Human Rights Commission Members

​Current Members


DENNIS M. TAYLOR, Helena - Dennis is a retired city manager of Eugene, Oregon; Billings, Montana and Helena, Montana.  He has been long time Montana state government administrator, former deputy director of the Montana Department of Justice and chief of staff for Attorney General Joe Mazurek. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, studied public administration at the University of Montana.  He served in the United State Marine Corps, is a Vietnam combat infantry veteran and a former VISTA volunteer.  He is past president of the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation, vice-chair of the Drumlummon Institute and serves on the board of directors of the Archie Bray Foundation and the ACLU of Montana. (Appointed May 2013)  Email Dennis at:


RONDA HOWLETT, Arlee – Ronda is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes in Montana. She is employed with Arlee Joint Public School District 8J, and has been an elementary instructor there since 1996. Ronda attended the University of Montana as an undergraduate and returned to receive a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2000.  She served on the MEA/MFT Minority Affairs Committee from 2000-2003 and the Governor’s Family Health Advisory Board from 2007-2009.  (Appointed May 2013)  Email Ronda at:  

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    

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 

CHUCK TOOLEY, Billings - Chuck Tooley retired undefeated as the longest-serving mayor in the history of Billings, Montana.  He served in the leadership of the US Conference of Mayors, as President of the Montana League of Cities and Towns, and was later appointed Director of the Urban Institute of MSU in Billings. Chuck has been President of Tooley Communications since he founded the company in 1984, providing marketing and consulting services to business, non-profit, and government clients. He is a frequent speaker on leadership, citizenship and public policy.

Chuck is a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam and has held directorships in local, national and international non-profit organizations. He is currently a board member of Rocky Mountain College, the non-partisan Burton K. Wheeler Center on Public Policy and the Big Sky Economic Development Authority. (Appointed April 2015) Email Chuck at