Shelli was born here at St Pat’s and followed a winding path to a History degree from BYU. She began her career in the Hematology-Oncology department of UCSF focusing on end-of-life care, has led art and history educational tours to Europe as a homeschool mother of five boys, and is currently an art curator of various mediums including pieces acquired from Haleiwa, San Francisco, Paris, and Missoula. She has served on the board since 2015.
Favorite way to relax: On a beach in the sun with a book Passionate about: Teaching – especially children Favorite saying: I’m domestic. I live in a house!
Kasey Wright - Vice Chair and Secretary
Art and cancer have been the constant parallels in my life since I was eight. While I have not battled cancer within my body, I have battled it from the sidelines watching my family members pass before my eyes, including my dad when I was 22. There were times I used prose to push forward, used paint and clay to interpret life, and times I've pushed both art and cancer away and focused on work (graphic design & marketing) and life (my encouraging husband, warrior like 4-year-old twins) only to be brought right back to it with a new mission. Now, I'm riding these parallels like a cross-country ski path and hoping I can bring something to this wonderful board and organization.
Favorite quote: The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Sam Clemens Things I say: Okey Dokey. I say it a lot. I live in rhymes; my kids are four. Things I'm passionate about: Keeping arts in education. I don’t think there is a single person who can’t leave an artistic mark.
Ben Super - Treasurer
Ben was born in Rapid City, SD, but raised in Northern Virginia. He moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana where he earned an Army ROTC scholarship and a degree in Forestry. He spent five years on active duty and subsequently worked as a logistics, business and operations manager in Missoula for private, public, and non-profit entities. You can find Ben chasing his three year old son down the tow rope at Snowbowl, on the river or on a hiking trail somewhere in western MT if he isn’t working or cooking.
Favorite quote: "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” -Calvin Coolidge Favorite way to relax: hiking to a fishing hole Special skill: making homemade sourdough bread
Born & raised in Toledo, Ohio, Ron completed his undergraduate work at the University of Utah and pursued graduate studies at the University of California, Chico. During Ron’s 41-year career with the Forest Service he lived in California, Washington D.C., Wisconsin and New Mexico. Ron currently serves as CEO of Neptune Aviation Services. He and his wife Vickie love to visit their 6 children and 15 grandchildren in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arizona, and California.
I love: Public speaking Things I say: When I try to say “okay” it comes out “mmmgay.” Favorite quote: “There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.” L.B. Johnson
I was born & raised in Oklahoma, but moved to Missoula in 2005 to attend the U of M where I later met my husband, Peter. We own and operate The Bicycle Hangar. In 2012 we welcomed our beautiful son Hank, who keeps us on our toes with his wit and eagerness to learn. In 2014 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, I began chemotherapy and blood transfusions within two days. I am humbled to say, that after a long journey, I am one year out from my last round of chemotherapy and feeling great. Being a part of Living Art is just an incredible opportunity for me. I feel so honored to help provide this kind of healing to our wonderful community!
Favorite quote: Wendy: “So..your adventures are over?” Peter: “Oh, no. To live will be an awfully big adventure.” -Hook Special skill: I'm always able to find the good I love: Running and hiking with our dogs, being in the vegetable garden, biking, and adventuring around Montana with my boys!
My degrees are an MFA in Photography/Film from VCU in Richmond, VA and a BS in Physiology from Penn State University. My work experiences are diverse and eclectic, but mostly within the realm of Photography, including: professional darkroom printer, freelance photographer, photographic magazine founder, exhibiting artist, and teacher. Currently I teach workshops and lecture around the country on topics such as Creativity and Photographic History. I also work as a freelance video editor and have a Creative Consulting business to inspire and motivate clients to pursue and nurture a creative life.
I love: my dirty, wild and endlessly sweet Blue Heeler,to escape to new places, old typewriters, unexpected love letters, the Big Dipper, airplane windows and the wild outdoors
I am: a minimalist in what I own but not in how I think, love or laugh. My house is small and tidy, and my yard is big and lush.
Linds, a native Montanan, artist and proud owner of Ramble Journals- hand-bound leather journals sold to benefit the Rina Moog Scholarships-serves on the Educational Foundation scholarship committee and on the Be Here Now Sangha committee.
Passionate about: Serving as the X-ray to show people they do in fact have a "creative bone." Special skills: Saying yes! I've "yes"ed my way into teaching a girl scout troop how to kayak, being a fashion show model, piercing my nose, joining a Dragon Boat racing team,and giving mindfulness training talks. I look forward to seeing what I can happily say yes to on the board of Living Art! Things I say: "What's your highlight today?"
Beth Ferris, Ex-officio, Co-founder
Beth has an MFA in poetry and studied at Stanford University, Warren Wilson College and the University of Montana. She co-founded, Living Art of Montana in 1993. During the past twenty years she's worked with people who were ill or in various states of illness and loss. The study of arts in healthcare, the need for community and the ability of the arts to build connection are all part of her work. She says, "My greatest interest intellectually and spiritually is the use of my skills to bring compassion to the forefront of our actions toward those who are 'other,' or outcasts in our busy culture."
Youpa Stein, Ex-officio, Co-founder
I have a BFA in Acting and Directing (University of Montana) and a MA in Psychology and Drama Therapy (California Institute of Integral Studies, S.F., CA). I taught, performed, directed plays and explored sculpture and writing. I was a member of the Montana Arts Council from 2005-2015. In 1993, I co-founded the non-profit organization Living Art of Montana and for the next twenty-three years I served Living Art’s mission to use the arts and nature to support healing through many different roles. In June 2016, I transitioned from my work as Program Director at Living Art of Montana to pursue making art full-time. My mission now is to create work expressing uncommon views of natural forms to illuminate and revitalize our connection to the earth. I currently live with my family on a forested hillside next to tribal forest land on the Flathead Reservation in northwest Montana.