Drew has been a member of the Governor's Committee on Telecommunications Access Service for persons with disabilities since 2010 and the committee chair since 2016. Drew has worked for Blackfoot Communications in Missoula since 2004 and represents the independent service providers on the committee. Raised in Idaho, Drew moved to Montana in 2000 and is passionate about MTAP's mission and the clients we serve. His interests include music, reading, being outdoors and enjoying all the beauty Montana has to offer.
Ron is a past chairman of the committee and has been an active member since its inception in the late eighties. He also played a big part in implementing relay services in Montana. A certified financial planner, Ron runs his own advisory and investment management firm out of Great Falls and makes over 200 Montana Relay calls per month to clients, business acquaintances, friends, and family members. As a committee member, he represents the interests and concerns of disabled businesspersons across the state. A father of three and avid traveler, Ron enjoys spending time with his family, refereeing local football games and running a fantasy football team.
Marilyn was appointed to the commission in 2015. Prior to retirement she worked for the Legislative Fiscal Division, where she was a budget analyst for several programs in the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Montana Telecommunications Access Program. A life-long equestrian, she enjoys riding and teaching dressage. She is a Montana native residing in Helena with her husband Gerry.
Born in Lewistown, Julie graduated from MSU and currently lives in Helena, where she works for the Office of Public Instruction. She was appointed to the Governor's Committee on Telecommunications Access in 2008 to fulfill the requirement that senior citizens be members of the committee. She began to experience hearing loss more than fifteen years ago, and today she uses a variety of assistive technology to adapt, including the two-line CapTel phone offered by MTAP.
Char was born deaf. She graduated from MSDB in 1973, attended Gallaudet University, and graduated from MSU-Billings. Char is involved in the Montana Association for the Deaf (MAD) and the Montana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID) along with the MTAP board. Her hobbies include hiking and building birdhouses. Char was honored in October of 2007 with a Lifetime Achievement award from the Montana Center on Disabilities. The award recognized Char, who is Deaf, because of her devotion and leadership as an agent of change for those with disabilities over the years.
A talented speech pathologist at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chris is a key contact person for speech-disabled Montanans. As a representative of businesses outside the telecommunications industry, Chris has maintained an active involvement with the Governor’s Committee on Telecommunications Access since 1999. Chris is a true nature lover who enjoys exploring Big Sky country.
Tina joined the Governor's Committee on Telecommunications Access in 2015. Montana law requires that one member of the committee represent the Public Service Commission. Tina is the manager of the Consumer Assistance Program at the PSC, and fulfills that requirement. She began state employment in 1983, and has been employed at the PSC since 1988.
Tom was born in Missoula, Montana. His business experience includes decades of business management, commercialization and financial management. He has started 5 successful business. His first dental manufacturing business was a cover article in Forbes magazine. He is the only non-dentist to serve on the board of the Montana Dental Association. He was a co-founder of MSU School of Dental Hygiene. His family has created 600 local jobs, primarily in manufacturing. He received a doctorate in law with several bachelors degrees. Tom has worked internationally.
Tom is affected by ataxia, a neurological disease. The past decade of Tom's life has been dedicated to social service organizations, including peer support and systems advocacy. He has been a peer advocate at Summit Independent Living Center for 8 years. He serves on several committees at his church and is a board member on several bicycle and pedestrian organizations. He has participated for his entire life in nutritional and physical exercise activities. In his free time he races and tours his recumbent trikes, snowshoes, and cooks.