CARD Board Members
Leota was born on a farm in Stanley, New Mexico in 1920 and came to Libby as a happy ordinary housewife, whose husband John “Jack” Vinion, brought home after World War 2 in 1945. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education, majoring in Chemistry and Home Economics, from the University of New Mexico. Leota taught school while Jack served his country overseas. After 52 years of marriage, Leota lost her husband to asbestos related disease. She herself, as well as her 5 children, all have asbestos related disease and Leota feels it is important to provide good medical care to those effected by asbestos. She also believes that research is a key element in dealing with this disease. Leota ,with her second husband Edgar “Jack” Brooks, currently resides in Libby and enjoys working toward making a brighter future for our community.
Jackson was born in Libby, raised in Troy, and attended college at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he graduated with a business and marketing degree. After guiding for a fly fishing company in Alaska and working as a lender in Coeur d Alane,ID he was able to return to his roots in Lincoln County, as Market President of the Libby and Troy branches of First Montana Bank. His career with the bank allows him to be a part of the Libby community, and he enjoys working with local business, helping them to achieve their financial goals. Jackson has been happily married to his wife, Nicole, for 12 years, and they have three children together. Jackson is grateful to be back in the area he grew up in, raising his three sons in the great outdoors and regularly takes them fishing, shooting, hiking, camping, and everyone’s favorite, swimming in the pristine rivers and lakes of Northwest Montana.
Michael Giesey (President)
Michael has served as the President of the CARD’s Board of Directors since its creation in 2002. He came to Libby in 1980 to pursue his love of forestry. He works as a Forester with the U.S. Forest Service, where he has served for the past 30 years. He enjoys fixing things, gardening, hiking, bicycling, yard work, and auto-mechanic work. Mike, a resident of Troy, is a volunteer ski patroller at Turner Mountain Ski Area and is the President of the ski patrol board. He is also a member of the Bull Lake Rod and Gun Club and the Libby Community Advisory Group.
Michael was born and raised here in Libby and is a proud member of the community. After attending Libby public schools, Michael worked at W.R. Grace for over 20 years as an electrician. Following his time there, he started Noble Excavating. Michael also worked at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital for three years as a Maintenance Supervisor, after which time he started Noble Electric, Inc. Michael is the Chair of the Libby Area Technical Assistance Group (LATAG); the Libby Community Advisory Group – CAG and the Knights of Columbus. He is also active in his church. Today, Michael is retired and enjoys volunteer activities, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Gene was born in 1954 and raised in San Diego, California, while also spending many life-changing summers in Yosemite National Park. He began his study of biology at San Diego State University in 1972 and then moved to Montana in 1974 to complete a double degree in Wildlife Biology and Botany at the University of Montana in Missoula. There he met and married his wife, Lenora Spencer, a Libby native, and they settled in Libby in 1979, where they raised their two daughters. Gene has taught science in Libby Public Schools for 32 years, currently teaching junior and senior level biology, chemistry, and research. He has special interest in the ongoing research projects at CARD and has involved his students in their own respiratory health-related research projects at Libby High School, focusing on teaching students the lessons of scientific inquiry through real world problems in their own community. Gene spends as much of his “spare time” as possible in a canoe or in his hiking boots
Gary was raised in Libby and graduated from Libby High School in 1960. He worked one summer in the Dry Mill while attending college and does have pleural plaque. In 1976 Gary returned to Libby and joined his father in their retail clothing business. His father Don Robert died in 1981 and Gary closed the business in 1989. Having lived in Libby most of his life, Gary decided to become a Medical Insurance Agent and has done that for 14 years. He enjoys visiting people in their homes and providing Medicare related plans to them. Gary’s interest in medical care and his concern for the people in Libby lead to his involvement on the CARD Board.
Dave retired after 34 years in the education business from Libby Public Schools. While employed with Libby Public Schools, he served as Administrator. In addition to being involved with the CARD, he is active in the Libby Masons group and was involved in the initial grant procedure for the Community Health Center. Dave was born and raised here in Libby and is the second generation of his family to be so. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, golf, making log furniture, and playing basketball.
LeRoy Thom (Vice President)
LeRoy is the Vice Chair of CARD Board. He has been a resident of Libby for the past 37 years and has been very involved with the relief for victims of asbestos related disease. He is a former W.R. Grace employee, where he worked for 17 years. He is a member of the Libby Community Advisory Group and attends Asbestos Related Disease Network meetings regularly. He is the President of the Asbestos Related Health Care Project, as well as the Treasurer of the Lincoln County Asbestos Victim’s Relief Organization. LeRoy is also a local business owner of Montana Machine and Fabrication. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, softball, bow-hunting, and is an active bowler. He is married with three children and 3 grandchildren.
Charlie came to Libby in 1980 to explore the northern Rockies. Born and raised in the Bay Area of California, he received a degree in Forest Resource Management from Humboldt State University in 1981. Charlie worked on the Kootenai National Forest since 1980 and retired in June of 2013 after 35 fire seasons with the Forest Service. He served as the Kootenai National Forest Fire Management Officer for 17 years. Charlie and his wife (Debbie Bond) raised a son and daughter in Libby. He has coached soccer at various levels for the past 15 years and is currently the head coach for the Libby Loggers boy’s high school soccer team.