Board of Directors
(The Board of Directors are responsible for the hiring and overseeing the Executive Director.)
Are you interested in becoming a board member - now taking applications - Fill out application at MIC office
The current members of the board are:
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|Vice Chairperson||Dr. Rowan McQuarrie D.D.S.,F.A.G.D.|
The board meets the last Thursday of each month at the center.
My name is Dr. Rowan P. McQuarrie. My wife and I have lived in Missoula for five years moving here from northwest Colorado. I have practiced Dentistry for 35 years and was awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry several years ago. I am also a Type 2 member of the Society of American Indian Dentists and when given the opportunity mentor Native American Indian students in pursuing careers in dentistry. I have been fortunate to have been an appointed Missoula Indian Center Interim Board of Directors member since April of 2010 and am running as a candidate for one of the Board of Directors open seats in the upcoming October 151 Board of Directors members' election. I encourage all of our Community Members to come to the Center and review the all of the nominees' application forms and bio information and to participate in this election held at the Center from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. I am submitting these three position statements as a means to introduce myself to those members of our Community that I have not yet met.
As a Missoula Indian Center Board of Director's member I would want to work towards improving upon the ways we document health care services that we provide for our Community Members. Without this documentation we can not appropriately bill the subsidizing agencies we work with. We are then unable to maximize the funds received from those provided services and are therefore less financially able to improve upon the services we currently offer and/or expand services offered. We also need to investigate all; currently under utilized, available forms of income; such as grants and direct third party billing, and then take advantage of those sources of revenue in a manner reflecting our commitment to our Community's needs.
I would like to see the Missoula Indian Center mature
into an Urban Indian Health Center directly providing health care services
with its own salaried health care providers in its own facility rather than
outsourcing those services to off site providers. The Center would benefit
from increased third party payments and our community members would be in
a clinic setting designed to offer health care services in a more conveniently
located facility and in a more comfortable environment. I would envision
something like the new CSKT Tribal Health Clinic
in Polson as an example of what we may work towards offering our Community here in Missoula.
I also believe that in order for the Missoula Indian
Center to fully meet the needs of the Community it serves, the Center must
continue to support and promote traditional cultural experiences, especially
for the youth of our Community. Such practices may provide stepping stones
enabling them to walk their path to maturity in a good way; substance abuse,
suicide prevention, obesity and diabetes can all be impacted in a positive
manner by learning more about and by participating in traditional practices.
Our Community's adults would similarly benefit.
Such practices would also be of benefit to our Elders by involving them more into the Center's
activities to help teach such customs and practices. In this way the Elders are respected and honored for their knowledge which has been learned from a lifetime of experiences.
Dana Wilson (Shikaak Baachilaash) is an enrolled member of the Apsaalooke nation, member of the Big Lodge clan and child of the Bad War Deeds clan. In addition to serving on the MIC Board of Directors, he was just recently re elected to his third (3rd) four (4) year term in the Crow Tribe Legislative Branch of Government. He also currently chairs the Missoula County Public Schools Title VII Parent Advisory Committee.
A former shop steward at the Apsaalooke coal mine, Mr. Wilson has experience in workplace policy, problem solving, negotiation, budgeting, and possses general “common sense”. He is married to his wife of 17 years and currently resides with their three (3) children all of whom are enrolled members of the Apsaalooke nation.
Mr. Wilson loves his culture, and in his free time, he breaks and trains horses, plays handgame, participates in sweatlodge ceremonies and enjoys watching his children participate in both cultural and non cultural activities.