President - Doug Dye
Secretary/Treasurer - Nancy Chalmers
I was born in Milan, Ohio – a very small but historic town – that is the birthplace of Thomas Edison and the start of the Erie Canal. I attended Bowling Green University, and after graduation, I started a career in retail. My first job was with the J. L. Hudson Co. in Detroit, MI where my final position was a buyer. A marriage moved me to Kalamazoo, MI, where, after a short career with a local retail store, IBM hired me. That job started my 27-year career with IBM where I was a sales representative, sales manager, consultant, and eventually a project manager.
During my IBM career I had the pleasure of living in Lexington, KY and Atlanta, GA. I was lucky to retire early at 57. During my life, I spent many vacations in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Montana.
My love of horses got me involved with photography. When I wasn't competing at horse shows, I was taking and selling pictures of the competitors. I moved to Kalispell in 2010 and decided to take advantage of this beautiful area and its wildlife, so I enrolled in several photography classes at FVCC under the tutelage of Nick Fucci. I have worked with Nick many times, both in his workshops and on a 1-to-1 basis. His knowledge and love of teaching has improved my photography 10 fold.
My first love is wildlife, and with trips to Alaska, the National Bison Range, Glacier National Park, and Triple D Game farm, I've had the opportunity to photograph some wonderful animals. I also enjoy landscape photography and have attended multiple workshops with Chuck Haney in Oregon, South Dakota, and here in Montana. I'm finally taking landscapes I really like. I joined NWMNP the year the club was founded, and volunteered to be the Secretary/Treasurer two years later. I've totally enjoyed working for the club and meeting so many wonderful, passionate photographers.
Robert Hanson - Board Member
I was born and raised in a small town in Central Eastern Washington called Garfield. During high school I took photography classes and was on the annual staff. I had the opportunity to have my own darkroom at home. After high school I went to the Netherlands as a foreign exchange student for one year where I had the fortunate opportunity to travel and experience the area. I returned and attended college where I got my degree and met my wife to be. We were married a year later after she finished her nursing education. In 1989, we moved to Montana with our two children.
I wasn’t active in photography for several years until I got into underwater photography. As a scuba instructor I was able to travel and photograph the underwater world. This renewed the enjoyment I got from photography. I enjoy photographing landscapes as well as wildlife. My wife and I enjoy hiking; living in Northwestern Montana has given us many rewarding adventures. I enjoy sharing our time spent in the outdoors with my images.
Stepping out of my comfort zone, I was entrusted to shoot a few weddings, which has broadened my photography skills and gray hair. With my renewed interest in photography, I started learning Photoshop as well as Lightroom. I’m a member of North America Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), and I’ve been published in several scuba diving magazines as well as Nikon Photo
Karen Adams - Board Member
Curtis Wallace - Board Member
Duane DeBoers - Board Member
Mike Cronin - Newsletter Editor and Board Member
Former President - Jerry Hutchinson
I grew up on a farm by Cheyenne Wyoming. I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in accounting and worked with TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) as an auditor. He then worked with the State Auditors office as an auditor and the State Land Office as manager of mineral royalty accounting and auditing. My professional interest was always more lined up with computer programming than accounting. I served the last several years as manager of the program development section of the Land Office.
After retiring from the State of Wyoming he moved to Colorado Springs Colorado. Later I worked as a Landman in the oil field selling right of way easements for new gas pipeline for a large gas company in North eastern Montana and north western North Dakota. While working in the oil field, I purchased a house in Kalispell and is living here.
Photography has been a hobby for many years. Traveling around the Bakken oil field has afforded great opportunities for photography and perked/intensified his interest in photography. Living in the Kalispell and spending time with the NWMNP photo club has been a rewarding experience.