Friends of MontanaPBS

The Board of the Friends of MontanaPBS is currently a 23-member board with representatives from Bozeman, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, Butte, Billings, Whitefish, Miles City, Huntley, Big Sky, Clancy and Galata. These board members work to raise funds for MontanaPBS, provide advice, and give a voice to the 10,000 plus member households across Montana.

Board Officers


Board Chair - NANCY C. CORNWELL, Ph.D. – Bozeman
Dr. Cornwell recently joined Montana State University as Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture. She holds a PhD. in Media Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a M.S. in Telecommunications Management from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University (New York). Previously, Dr. Cornwell served as Provost at Stephens College (Missouri) and Chair of the Television-Radio Department in the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College (New York). She also taught and held administrative positions at Linfield College (Oregon) and Western Michigan University. She served as chair of McMinnville (OR) Community Media Board of directors, was elected to the Board of KBOO-FM in Oregon and has served on the Board of the Southwest Michigan American Civil Liberties Union.

Dr. Cornwell has published books and articles on freedom of expression, freedom of the press, academic freedom, hate speech and racial profiling. She has a professional background in media production, broadcast journalism and media programming including serving as the nightly news director and public affairs producer for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network in the Republic of Panama. Prior to working in Panama, she served as Assistant Director of Programming for Cablevision Industries, where she helped establish local origination studios, mobile production facilities and oversaw the programming of approximately 150 cable franchise throughout upstate New York suburban Boston and central Florida. While in Michigan and Oregon, she worked with nonprofits to develop internal capacity in video production for fundraising and training efforts.

As Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture, Dr. Cornwell oversees the School of Music, the School of Architecture, the School of Art, the School of Film and Photography, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and the President's Fine Art Series.


Vice-Chair – Dax Schieffer – Big Sky
Please accept my letter of interest in joining the Friends of Montana PBS Board. I believe I'd bring extensive experience to the organization with my experience at Big Sky Resort, Montana State University and as a native Montanan who has enjoyed and benefitted from PBS. I currently serve on the Executive Leadership Team of Big Sky Resort as the Director of Human Resources. I have served the Big Sky Resort organization for 16 years, including 10 years as Director of Public Relations and Partner Resort Marketing. With my organizational and marketing/media background I've contributed to significant growth in our organization with increased revenues, guests, and employees.

Other experiences include graduating from Leadership Montana in 2009, serving on the PPL Community Fund Board 201-11, serving two terms with the Greater Gallatin United Way Board of Directors. In addition I was a founding member of the Big Sky rotary Club and served many years on the Big Brothers Big sisters Celebrity Golf Tournament at Big Sky, including the inaugural fundraising event 10 years ago. As a graduate of MSU, I served as an Orientation Leader, Advocate, and ASMSU Finance Board Member and as the News Editor of the Exponent. Most recently I was appointed to the newly formed Publication Board for the ASMSU Exponent.

Personally, I live in Bozeman with my wife and young son, I graduated from Montana State University in 1997. I grew up in Sidney, Montana in the eastern part of the state. I have served in the Big Sky Fire Department since 2003 and am currently a National Registered EMT.


Secretary - Michele Robinson – Butte
Michele Robinson was born in Riverton, Wyoming and was graduated from the University of Wyoming. She worked in Washington D.C. Where she met and married her husband, Donald Robinson, now deceased. Michele has worked in the Model Cities Program, directed the North American Indian Alliance Urban Center, was Parent Coordinator for The Butte Headstart Center, and hosted an on air daily television show during the Noon News for 15 years at KXLF TV. She currently serves on the board of the Butte Housing Authority and is chair of the Butte Community Concert Association. She is very supportive of the Montana PBS and is interested in rural areas receiving PBS programming as well as promoting MT PBS in general.


Operations Treasurer – Nancy Morrison - Huntley
Nancy lives on a ranch near Huntley, holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management from Rocky Mountain College and has a variety of professional experience in accounting and bookkeeping and customer service. She has experience as a home-schooling family and works full-time for the Billings Association of REALTORS®, Inc., as Accounting Director. She is involved in several writing projects and is a member of Billings Community Orchestra.


Friends of MontanaPBS

Meeting are held at 5:30pm on the third Wednesday of September, November, January, March and May via Adobe Connect software. Two annual face-to-face meeting are held each year, one in August and one in March. For information regarding these meetings or serving on the board, please contact Nancy Cornwell at 406-994-4405 or or Sally Maison at 406-556-1859 or

Board Members

Big Sky

  • Dax Schieffer


  • Jay Montague
  • Lynda Moss
  • Barbara Sample
  • Marcia Spalding


  • Eric Hyyppa
  • Walter Fleming
  • Nancy Cornwell
  • Sally Maison
  • Richard Young 


  • Michele Robinson


  • Cathy Ratzburg

Great Falls

  • Elaine Schoyen


  • John Cech


  • Nancy Morrison


  • Tony Brockman

Miles City

  • Bart Freese


  • Barbara Berens
  • William Marcus
  • Kate Jackson
  • David Nelson


  • Betsy Cox


  • Terry Leist


  • Peggy Kuhr