BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Board Member Biographies
Allen Bjergo, Secretary - Corvallis, MT
Allen was “ordered” by Otto Teller to become a member of the Board of Directors when the Refuge was first formed, and still serves as secretary. He served in Germany and Vietnam, and has a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He retired from the Montana State University Extension Service and has carried out assignments to sixteen different countries. He and his wife, Jackie have eight children and 24 grandchildren. They operate a small farm near Corvallis and believe in the importance of orienting succeeding generations to the value of conservation education, hunting, fishing and sustainable agriculture.
Nina Bonnie - Prospect, KY/Hamilton, MT
Nina joined the Teller Board in October of 2011. Nina presently serves on the Kentucky PACE Board, a state Commission which receives and monitors agricultural easements. In her home state, she also is a Board member of Oldham Ahead, a local organization which monitors county development. In Montana, she serves on the Greater Ravalli Foundation and the Stock Farm Homeowners Board. Her honors include the United States Equestrian Federation Lifetime Achievement Award and she was named a Louisville Woman of Distinction in 2002. In 2012, Nina and her husband, Ned, placed a conservation easement on their 525-acre farm in Kentucky.
Arden Bucklin-Sporer - San Francisco, CA
Arden joined the Teller Board in December 2016. She is Strategic Advisor and former CEO of the San Francisco non-profit Education Outside. Arden has worked with San Francisco Unified School District’s green schoolyards for over 15 years. She is a regular presenter at national green schoolyards conferences and is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish. She and her husband, Karl Sporer, have been friends and supporters of Teller for decades and they enjoy spending time in the Bitterroot annually.
Bill Dagley - San Rafael, CA/Corvallis, MT
Bill joined the Teller Board in January 2017. He is President of Private Wealth Partners, LLC, with a corporate office in Larkspur, CA. Bill enjoys being an active member of the Bay Area & Bitterroot Valley communities. His hobbies and interests include tennis, golf, fishing, backgammon, travel and wine tasting. He and his wife, Edie, have a home in Corvallis and look forward to spending time in the Bitterroot Valley as often as possible. They have been avid supporters of Teller for the past 16 years.
Herb Depp, Chair - Hamilton, MT
Herb joined the Teller Board in July 2014. He currently serves on the National Advisory Group for Griz Athletics at the University of Montana, and on the board of Advanced Metallurgical Group. He is a long-time supporter of athletic programs at his alma mater, California State University, Fresno, as well as the University of Montana. Herb retired from General Electric, where he served as Vice President of Commercial Aircraft Programs for GE Aviation. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel. He and his wife reside on their ranch near Hamilton, Montana. Herb became involved with Teller Wildlife Refuge as he strongly believes we must maintain the beauty of nature in its present form for the enjoyment of future generations, and he will do whatever he can to ensure that occurs.
Judy Estler - Darby, MT
Judy joined Teller's Board in June of 2013. She is a former hospital administrator and currently is a director of the Friends of the Darby Library. She also serves on the Darby Community Public Library Board. She and her husband, Dick, have been volunteers and donors to Teller for the past 13 years, doing everything from planting trees, to stuffing envelopes, to helping orchestrate our TNT fundraiser each year.
Dan Huls - Corvallis, MT
Dan previously served several terms as a Teller Board member and rejoined the Board in 2011. Dan is a fourth generation “Bitterrooter” where he and his wife, Joanie, and the Huls family own and operate Huls Dairy Inc. in Corvallis. Dan is a strong advocate of land conservation and played a leadership role in the formation of the Ravalli County Open Lands Bond program. Dan served several terms as president on the Ravalli County Planning Board and is currently serving as vice chair of the Ravalli County Right to Farm & Ranch Board, director on the Mountain West Co-op Board, trustee for the Corvallis Canal & Water Company, and commissioner of the Humble Drain.
Nader Shooshtari - Missoula, MT
Nader is a long-time Teller volunteer who joined the Teller board in April 2011. He is a professor of Marketing and International Business at the University of Montana in Missoula. According to Nader, over the years, Teller Wildlife Refuge has become a valuable asset for, and an integral part of the Bitterroot Valley community. He supports Teller because it provides hands-on educational and volunteer opportunities, while embracing sportsmen and women and their contributions to preserving wildlife and its habitat. Nader has previously served on a number of nonprofit and philanthropic boards, including Partners in Home Care and the Rotary Club and currently serves on the board of Five Valleys Crimestoppers, and chairs its Marketing Committee.
John Talia, Vice Chair/Treasurer - Hamilton, MT
John joined the Teller board as Treasurer in 2002 and is presently its Vice Chairman and Treasurer. He is a licensed Montana and California CPA with a tax practice in Corvallis, Montana, and is also a licensed Montana fly fishing outfitter. He moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 1990 from the San Francisco area after enjoying the outdoor activities in the Valley for many years prior. John is active in assisting other charitable organizations in the Valley, both in a governance role and advisor. He believes that Teller's mission statement says it best by inspiring and educating the conservationist in all of us.
Anne Teller, Honorary Trustee - Glen Ellen, CA/Hamilton, MT
Anne has been a Teller board member since its inception, with a particular interest in community-based environmental education. Anne also holds a special interest in the Bitteroot Valley's history and natural beauty. She married Otto Teller in 1977, and assumed management of Oak Hill Farm in California in 1998 after Otto died. Oak Hill Farm has a conservation easement on over 1,000 acres - mostly woodlands. The farm has been in business for over 55 years as part of the Sonoma area's local, organic movement.
Lucy Tompkins - Portola Valley, CA/Hamilton, MT
Lucy joined the Teller Board in 1994, and served as its Chair from 2005-2010. She is a Professor of Medicine in infectious diseases at Stanford University Medical School, and is the hospital epidemiologist for Stanford Hospital and Clinics. She is a musician and patron of the San Francisco Opera and the Stanford arts program. She and her husband, Stan Falkow, have spent summers in the Bitterroot since 1983, and have a home on the river near Hamilton. She is an avid fly-fisher and loves horse packing in the Bob Marshall wilderness. One of her major goals is for Teller Wildlife Refuge to serve as a national model of conservation education.
Keith Johnson - San Diego, CA/Darby, MT
Grant Parker - Missoula, MT
Paul Thomas - Rancho Santa Fe, CA/Hamilton, MT