Our People

We Are All Volunteers

Our directors and members do not receive salaries or any other financial compensation for work they do on behalf of the Auxiliary. Also, we do not hire third parties to raise funds on our behalf.

Help one another; there’s no time like the present and no present like the time. ― James Durst

2019 Board of Directors

MFA’s directors are responsible for ensuring the organization effectively fulfills its mission, accomplishes its goals, and wisely manages its assets. We welcome newly-elected, Chris Sampley, to the board. We are grateful to out-going director, Lily Brower, for her service and leadership.

President Chris Sampley joined our Auxiliary in 2017. She is an 18-month Marion resident. Chris moved here with her family from Camano Island, Washington. After 46 years teaching, counseling, and being an elementary school principal, she is now a guest teacher at Marion School and a member of the Marion PTO. “Being part of the Marion Fire Auxiliary is a privilege and an opportunity to support the Fire Department in their endeavors to keep our community safe and sound.

Vice-President Victoria Williams joined our Auxiliary in 2016. She is a 3-year Marion resident. Victoria moved here from Boise, Idaho after raising a family and retiring. She worked in jobs as diverse as baker and veterinarian assistant. “The Marion Fire Department is an essential part of our community. I want to do whatever I can to help it to continue in its mission and to grow.”

Secretary Carolyn Hurst joined our Auxiliary in 2004. She is a 16-year Marion resident. Carolyn is a retired school teacher. She has served as the Auxiliary’s secretary for several years. Her volunteer spirit has included Friends of the Library, Red Cross, and Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force. “Folks here need to depend on each other and support local efforts to insure we have a safe place to live.”

Treasurer Janine Presson joined Auxiliary in 2017. She is an 11-year Marion resident. She is a 15-year Army veteran and co-owns North 40 Rescue. She was a Marion Fire Department volunteer EMT, as well as a Marion Fire District trustee and treasurer. “The Auxiliary gives me opportunities to thank our fire department’s volunteers with practical acts of service, which I believe is better for them and me than lip service gratitude.”

2018 Members

Pirjo Appling
Lily Brower
Gerry Hurst
Fred Lebow
Joanne Lebow
Joyce Ratka
Rose Sweeney
Barbara Taylor
Bonita Welch
Mike Williams
Vargie Williams
Kim Williams

RIP: Sandy Skinner

Sadly, in 2017 we lost Sandy Skinner to cancer. Sandy had served as a president of our board for a couple of years. Her presence we will miss; her memory we will treasure; we will never forget her or stop being grateful for what she gave us. A mountain ash tree was planted in front of Marion’s main fire station in Sandy’s memory on October 2, 2017.

Sandy Skinner