Board Members

CARD Board Members

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Dr. Brad Black

Senior Medical and Research Advisor

Dr. Black joined CARD’s Board of Directors in September of 2023. He worked as the Senior Medical and Research Advisor for CARD from 2021 -2023, and prior to that he served as CARD’s CEO and Medical Director for many years. His unparalleled expertise is a welcome asset to the board of directors. A pediatrician by specialty, he additionally spent 10 years as the Medical Director for Libby’s urgent care center and served as an emergency room physician prior to CARD. Lincoln County Health Officer since 1984, Dr. Black has become dedicated to developing the healthcare infrastructure for the county including asbestos related disease healthcare. He was integral in the planning and implementation of the original ATSDR asbestos health screening program and the development of CARD Clinic. With support from Dr. Alan Whitehouse, a Spokane Pulmonologist, and many years of experience, Dr. Black has become an expert in identifying and managing Libby amphibole asbestos diseases. His dedication is appreciated greatly by CARD as well as the community.

LeRoy Thom

President

LeRoy is the Vice President of the CARD Board. He has been a resident of Libby for the past 50 years and has been very involved with the relief for victims of asbestos related disease. He is a former W.R. Grace employee, where he worked for 17 years. He is a member of the Libby Community Advisory Group and attends Asbestos Related Disease Network meetings regularly. LeRoy is also the Treasurer of the Lincoln County Asbestos Victim’s Relief Organization. LeRoy is also a local business owner of Montana Machine and Fabrication. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, softball, bow-hunting, and is an active bowler. He is married with three children and 5 grandchildren.

Kylie Bland

Vice President

Kylie Bland was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and raised in Libby, Montana. After graduating from Libby High School, she was accepted into the Dental Hygiene program in Great Falls, MT and graduated in 2011. Kylie married her husband in 2015 and lived and worked as a dental hygienist in Missoula, Montana for almost 6 years. Her husband, also raised in Libby, was offered a job with Tungsten Holdings Inc., and it brought them back to Libby to raise their son in the summer of 2018. Kylie is currently working part-time at Kootenai Family Dentistry and enjoys being a health advocate for oral health. On her days off, she chases her busy toddler around! Kylie looks forward to establishing roots within her hometown community again and is proud to now be a part of the CARD Board.

Michael Noble

Treasurer

Michael was born and raised here in Libby and is a proud member of the community. After attending Libby public schools, Michael worked at W.R. Grace for over 20 years as an electrician. Following his time there, he started Noble Excavating. Michael also worked at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital for three years as a Maintenance Supervisor, after which time he started Noble Electric, Inc. Michael is the Chair of the Libby Area Technical Assistance Group (LATAG); the Libby Community Advisory Group – CAG and the Knights of Columbus. He is also active in his church. Today, Michael is retired and enjoys volunteer activities, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Gene Reckin

Secretary

Gene was born in 1954 and raised in San Diego, California, while also spending many life-changing summers in Yosemite National Park. He began his study of biology at San Diego State University in 1972 and then moved to Montana in 1974 to complete a double degree in Wildlife Biology and Botany at the University of Montana in Missoula. There he met and married his wife, Lenora Spencer, a Libby native, and they settled in Libby in 1979, where they raised their two daughters. Gene has taught science in Libby Public Schools for 32 years, currently teaching junior and senior level biology, chemistry, and research. He has special interest in the ongoing research projects at CARD and has involved his students in their own respiratory health-related research projects at Libby High School, focusing on teaching students the lessons of scientific inquiry through real world problems in their own community. Gene spends as much of his “spare time” as possible in a canoe or in his hiking boots.

Garrey Allen

Garrey is a Libby, Montana resident, and although he is not native to the area he loves the town. He volunteered to give back by joining the CARD board in 2022. He is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing, and even though he lives in an area surrounded by beautiful mountains and rivers, he also enjoys roughing it and camping outdoors. He is married and has a blended family of eight children and 14 grandchildren. Garrey has served on several boards of directors from schools and clubs to city councils. He is also actively involved in volunteering with Kiwanis International and Key Club. In addition to volunteering, his passions include God, gourmet cooking, and good friends. Garrey believes that everyone should find a way to be part of impacting their community in a positive way.