Millions of people and their families are affected by diseases – Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s – caused primarily by our own proteins going rogue. Ongoing research is revealing new approaches for diagnosis and treatment.
Byron Caughey, PhD, is a biochemist at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. After graduate work at the Universities of Wisconsin-Madison and London, and post-doctoral work at Duke University, he moved to RML in Hamilton in 1986. His lab’s research has focused mostly neurodegenerative diseases caused by protein misfolding, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and prion diseases. Their recent discoveries range from solving the first structures of highly infectious and deadly prion pathogens to developing much-needed ultra-sensitive and accurate diagnostic tests for a variety of protein misfolding diseases. He has published over 250 scientific papers and served as an editor of several scientific journals.
Diversity populations in rural communities can be hidden and overlooked. Recognizing and including the diversity in our communities makes us stronger and more resilient.
Saundra Amsden was born and raised in Montana. A graduate of Hamilton High School, she attended
the University of Montana and received her bachelor’s degrees in Small Business and Information
Systems. With a family in tow, she decided to join the U.S. Navy in 1989 and rose to the rank of
Lieutenant Commander before retiring in 2009. She attended the Naval Postgraduate School in
Monterey, California, and received her Master’s Degree in Computer Science.
Saundra returned the Bitterroot Valley after retiring. She now focuses her volunteer activities to
improve the lives of women and girls in our local community.
Saundra lives in Corvallis with her partner Heidi and their two cats, Max and Benny. Her father lives in
Hamilton and she has two adult children, Danielle and Nathan. She loves to work in her yard and garden
in the spring and summer, and really loves the snow in winter. She believes she has a perfect life.
An education in the true costs of fashion, and what the price of our clothes tells us about the social and environmental impacts of our consumption.
Mallory Ottariano grew up in a highly creative family that prioritized creative arts and individual expression, leading her to pursue an education in design and get a BFA in Architecture. The day she graduated from college, she bought a $100 sewing machine on eBay and started sewing clothes she sold on Etsy. That has since turned into a multi-million dollar women’s clothing brand called Youer which today is based out of Missoula Montana. 10 years later, her career as an apparel designer entrepreneur and business leader has led her to be an impactful voice for American-made clothing and manufacturing.
Mallory is passionate about sustainable & ethical apparel-making and is leading the charge in
this industry here in Montana while she works to build her own activewear factory to support her brand and other small woman-owned brands. She has made it her focus to become an expert in the American apparel industry and has worked with dozens of factories and suppliers over her career. Her storytelling and educating on the apparel industry has been shared in Forbes, Inc Magazine, Outside Magazine, and Buzzfeed. She lives in Lolo Montana with her husband Jeff and their dog Luna where she enjoys the many recreation opportunities theBitterroots offer.
We must create and expand programs to provide more support to caregivers of family members in need - especially military families that are without support and suffering without reason.
On March 15, 2005, Britnee Kinard's husband, United States Army Specialist, Douglas Kinard, was critically injured on his tour of duty in Iraq by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on convoy security, resulting in a severe traumatic brain injury which left him in a coma for 3 days. On September 15, 2010, he retired from the United States Army and she became his full time caregiver and advocate. In June of 2014, Britnee founded the SD Gunner Fund, a nonprofit organization, with the mission to provide assistance to veterans, children with disabilities and first responders while inspiring disability awareness through public education and advocacy.
She also formed Britnee Kinard, LLC where I consult with and speak to companies and organizations nationwide to educate and inspire, showing how critical courage is to live a life of impact and purpose while also raising awareness about military caregivers. In addition to speaking engagements, Britnee also offers programs to companies and organizations that feature education, training and resources on service dog laws, ADA service dog regulations, and HUD/FHA service dog and emotional support animals laws.
Hope is available to everyone, and you can cultivate “hope habits” daily. The power of the second thought renews your mind as you intentionally direct your thoughts.
Jesse Bradley is a pastor, speaker, author and former professional athlete. After graduating from Dartmouth College, his childhood dream came true, playing professional soccer as a goalkeeper in Zimbabwe. A prescribed medication built up toxic levels in his system, and it ended his career. He was fighting for his life for one year, and it took ten years to fully recover. In this tragedy, Jesse discovered a hope greater than his challenges. The pain formed and forged a new purpose and passion in his life.
Jesse authentically brings hope to millions of people around the world through daily conversations, major media appearances on shows like Good Morning America, and empowering videos on how to cultivate hope habits. Jesse and Laurie have four children and a patient dog named Bella. They live in Seattle where Jesse serves the city in many roles, including pastoring Grace Community Church, a vibrant multiethnic congregation.
Do self-help and motivational psychospeak efforts really work? A whimsical look at a self-indulgent effort with poignant results.
Nancy Ann Bevins moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 2019 and likes to remind folks … it was BEFORE the pandemic. She successfully moved her LA born and raised guitar playing husband (and kitty, Zappa) to Florence, Montana. In LA, Bevins produced films and non-profit promotional videos. This made her a natural fit for the Ravalli County Museum producing videos and online exhibits as Assistant Director. Currently as the Business Manager at St. Francis church, she was instrumental in getting Father Stu into the Pharoahplex theatre. With the church she seeks to engage in community events and gatherings. When she can, she crews up on Montana films in various capacities. Casting background for a recent Zombie / Cuisine movie. Budgets for Kung Fu flicks, Creative producer for historical ghost drama shot outside Corvallis, and soon an actress on the run from the Mob. As an award-winning screenwriter her stories reveal human frailties intertwined with grace and in the end…. redemption.
