Human Rights Commission Members

Current Members

Chair

SHERI K. SPRIGG, Helena - Sheri is an attorney licensed to practice law in Montana.  Now retired, she previously served 10 years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Montana Attorney General’s Office and 20 years as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State.  She has also clerked for Justice Beth Baker of the Montana Supreme Court.  While with the State Department, Sheri held a number of management positions both in Washington and at U.S. embassies overseas, and also worked on a variety of international human rights issues.  She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and Antioch School of Law. (Appointed February 2014)  Email Sheri at sksprigg@aol.com.    

Members

ELDENA N. BEAR DON'T WALK, JD, MPA, LLM, Saint Ignatius - Eldena Bear Don't Walk is a member of the Crow Nation and a descendant of the Salish, Turtle Mountain and Little Shell people. She is an attorney in private practice on the Flathead Indian Reservation. She earned a Legal Masters (LLM) from the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law studying Indigenous People's Law and Policy. Eldena, also, has a Master's in Public Administration. She began her law career as a public defender for the state of Montana. Along with her private civil and criminal practice, Eldena sits on several tribal appellate courts across the nation including appointments as Chief Justice for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Chippewa Cree Tribes. Eldena is currently the Vice Chair of the Montana Human Rights Network Board of Directors.  (Appointed January 2015) Email Eldena at eldenabdw@gmail.com

MIKE (MICHAEL A.) MURRAY, Helena - Mike is a retired Lewis and Clark Commissioner (24 years) and a past City of Helena Commissioner.  He is also a past administrator of the Montana Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division responsible for establishing the county by county outpatient network and limited residential treatment network for Montana. Mike served as Executive Director of The Rocky Mountain Development Council brining several senior citizen programs and Head Start to the Helena area.  Mike is in partnership with his spouse, Helen, and has owned several buisnesses: Action Print, Al's Poultry Farm and Helena Time and Temperatue. Mike graduated from Carroll College, married Helen and has three grown children and three grandchildren.  He is an Army Reserve veteran. (Appointed April 2017) Email Mike at mhmurray607@gmail.com.

STEPHANIE BAUCUS, Billings - Stephanie is an attorney with Moulton Bellingham PC, where she focuses on litigation, corporate matters, white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, compliance planning, government relations, public affairs, corporate social responsibility, and nonprofit administration.  Before joining Moulton, she worked as General Counsel and Vice President of a consulting firm for seven years, and before that, as an Associate Director at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC.  She started her career in private practice, where she represented clients in various types of civil and criminal matters and pro bono cases.  In addition to serving on the Commission, she is currently the Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of the Billings YWCA, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force, and a member of the Junior League of Billings.  She also served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Holter Museum of Art and as the Co-Chair of the Helena 150th Anniversary Gala and school contest events when she and her family lived in Helena.  Stephanie graduated from Harvard Law School and earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from Emory University with majors in Political Science and Religious Studies.  She was born on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas to two U.S. Air Force Officer parents.  She lives with her husband Zeno and their two young daughters in Billings. (Appointed May 2018) Email Stephanie at stephaniebaucus@gmail.com.

TIMOTHY TATARKA, Billings - Tim is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Montana, where he is responsible for coordinating the district's criminal and civil appeals before the Ninth Circuit as well as representing the United States in both criminal and civil cases in district court.  Before joining the US Attorney's office, he worked as a senior associate in the Palo Alto office of WilmerHale, specializing in intellectual property litigation, and as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jeremy Fogel of the Northern District of California.  Prior to law school, Tim worked for the Montana Department of Justice, Montana Office of Public Instruction, and for United States Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus.  Tim graduated from Stanford Law School, where he was managing editor of the Stanford Law Review, and earned a degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University.  He grew up on a dairy farm outside of Bozeman. (Appointed May 2018) Email Tim at tim.tatarka@gmail.com