The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees is the governing body of the college. The Trustees are charged with the primary responsibilities of establishing college policies and selecting a president to administer the operations of the institution. The seven members are elected by the citizens of Flathead County and serve three-year terms, on a rotating basis, with elections held yearly on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in May.
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.
FVCC Board Trustees – Chair
Pete Akey has served on the FVCC Board of Trustees since May 2017. Born and raised in Whitefish, Pete is a graduate of Whitefish High School and the University of Montana. As a member of the Montana Army National Guard since 1999, Pete has been deployed overseas several times. Pete is the Commercial Loan Department Manager for Glacier Bank and has served in various roles for the company over the last decade. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County and the Montana Ambassadors. Pete, his wife and their three children live in Whitefish and enjoy all that Montana has to offer.
FVCC Board 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.
FVCC Board Trustee
Assistant Superintendent of Kalispell Public Schools Callie Langohr was elected to the Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees in 2015. After graduating from Flathead High School, Callie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a Physical Science minor from Montana State University. She taught high school math for one year before joining her husband, Mike, as he pursued a career as a U.S. Naval officer. Langohr worked for McDonald’s Corporation for 17 years, including 12 years as a McDonald’s owner/operator in Havre, Mont. Her Masters of Education in Career Guidance and Counseling was earned at Montana State University Northern, and her K-12 school administrator credential was completed at The University of Montana. A Montana native, Langohr has worked for Kalispell School District #5 since 1993. Past positions in the district have included five years as a counselor, one year as assistant principal and seven years as principal, all at Flathead High School. Currently, she serves as principal of Glacier High School, a position she has held since the school opened in 2007.
FVCC Board Trustee
Kelly Dowling Stimpson
FVCC Board Trustees – Vice-Chair
Kelly Dowling Stimpson, J.D. has served on the FVCC Board of Trustees since January 2016. In her professional capacity, she has represented and provided legal advice to public school districts for more than 16 years. Prior to that, she had a general litigation practice with a focus on insurance defense, banking and securities fraud litigation. While practicing in Mississippi, Kelly coached the Tupelo High School tennis team and volleyball team to three state championships. Kelly matriculated at Stanford University and Brigham Young University and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. Currently, she is Associate General Counsel of Kalispell Regional Healthcare. Kelly and her husband, Dr. Kim Stimpson, reside in Bigfork and have five children and many grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, sports and baking.
FVCC Board Trustees – Secretary
Patrick Gulick was elected to the FVCC Board of Trustees in May of 2020. Born and raised in Whitefish, Patrick is a graduate of Whitefish High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Montana State University and his master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 1998. Patrick is the owner of OrthoRehab Physical Therapy. Additionally, he serves on the KidSports board, Kalispell Youth Softball board and Daybreak Rotary board. Patrick and his wife and their three children live in Kalispell and enjoy numerous sporting activities and exploring Montana.