Mary Ellen Turmell of Bigfork was elected at the July, 2004, annual membership meeting. Mary Ellen and her husband, John, are both originally from Missoula and both graduated from the University of Montana. Mary Ellen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and taught school in Great Falls. She later lived in California, Cincinnati and Boston, raising two sons.
She is currently the president of the University of Montana Alumni Association She is also on the Sunset Point Homeowners Board and the American Indian Business Leaders board, and is a trustee emeritus of the UM Foundation.”We both enjoyed Flathead Lake as we were growing up and have brought our own children here,” Turmell said. “Needless to say, this lake is very special to us.”