Aspen Decker

Aspen Decker

Aspen is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (T̓at̓ayáqn,
Qlisp̓é & Sqlsé) and a speaker of her tribal language, Nsélišcn ‘Salish language’. She has
Master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Montana and she graduated with a
B.A. in Tribal Historic Preservation from Salish Kootenai College. She has a Montana Class 7
Native American Language and Culture Educator License and has been teaching Salish for 10
years. Currently, she is working at Saint Ignatius High School as the Native American
Studies and Salish Culture teacher. Aspen and her husband Cameron own a business
called Xʷlxʷilt whose mission is to integrate Salish language, culture, arts in education.

Megan Hottman

Megan Hottman, attorney and founder of Hottman Law Office in Golden, Colorado, specializes in representing injured bicyclists and is a recognized expert and advocate in the cycling community. Known as THECyclist-Lawyer.com, Megan has represented over 160 individual cyclists and handles cases nationwide. Megan provides bike law education clinics and classes to cyclists, local bike clubs as well as to law enforcement personnel. She is known by Colorado cyclists and attorneys as the cycling case expert and frequently consults with other attorneys on their cycling cases.

Megan was featured for her work in cycling cases by both Outside Magazine and HBO Real Sports (Bryant Gumbel) in 2015.  She has authored countless articles and also co-authored a cycling-law resource book called Bicycle Accidents, Crashes & Collisions: Biomechanical, Engineering, and Legal Aspects (You can find it on Amazon).

A former-elite road and track cyclist for many years, Megan went on to compete in cyclocross and gravel races before dabbling in triathlon, completing 3 Ironman events. These days she enjoys mountain biking, bike packing, gravel racing, endurance running events, and self-paced endeavors like riding the White Rim in a day or biking with her dogs from Golden to Colorado Springs.  She commutes almost everywhere by bike and incorporates some aspect of health, wellness, or sport into every day.  Sitting is the new smoking, she frequently says, and #ridemoredriveless is her mantra.

In 2018, she reached her goal of riding 10,000 bike miles in one year, and in 2019, she led a group of 25 cyclists in breaking the World Record for “longest static cycling class” while raising money for People for Bikes.  2020 brought about a much needed mental and physical reset from racing given the pandemic; during that time she bought a camper van and commenced #vanlife, literally #WFA (working from anywhere).

As of late 2021, Megan decided to semi-retire and as she winds down her law practice she is working on her second book, and winding up her coaching business; yes, Megan coaches other lawyers and helps them live lives by design, on purpose, with HELL YES as a guiding principle.

You can listen to her on her podcast- MaximumEnthusiasm.com, follow her vanlife and cycling adventures on Instagram @cyclist_lawyer, or visit her website MeganHottman.com to learn more.

Patrick Krill

Recognized globally as a leading authority on addiction, mental health, and well-being in the legal profession, Patrick is an attorney and a licensed, board-certified alcohol and drug counselor. He serves as a trusted advisor to large law firms and corporate legal departments throughout North America and Europe, educating them about and helping them navigate addiction, mental health, and well-being issues on a daily basis.

Patrick’s groundbreaking work in the area of attorney behavioral health includes: initiating and serving as lead author of the first and only national study on the prevalence of attorney addiction and mental health problems, a joint undertaking of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation; creating the framework for the ABA Well-Being Pledge, an innovative campaign to improve the health and well-being of lawyers that was launched in September, 2018; partnering with American Lawyer Media to conduct the first-ever survey of AmLaw 200 firm leaders regarding their beliefs and attitudes related to addiction and mental health problems in the legal industry.

Callie Russell

Callie Russell is an Ancestral Skills Instructor known for her performance on History Channel’s “Alone,” Season 7, where she survived alone and unassisted in the Canadian Arctic for 89 days. She lives off grid in NW Montana with her herd of pack goats and teaches wilderness living workshops.

Jackee Taylor

Jackee Taylor, advocate for Children of WITSEC and host of the hit podcast, “Relative Unknown” was put into the Federal Witness Protection program as a 7-year-old girl after her father, Clarence Crouch, a convicted killer and infamous member of the Hells Angels, turned and became a government informant. Jackee and her family have now been in Witness protection for nearly 40 years, but after a life full of hardship and struggle, she had enough and went public with her story – exposing the major flaws of the program and pushing for fundamental change.

David Bell

David A. Bell is the President & CEO of ALPS Corporation and ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company.  David joined ALPS in 2012. He was previously with Allied World Assurance Company (NYSE: AWH), a publicly-traded global (re)insurance company. David was a founding executive and served as the Chief Operating Officer.

After graduating from the University of Montana in 1996 with a degree in finance he began his career with The Chubb Corporation. David co-founded and serves on the board of Grateful Nation Montana, a first-of-its-kind in the national organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, and college education for the children of Montana soldiers killed while on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends and numerous other television and radio outlets talking about the need to make funding educations for the children of our fallen soldiers a national priority. David served as President of PLUS (Professional Liability Underwriting Society), the largest insurance industry association focused on education.

He currently serves on the board of the Bank of Montana, the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and is Board Chair of The Maureen & Mike Mansfield Center, which promotes a better understanding of Asia and of U.S. relations with Asia. He has presented to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), focusing on expropriation and kidnap/ransom in Asia and the Middle East, and he has spoken and written extensively on the subject of insurance risk transfer. In 2010 David authored a book titled The Best Quotes on Business, Leadership & Life.

Chris Newbold

Chris Newbold is Executive Vice President of ALPS Corporation and ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company, positions he has held since 2007. As Executive Vice President, Chris oversees ALPS business development team, sales strategy and is ALPS’ chief liaison into the bar association community, where ALPS is endorsed by more state bars than any other carrier regardless of size.

Externally within legal circles, Chris is a recognized nationally based on his roles as a strategic planning facilitator to bar associations and bar foundations, his leadership work in the lawyer well-being movement and his work advising states regulators and / or bar associations exploring the merits of implementing mandatory malpractice insurance requirements or stricter client disclosure rules.

On the strategic planning front, Chris’ lawyer credentials, knowledge of legal industry trends and keen observations into bar association relevance catapulted him into desired facilitator in legal conversations nationally. Chris’ unique and innovative strategic planning approach have resulted in his leading retreats and legal conversations at the national, state and local levels, including with State Bars in Maine, Vermont, Virginia, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.

On the issue of lawyer well-being, Chris has been at the epicenter of discussion both strategically and as an advocate. As co-author of the movement launching 2016 report The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, his leadership as co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, his participation on the ABA’s Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession and his role as co-host The Path to Well-Being in Law podcast, Chris has been at the forefront of a movement intent on creating a culture shift in the legal profession, and advancing personal and professional satisfaction in all sectors of legal life.

Chris has also been active nationally counseling State bar associations and regulators on the viability of requiring lawyers to maintain malpractice insurance as a condition of licensure. Given Chris’ insurance industry knowledge, particularly within small firms and solo practitioners, his insights have been additive to the conversations in states like Nevada, Washington, California and Idaho. Chris is also well versed in alternatives to mandatory insurance like client disclosure rules.

Chris received his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 2001 and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994). Following his graduation from law school, he served one year as a law clerk for the Honorable Terry N. Trieweiler of the Montana Supreme Court. After his clerkship, he launched his ALPS career as President and principal consultant of ALPS Foundation Services, a non-profit fundraising and philanthropic management consulting firm. In that capacity, he authored The Complete Guide to Bar Foundations in conjunction with the National Conference of Bar Foundations.