Cutout of miners at the Granite Mountain Memorial in Butte, MT

Steering Committee Members

board member and director of the creative team, was born in Missoula. He holds a bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Montana, a master's from Portland State University and a doctorate from Arizona State University. He taught music in Oregon, Arizona, Ohio and Montana. In addition to writing an original screenplay, a full length opera, and many pieces for choir, solo voice and piano, he has stage-directed many musical theater productions and staged dramatic versions of choral masterworks. He co-founded and led a nonprofit organization called "Wood for Haiti" and currently serves as an advisor for the Butte nonprofit Maternal Life International. He has authored or co-authored several books and articles. Dr. Funk currently serves as an adjunct instructor of music at Montana Tech and teaches private voice lessons in Florence and Butte.
president, was raised on the Hill by his Irish immigrant parents. He sold The Butte Daily Post afternoon newspapers on the southeast corner of Broadway and Main. After discharge from the Navy, he worked underground at the Kelley, the Leonard and the East Colusa mines. He also drove haul trucks at the Berkeley Pit, taught school in Canada and eventually went into banking. He is now president of Granite Mountain Bank in Butte.
vice president, grew up in a former boarding house in Centerville across from the Mountain Con Mine. A 1985 journalism graduate of the University of Montana, she has had a 30-year career in news and publications. Her father, the late Tim Downey, was an electrician for the Anaconda Co., and his father, John G. Downey, worked in several mines on the Hill, including being shift boss at the Anaconda and Travonia mines.
treasurer, has lived in Butte for 47 years but was born and raised in Deer Lodge by Butte native parents. Her father and grandfathers were Butte miners and one grandmother played ragtime piano in Butte's silent movie theaters. She brings to the project an extensive background in corporate administrative management and marketing, regulatory compliance, local government administration and community involvement.
secretary, was raised on a ranch at Big Horn in eastern Montana, and traveled west to Bozeman to get a degree in Electrical Engineering. After a varied career in power line design, real estate, and energy conservation, she now works at Spherion Recruiting and Staffing, helping other people find jobs.
board member, was born and raised in Butte, and worked summers on the Hill after high school. He practiced mine safety and health law in Washington, D.C., for 35 years, including 10 years as a member and Chairman of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.
board member, represents the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives on the steering committee, and brings to the project the support and resources that the Archives has to offer. Additionally, Irene brings her prior experience in costuming for large productions.
board member, was raised in Butte and graduated from Carroll College. He holds a Master's degree in Philanthropy and Development, has served on the BSB Council of Commissioners, worked for 30 years at Northwestern Energy, and has been involved in community service with Kiwanis for the past 27 years. His father drove truck in the Berkeley Pit and previously owned Butte Business College.
No Greater Love Some mines on The Richest Hill on Earth