Board of Directors
JEAN BELANGIE-NYE, 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.
KENT WATSON, Vice President
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.
DREW LARSON, Treasurer
TOM BRIGHAM, Director
Tom enjoys cycling and hiking in all seasons. Mountain biking, road biking, and commuting. He is a transportation planner by trade, focusing for the most part on long range transportation planning, and the relationship of the transportation system to community livability. He looks forward to opportunities to improve Missoula for all residents and visitors, regardless of chosen mode.
EVA DUNN-FROEBIG, Director
Eva Dunn-Froebig works in the Travel Initiatives Department at Adventure Cycling Association. Originally from upstate New York, Eva has lived in Missoula for over 15 years and has worked for the Missoula Art Museum and Run Wild Missoula, and volunteered for several nonprofit organizations, including Le Leche League of Missoula, Garden City Harvest, Women’s Voice for the Earth and Festival of the Dead. As a BWAM member, Eva hopes that she can help improve the safety of trails and streets for pedestrians and bicyclists. Eva enjoys outdoor activities with her son such as skiing, gardening, running, hiking, cycling, ice skating and jumping on their trampoline.
TOM GIGNOUX, Director
Tom, a Missoula cyclist for 40 years, appreciates the work BWAM, the Missoula City and County government, other bicycle advocacy groups, Missoula drivers, and the Missoula Police have done in the last dozen years to make Missoula the great cycling city we are now. Missoula continues to lead the nation for safe and pleasant cycling.
He advocates for bike/pedestrian paths separate from motor traffic, a simple way for the city to fulfill its responsibility to proved safe passage on public right-of-ways for all modes of travel. For this Missoula is fortunate to have much infrastructure in place for a path network from Turah to Frenchtown on the Milwaulkee Trail – connecting to the Bitterroot Branch Trail which will soon connect to the Lolo to Hamilton trail.
Uniquely, this network connects to a trail along Rattlesnake Creek to the National Rattlesnake Wilderness Area. Connections to a bike path over Evaro Hill and to the abandoned RR spur along the Blackfoot River from Bonner to Clearwater Junction may also be possible.
Tom advocates for pedestrian overpasses at busy intersections (and an aerial tram from downtown to the U) noting that avoidablecar/pedestrian accidents cost Missoula on the order of $10,000,000 a year in medical, legal and insurance costs. These improvements will be even more important with 700 parking spaces planned with the new College of Technology, large housing and banking projects starting downtown, the possible VA facility in the Federal Building, and with the threefold increase in train traffic projected through town.
Tom is an exploration geologist who is working to bring back Montana’s vast mountain groundwater reservoirs by reestablishing beaver and beaver ponds on public lands. He received a Purple Heart in the Marine Corps and is a strong peace advocate.
ELIZABETH PADDOCK, Director
LAURIE STALLING, Director
Laurie remembers getting her first bike when she was five and it was love at first sight. She even met the love of her life road biking. 37 years later, their two kids laugh at their garage full of road, cross, commuter and mt. bikes.
Graduating from Colorado State University in Environmental studies, jobs took her to Alaska, Virginia, Minnesota and Missoula. In Alaska and Virginia, she developed recreation programs for the community. In Minnesota, she taught English as a Second Language to children and adults from around the world. Retired from teaching, she moved to Missoula and ski instructs at Snowbowl and is a personal trainer. Caring for her two year old granddaughter has been the most rewarding.
In 2014, BWAM asked her to help develop a program to get more women biking for recreation and transportation. Women Bike Missoula (MizzBs) is off to a strong start and growing. Women have a strong influence in their communities and are strong advocates. Look for us touring the town and learning the trail systems in Missoula.