Board of Trustees
Terry and his wife, Doris, live in the Creston area east of Kalispell. They have three adult daughters. Crystal lives in Kalispell and is the counselor at West Valley School; Jennie and her husband, Ethan, live in Helena, where Jennie serves as the State Librarian and Ethan is a grant manager for the Department of Commerce. Rachel lives in Billings and is a manager for the Good Earth Market. Both Terry and Doris are retired educators.
Terry grew up in Butte and graduated from Montana State University, Bozeman, in 1970 with a BA in history. In 1978, he completed a master’s degree in counseling. After working as a teacher and counselor in Denton and Townsend, Montana, Terry and his family moved to Columbia Falls, where he was a high school counselor for 35 years. In addition to working at Columbia Falls High School, Terry was an adjunct professor at Flathead Valley Community College teaching in the psychology department. He served on the Columbia Falls City Council for eight years. Currently he is chairman of the administrative council for the Columbia Falls United Methodist Church and served on the board of trustees for the Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp for nine years.
Terry enjoys the natural beauty and outdoor activities that living in Montana provides. Studying Montana’s history and heritage is one of his passions.
Terry believes that libraries are the center of a school and community’s resource base. The rapidly changing ways that knowledge is generated, preserved and made available to its constituents requires the library to be always looking for better ways to meet the needs of its diverse community.
Jane Lopp was appointed to the library board in 2008. She has been in business in Kalispell for the past 37 years. She is a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Jane is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC). Jane serves on the Montana Life and Health Guarantee Association Board and has been secretary/treasurer for the past 22 years.
Jane is an avid reader who has had a Flathead County Library card since 1958. She especially values the access to reference resources and audiobooks, and the broad variety of programs for children and adults. She is committed to maintaining a strong countywide library system.
Jane grew up in Great Falls and Lakeside and graduated from Flathead County High School and the University of Montana. She is active in the Kalispell Rotary Club and the Kalispell Branch of AAUW.
Jane has had past experience in economic development and land use planning. Locally, she has been a 4-H leader, a member of the United Way Board, served on School District #5 advisory committees and has chaired the Flathead County Health Board. She has been president of Kalispell Branch, American Association of University Women, and of Montana AAUW. She also chaired the Montana Human Rights Commission, the Montana Women in Employment Advisory Council, and the Montana Women’s Prison Site Selection Committee. She was also a member of the Montana Supreme Court Gender Equity Task Force.
Jane and her husband, Bob Lopp, received the 1995 Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Great Chief Award. They are the parents of two grown children and six granddaughters.
Years as a teacher, attorney and law school dean formed the heart of Connie Leistiko’s professional life. Since coming to live in Montana in 1996, she has been heavily involved in volunteering and serving various community and nonprofit entities. In addition to the library board, she also served on the boards of Flathead’s CASA for Kids and CASA of Montana, advocacy groups for abused and neglected children. She is an avid golfer, reader, and follower of national and world affairs. She loves the ocean of her native Florida and the mountains and lakes of her adopted Montana.
Connie believes that a library is a community amenity without equal. She states that “a library should be a source of stability and comfort, connecting all who come there with a sense of our past, present and future.”
Al Logan is a retired CPA with a strong business background that includes more than four decades of budgeting, financial statements, taxation and strategic planning for organizations spanning a wide range of industries.
A native of Oregon, Al began his professional career in California in the mid-1960s. In 2005, he and his wife, Maggie, moved to Bigfork after falling in love with the environment and community.
Al strongly believes that the exchange of information and ideas is key to the continuing success of our community, and he is excited about the library’s charter to provide various media to accommodate a broad spectrum of ages and interests.
Raised in Michigan and San Francisco, Michael Morton graduated from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1966. He practiced law in the Bay Area until 1981 when he and his family moved to McCall, Idaho, where he practiced law and sold real estate for six years. Morton and his family moved to Whitefish in 1986.
Morton gave up the practice of law when he moved to Montana and has been in the lodging business ever since. He currently owns and operates the Whitefish RV Park. Morton cites hiking and backpacking as avid pursuits and sees himself as a struggling student of Spanish. In his application for the library board, Morton mentioned a desire to give back to the community that has given him so much over the years.