Back row: Susan Stanton, Jeff Okerman, Garret McFarland, Ryan Jones
Front row: Jamie Ogolin, Debbie Morford, Mark Peterson
Mark Petersen, Chair
Debbie Morford, Vice Chair
Ryan Jones, Secretary
Finance CommitteeDebbie Morford, Chair
Meets on the Wednesday before the Board of Trustee meeting at 4:00 in the President’s office.
Human Resources CommitteeJeff Okerman, Chair
Meets the fourth Monday of each month at 4:00 in the President’s office unless the Board of Trustee meeting date has been changed.
Quality CommitteeSue Stanton, Chair
Meets on the Friday before the Board of Trustee meeting at 3:00 in the President’s office.
Dr. Petersen was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. He is the Research Leader USDA-ARS Fort Keogh Livestock & Range Research Laboratory. As the Research Leader, his job responsibilities are to conduct range and range livestock research, supervise personnel and over all operations. Mark has earned a BA in Animal Science/Zoology from the University of Hawaii, MS in Animal Science from the University of Idaho, and a PhD in animal Science from the University of Nebraska. He has received numerous awards including Teacher of the Year - College of Agriculture (Montana State University) 1991, Friend of the Student - College of Agriculture (Montana State University) – 1986.Go to top of page
Ms. Morford was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013. Debbie recently retired after working as the Manager of the Miles City Field Office with the Bureau of Land Management with responsibility for overseeing public lands and resources in 17 counties in eastern Montana. During her 26 year career working for the federal government, Debbie also served as District Ranger, geologist, and firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Montana. She also worked as a geologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Louisiana and as a cartographer for the Department of Defense in Washington DC. She currently works for OptiBlend Industries which provides product and support to the oil and gas industry. Debbie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Colorado State University.Go to top of page
Mr. Jones was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016.
A native of Miles City, he currently works for Rain and Hail crop insurance as a Claims Supervisor for eastern Montana and northern Wyoming.
Ryan graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Northwest College in Powell and a Bachelor’s Degree from Montana State University in Bozeman.
Ryan also serves on the Board of Directors of OneHealth and Custer County 4-H programs.
He is happily married to Nicole and has two children.Go to top of page
Mr. Okerman was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009. He is a rancher south of Miles City. He attended MSU Billings and has taken classes at Miles Community College.Go to top of page
Ms. Stanton was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006. She taught 31 years, 24 years in the Miles City Schools of which she served as librarian at Washington Middle School for 14 years. She retired in May of 2010 and is currently employed part time by Prairie Educational Service Area. She was raised on the family farm in Brusett, Montana. Sue graduated from Garfield County High School in Jordan, Montana, received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Masters in Reading from Eastern Montana College in Billings, MT. She completed a Library endorsement at Western Montana College in Dillon, MT.Go to top of page
Dr. McFarland was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2005. He has been a dentist in Miles City for 17 years. After growing up in Fort Benton, MT, he received his bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and received his DDS from the University of Minnesota Dental School. Along with being a Trustee for MCC and member of the MCC Endowment board, Garret is also active in Kiwanis, Miles City Club board, and Town and Country Club. Go to top of page
Mr. Ogolin was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017. He is currently a financial advisor at Big Sky Financial in Miles City. A Butte native, Jamie earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana and a Master’s degree from Montana State University. In 1987, he moved to Miles City to teach science. During his 27 years in education, he was a biology teacher, assistant principal, and principal at CCDHS. Jamie also serves on the Custer County Educational Foundation board. He and his wife Kristy have two daughters, Tori and Alex. Jamie enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, hunting, fishing, and following his girls in their activities.
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