Ken Egan has served as the executive director of Humanities Montana since 2009. He earned his B.A. in English at the University of Montana, his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught English at Middlebury College, Rocky Mountain College, and Drury University. He served as divisional and departmental chair at Rocky and Drury and sat on the board of Humanities Montana (then Montana Committee for the Humanities) from 1989 to 1992. He is a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils' board of directors. His books include Montana 1889 (forthcoming October, 2017), Montana 1864, Hope and Dread in Montana Literature, and Writers Under the Rims: A Yellowstone County Anthology.
Kim returned to her hometown of Missoula in 1989 and spent the next eleven years caring for her two children and working out of a home office as both a free-lance writer and editor and the executive director of several nonprofit arts organizations. Before returning to Missoula, she worked in New York City as the editor for an international business newspaper, The Journal of Commerce, an associate editor for a national magazine, Quest, an associate editor at Arbor House Publishing, a division of the Hearst Corporation, and as subsidiary rights agent for the literary agency Lescher & Lescher, Ltd. As a free-lance writer articles, essays, fiction and poetry have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Journal of Commerce, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Horizon, The Financial Times, Quest, and others.
Brooke Beighle has a B.A. (Hons) in Communication Studies from the University of Montana and an A.A. in Music (Vocal Performance) from Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She supported various U.S. State Dept. funded international programs while working at The Mansfield Center at UM, interned as a fundraiser at Service Animals For You, and was an Arts and Culture Reporter for the Montana Kaimin. In 2016, Brooke participated in the Kakehashi Project in Japan and has a strong interest in Southeast Asian cultures. As an artist, writer, and musician, she will continue promoting human connection through art and humanities disciplines and enjoys supporting Humanities Montana’s mission as their executive assistant.
Sarah has a Masters in Literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. She received her BA in English from the University of San Francisco. Sarah is particularly interested in bringing the arts and humanities to young people who have limited access. She started a nonprofit, Free Verse Writing Project, which brings the study of literature and creative writing to juvenile detention centers and correctional facilities across Montana. She has also spent three years working for the Missoula Writing Collaborative.
Originally from Bellingham, Washington, Jason moved to Montana in 2007. Although educated in the humanities (B.A. in English literature from the University of Washington, M.F.A. in creative writing from Mills College), he spent much of his professional career working in software design and development for companies in Oakland, Seattle and Washington, DC. Jason has been working on Humanities Montana's websites and various digital initiatives since 2009. In 2014 he and his wife, Lisa Simon, opened Radius Gallery in Missoula.