Board of Regents Members
Members (in alphabetical order)
Fran M. Albrecht (Vice Chair)
Term Expires February 1, 2019
Fran Albrecht is the executive director of Providence Montana Health Foundation, supporting superior healthcare and the compassionate missions of St. Patrick Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center serving thousands of individuals across Western Montana. For over 17 years, Albrecht was executive director for Watson Children’s Shelter in Missoula, a private non-profit that provides safe, nurturing care for Montana children who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment or family crisis. Albrecht recently served as an adjunct instructor teaching Nonprofit Administration and Public Service and Advanced Nonprofit Administration in the Davidson Honors College at The University of Montana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with double majors in Psychology and Sociology from Gonzaga University and a Master of Education in Early Childhood from MSU-Billings, both with honors. Albrecht has served in various leadership positions, including past president of the Rotary Club of Missoula, Missoula Chamber of Commerce Board, First Interstate Bancsystem Foundation Board, Leadership Missoula, Missoula Public Schools 21st Century Model for Change and others. She continues to serve with the Chamber Ambassadors, Loyola Sacred Heart Foundation Board, First Interstate Bank Advisory Board and is an active Rotarian. Albrecht has been recognized as a nonprofit leader and speaker, providing advisement to nonprofits in varying stages of development and is frequently requested for advisement with capital campaigns, board development, public relations, leadership, strategic planning and effective marketing. A native of Great Falls, Fran is married to Chris Albrecht, a Montana Tech graduate, and they reside in Missoula with their two children.
Levi Birky (Student Regent)
Term Expires June 30, 2017
Levi Birky is a senior in the College of Education, Health & Human Development and Honors College at Montana State University-Bozeman (MSU). He will graduate in May of 2017 with a B.S. in secondary education – social studies broadfield. Levi served two terms as a senator for the Associated Students of MSU before he was elected vice president in the spring of 2015. He subsequently served as president from the fall of 2015 until the spring of 2016.
Term Expires February 1, 2017
William A. Johnstone is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Davidson Companies, an employee-owned financial services holding company based in Great Falls, Montana. Mr. Johnstone joined D.A. Davidson & Co. as President of that firm in 2000, and became President and CEO of Davidson Companies in 2004.
Mr. Johnstone is Chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) board of directors and a member of the Regional Firms CEO Roundtable Group of SIFMA. He was appointed by Montana’s governor to serve as a member of the state’s Board of Regents and is Co-Chairman of Main Street Montana, a statewide economic development initiative. He also serves as a board member of the International Heart Institute in Missoula, Montana and on the Advisory Board of the Minnesota Law School Corporate Law Institute, and until recently was Chairman of the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation. Additionally, he has a long history of service with a number of other local, state and national boards.
Prior to joining Davidson Companies, Mr. Johnstone was Managing Partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, a Minneapolis-based, international law firm and the same law firm where he began his career. He served as Vice Chairman of the investment firm Dain Rauscher Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the 1990s after previously serving as President and CEO of Rauscher, Pierce & Refsnes Inc., an investment firm in Dallas, Texas.
A native Montanan, Mr. Johnstone earned a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Montana State University in 1966, with honors. He earned a juris doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1969 and was an editor of the University of Minnesota Law Review. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Montana Law School, the University of Minnesota Law School, and William Mitchell College of Law.
Term Expires February 1, 2018
Mr. Lozar is the Bureau Chief of the Business Development Bureau for the Montana Department of Commerce. In this role he and his team provide services, technical assistance and funding opportunities for the business and entrepreneur communities, particularly in the media manufacturing, Native American development, trade and international relations and small business industries, in Montana to grow market opportunities and jobs. Additionally, he serves as the tribal policy advisor for the Montana Department of Commerce.
Previously, Mr. Lozar served as the Program Manager for Montana’s State Tribal Economic Development Commission (STEDC), an 11-member commission appointed by Governor Bullock to expand economic opportunities for Native Americans in Montana. He worked directly with these commissioners, state officials, the eight tribal councils in the state as well as tribal colleges and Indian businesses to accelerate workforce development and craft policy to grow the Indian business community. Additionally, Mr. Lozar administered the $2M Montana Indian Language Preservation Pilot Program.
Prior to managing the State Tribal Economic Development Commission, Mr. Lozar served as the Chief Marketing and Development Officer for the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F), a national Native-American non-profit that addresses childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes among Native children through sports, health and wellness and leadership development programs. He oversaw resource development and communications functions and established partnerships with like-minded philanthropists who were eager to invest in evidence-based programs.
