Board of Directors
ETHEL MACDONALD, President
A Board member since BWAM’s foundation, Ethel prides herself on putting ten times more miles on her bicycles than on her car every year. Active transportation is above all an ethical choice for her, with bicycling her first choice for local transportation (walking and bus are second and third in the winter), and sees health, enjoyment, & fun as additional benefits. Since 2004 she has cycled close to 10,000 solo tour miles mostly in Europe (and the U.S. Pacific Coast Route), and has plans to add more Montana and other U.S. trips in the future. She is a runner and long-time member of Run Wild Missoula.
Ethel is a committed advocate for better biking and walking opportunities in Missoula and Montana and was part of the committee that worked on the successful application for Missoula’s Gold Level Bike-Friendly City award from the League of American Bicyclists. She is a member of several national and state biking and environmental groups. Now in her final year of Board membership, she anticipates continuing as a bicycle activist for peace, justice, and the environment, all largely affected by our transportation choices.
JEAN BELANGIE-NYE, Vice President
Jean Belangie-Nye is passionate about safe bikeways and walkways. Jean would like to see the Bitterroot Pathway system connected to Missoula’s system in the near future. She chairs the Missoula to Lolo Trail Committee of BWAM. The MLTA is developing a bike-ped route from Lolo to Missoula. She chaired the Lolo Focus Group for Highway 93 South, serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee for Highway 93 South, and has been a member of transportation committees and study groups for the Bitterroot Valley and Missoula.
Jean is a native Montanan and owns Nye Imagery. Jean lives in Lolo. She enjoys gardening, photography, printmaking, and is currently trying to finish the Eddie’s Club Book. In her free time, she and her friend Michael run her two standard poodles in Crazy Canyon.
BOB WACHTEL, Treasurer
Robert Wachtel (Bob) retired from the professional staff of The University of Montana at the end of 2005 after 32 ½ years working audiovisual support for instruction and special events. Bob was a regular bike commuter during his employment at U of Mt, cycling 2 miles each way year round. Retirement has allowed him to join the Missoula Bike/Ped Advisory Board, and participate in the formation and development of BWAM. Bob continues to avoid driving locally as much as possible. His wife is an avid walker and enjoys the ability to walk for many of her errands.
Bob continues to process his own fruit wines from available local fruit. Other interests include flat water canoeing, playing classical and religious guitar, and independent consulting on computer systems and home entertainment systems as Wachtel Consulting, LLC.
EVA DUNN-FROEBIG, Director
Eva Dunn-Froebig has been the executive director of Run Wild Missoula since 2009. Run Wild Missoula’s mission is to promote and support running and walking as sports for people of all ages and abilities. Eva hopes that as a board member of BWAM and a staff member of RWM, she will be able to advocate for runners and walkers and keep the lines of communication between the pedestrian and bicycling community open. Eva lives in Missoula with her 7-year-old son and volunteers with the Paxson Running Club and Safe Routes to Schools. You will find her at almost every running event in Missoula, including Run Wild Missoula’s signature event, the Missoula Marathon. Eva hopes that she can help improve the safety of trails and streets for runners and cyclists and hopes that her son will have a safe way to bike to school one day. She enjoys outdoor activities with her son such as skiing, gardening, running, hiking, cycling, ice skating and jumping on their trampoline.
GINNY SULLIVAN Director
Ginny Sullivan has lived in Missoula since 1989 (with a year-long foray to Louisiana while her husband attended LSU). Living in the friendly neighborhood near Greenough Park since 1990, biking and walking have become a major interest for the Sullivan’s. Ginny and her family are avid bike commuters and cycling recreationists. Working for Adventure Cycling Association as the Special Projects Director provides Ginny with the opportunity to learn about community successes, transportation innovations and new bike/walk trends. Ginny hopes to help the BWAM board grow their membership, take on bicycle safety education and help implement community programs that promote biking and walking in Missoula and beyond.
KENT WATSON, Director
As a native Montanan Kent is delighted to have come “home,” as it were, to Missoula, a town that has historically advocated for pedestrians and bicyclists. He brought his family back to Montana from San Francisco in 1994, largely as result of having proposed on updating the Missoula Non-motorized Plan in 1991. Though his company did not get the project, this process turned him onto Missoula as a good place to work and raise their daughter.
Kent is Owner and Principal of Kent Watson & Associates, Landscape Architecture, in Missoula. As a practicing Landscape Architect he specializes in the planning and design of bicycle/pedestrian systems and facilities, as well as parks and recreation facilities, and other large landscapes all over the Rocky Mountain west. Working with local engineering firms, he has designed most of the bike/ped pathways around Missoula – namely the Bitterroot Branch and Milwaukee Road systems. With this background and expertise, he looks forward to working with the BWAM board to continue improving all of our pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
Having “grown up” in Yellowstone Park, he brings a strong environmental ethic and sensibility to all of his endeavors, which includes his activity with a variety of environmental and non-profit organizations for over 40 years. He holds a BLA degree from N. C. State University and Master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
JOHN WOOD, Director