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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serves as the leadership for the Society. Guided by our Strategic Plan, board members discuss issues facing the profession and help ensure the Society continues to make an impact into the future. Members serve a three year term, where they attend quarterly meetings to provide staff with advice and direction.

Meet your board officers

Officers

Steven Johnson

CPA

President

Tracee Gallo

CPA

President-Elect

Steven Johnson bio

Steven is a Principal at Pinion and Board President for the 2023/2024 term, as well as serving on MTCPA's Professional Development Committee. Steven is also on the Board of Directors for Shodair Children’s Hospital.

Tracee Gallo bio

Tracee has 20 years of collective experience in tax preparation, tax auditing, and financial accounting. Prior to moving into public accounting, Tracee was a state tax auditor and management analyst specializing in pass-through entities and multistate taxation. Her skills for research and analysis of state and federal tax laws and policy make Tracee a solid asset when tackling complex tax situations. She has been trained by both the Internal Revenue Service and the Multistate Tax Commission in the areas of income tax and multistate entity tax compliance.

Sara Smith

CPA, CGMA

Treasurer

Marca Gibson

CPA

Ex-Officio

Sara Smith bio

Sara is the CFO of ALPS P&C Insurance Company and a UM grad. Sara loves to rides bikes and ski with her husband and dog.

Marca Gibson bio

Marca is proud to have served as the Society’s president 2020-2021 and especially proud to support the current board president as ex officio. After many years working and raising their two sons in Helena, she moved with her husband Dave in 2016 to Fairfield, Montana. Raised on a registered Hereford ranch at Creston, Montana, Marca is thrilled to get back to her agricultural roots in this beautiful setting. She currently works for Gary Kasper & Company, Inc., preparing financial statements and individual and business taxes, and continues to specialize in accounting, consulting and caring for nonprofit organizations.

Marca’s current community involvement is serving as the president of Montana State Old-Time Fiddlers District 8, and treasurer of Fairfield Education and Community Association.


Meet your board members

Directors

Back (left to right): Dan Vuckovich, Tim Kober, Steven Johnson, Allen Lloyd [staff], Marc Giullian, Eric Roberts, Boyd Search [guest]
Middle (left to right): Marca Gibson, Tracee Gallo, Becky Turner, Leo Prigge
Front (left to right): Erinn Donnell [staff], Chet McLean, Carrie Faulhaber, Russ Davis

Russell Davis, CPA

Some of Russ's past endeavors include serving as the past president of the Helena Chapter of CPAs, treasurer of the Last Chance Riders Motorcycle Club, and multiple Young Professional groups through the Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies are seasonal; everything from skis to boards, jiu-jitsu to motorcycles. But as free time becomes a thing of the past, Russ’s most important roles are husband and father. Two teenage daughters, a toddler son, and multiple dogs keep him and his wife busy and full of life.

Tim Kober, CPA, CMA, CFM

Tim has been employed at the Montana Technological University (Montana Tech) for over 30 years.  He is a life-long resident of Montana. He is an alumnus of the University of Montana, earning bachelors degrees in accounting and economics, a masters degree in business administration, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Tim currently teaches courses in intermediate accounting, income tax, governmental accounting, and strategy.  His research interests are related to accounting education.

His professional certifications include; Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA), and Certified in Financial Management (CFM). Tim has been married to the former Valerie Clark for 25 years and has three sons; Michael, Alex, and Andrew.

Leo Prigge, CPA

Leo is a third-generation CPA proprietor of Prigge and Otten PC, a small tax and accounting advisory firm in Uptown Butte that Leo co-owns and runs with his wife Jen.   Leo serves on a number of community boards in Butte and is committed to helping Butte residents and small businesses thrive.

Becky Turner, CPA, CGMA

Becky provides accounting services to clients in the Southwest Montana area through her firm RDT Accounting. She previously spent 15 years in internal audit work within the financial institutions industry. Becky has been involved with the Society in various capacities since 2008, including work on the Professional Development, Industry, and Annual Conference Planning Task Forces. Outside of work and MTCPA involvement, Becky lives her best life spending time her husband and pets, along with enjoying all things Montana has to offer.

Eric Roberts, CPA

Eric is a tax manager with Eide Bailly in Billings, specializing in corporate and pass-through entity taxation. He is a graduate of Montana State University and enjoys hiking and biking in his free time.

