BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Meet our Board of Directors - influential community leaders with a passion for making a difference.

BARBARA SIMON

President

Barbara Simon was raised with her only sibling, Jack, a man with autism who was served by ORI for many years. He became the rudder of her life, guiding her into a career as a teaching specialist for children with disabilities. After receiving a graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and then teaching at St. Coletta of Wisconsin, she began a long career with the Missoula Public Schools, while actively promoting community services for adults with disabilities in various organizations. Barbara has a performance degree in organ from the University of Montana and currently holds the position of organist at First Presbyterian Church. She is a lover of antiques. You can find her most Saturdays working at the checkout desk at the Montana Antique Mall.

BARCLAY NICKEL

Secretary

Barclay Nickel is the client representative board member and an active Missoula community member. He spends much of his time working with the Missoula Food Bank and the Missoula Children’s Theater. When he is not providing community service, he trains for the Special Olympics, participates in an all-male singing group and sings in the Missoula Community Chorus. Barclay plays an active role at ORI, including co-auctioneering for the 2015 Diamond Anniversary Gala and participating on the Autumn Fest Planning committee. Barclay currently works at the Missoula Smoke Jump Center.  

JAYMIE BOWDITCH

Past President

Jaymie Bowditch is an attorney and one of the managing partners of the Boone Karlberg law firm in Missoula. Jaymie has an AV Preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and has consistently been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America in real estate. He became involved with ORI after serving on the state board of directors for Special Olympics Montana.

MAX BAUER

Board Member

Max Bauer Jr., a Missoula native, and retired Municipal Manager for Montana for Republic Services, a national refuse and recycling company. He has received numerous awards over the years for community service and environmental excellence. Currently, in addition to ORI, he serves on the boards of the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality Advisory Council, and Five Valley Lands Trust Committee; he recently completed two terms on the Missoula Aging Services Board. He reports that his years on the ORI board have been the most educational and rewarding experience of his career.

ROBERT KELLY

Board Member

Robert Kelly is the president of Intertec, a consulting firm specializing in management, governmental affairs, communications and community relations. Bob has served on the board for many years, at times serving as the resident historian for the organization. He also has served as chair of the University of Montana Foundation, the Montana International Trade Commission, Governor's Task Force on Economic Transition, the Montana Council on Economic Education, and the Montana Centennial Commission. He enjoys being able to contribute to the effort of helping those with disabilities be involved our community on a day-to-day basis.

TOM STOCKING

Vice-President

Tom Stocking was born in Whitefish and attended the University of Montana, obtaining an accounting degree from the UM School of Business Administration in 1973. He became a CPA in 1975. Since 1992 he has served as Controller for Muralt’s Management Co. before retiring in 2015. Other career highlights are: staff accountant and partner at Stover & Stover Accountants; work as an independent CPA; and managing partner for JCCS’s CPA office in Missoula. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Montana Society of CPAs, Missoula Business Builders, and the Missoula Chamber of Commerce. Tom has served as ORI Board President several times and Board Chair of the National Association of Credit Managers – Inland Northwest.

ASHLEY HOUSE

Treasurer

Ashley House is a Life Skills Teacher at Sentinel High School. She teaches vocational preparation classes to students with various abilities to promote job readiness skills. She also is the coordinator for all Vocational Rehabilitation students at Sentinel, along with a coach and co-coordinator for the Missoula High Schools Special Olympics team. Ashley was born and raised in Missoula, MT. She attended the University of Montana where she earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education with a teaching minor in Special Education. She started her teaching career in Cut Bank, MT, then transferred to Stevensville, MT, and finally landed her dream job in her home town of Missoula. Ashley is currently working on a Masters of Special Education through the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley. In her spare time, she likes to do projects with her husband, David, and cuddle her sweet Maltese/Yorkie, Maia. She also enjoys crafting and checking out vintage markets and antique stores. 

TED STETLER

Board Member

Ted Stetler and his wife Marty moved to Missoula in 1965 from the Chicago area. Ted owned and operated a family business, Western Montana Monument Services, Inc., for 38 years. During that time, he belonged to and was a board member for Pacific Northwest Monument Dealers Association, a multi-state organization composed of several western states. As a board member, Ted held all offices of the organization, as well as serving as a trustee to the national organization, Monument Builders of North America. He has served as a board member and chairman of Target Range School and as a trustee of Missoula County Consolidated Schools. He joined the ORI board in 1979 and reports he has served gladly on all board positions. He and Marty have three children, Jill, Timothy, and Keri, who has been an ORI client and employee of American Eagle Instruments for 20 years.

CYNTHIA KLETTE

Board Member

Cindy Klette is a local REALTOR® with ERA Lambros Real Estate in Missoula and has served as a director of Opportunity Resources, Inc. since 2009. She is a fourth-generation Montanan who feels fortunate to have been able to raise her family in the Missoula Valley. Prior to real estate, Cindy spent more than 22 years with Missoula County where she established and directed Missoula’s Office of Planning & Grants (OPG) which is responsible for the development and administration of public policy related to land use and human services, economic development, infrastructure and housing, plus multi-jurisdictional transportation planning, historic preservation, long-range growth policy, zoning administration and subdivision review. Cindy is passionate in her love for the Missoula community, volunteering for many community-based organizations. She is proud to support the mission of Opportunity Resources, Inc.

PATRICIA M. BAUMGART

Board Member

Patricia M. Baumgart has worked for Missoula County since 1978, serving as Director of Human Resources since 2011. Patty was recently appointed Collective Bargaining Representative for the Board of County Commissioners and is responsible for labor relations with ten different bargaining units. She has been a member of both the Big Sky Chapter and National SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) since 1990 and a member of the ORI board since 1992. She previously served on the board of Missoula's chapter of Literacy Volunteers of America and volunteered for years with Missoula's first Critical Incident Stress Debriefing team. Patty is a native Montanan and a political science and public administration graduate of the University of Montana.