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Gary Locke

Chairman of the Board

A third generation Montanan, Gary owns and operates a Paint and Quarter Horse Ranch, enjoys fly fishing, trail riding, outdoor activities and spending time with his wife Wendy. He attended the University of Montana, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Gary spent over 26 years as Manager of the Bitterroot Job Services and worked as a Social Worker with the Salvation Army in Hamilton, Mt. His devotion for helping others is evident by his unending commitment to the Community. In 2009 he founded the Bitterroot/Lighthouse Family Homeless Shelter, through which he has been responsible for helping countless families through their most desperate times. His dream and vision for a safe environment for families to recover their financial security is the foundation of the Family Shelter of the Bitterroot, Inc. Read More

Lilly Ross


A native of the Bitterroot, born and raised in Victor, Montana, Lilly now lives in Corvallis with her husband Lee. An active member of Corvallis Community Church she is involved with the music ministry, has served as Sunday School Teacher and Secretary of the Mission's Committee. Lilly has extended her music ministry to the Community playing music with her brothers at local nursing homes, Senior Center and Golden Age Club. She has spent over 25 years caring for children in day care and helping elderly in their homes as a Personal Care Giver. "I have always been involved with helping people, especially children and those less fortunate. The Family Shelter is a perfect fit."

Wendy Trelut


Retired school library technician, Ravalli County child advocate and volunteer serving children and families.

Lyle Goarcke

Valued Member

Growing up in a small farming community in Kansas, Lyle attended college at Miltonvale Wesleyan College. He earned Bachelor of Science Degree in Education at Bethany Nazarene College, and continued on to earn a Masters of Arts degree from Azusa Pacific University in California. Lyle utilized his degrees in education teaching school in Nebraska and Darby, Montana. He and his wife Beth spent 21 years as missionaries in Papua, New Guinea where they raised their family. They are both active members of the Conner Wesleyan Church, Lyle as Chairman of the Board and Adult Sunday School teacher while Beth is involved in the music ministry. Their passion for helping is evident through their many years as missionaries and their commitment to Church and Community.