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Jim Michelotti is a Butte native who grew up in the Meaderville and McQueen neighborhoods. He is a graduate of Boys’ Central High School and Carroll College with a B.S. in Mathematics. He continued his education, achieving an M.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. in Business Administration. Jim worked for Boeing in Washington and IBM in Butte before taking a position with Montana Tech. He spent the next 30 years working in administration with the college and teaching computer science. Jim volunteers with the Archives and the Knights of Columbus and maintains a passion for Butte history. He is an active member of the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge, an Italian organization that has roots in Butte back to the late 1880s.
Jim McCarthy was born and raised in Butte and graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in History and Political Science. He was employed by Butte-Silver Bow for 35 years as Park Superintendent and Road Foreman until he retired in 2009. Jim volunteers at the Archives and was an integral part of moving the Archives from its temporary location to the newly renovated building. He also helps with the Butte Adult Education classes on history and is an advisor for Butte High’s Montana History Club.
Kathy Morris was born and raised in Butte. Her formal education includes a B.A. in Education from the University of Montana and M.A. in Computers in Education from Columbia University, New York. During the 1984-85 school year, the Butte School District #1 granted Kathy a sabbatical leave to pursue her Master’s degree. She was a first-grade teacher for 31 years before retiring. After completing her volunteer project, landscaping the Babyland section of the Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte, Kathy completed the Master Gardener program through the Montana State Extension Office.
Cheryl Ackerman was born and raised in Butte, having graduated from Butte High School and attended Montana Tech. She has been employed at the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce for the past nine years. Growing up in Butte, Cheryl knows that Butte is the “Richest Hill on Earth.” Since working at the Chamber, Cheryl has rediscovered the historic and architectural riches Butte has to offer. Cheryl enjoys sharing this information with the many visitors that pass through the Chamber doors all year long. She is an avid photographer; creatively promoting Butte (past and present) through her pictures. Cheryl has also worked with local schools and community groups to promote Butte through video photo stories.
Scott Juskiewicz is the Director of the Montana Tech Library and faculty member of the library since 2008. He received his B.A. in History from Ithaca College in 1993 and his Masters in Information Science (MSIS) from the University at Albany in 2005. Prior to joining the faculty at Montana Tech, Scott worked at the New York State Library and the E.S. Bird Library at Syracuse University.
Bob Chamberlin is a retired buisness man who worked in the drilling and pump industry for over 45 years. Bob graduated from Butte High in 1965, participating in both track and cross country. He was a member of the 1963 state championship track team and the 1964 state championship cross country team, in which both teams were inducted into the Butte Sports Hall of Fame. He then went to to the University of Montana on a cross country scholarship. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel Management. Bob has served on the boards for the Montana Water Well Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Butte County Club, and is a volunteer at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives.
Greg Black was born in Kansas and grew up in Columbia, Missouri until moving to Butte as a teenager. He has a B.A. degree in History from Whitman College, did post-graduate studies in History and Diplomacy at George Washington University, and received a J.D. degree from the University of Montana in 1979. He returned to Butte and practiced law for 38 years at one firm, Corette, Black, Carlson and Mickelson, specializing in civil litigation. Now happily retired, Greg spends his time in volunteer activities and engages in gardening, fishing, golfing, mushroom gathering, and other outdoor pursuits in summer and remains an avid alpine and nordic skier in winter.
Dianna M. Porter
Dianna Porter was born and raised in Butte, graduated from St. Mary’s grade school, Girls’ Central, and St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, Kansas. She has a Master’s degree in gerontology and a law degree. Throughout her career, she has worked in the aging field in policy development, education, direct service, and advocacy. She has published numerous articles pertaining to aging issues and two books–one a textbook on Gerontology and Geriatrics (contributor and co-editor); the other on her 4-year experience advising the Republic of Macedonia on creating a pension system. She returned to Butte upon retirement in 2008 and served on the Montana Public Employees Retirement Board, initiating the development of a Code of Conduct.
Bill McKenzie joined the Archives board in October of 2013. He retired from Northwestern Energy in 2014 after being their Accounting Manager for 10 years. Prior to joining Northwestern, Bill spent 26 years in various financial and accounting management positions with the former Montana Power Company. Bill is a Butte native and a graduate of the University of Montana with a B.S. degree in Financial Management.