Board Members


President Barb Mettler
Vice President Brent Morris
Fiduciary Agent Valley County
Secretary Bruce Peterson

Board Member Term Limits

Executive Members

President ESAA

Barbara Mettler
Billings, MT

Barbara Mettler has 31 years of Community Mental Health Center work in Colorado.  She recently moved to Billings in November of 2012 were she is currently the Executive Director.  She volunteers for the Suicide Prevention of Yellowstone County and has accumulated many years of Suicide Prevention work in Colorado, including the Chair of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, Vice Chair of the Suicide Prevention groups in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, CO.  Currently Barbara attends the LAC meetings in Roundup, Red Lodge, Lewistown, Billings, Columbus, Big Timber and Hardin.

Barbara has a Master’s Degree in Guidance & Counseling.  She has an adult son who lives in Aurora, CO., loves to ballroom and country dance, is an avid reader, and her passion is community mental health.

Vice President

Brent Morris
Billings, MT

Brent Morris is a native of Billings, MT and currently lives in Billings with his wife of 23 years and dog Bailey. Brent attended country school grades 1st through 8th, and followed graduating from Billings West High in 1985. Brent was a student at Eastern Montana College for 2 years, concentrating on addiction, mental health, and gerontology.

Brent’s work history is filled with 12 years retail, 5 years auto dismantler, 5 years construction labor, 10 years human services. Brent is currently working at Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow, LIFTT, as a Peer/Transitions Coordinator. Brent had the role as a Care Coordinator for 2 years with SAMHSA, Access to Recovery, ATR grant. The grant was managed by the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders, providing addiction and mental health recovery supports to Tribes in Montana and Wyoming.

Brent has been involved in the Yellowstone County LAC since 2008, ESAA Board of Directors for 2 years, Montana’s Peer Network Board of Directors and a past member of Disability Rights Montana Board of Directors. Brent is also involved with Montana Association for the Blind and National Federation for the Blind.

Brent’s life is driven by his recovery, living with a genetic, progressive eye disease and a charge of vehicular manslaughter results from DUI of alcohol. Brent has a passion for giving Peer support and being an advocate to empower others to live the life they choose. Brent understands suicide, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse from lived experience.

Brent enjoys working on old cars, lifting weights, and walks on the beach. Brent’s life is completed by a relationship with God which makes coping with each day’s battles possible. Yes, there is hope!

Brent Morris
Billings, MT

Fiduciary Agent

Valley County

Secretary ESAA
Bruce Peterson

Board Members

Bill Hodges
Hardin, MT

Brenda Kneeland
Miles City, MT

Brenda is the CEO at Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center.  Prior to her employment with EMCMHC, she worked in private practice as well as for the Montana Department of Corrections at Pine Hills where she provided therapy and oversaw the facility’s treatment programs.

Brenda serves on the Advisory Board for the North Eastern Montana Area Health Education Center, the board for the Custer Network against Domestic Abuse, board member for the Eastern Service Area Authority on mental health, and attends the Miles City Local Advisory Council meetings.  Brenda has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Licensed Addictions Counselor, and is an EMDR trained therapist.  She enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family.  She and her husband Aaron have two adult sons.

Judy LaPan
Sidney, MT

Judith Lapan has worked in PUblick Health, Richland County since 1997.  Since February 2013 she has also served as Richland County’s health officer.  At present she lives in Sidney with her husband and 2 teenage boys.

Judy’s involvement with the Sidney LAC goes back at least 5 years. She has a BS in Biology, MS in Gerontology and a MBA. Her other commitments are with the Association of MT Public Health Officers, MT Public Health Assoc. and District II Alcohol and Drug.

Bobbie Limberhand
Lame Deer, MT

John Ronneberg
Big Timber, MT

Bobbie Becker
Glendive, MT

Kristy Mobley
Broadus, MT

Karalee Mulkey
Broadus, MT

Jennifer Marshall
Malta, MT

Janette Warner
Lewistown, MT

I moved to Montana in 2012 to be closer to my grandchildren and to make a new start for myself (I suffered from suicide ideation). I became involved with NAMI when I lost my daughter to suicide Oct. 14th 2014, 3 days before her 34th birthday.

I have over 40 year’s life experience with trauma and mental illness. I myself am a long time sufferer of Major Depressive Disorder. I can say that it has taken me a very long time to move on to recovery and begin to help others like me.

I am looking forward to helping others in my community I have learned that it is easier to help educate my community on mental health issues and the stigma that comes with it, than do nothing at all. We have the highest rate of suicide. I want to help reduce that number.

Lois LeBran
Scobey, MT

Bruce Peterson
Valley County, MT