Staff

Director

Lee Spangler is the Director of the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership and the Zero Emissions Research and Technology (ZERT) Center. He coordinated the development of a unique field facility to test CO2 soil and surface detection technologies that has attracted international collaborators and is the topic of a special issue of the Journal of Environmental Earth Sciences (March 2010). He serves on the steering committees for the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Network Meeting, Joint Network Meeting and Environmental Impacts Workshop and is on the expert review panel for GHGT-11. Dr. Spangler is on the advisory board for a European Union project on carbon sequestration and has served on advisory and / or review panels for projects in Brazil and Australia. He also served as an instructor in the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum’s Capacity Building Workshops. When free time is available he enjoys international travel, photography, reading and hiking.

Fiscal Director

Barbara Bear joined BSCSP in June 2010 as Interim Fiscal Manager in addition to her regular duties as Program Manager/Fiscal Administrator for the Energy Research Institute. She has an extensive financial background including 12 years of commercial lending with a Regional Philadelphia Bank, 6 years of commercial banking experience in Montana, 12 years as Controller of a specialty travel company and the past 6 years at MSU. Her degree is in Economics from Randolph-Macon Women’s College. For over 15 years she has been actively involved with the Downtown Bozeman Partnership and she also chairs the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Board. Her interests include golf, skiing, canoeing with her husband (he steers and she paddles) and Japanese cooking.

Permitting & Compliance Specialist

Jeannette Blank joined BSCSP in March, 2014. Her role is to work with the project management team and project subcontractors to ensure all of the project’s activities are in compliance with local, state and federal regulations. Jeannette has spent the previous 15 years doing similar work for private industry throughout Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. After graduating from the University of Oregon she moved to Alaska where she lived for several years before moving to Montana to attend graduate school at MSU. She has called Livingston, MT home for the last 13 years, and when she’s not working you can usually find her out hiking, skiing, gardening, camping or floating on the Yellowstone.

Surface Monitoring Manager

Laura Dobeck is the surface monitoring manager for BSCSP. She also serves as the site manager for the Zero Emissions Research and Technology (ZERT) Center field experiment on the MSU-Bozeman campus testing and evaluating surface monitoring techniques. Laura is a chemist by training (B.S. from UW-Madison and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Cornell University.) In her free time she enjoys hiking and skiing in Montana and traveling internationally whenever she gets the chance.

Administration Manager

Michelle Leonti joined BSCSP in July 2011. Michelle manages the administrative functions of both BSCSP and the Energy Research Institute which includes managing the submission of reports, general office functions, logistics of travel and events, the project technical bibliography databases, and she is the personnel liaison. She has over 12 years experience in executive assistant roles and over 5 years experience as a research associate. Michelle enjoys camping with her family – even in winter.

Technical & Web Development Specialist

Thomas provides web development and technical services for the BSCSP. He earned a M.S. in Computer Science at MSU, and has been an employee of the University since February 2005, working on a variety of projects including the USGS - Northern Rockies Mountain Science Center, The Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, The Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Project, and the National Biological Information Infrastructure. He is a strong believer in free and open source software and is passionate about the Drupal content management system. When not computing, Thomas enjoys recreating in the mountains with his family and friends.

Accounting Associate IV

Kathy Rich recently joined BSCSP in the beginning of 2013. Kathleen works closely with Bobby Bear and is responsible for the daily generation of payment authorizations of operating and travel expenses and the reconciliation of the various indexes assigned to the Partnership. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Denver and has extensive experience in many areas of the hospitality industry. When not in the office, Kathy spends time with her husband, three daughters, two Labradors, and one fierce yet lovable cat.

GIS Data Analyst

Brandt joined the partnership in November 2011. As a GIS Technician he generates, integrates, and manages geospatial data to support research efforts as well as helps to maintain regional Carbon Atlas data. His background is in Environmental Physical Science (B.S.) and GIS/Remote Sensing. Brandt’s interest in GIS began while working at the University of Wyoming for the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) on the Watershed Boundary Dataset as part of the USGS National Map Initiative. He also spent several years working at the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center in Bozeman using GIS and Remote Sensing technologies to study regional ecology and developing interests in graphics and web design. When not at the office he likes to spend time meandering around the outdoors with his cattle dog Saison or in his garage completing wood and metal working projects.