic Period, assisting the Northern Rockies Heritage Center with the installation of cellular equipment and developing appropriate historic preservation treatment of the Fort Water Tower, and working with Missoula Parks and Recreation and the Fort Missoula Regional Park.
Donna Gaukler, Director, CPRP
As Director of Missoula Parks and Recreation, Donna has guided her community in the development and adoption of several land use and management plans, improvements ranging from neighborhood parks to regional pathways and conservation lands to water parks, and has been part of three successful general obligation bonds as well as creation of a park district. Partnerships, empowerment, and engagement are the keys to the Department’s success. Understanding the benefits we bring to our residents and the community are critical to those partnerships. Most recently, citizens passed a $42M GO Bond in support of a new regional park and 10 neighborhood playgrounds. Donna notes her passion to be in the area of social science with an emphasis on engaging all population in outdoor play.
Bob Worthen has worked in the landscape and sports turf industry for over 32 years. After having managed collegiate level sports fields for 20 years in San Diego, Ca., Bob moved to Chino Valley, AZ where he managed their park and trail system as the Parks and Trails Superintendent. Bob is now the Park Maintenance Manager for the City of Missoula, MT. In 2014, Bob developed a Turf Maintenance Plan that was formally adopted by City council in February 2014.
Lands Director – Pelah directs Five Valleys Land Trust's lands program and works with landowners
and partners to reach shared conservation goals. Since she came to Five Valleys in 2005 she has worked
in many aspects of voluntary private land conservation and stewardship. She employs conservation
easements, fee acquisitions and sales, public right of ways, and is always look for new ways to provide open
space benefits for the public.
Meg Whicher’s journey in parks and recreation started 18 years ago as a summer camp counselor. She went on to get an undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation and a masters in Recreation Management. Her goal is to ensure that all community members have access to recreation and adventure.