the circle 13 team

BRYAN DUFRESNE

Bryan grew up in Stevensville, MT as a fourth generation Montanan.  After graduating from Stevensville in 1993, he reluctantly left the beautiful Bitterroot Valley for Whitworth College in Spokane, WA to double major in English and education.  Upon graduating from Whitworth in 1998, he quickly found his way back to the Bitterroot and took a job teaching English and Drama in Darby.  While teaching, Bryan earned his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Montana.  Over the last 17+ years Bryan has worked with kids in many capacities at Darby Schools - teaching English and drama, coaching tennis and basketball, operating as student council advisor, coaching Destination Imagination, volunteering in plays, and this year, serving as the school’s Dean of Students.  Bryan currently lives in Hamilton, MT with his beloved wife, Jessica, and his two cherished children, Finn and Lila.  In Hamilton,  Bryan stays active in the community volunteering for Kiwanis, Kids First, and the Hamilton FFE to coach youth soccer, basketball and flag football.   Bryan started skateboarding at age 12 and has been passionate about it since.  Most of Bryan’s passions (backpacking, fishing, kayaking, playing tennis, and skateboarding) rely on open space, public access and public parks.  He is thrilled to be part of the team to help build the Circle 13 Skatepark and provide Hamilton and the Bitterroot Valley with another open space, another public park, another canvass for its youth (and its youthful at heart).

Anna Green

Anna Green is the Program Director of the Linda Massa Youth Home. Anna has a degree from the University of Montana in Social Work and Spanish. She loves skating and snowboarding as well as spending time with her family, fly fishing, exploring, traveling and telling jokes.

 

MARY VERMILLION

Originally from Rhode Island, Mary Vermillion moved to Montana in 1997 to pursue her education. Mary has been a resident of Hamilton since 2004, where she is currently employed as a Forensic Interviewer/Nurse Examiner at Emma’s House Child Advocacy Center as well as an RN at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. As a mother, health care provider, and community advocate Mary feels strongly that the expansions of recreational opportunities to children and adults in the Bitterroot Valley is an asset to the community as a whole.  The creation of a public skate park which addresses the needs of beginner/advanced skaters has the potential to enhance economic growth as well as physical activity and mental wellbeing within our amazing valley.

ROCH TURNER

Roch Turner is a Hamilton, Montana native. After graduating from Hamilton High School in 1997, he enlisted in the Navy. He served four years on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and two years at a NATO regional headquarters, after which he returned to the Bitterroot and started a small construction company. In 2006 he enrolled at the University of Montana where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master’s of Public Administration, and will finish a Ph.D. in International Education this year. He is currently the Director of Workforce Programs and Development at the Bitterroot College and sits on numerous boards in our community. Roch is proud to have been a youth representative to the skate park efforts in the mid 1990’s and is eager to see those efforts come to fruition with the Circle 13 Skate Park Project.

THADDEUS WIDMER

Circle 13 board member, Thaddeus Widmer is originally from La Jolla, CA where skateboarding and surfing were instrumental daily activities of his childhood. Thad has a long history working with youth in many different areas, counseling, mentoring and coaching.  He started working with youth at the La Jolla YMCA, where he found his true passion, helping struggling youth. After spending many years working with youth and completing his Bachelor’s Degree, Thad moved to Hamilton Montana in January 2001 where he helped with the efforts of developing a Ravalli County YMCA. Though the Bitterroot YMCA had some early successes it ultimately did not achieve the financial support necessary to continue. After closing the YMCA in 2003, Thad returned to college and pursue a master’s degree in social work.  After successfully completing the master’s program, Thad began working in the public schools throughout Ravalli County. Currently, Thad serves as the Mental Health Therapist at Daly Elementary School, as well as serving youth, young adults and families in his private practice. In 2009 Thad helped Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Recourses start a traveling summer skate camp. On the weekends, you can find Thad enjoying his time at Lost Trail Powder Mountain, where he is a ski instructor.  Thad’s biggest accomplishment and source of pride is his family, he is so thankful for his wife, Valerie and their two boys, Emerson and Jude.  Thad is excited about the opportunity to skate in Hamilton, where old guys will tear it up like its 1988.