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Committee Members

Linda Kirkland
Committee Chair

Linda is a Montana native. Currently with the Montana Department of Administration, Linda has worked in telecommunications for about 30 years, 21 of which were at U.S. West. She has worked for the State of Montana for 9 years. In her spare time she travels, watching her son race his sprint car.

Charles Charette
Vice Chair

Charles is a heavy equipment operator who lives in Bighorn. He grew up in Billings and has a hearing loss. He was appointed to the committee on July 1, 2005.

Robert Ellesch
Bob was born in Billings Montana.  He attended the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind from 1954-1959, then finished his remaining years in private schools.  He has lived in Western Montana for 27 years before relocating back to Billings to finish his degree.  In 1997 he came to work for the DPHHS as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf.  In January 2008 he became a Vocational Rehabilitation Program Manager.  He and his wife, Elizabeth, have resided in Great Falls Montana since 1997.  Bob loves to spend his time outdoors camping, hiking, and geocaching and having Elizabeth accompany him as his personal photographer.

Ron Bibler
Ron is a past chairman of the committee and has been an active member since its inception in the late eighties. He also played a big part in implementing relay services in Montana. A certified financial planner, Ron runs his own advisory and investment management firm out of Great Falls and makes over 200 Montana Relay calls per month to clients, business acquaintances, friends, and family members. As a committee member, he represents the interests and concerns of disabled businesspersons across the state. A father of three and avid traveler, Ron enjoys spending time with his family, refereeing local football games and running a fantasy football team.

Eric Eck
Eric has been a member of the Governor’s Committee on Telecommunications Access since 1989. Montana law requires that one member of the committee represent the Public Service Commission. Eric works at the PSC, and fulfills that requirement. He is a devoted husband and father of one son, who has a hearing loss.

Julie Saylor
Born in Lewistown, Julie graduated from MSU and currently lives in Helena, where she works for the Office of Public Instruction. She was appointed to the Governor's Committee on Telecommunications Access in 2008 to fulfill the requirement that senior citizens be members of the committee.  She began to experience hearing loss more than fifteen years  ago, and today she uses a variety of assistive technology to adapt,  including the two-line CapTel phone offered by MTAP.

Char Harasymczuk
Char was born deaf. She graduated from MSDB in 1973, attended Gallaudet University, and graduated from MSU-Billings. Char is involved in the Montana Association for the Deaf (MAD) and the Montana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID) along with the MTAP board. Her hobbies include hiking and building birdhouses. Char was honored in October of 2007 with a Lifetime Achievement award from the Montana Center on Disabilities.  The award recognized Char, who is Deaf, because of her devotion and leadership as an agent of change for those with disabilities over the years. 

Chris Caniglia
A talented speech pathologist at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chris is a key contact person for speech-disabled Montanans. As a representative of businesses outside the telecommunications industry, Chris has maintained an active involvement with the Governor’s Committee on Telecommunications Access since 1999. Chris is a true nature lover who enjoys exploring Big Sky country.

Pat McGlenn
Pat works for Qwest Communications as the Account Manager for the State of Montana account. Pat represents Qwest Communications. Pat has lived in Montana since 2001 and has worked for Qwest Communications since 2002. Prior to working for Qwest, Pat spent nine years working in the technology field as a network administrator. Pat lives in Helena with his wife and daughter and enjoys spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors.

Drew Arnot

Patricia Ingalls

Jim Marks

Julie Saylor

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