Joella L. Bloomgren, Board President

Joella is Associate Vice President, Investment Adviser Compliance Officer for Davidson Companies. Davidson Companies is an employee-owned financial services holding company with over 1,100 employees headquartered in Great Falls, Montana.

Joella provides advisory compliance support to D.A. Davidson & Co., a broker-dealer, Davidson Investment Advisors, Inc. and Davidson Fixed Income Management, Inc., both registered investment advisers. Joella has been employed with Davidson Companies since 2005 and currently holds the Series 7, Series 24, and 66 licenses.Joella earned her B.A. degree in Political Science and minor in Native American Studies from the University of Montana. She also received her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law and is a member of the Montana State Bar. She also serves as Treasurer of the Electric City Noon Toastmasters Club.

Robert W. Minto, Treasurer

Robert W. Minto, Jr. has served as President and CEO and Director of ALPS Corporation from 1987 to May 2012 and now serves as Executive Chair and CEO. He also serves as CEO of Attorneys Liability Protection Society, Inc., A Risk Retention Group, as well as President and CEO of Lawyers Reinsurance Company (Vermont).

Mr. Minto received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1969 and his J.D. from the University Of Montana School of Law in 1973. He served as an Associate (1973-1977), a Principal (1978-1991) and Of Counsel (1991-2000) with the law firm of Worden Thane (formerly Worden Thane & Haines) in Missoula, Montana. Mr. Minto has been a member of the State Bar of Montana and the American Bar Association since 1973. He serves on the State Bar of Montana Lawyers Fund for Client Protection; the State Bar of Montana Law Practice Management Committee; and the Montana Justice Foundation Board. He also serves on the Board of Governors of Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).

Mike Lamb, Vice President

Mike is a senior partner at Lamb & Carey Law in Helena, and has been practicing in Montana for over thirty years.  He is a native Montanan, born in Big Timber and raised in Red Lodge and Columbus.  He worked on ranches and oil rigs until law school in 1977.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Montana State University and his law degree from the University of Montana, School of Law in 1980.

In 1980, after law school, he worked for a year as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judges William J. Jameson and James F. Battin in Billings.  In 1981 he joined Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams in Great Falls, Montana where he had a broad based practice focused on litigation of all types (commercial, oil and gas, banking, insurance, personal injury, bad faith, medical malpractice, products liability, etc.) both from a defense and plaintiff’s perspective.  Mike moved to Helena in 1993 to form the firm of Thueson & Lamb Law – a practice focused on personal injury law and the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).  In 2004 Mike and Jamie Carey formed Lamb and Carey Law in Helena, which continues the specialty practice of personal injury with an emphasis on FELA, medical malpractice, products liability, nursing home negligence, accidents (car, truck, motorcycle, boats), wrongful death, head injuries, and insurance bad faith matters.

Mike has made numerous contributions to professional journals. He authors a “War Stories” column in Trial Trends (a periodical publication of Montana Trial Lawyers Association) and he is a three time winner of the Justice Frank I. Haswell award for outstanding contribution to the Montana Bar Association periodical. He has also made numerous presentations on various subjects to the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Montana Bar Association, Montana Mediation Association and the Helena Education Foundation.

Mike holds a lifetime National Coaching License from the U.S. Soccer Association and has coached soccer for 20 years.  He is a hunter and hunting guide – Montana Outfitters and Guides Association licensed.  Mike is married to Cheryl Ostrum Lamb, formerly of Absarokee, and they have two children.  He enjoys coaching, guiding, fishing, hiking, rafting, skiing and spending time at Placid Lake

Ryan Jones, Secretary

Ryan Jones, Montana raised, graduated from Billings Senior High School in Billings, MT in 1992 and from the University of Montana with honors in 1996 with a degree in Finance.  After receiving his college education Ryan has spent the majority of his working career at First Interstate Bank and currently holds the title of Banking Group Manager, VP of Commercial.

First Interstate Bank is a $9 billion community banking organization, operating over 80 banking offices throughout Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.  Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Natasha Jones, and their two sons, Preston and Adam.  If he is not chasing his kids around a baseball diamond, football field or hockey rink he can be found enjoying quality time with family & friends on the golf course.