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Our Staff

Ken Egan • Executive Director

Ken Egan has served as the executive director of Humanities Montana since 2009. Born in Polson, graduating high school in Great Falls, and receiving his B.A. in English from the University of Montana, he has deep roots in the state. After completing his Ph.D. in American literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ken taught college literature and writing at Middlebury College, Rocky Mountain College, and Drury University. He also received Fulbright grants to teach American literature in Greece and Slovakia. He served on the board of the (then) Montana Committee for the Humanities from 1989-1992, and he currently serves on the board of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. He and his wife, Terry, have two sons, Devin and Brian, living in Las Vegas and Berlin respectively. His books include Montana 1889, Montana 1864, Hope and Dread in Montana Literature, and Writers Under the Rims: A Yellowstone County Anthology.


Kim Anderson • Director of Programs and Grants

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 • Executive Assistant and Communications Director

Brooke received her 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. During her time as an Arts and Culture Reporter for the Montana Kaimin at UM and student ambassador for the Kakehashi Project in Japan, she explored the intersect of cultural values, artistic expression and the human experience, and how those important stories are communicated to the public. Brooke manages the internal and external communications for Humanities Montana’s various programs, initiatives, events and grant opportunities and is always looking for fresh ways to connect Montanans to the humanities.


Samantha Dwyer • Program Officer

Born and raised in Montana, Sam earned her Master of Arts in literature, with a minor in art and an emphasis in science from the University of Montana. She loves finding the humanities connections in a broad array of topics and fields. Sam originally worked at Humanities Montana from 2011-2016 before taking two years to teach ceramic arts at The American International School of Muscat in Oman, returning to Missoula in 2018. In her role as program officer, Sam plans a variety of programming, including Montana Conversations and Montana Center for the Book programs. She is always looking for new partnerships that will help bring the humanities to more Montanans.


Jason Neal • Digital Communications Specialist

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.