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Board of Directors

Katie Patten
Heidi Starrett
Immediate Past President
Greg Boris
Micki Frederikson
Laura Bovard
Board of Directors
Robin Checota – John Combs – Jake Kreilick
Gwen Landquist – Jeremy Canwell – Scott Woodall



Executive Director | Tom Bensen

Tom BensenTom Bensen has lived in Missoula since 1986, and has been the executive director of Arts Missoula since June 2004. Before then he spent 7½ years as director of First Night Missoula. After joining Arts Missoula the two organizations merged. Before life in the nonprofit world, Tom taught high school history and was an owner of Freddy’s Feed and Read, one of Missoula’s legendary cultural institutions. He has served on several local non-profit boards, and has also served on the advisory committee for First Night USA. He has been a singer with the Missoula Symphony Chorale, Dolce Canto and the Ed Norton Big Band. He enjoys being outdoors, whether it is hiking, biking, skiing, walking the dogs, or mowing the lawn. His wife Susan works for Montana Public Radio, and they have one son, Peter, a Hellgate High School graduate. (Email: tom[at]

SPARK! Director | Jackalynn Snow

Jackalynn Snow is the Director of SPARK!, Missoula’s chapter of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child initiative to enhance K-12 arts education. Jackalynn coordinates arts education programming for Missoula students and works with artists and classroom teachers to develop arts integrated learning opportunities. Prior to stepping into this role, Jackalynn worked as an English Educator and Theater Director, engaging and challenging students through the arts at Skyview High School in Billings, and most recently at Surabaya Intercultural School in Indonesia. She is a University of Montana Creative Pulse Masters’ Program graduate, and she has trained teachers in Arts Integration at state and international conferences. Jackalynn loves hiking, exploring, cooking (and eating!) with her husband and two children. Snow is happy to dabble in arts of all kinds, and she is proud to be a part of the amazing arts and education community in Missoula, partnering with so many amazing people and organizations all striving to make a positive impact for students. (Email: jsnow[at]

Program Director | Matt Anglen

Matt AnglenOriginally from Missoula, MT Matt left home to study Playwriting and Digital Cinema at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. After a handful of years getting to know the term “starving artist” in more intimate detail, Matt returned to Missoula with his soon to be wife to begin a family. As the program director, Matt is responsible for scheduling artists, volunteers and venues for such events as Germanfest, The Last Best Solstice, First Night Missoula, as well as other Arts Missoula Events. Matt also coordinates promotions for First Friday events and keeps the monthly gallery guide current. Matt has a strong interest in graphic design and is responsible for many of the poster designs for Arts Missoula events. He has a passion for art and culture, and couldn’t be happier with his current job. (Email: matt[at]

Public Art Coordinator | Becca McCarron

Becca McCarronBecca McCarron is both the Public Art Coordinator for Arts Missoula and liaison to the City of Missoula Public Art Committee. She is responsible for project administration and public correspondence pertaining to public art in Missoula, and offers administrative support to Arts Missoula’s wide array of events and programming. Prior to Arts Missoula, Becca graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in Art and Communication Studies and was the supervisor at the University Center Gallery on campus. She has always had a passion for the art world and is excited for the opportunity to help provide the Missoula community a way of regularly interacting with the arts. (Email: becca[at]

Director of Global & Cultural Affairs | Udo Fluck

Dr. Udo Fluck is excited to bring two decades of experience in educational program development and training to the position of Director of Global and Cultural Affairs. Udo has directed intercultural and global-competence-building programs at the University of Montana between 2004 and 2016. In recent years he expanded his efforts, providing seminars for Montana’s classrooms, communities, non-profits and businesses, promoting cultural and international cooperation and understanding. Born and raised in Wiesbaden, Germany, Udo came to Missoula in 1989 for his undergraduate and graduate education. He maintains his connection to UM, teaching evening and weekend courses and seminars in cultural awareness and global skill development. Udo, his wife Nancy and their two children enjoy skiing, music, cooking and entertaining local and international friends. Udo is excited to promote and provide increased visibility for Arts Missoula, strengthening cultural diversity and enhancing socio-cultural cooperation. (Email: udo[at]