Chet McLean, CPA, CGFM, CIA

Chet specializes in governmental accounting and auditing. Chet has earned a Master’s of Accountancy from the University of Montana, a CGFM from the Association of Government Accountants, and a CIA from the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Carrie Faulhaber, CPA

Carrie is the CFO at Beartooth Group in Bozeman, MT. Carrie holds a Master’s of Professional Accountancy from Montana State University and has been a CPA for over 20 years. She loves hiking, biking, snowboarding, and water sports with her husband and 3 kids.

Apply

Serving on the Board of Directors is a rewarding way to give back to the profession. Each year the Board Development Committee meets in January to review applications and recommend a slate to the Board of Directors. If you would be interested in serving click below for the application form.

Nominate

Have you worked with someone who would be a great board member? We are always looking for potential board members and would encourage you to share the names of great candidates.


Those who got us to today

Past Presidents

2020's

Marc Giullian 2022-2023
Russell Rice 2021-2022
Marca Gibson 2020-2021

2010's

Julie Kostelecky 2019-2020
John Steinhoff 2018-2019
Josh Herbold 2017-2018
Annette Hill 2016-2017
Brenda Byrnes 2015-2016
Ann Deegan 2014-2015
Paul Nisbet 2013-2014
Gordon Thompson 2012–2013
David Sather 2011–2012
Ron Yates 2010–2011

2000's

Kyla Stafford 2009-2010
Ryan Screnar 2008-2009
Gary Staudinger 2007-2008
Dan Vuckovich 2006-2007
Dwaine Iverson 2005-2006
James Galipeau 2004-2005
James Woy 2003-2004
Judy Paynter 2002-2003
Richard Reisig 2001-2002
Marilyn Bartlett 2000-2001

1990's

Melvin McFetridge 1999-2000
Cheri Burns 1998-1999
Walter Kero 1997-1998
Robert Chrysler 1996-1997
Patricia Douglas 1995-1996
Leonard Deppmeier 1994-1995
Gary Demaree 1993-1994
Daniel Eigeman 1992-1993
Anthony DiLello 1991-1992
Joe Shevlin 1990-1991

1980's

Ellen Solem 1989-1990
Patrick Davison 1988-1989
Ronald Taylor 1987-1988
Denis Adams 1986-1987
Timothy Sather 1985-1986
Michael Holland 1984-1985
Darrell Ehrlick 1983-1984
Gary Carlson 1982-1983
Ellen Feaver 1981-1982
Ray Curtis 1980-1981

1970's

Robert Prigge 1979-1980
Karl Sorenson 1978-1979
Robert Bragg 1977-1978
Michael Brown 1976-1977
John Wheeler 1975-1976
Jack Stevens 1974-1975
Stone Paulson 1973-1974
Richard Gunlikson 1972-1973
Todd Lindberg 1971-1972
Everit Sliter 1970-1971

1960's

George Koyl 1969-1970
Maurice (Meese) Clark 1968-1969
Jack Kempner 1967-1968
George Campanella 1966-1967
William Schmidt 1965-1966
Norm Wilson 1964-1965
Maurice Colberg 1963-1964
Max Swanson 1962-1963
Henry Jordahl 1961-1962
Clarence Misfeldt 1960-1961

1950's

George Anderson 1959-1960
Anthony Gerharz 1958-1959
R.R. Mountain 1957-1958
Howard Gaare 1956-1957
S. Clark Pyfer 1955-1956
E.R. Blinn 1954-1955
John Wallin 1953-1954
J. Roland Peterson 1952-1953
J. Rodney Renman 1951-1952
C.E. Coulston 1950-1951

1940's

Bruce Risley 1949-1950
W.K. Good 1948-1949
C.J. Bjornlie 1947-1948
R.A. Lathom 1946-1947
R.L. Watkins 1945-1946
W.F. Seel 1944-1945
W.F. Finlay, Sr. 1943-1944
B.F. Holcomb 1942-1943
H.P. Higgins 1941-1942

1930's

A.J. Rowland 1939-1940
M. Stotesbury 1938-1939
Anthony Gerharz 1937-1938
Roscoe Thomas 1936-1937
Hugh Galusha, Sr. 1935-1936