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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 and Program Assistant

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.


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.