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  •   P.O. Box 1775 Missoula, MT 59806



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 First Security Bank of 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.

Melanie Charlson, Secretary 

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 children, Ben 19, Annika 17 and their Golden doodle dog, Piper.

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.

Carla Getz

Bio coming soon

Marcia Holland

Marcia Holland is a trial and appellate attorney whose career at the Alaska Public Defender Agency in Fairbanks spanned 20+ years.  Ms. Holland earned her B.A. in political science from the University of Montana and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
After moving to Missoula in 2006, Marcia served on the MCPS board for 12 years until May 2021, including as chair.   Marcia also served on the UM Alumni Board.  She is currently an adjunct professor at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. Marcia is also involved in the Kiwanis Club of Montana, currently serving as president and serving as the club liaison to two local high school Key Clubs.   She has been active in Missoula sports activities (golf, hockey, curling).  Marcia has one adult son, Micah.

Chris Nowlen

Chris is the General Manager and Director of Golf at Missoula Country Club.  He and his family returned to their hometown of Missoula three years ago after working in Nebraska.  Chris was born in Missoula, graduated from Frenchtown High School and the University of Montana.  His wife Mindy is an 8th grade teacher at CS Porter.  He has two daughters, Sydnee & Maycee, who attend Carrol College and a son, William at C.S. Porter Middle School.  Chris is an active community member and Rotarian.  He has participated on many youth development and educational committees, such as TEAMMATES of Nebraska, a youth mentoring program started by Tom Osborn.  Chris was on an advisory board to the MCPS strategic planning initiative and on the Scotts Bluff School Planning Committee in Nebraska.  He also is a member of the PGA of America.

Marilyn Ryan

Bio coming soon

Adrienne Tranel

Bio coming soon


Rob Watson, MCPS Superintendent

Susan Tower, MEF Executive Director