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Chair: Dax Schieffer

Dax Schieffer

The Friends of Montana PBS welcomes you to join in our efforts to support programming that is trusted, valued and essential.

Montana PBS means so much to so many including early childhood learning, honest reporting of today’s current issues and quality arts and entertainment accessible for all across Montana.

The Friends of Montana PBS board members are as diverse as the state but are held together by the shared vision that the work we do connects Montanans. In that spirit, we invite you to connect with us as a sustaining member or find the many other ways to give through endowments, planned giving or business partnerships.


Dax Schieffer

Dax Schieffer

Mission Statement

Our mission is to support MontanaPBS through advocacy, community engagement and fundraising.


From the Latin word advocare meaning to summon, call to one’s aid. Advocacy is the public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.

Community Engagement

Community engagement refers to the process by which community benefit organizations and individuals build ongoing, permanent relationships for the purpose of applying a collective vision for the benefit of a community.


Fundraising or fund raising (also known as "development") is the process of soliciting and gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies.

Directors & Board Members

Big Sky | Charlie Callander
Billings| Margaret MacDonald
Bozeman | Aaron Pruitt, Dax Schieffer
Great Falls | Bill Beecher, Katie Kotynski
Helena | Kirk Miller, Bruce Whittenberg, Pat Doyle
Kalispell | Tony Brockman
Missoula | Ray Ekness, Peggy Kuhr, Sue Malek
MSU-Bozeman | Terry Leist
Poplar | Rich Peterson
Red Lodge| Kent Young, Diane Young
UM-Missoula | Adrea Lawrence
Whitefish| Joaquenia Heinrich

Friends of MontanaPBS
Governance Calendar (2019-2020)

July 21-22 (Fri PM- Sat) | 2019-20 Quarterly Corporate Board Meeting – Bozeman

Aug. 13 (3:30-5pm) | Executive Committee Meeting

Sept. 10 (3:30-5pm) | Executive Committee Meeting

Oct. 8 (3:30-5pm) | Executive Committee Meeting

Nov. 6 (5:30-7pm) | Electronic Board Meeting

No Executive Committee Meeting in November

Dec. 10 (3:30-5pm) | Executive Committee Meeting


Jan. 14 (3:30-5pm) | Executive Committee Meeting

Feb. 11 (3:30-5pm) | Executive Committee Meeting

March 10 (3:30-5pm) | Executive Committee Meeting

March 27-28 (Fri PM-Sat) | Corporate Board Meeting (Billings)

April 14 (3:30-5pm) | Executive Committee Meeting

May 12 (3:30-5pm) | Executive Committee Meeting

May 20 (5:30-7:00pm) | Electronic Board meeting

June 16 (3:30-5pm) | Executive Committee Meeting

July14 (3:30-5pm) | Executive Committee Meeting

July 17-18 (Fri PM- Sat) | Annual Meetings (Missoula)

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Governance Documents