Before NB3F, Mr. Lozar served as the vice president of the American Indian College Fund (the Fund). At the Fund, he developed and executed resource development strategy with a large staff dedicated to increasing donor loyalty and new partner acquisition among foundations, corporations, tribes and individuals. During his tenure at the Fund he and his team garnered over $30 million for Native American students attending the nation’s 33 tribal colleges and universities.
Mr. Lozar holds a B.A in History from Dartmouth College. In 2006, he received a M.Ed. from Harvard University and in 2013 earned an MBA from the University of Colorado-Denver. In 2010, he was recognized as a Top 40 Native American Under 40 and was selected as an American Express NGEN Fellow by the Independent Sector. Mr. Lozar’s board service includes: Montana Board of Regents, S&K Technologies, S&K Electronics and the Montana Community Foundation. Casey and his wife Reagen have three young children; Winn, Leighton and Mary Mac. Born and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, Mr. Lozar is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Robert A. Nystuen
Term Expires February 1, 2022
Robert (Bob) Nystuen has been a community banker for 40 years. Since 2004 he has been Market President of Glacier Bank, an affiliate of Glacier Bancorp Inc., a publicly traded bank holding company based in Kalispell, Montana. Bob joined Glacier Bank in 1996 after 21 years with First Bank System, now known as US Bank. During Bob’s banking career, he and his family have lived and worked in Havre, Livingston, Bozeman, Miles City, and Kalispell, Montana.
Bob has been associated with the Board of Trustees of Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, MT since 2002 and has served as Board Chair for eight years. Bob currently serves on the Board of Directors of Glacier National Park Conservancy and the Kalispell Area Chamber of Commerce and was their Board Chair in 2001. He recently concluded terms on the boards of directors of the Montana Ambassadors, Montana West Economic Development and the Montana Commission on Community Service.
Bob is a native of North Dakota and attended North Dakota State University in Fargo where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics in 1975. He then graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1982.
Bob and his wife Kim have been married since 1980 and now live in Lakeside, Montana. They have three sons, Andy of Big Sky, Steven and wife Kristen of Missoula and Carl of Bozeman. Kim and Steve are graduates of the University of Montana. Carl and Andy are graduates of Montana State University in Bozeman.
Term Expires February 1, 2021
Martha Sheehy is a Billings-based attorney who earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Montana in 1985 and 1988, respectively. She has served as president of the State Bar of Montana, on numerous state and federal justice committees and a number of social services boards. Sheehy graduated from UM in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in history with honors and from UM Law School in 1988 as first in her class. She has practiced law in Billings since 1988, the last 15 years at her own Sheehy Law Firm. She has had a focus on constitutional law, contract issues, insurance law and media law, including representing the Billings Gazette and Bozeman, Chronicle in right-to-know cases. She also served on the boards of the Billings YMCA and Youth Dynamics.
Paul Tuss (Chair)
Term Expires February 1, 2020
Paul Tuss serves as the Executive Director of Bear Paw Development Corporation in Havre, a federally-recognized, nonprofit Economic Development District in northern Montana that covers 17,665 square miles, five counties and two Indian Reservations with a total population of approximately 35,000 residents. He previously worked for five years as the Executive Director of Glacier County’s economic development organization, an area that includes Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Indian Nation.
He is Past President of the Montana Economic Developers Association, Past Chairman of the Montana State Employers Council and is a member of the Montana Economic Development Advisory Council and Judicial Nomination Commission. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Montana Nonprofit Association, Montana Cooperative Development Center and Northern Montana Hospital. Paul previously held gubernatorial appointments to the Tourism Advisory Council and the Montana Heritage Commission.
Prior to his appointment as a member of the Board of Regents, Paul served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the University of Montana and as an Advisory Board member for the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. He served as a member of the Cabinet for the MSU-Northern Foundation’s Capital Campaign and was a member of the Presidential Search Committee for Montana State University that resulted in Dr. Waded Cruzado becoming President of MSU.
Paul has served as Aide to the Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives, Assistant Secretary of the Montana Senate and was a candidate in 2000 for Montana Secretary of State. A native of Anaconda, he is a graduate of the University of Montana, is married to Pamela Hillery and has two children, Dolan and Caroline.
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