Board of Supervisors


The Ruby Valley Conservation District Board of Supervisors is comprised of a cross section of locally-elected, conservation-minded citizens who are in place to administer the implementation of the 310 law, and issue permits for any sort of work in a perennial  stream or its immediate banks.

Gary Giem | Chairman

Gary ranches on the Big Hole River, in the Upper Ruby, and is a CPA!  His daughter Cari is carrying on the ranching legacy, working at the home place outside of Twin Bridges.  Gary and his wife, Cindy, have two another daughters – one carrying on the CPA business in Bozeman and McAlister, and one working as CFO at Barrett’s Hospital in Dillon. Gary is a huge supporter of the community, and balanced land use, and is also on the state board of the Montana Association of Conservation Districts representing Area 6.

Neil Barnosky | Vice Chairman

Neil is a native Montanan born to the ranching way of life.  He and his wife Gloria were both born and raised in the Ruby Valley.  They have three adult children, Jake, Stephanie and Colin, and eleven grandchildren who also live in the area. Neil and Gloria own a cattle ranch just West of Sheridan, which they operate with Jake and his family.

Rick Sandru | Secretary & Treasurer

Rick is a third-generation Montana rancher, currently operating the family ranch in Twin Bridges. Rick is Ruby Valley Stock Association President; Southwest Montana Stockmen Association Director; Ruby Valley Conservation District Supervisor; Montana Stockgrowers’ Association member; and Montana Public Lands Council member.

John Anderson 

John is a native Montana who operates Ruby Dell near Alder, MT with his wife, Karen, and brother Jim. John enjoys traveling across the dunes of the Ruby Dell Ranch contemplating cover crops for sandy soils and his passion for diversified livestock (Just kidding – this great photo is a reflection of his passion for international travel too!) John has been on the RVCD Board of Supervisors for 45 years!

George Trishman

George, a 5th generation Montanan with a long family history in southwest Montana, has worked in the ranching business for most of his life. He managed the Hamilton Ranch for 25 years where he and his wife Donna raised their five children. George now runs a business in Sheridan and enjoys spending time with his family and working with the RVSA to ensure that the outdoor way of life in the Ruby Valley can be enjoyed by future generations.

Jeremy Miller | Urban Supervisor, Sheridan


(bio coming soon)

Jim Powell | Urban Supervisor, Twin Bridges

I used to teach, but now I just hunt.