Board of Directors

Meet the Board

The Missoula Education Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors.  We invite you to learn more about our current Board Members:

Chad Bauer, President

Chad currently manages Municipal Contracts and Government Affairs for Republic Services. He has been in the garbage industry his entire life. Prior to the Municipal Sector, he was a District Manager for Waste Connections and prior to that operations and Safety Manager for BFI/Allied Waste and Republic Services.  Chad is actively involved in the state and community, having served on the State Chamber of Commerce Board, chaired the Missoula Chamber Board and have served on numerous other non-profit boards in Missoula. He has 2 adult children and a 5 year old grandson. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, golfing, and camping.

Brendan Briggs, Vice President

Brendan is a Commercial Lender at Opportunity Bank in Missoula.  He and his family returned to Missoula in 2015 after spending nearly 11 years in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Brendan was born in Butte, MT and lived in Dillon, MT.  After graduating from high school in Dillon, Brendan attended and graduated from The University of Montana in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration.  After graduating, he and his wife, Jenna moved to Idaho Falls to begin their careers.  Jenna is currently an employee with Missoula County Public Schools and has been dedicated to education for many years.  Brendan has a son, Finley and a daughter, Elise.

Adrienne Tranel, Secretary

Bio coming soon

Laura Hassman Scoville, Treasurer

Laura was born and raised in Missoula and graduated from Sentinel High School.  After graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in Business Administration in 1990, she began her career at the credit union. She currently serves as Vice President, Back Office Operations at Park Side Credit Union. Her husband Jim and she recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.  They have two dogs, Scooby and Scrappy. In their spare time, they all love spending time at Flathead Lake.

KaCee Ballou

Bio coming soon

Melanie Charlson

Melanie Charlson is a 26-year veteran teacher with Missoula County Public Schools. She currently serves as President of the Missoula Education Association, Vice-President of MEA-MFT, the state’s largest union, and served on the national American Federation of Teachers K-12 Program and Policy Council. Melanie is a native Missoulian with family roots tracing back five generations. She graduated from Hellgate High School in 1983. Melanie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree and her Master’s in Fine Arts – Integrated Arts and Education degree from the University of Montana. Melanie makes her home in Missoula, with her Golden Doodle, Piper. She has two children: Ben 25, and Annika 22.

Carla Getz

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Marcia Holland

Marcia Holland

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Marilyn Ryan

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Ann Wake

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Russ Lodge, Interim MCPS Superintendent

Vincent Giammona, MCPS Assistant Superintendent

Amy Shattuck, MCPS Assistant Superintendent

Susan Tower, MEF Executive Director

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