Board of Trustees
IJNR’s Board of Trustees establishes policies and provides strategic oversight and guidance for the organization. The board meets annually and holds informal conference calls quarterly. Members serve staggered, three-year terms to ensure continuity of leadership.
Chris Siegler, Chairman (Missoula, Montana)
Chris was in management positions in healthcare and telecommunications before becoming a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch 13 years ago. He has been active in the Missoula community, serving on the Board and as Board President of the YMCA, The United Way, Missoula Youth Homes, Partnership For Children, Missoula Food Bank and the Valleys Preservation Council. Chris and his wife Jeannie met while Peace Corps volunteers in Sierra Leone, West Africa. They have two sons — one a former IJNR Fellow of Energy Country — and two grandchildren. He graduated from Notre Dame and has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana.
Frank Edward Allen, Trustee (Missoula, Montana)
Frank spent 14 years at The Wall Street Journal as a writer and columnist, a features editor, a bureau chief and the paper’s first environment editor. Earlier he also reported and shaped news coverage about the economy and the environment for the Eugene Register-Guard, The Associated Press, the Tucson Daily Citizen, The Minneapolis Star andReuters News Service. In 1994, he left The Wall Street Journal to become a full-time professor and dean of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism, where he created expedition-style learning programs for journalists that evolved into IJNR. He is principal author of “Matching the Scenery: Journalism’s Duty to the North American West”. Frank serves on the advisory board of the Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellowships program at the University of Colorado and as board chair for Seattle-based InvestigateWest.
Mary G. Hager, Treasurer (Falls Church, Virginia)
Mary is a versatile freelance writer who retired a few years ago from Newsweek magazine after a long, productive career as a Washington-based correspondent and contributing editor. Since 1978, she has reported extensively on issues of science, medicine and the environment. Her more recent work includes commission reports to the President and Congress on arthritis and epilepsy. Her writing received considerable recognition over the years, including the Balance in Journalism Award of the National Environmental Development Association, the Page One Award of the New York Newspaper Guild, and the Searle Award of the American Medical Writers Association.
In 1997, she was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the U.S./Japan Common Agenda Conference on Environmental Education. In 2000, she traveled to Southeast Asia as a Senator John Heinz Fellow in Environmental Reporting. She serves on the board of directors of the National Research Center for Women & Families.
Steve Dolberg, Secretary (Missoula, Montana)
From 1995 through 2012, Steve was the sole owner and chief executive officer of Majestic Homes, Inc., a manufactured and modular housing dealer in Billings, Montana. In 2013 he sold a half interest in the business and retired from active participation in it. Prior to that he was a corporate lawyer in New York, the District of Columbia and Los Angeles, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his law degree from Stanford. Since retiring, Steve has spent much of his time in charitable and other volunteer activities and traveling to wild places where he has engaged in his passion for wildlife photography.
Dave Spratt, Trustee (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Dave is IJNR’s current CEO. Please see his bio on the Staff page, here.
Sara Shipley Hiles, Trustee (Columbia, Missouri)
Sara Shipley Hiles is an Assistant Professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. She began her journalism career at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans while still a student at Loyola University, and later worked as a reporter at the Statesman-Journal in Salem, Ore., the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her freelance work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor,The Boston Globe, Mother Jones and other publications. She is co-author of a book on Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. Sara has taught at Western Kentucky University and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She received her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She lives in Columbia with her husband and son and enjoys cycling, cooking and reading.
Peter Annin, Trustee (Ashland, Wisconsin)
Peter Annin is Co-Director of Northland College’s Freshwater Innovation Center, which is dedicated to understanding and solving issues related to fresh water. Prior to joining Northland College in 2015, Annin served as managing direct of the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame for five years, and spent a decade as Associate Director of the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. A veteran conflict and environmental journalist, Annin spent more than 10 years reporting on a wide variety of issues for Newsweek, including the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City and the Branch Davidian standoff outside Waco, Texas. He spent many years writing about the environment as well, including droughts in the Southwest, hurricanes in the Southeast, wind power on the Great Plains, forest fires in the mountain West, recovery efforts on the Great Lakes, and the causes and consequences of the "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico.