Robert Nystuen
FVCC Board of Trustee – Chairman

Glacier Bank President Robert Nystuen was elected to the Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees in 2002 and currently serves as Board Chair.  A native of North Dakota, Nystuen earned a Bachelor of Science from the College of Agriculture at North Dakota State University.  His career in banking has spanned over 35 years, primarily in Montana including Havre, Bozeman, Livingston, Miles City and Kalispell.  Nystuen came to the Flathead Valley in 1996 and serves on the Board of Directors of the Flathead Food Bank, Montana West Economic Development, the Montana Ambassadors and as a member of the Flathead Business and Education Council.  He resides in Lakeside with his family.





Thomas Harding
FVCC Board of Trustee

Tom Harding, born and raised in Whitefish, graduated from Whitefish High School and attended The University of Montana before serving in the Vietnam War.  He grew up in his family’s building materials business and eventually, after years of ski patrolling and saw milling, took on managing the operation until its closure in 1992. Harding is retired and his wife, Sue, is an educator at Kalispell Middle School.  Harding was elected to the FVCC board in 1990 and has served in the various board offices and on many committee assignments.  He and his family continue to reside in Whitefish, just a few blocks from where he was born and raised.  He likes to say he’s traveled a long ways in a short distance.




Mark Holston
FVCC Board of Trustee

Mark Holston was elected to the BOT in 2001. He is a graduate of FVCC and pursued other studies at Florida State University. He worked for FVCC in the 1970s for the Total Community Education (TCE) program, a nationally recognized pilot program to utilize cable television as a means of delivering educational and community service programming. Since then, he has taught several courses at the college and has served as a guest lecturer in various classes. Locally, he served as News Director of KCFW TV for 14 years and as Public Information Officer for the Flathead Basin Commission for 16 years. Nationally, he has been associated for several decades with a number of national and international publications, serving as a contributing editor. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, and The Washington Times, among many others. He has twice been an invited scholar for Smithsonian Institution “Latino Initiative” programs and recently served as a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music. He is currently a contributing editor for Latino Magazine, a national publication, and the Miami-based Latin Business Chronicle, among other publications. He lives in Kalispell with his wife Marcy, two dogs, three cats and two birds.




Shannon Lund
FVCC Board of Trustee

Shannon Lund joined the FVCC Board of Trustees in March 2011.  She was born and raised in southeastern Montana and graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.  She and her husband, Tom, and their two daughters have lived in various Montana and Wyoming communities including Miles City, Lewistown, Great Falls, Sidney and Cheyenne before moving to Kalispell in 2005.  She has worked as a medical technologist, microbiologist, foundation events coordinator, account representative for Xerox and development manager for Intermountain.  Lund has been an active volunteer throughout her life and currently belongs to the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, is a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, has chaired the Intermountain Calling All Angels gala and is an active member of her church.




Tom McElwain
FVCC Board of Trustee

Deer Lodge native Tom McElwain was elected to the FVCC Board of Trustees in October 2008.  He is a graduate of Missoula County High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Montana in 1968.  He retired from Montana Power Company in 2000 after holding various administrative and management positions in Butte, Bozeman and Seattle.  He and his wife Carol moved to the Flathead Valley in 2003 where he opened offices for Stewart Title Company.  Currently retired, McElwain serves as a Trustee of Northwest Health Care/ Kalispell Regional Medical Center and president of Voices for CASA which provides financial support for CASA for Kids of Flathead County.  He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Montana Army National Guard in 1987 after 25 years of service.





John Phelps
FVCC Board of Trustee

John Phelps was elected to the Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees in June 2007.  A practicing attorney for over 30 years, Phelps earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wichita State University and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Kansas School of Law.  He also serves on the board of the Whitefish Community Foundation, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, the Whitefish Rotary Charitable Fund and the Haskill Basin Watershed Committee.  Phelps taught American Government and Political Theory at FVCC in the 1990s as an adjunct faculty member.  He resides in Whitefish with his wife, Melisa.






Ralene Sliter
FVCC Board of Trustee
May 2006-Present

Ralene Sliter came to the Flathead Valley in 1979.  She joined the FVCC Board of Trustees in May 2006. She has served on the FVCC Foundation Board since 2000 and has played an instrumental role in raising money for student scholarships by assisting with the planning of Foundation special events such as Christmas Tree Excellence and Springtime in the Rockies.  Sliter graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana where she majored in history and geography and then worked for IBM in Chicago before becoming a full-time mom to raise her four children.  She formerly served as League of the Glacier Orchestra president, member of the Glacier Orchestra Board and hospital volunteer at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.


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