Board

Ted Mathis
Chairman
Ted was born and raised in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. He learned to fly off the old dirt strip there and soloed at the age of 16. He earned his Private Pilot license at 17, Commercial and Flight Instructor at 18. Ted also holds Multi-engine and Instrument ratings and is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic. He received degrees in Secondary and Vocational Education from Northern Montana College and is an Accredited Airport Executive.

Ted started his aviation career as a flight instructor for K&K Aircraft Inc. of Helena and also flew for Hensley Flying Service of Havre, Yellowstone Aviation of West Yellowstone and the Montana Aeronautics Division. He still owns and flies his own aircraft which is based at Gallatin Field.

In 1972, Ted was hired as airport manager at the Yellowstone Airport where he worked until 1980 when he became the assistant manager of the Helena Airport. In 1981, Ted was named airport manager at Gallatin Field, a position he held for 28 years. He retired in 2009.

Over the years, Ted has served as President of the Montana Airport Management Association and the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. He was also Chairman of the Montana Aeronautics Board and remains active in several aviation organizations.

Ted is married to the former Connie Jensen and has one son, Gavin. Ted and Connie live near Belgrade.
Carl Lehrkind, IV
Vice Chair
Carl has lived in Gallatin County for over 44 years and is currently the General Manager of Lehrkinds Coca-Cola managing 135 employees and a statewide distribution network.

Previous memberships and associations: US Marine Corps, Gallatin Valley Humane Society, Chairman Mainstream Bottlers Association, Coca-Cola Bottlers Association, and Bozeman Chamber President.

Current Memberships and Associations: Bozeman Chamber Executive Board, Customer Leadership Council for Coca-Cola, Stockman Bank Board.

He is a Commercial rated pilot with 2500 hours and he is a current aircraft owner.

Kendall Switzer
Secretary
Brigadier General Switzer is a native of Bozeman, MT. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Engineering. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps and graduated from USMC Basic School with Honors.

Ken completed Naval Flight Training and was designated a Naval Aviator in Feb 1986. He began his initial F/A-18 training at NAS Cecil Field and then transferred to VMFA-251 "Thunderbolts" at MCAS Beaufort. Following a WESTPAC deployment to South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines, he attended Navy Fighter Weapons School "TOPGUN" and transferred to the Naval Strike Warfare Ctr as a Tactics and Training Instructor. In Aug 1990, Ken deployed in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD aboard the USS INDEPENDENCE. His last tour with the Marines was as a solo pilot with the US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron "Blue Angels".

Ken transferred to the MT Air Nat'l Guard, flying the F-16, in 1995. In the 1990's he also worked for Martel Construction, Inc as Safety and Personnel Director. During this period Ken completed the Basic Instructor Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry (OSHA 502) in 1994 and 1999. Ken was appointed to the MT Governor's State Workforce Investment Brd in 2004. He served as the Apprenticeship Committee Chair and was also appointed as a member of the Executive Committee.

Ken was federally activated again in Sept 2001 and flew Combat Air Patrol missions in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE from locations throughout the US. He also deployed in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE from locations throughout the US. Additionally, he deployed in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH enforcing the UN mandated no-fly zone over Iraq.

Ken went to work for the Nat'l Guard full time in 2004. He has served as a Flight Commander, Group Commander, Joint Staff Director, Vice Chief of the Joint Staff, and Chief of Staff. In 2010, Ken transferred back to part-time status and began a career as teamwork/performance coach with Check-6, Inc, a global company providing solutions for High-Risk/High Reliability industries requiring a deliberate outcome.

Ken has successfully completed MSHA Part 48 Underground and Surface Miner training for coal and metal/non-metal operations.

General Switzer is a command pilot with more than 4400 flight hours, primarily in the F/A-18 and F-16 aircraft.
Kevin Kelleher
Board Member
Kevin was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Idaho in 1976, he moved to Big Sky, Montana where he founded the Lone Peak Lookout newspaper, which he operated until 2000 when it was sold to the Pioneer Newspaper of Seattle.

In 1985, Kevin earned his real estate and broker licenses and began working with Triple Tree Realty of Big Sky where he still works today.

Kevin learned to fly and earned his Private Pilot certificate in 2002. He is the co-owner of a Cessna 172 and a hangar here at Gallatin Field. He holds memberships in several aviation organizations and has served on many county and charitable boards in the 31 years that he has lived in the community.

Kevin has three children, Brenna who is a local pilot, Keely, a member of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team and Conor who is a student at MSU.
Karen Stelmak
Board Member
Karen was born and raised in Watkins, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.

Karen has worked in the hospitality business for 33 years and has lived in the Gallatin Valley since 1986, when she moved to Bozeman to become the General Manager of the Bozeman Holiday Inn. She was subsequently promoted to Vice President of Operations with ZMC Hotels where she oversaw the operations, renovations and the development of various franchised hotel properties.

She is currently a partner at Mercury Investment Company, based in Duluth, MN. She functions as the Vice President of Asset Management and travels nationwide to oversee the company’s hospitality assets. Along with being trained in mold remediation and asbestos abatement, her duties also include interfacing with various contractors, management companies, franchises and municipalities.

She has served on numerous boards in various communities including Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Chambers, and has served on the Hilton National Board of Hotel Operators.

Karen is a private pilot and she and her husband Tom own a King Katmai and a hangar at the Bozeman Airport. She is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the Montana Pilots Association.

About the Airport

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) is owned and operated by the Gallatin Airport Authority. Established in 1972, the function of the Gallatin Airport Authority is to plan for, provide, operate and safely maintain an aviation facility adequate to the needs of the flying public in the Yellowstone region and to keep it self-sustaining.

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