Charities are hobbled by public habits, outdated prejudices and arbitrary guidelines. It’s time to reimagine nonprofits and let them get back to making our world a better place to live, work, and play.
denise rose, who has not capitalized her name since the 7th grade, is a long-time resident of Hamilton. She has been the Executive Director of Hamilton Players, a local 168-seat nonprofit community theater, since 2011. She is also the owner of Rose Grant Works and Consulting, a local grant-writing and nonprofit consulting business. denise has worn many hats in her lifetime. She worked as a massage therapist, a line cook, a trail guide, a lab tech at the University of Washington - Department of Pharmaceutics in the Regional Primate Research Center, a lodge hostess/fish processor/deckhand in Alaska, and a caterer/event planner. In addition to her formal work history, denise has volunteered with many nonprofits over the past 20+ years. In 2018, denise received a professional certificate in nonprofit management, followed by her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Montana. Before the pandemic, she hosted a monthly nonprofit executives’ brown bag luncheon and hopes to resume the event in 2023.
Cattle’s digestive processes, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration abilities, and soil benefits need to be better explained in order for all consumers to understand they can eat beef with not just a clear conscience, but a green one.
Jonwyn Ayres, a fifth-generation rancher raised in Western Montana and Southern Oregon, is passionate about empowering others to be advocates. The reoccurring news headline of cattle’s presumed negative impact on the environment is an unanswered question the beef industry must answer. Many people in the industry have avoided this question, but one young cattle producer has done her homework. She has prepared herself with the facts and has stepped forward to convey to consumers that cattle offer a solution to global environmental problems.
Jonwyn is now a college student pursuing an undergraduate degree in Agriculture Economics and planning to continue to law school. She hopes to use her experiences to advocate for the agriculture industry concerning matters of environmental science. Jonwyn attributes her success in advocacy and speaking to FFA, 4-H, and the many mentors along the way. Ranching has been a way of life for Jonwyn since birth, and she now realizes the importance of encouraging people in the industry to speak up and tell their stories.
If an injustice is meaningful — it matters. Enough to grieve. Enough to make meaning.
Mary-Ann Sontag is an Associate Professor at the University of Montana with professional expertise in loss, grief, and end-of-life care. Reflecting a commitment to using her position and privilege in service to others, Mary-Ann is a past Chair of the University of Montana Faculty Senate, works collaboratively with colleagues and students to expand and enhance mental and behavioral health services across Montana, and is an active community volunteer. Mary-Ann has three degrees, including a Ph.D., from the University of California at Berkeley and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Those words – the professional bona fides – are juxtaposed with what else is real about Mary-Ann. She is a high school drop-out. Teen-age mom. She lives her childhood dream, training and showing her beloved Bernese Mountain Dogs – and not training six rescue cats. She loves her family, her friends, Montana, all-things Peloton, and chocolate. She is a Meaning Maker, a skill she inadvertently learned when her mother died of breast cancer at age 45 and started Mary-Ann on a path to understanding loss, grief, end-of-life, and now – Meaningful Injustice.
Family histories, journals, photographs, recordings...do you have the ability to listen to an audio cassette? See an 8-mm film? Access a floppy disk? What might be next? My habit of holding onto “cutting edge” technology.
Steve Fullerton was born in the Bitterroot and chose to stay in the valley most of
his life. He has a Journalism degree from the University of Montana and has been
an award-winning radio broadcaster at Hamilton’s KLYQ Radio for decades.
He also spent a couple of years as Managing Editor of the Ravalli Republic
Steve loves to examine history and how it influences current events.
His creative side has helped develop the popular Daly Mansion murder mystery
evenings, along with numerous local radio comedies.
From cathedral builders who would never see their finished works to arborists planting forests they will never walk under, we have the capacity and obligation to shift our gaze into the future, to be a “good ancestor”.
Mara has been a bookseller at Chapter One Book Store in Hamilton, Montana for
18 years, though she would not have believed it possible when she started. As
an enthusiastic beginner, she struggles with the finishing of things. In bookselling,
she has found the sweet spot between serving her community and constantly
learning something new. Mara also uses her enthusiasm for learning as a parent to
an hilarious 9-year-old.
Many of our warrior veterans are not receiving the benefits and services they
have earned. How we got here, and what we might do about it.
Mike Turner is a seventy-two year old retiree, who lives happily in a multi-
generational home with his oldest daughter and one great grandson. He has
five adult grand-children and nine great grand-children that live close enough
for frequent interaction. He also has another daughter, two adult
granddaughters, and one great grandchild who live in another state. He
enjoys many activities with his family, like hunting, fishing, and camping.
Retired in his home town, he has re-established old friendships and started
new ones. Mike supports and attends local high school activities, veteran
groups, and is president of his local Toastmasters club.
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