Human Rights Commission Members

​Current Members


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 

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 

CHRIS POPE, Bozeman - Chris is an active business and community leader in Bozeman, where in 1991 he and his wife, Maddy, founded a Main Street retail company with multiple stores that they successfully operated prior to selling in 2005.  He has since pursued a successful career in commercial real estate, and served Bozeman as a legislator in the 64th session of the Montana House of Representatives.  Chris is a past board member and chairperson of the Bozeman Parking Commission, the Downtown Bozeman Association and Eagle Mount. He is currently Treasurer of the Montana Conservation Corps.  Chris received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, and a Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale University School of Management, New Haven, CT [1988.]  He and his wife, Maddy, have two grown children, Jessica and Ben.  (Appointed April 2017) Email Chris at

THERESA L. DOTY, Butte - Theresa L. Doty spent the greater part of her career in court management where as part of her responsibilities she managed ADR programs, and settlement panels in federal and state courts.  She served as Chief Executive Officer, Trial Court Administrator, Chief Deputy, Chief Probation Officer and Financial Manager in the these courts.  She has managed federal district and bankruptcy courts in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, served as lead analyst at the Administrative Office of the US Courts in Washington D.C., and implemented a consolidated court system in Yakima, Washington.  A fifth-generation Montanan, she transferred to the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management Montana/Dakotas in 2011 serving as a bureau-wide EEO Counselor, Mediator and Facilitator for the Department of Interior’s Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution Center.  In 2016 she won the State Director’s Award for Diversity.  She recently transferred to the US Forest Service as Civil Rights Director for the Northern Region.  She is the immediate past president of the Montana Mediation Association, sitting on the Qualifications and Standards Committee and served as faculty for the annual association training conference.  She sat on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Missoula, Montana, chairing the Training Committee, and was part of the faculty for new and advanced mediator training.  She has developed curriculum for many mediation courses, focusing each course on the specific needs of the audience.  She is a veteran of the U.S.A.F, holds a graduate degree in court administration, a BA in political science and graduated as a Spanish linguist from the Defense Language Institute.  (Appointed April 2017) Email Theresa at