Patricia Meakin retired from the US Navy in 1990. During her Navy career she lived in several states, finally moving to Montana in 1997 with her husband, John. There she pursued a second career in elementary education. She established a successful elementary after-school program in Stevensville and now works as the Coordinator for Children's Programs at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville. Patricia has served on the Stevensville School Board since May 2007 (2007-present). In addition, she was an elected member of the Montana State School Board Association Delegate Assembly (2007-2009) and was selected as a Key Communicator for the Montana School Board Association (2007-present). Patricia has been involved with the Bitterroot Valley Community College Effort since 2006. She is a graduate of a college of technology, a community college, and two universities (including The University of Montana). She sees these experiences as giving her a unique perspective and valuable insights in her work ahead with the Bitterroot College Program Steering Committee. Patricia's personal goal is to ensure that this generation, and those which follow, will continue to have access to a variety of affordable postsecondary education opportunities through the Bitterroot College Program.
Deb Morris earned an Associate degree in Accounting from Casper College in Casper Wyoming, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from The University of Montana (UM), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the UM. Deb has 27 years of Human Resources experience and has been employed at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital since 1991 as the Director of Human Resources. She is a member of the Bitterroot Valley Job Service Employers Council and has held the Treasurer position. She is a member of the Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Issues committee. She is active with the Montana Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administrators and has held the Treasurer, President Elect, and President roles; she is currently chair of the Education Committee. She received the Chapter Officer Award from the American Society of Healthcare Human Resource Administrators (ASHHRA) during her tenure as President. This year she received ASHHRA's Outstanding Chapter Achievement award. She and her husband Lou have a daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Sou Thao; both hold Bachelor degrees from The University of Montana. Deb loves her horses—competing in reining and cutting, while also enjoying trail riding. Her three Pembroke Welsh Corgi's keep a smile on her face. Deb considers herself a lifelong learner and is an avid supporter of higher education.
Dixie was born and raised in extreme southeastern Montana south of Broadus. She married Mike Stark in the fall of 1977 and they moved to Missoula to attend The University of Montana (UM). After Dixie completed a Bachelor of Arts in Botany and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, the couple moved just south of Darby where they still reside. Dixie later completed a Master of Arts in Botany at the UM. In 1991 Dixie was appointed the director of Literacy Bitterroot (formerly Literacy Volunteers of the Bitterroot). As director, she has raised more than a million dollars to provide developmental education and GED services free to local students. She loves to garden, read, take long walks, and serve on local boards. Dixie currently serves as Chairperson of the Darby Public Schools Board of Trustees, Treasurer of the Ravalli Services Corporation Foundation Board, and a member of the Sapphire Community Health Center Board. Dixie is a leader in the non-profit arena in the areas of advocacy and collaboration, and she is a lifelong learner. She looks forward to applying the innovative concepts that produced high quality local literacy services to the need for developmental and transfer education in the Bitterroot Valley.
Lynn was born in Missoula and raised in the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park. She has been a resident of Missoula since returning to attend The University of Montana (UM) as an undergraduate. She is married and has an adult son who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Lynn is currently the Associate Dean for The University of Montana College of Technology (UM-COT). She is actively involved with the academic, student services, and business operations of the UM-COT, as well as being an academic advisor for the college's Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs. Lynn is also engaged in the greater Missoula community, working with the Missoula Job Service, the Missoula Chamber of Commerce, and the Poverello Center. Via her position at the UM-COT, Lynn is professionally associated with the Bitterroot College Program (BCP) Steering Committee as a representative for the UM, bringing her career-long experience in 2-year education, community programming, and UM systems to the BCP effort. Lynn is personally honored to have been asked to be involved in the BCP Steering Committee. She approaches the year ahead as an opportunity to be involved in a positive, community-based (Ravalli County and UM) collaboration toward developing accessible programming in the Bitterroot Valley. She is excited about the opportunities and systems which are available and which can be developed and created.