Meet Our Executive Board
Evelyn S. Cahalen (Evie)
Evie is a retired police commander from the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department, with over 35 years of experience in the law enforcement profession. During her tenure at MCPD, she served as public information officer, Internal Affairs Division commander, Family Crimes Division commander, and District commander. She has taught ethics to police recruits and in-service training, as well as with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Community Policing Institute. Evelyn has taught at the community college level, and was a guest instructor for the Police Executive Leadership Program of the Johns Hopkins University.
After retiring from the police department, Evie continued working with law enforcement professionals, both domestically and internationally, facilitating executive leadership and development courses, as well as the development of anti-terrorism strategies, for the Pennsylvania State University, and the US Department of State, and worked with the National Sheriffs’ Association. She has facilitated school safety training programs to administration and staff of school districts nationwide, including emergency preparedness and active-shooter preparedness at primary, secondary and post-secondary institutions. She has conducted organizational assessments of law enforcement agencies at the international level. Evelyn has worked with Native American communities assisting them in developing community policing strategies with federal and tribal law enforcement.
Growing up in a very conservative family in Connecticut, Evie took an early interest in politics while listening to dinner table conversations between her parents and older siblings. When she retired from her police career, her chief told her that he knew he would see her involved in politics one day, and he was correct.
Evie moved permanently to Montana in 2014 with her husband, Butch, also a retired police detective. When speaking of her husband, she tells everyone that Butch has been her greatest cheerleader throughout their 32 years of marriage. In 2018, while researching political organizations in the Flathead Valley, Evelyn discovered and joined FCRW. She served on the executive board as 1st vice president before assuming the role of president in January 2022.
1st Vice President
Sandra L. Smith (Sandy)
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sandy grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After visiting Montana for many years, she finally made Kalispell her home in 2019. Sandy acknowledges the leading of God by the Holy Spirit in bringing her to Montana. She has assisted various Republican organizations through fundraising and ministry work, and currently serves as 1st vice president of the FCRW.
In her professional life, Sandy is a risk management analyst and assistant vice president for Bank of the West, with over 20-years of experience supporting senior level management and her colleagues in various industries, including financial/corporate security investigations and business continuity, disaster recovery, construction, retail, and the food industry. She possesses expertise in organizing business and departmental needs, developing personnel, managing sensitive data, directing, and planning.
In addition, she has been involved with several outreach ministries and is currently serving as prayer captain for the State of Montana, and for the Nation of Israel through the Strike Force of Prayer Organization.
When not working, ministering or volunteering, Sandy sings professionally and enjoys spending personal time with family and friends.
2nd Vice President
Samantha Riley (Sam)
Yes, you're seeing right! Sam is not just our official FCRW model, she sits on our Executive Board! A local small business owner (check out her website: www.LibertyorLose.com) and self-described mompreneur, Sam is raising two awesome children and living her best life with husband Jim on their small ranch here in the Flathead. Sam’s passion is to inspire women to have a voice in America and to stand up for their constitutional values and beliefs.
“A few years ago, I read a quote that has always stuck with me. It was a pivotal moment that led me to open my eyes, get involved and find my ‘voice.’ The quote was simple: ‘There’s a difference between being Patriotic and being a Patriot: it’s time you choose your role.’
"I’ve always loved my country and have been proud to be an American, but I wasn’t doing anything to help better my country. My children deserve a promising future in America. Being a part of the FCRW is how I help to preserve this amazing country we live in."
Ann has been active with FCRW since 2015, serving in the capacity of board director, secretary and helping with the Chocolate Extravaganza. She has been employed as a nurse practitioner in the Valley for over 30 years, has served and chaired various committees within Logan Healthcare, and has served on and chaired the Board of the National Alliance of Nurse Practitioners.
Ann enjoys many outdoor activities in our local mountains, volunteers at her church and with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and is a member of the Pachyderms. Being active with the FCRW enables her to stay informed and to help preserve and protect our Montana way of life.
Barbara Blum (Barb)
Barb is a native Montanan, and retired with her husband of 49 years to Lakeside in 2014. (Best decision they ever made!) Together, they have four children and nine grandchildren.
Barb has been involved in Republican politics most of her life. Growing up, politics and religion were the main topics at her family supper table. This led her to volunteer to promote Republican causes and candidates. She has volunteered on many campaigns through the years -- going door-to-door, putting up signs, fundraising, working as treasurer, and manager. Her experience includes working for a US senator and running for county commissioner in Gallatin County.
Barb has been involved with Republican women's clubs since the early 1990’s. At the state level, she has been elected treasurer four times, second vice president one term, and currently is serving in her second term as district 1 director. At the local level, Barb served two terms as treasurer and one term as first vice president of Gallatin Co. Republican Women Currently, she is in her second term as treasurer of FCRW.
Sue grew up in the Bigfork area and moved to Washington State with her family in high school. Years later, she returned home to Montana to work in Shelby. Sue attended MSU Nursing School in Bozeman and worked in the ICU at Deaconess Hospital in Billings. She met her husband Gary, married and moved to Costa Mesa, California and subsequently San Diego, where she worked in a hospital recovery room. Together, they raised two children. Upon retiring, Sue and Gary took a trip to South Africa and enjoyed a photo safari. In 2005, they bought property in Kalispell to be near family and soon built a cabin.
In addition to serving on the FCRW executive board, Sue is on the board of the Agency on Aging. She made the Liberty Bell for the election of 2020 "Let Freedom Ring" and organized a pre-primary event for 2022 for candidates to meet the public, called Family Fun Day.
Heidi first became involved in politics in 2004 while her husband was deployed to Iraq. She and her two daughters were invited to a FCRW monthly meeting: the club members warmly welcomed her, and she began to attend on a regular basis. After a time, Heidi was asked to be on the club’s executive board. When the district director for our area moved out-of-state, she was asked to fill in the vacancy at the state level. She remained on the executive board of the Montana Federation of Republican Women for several years, and subsequently was elected president of the Montana Federation of Republican Women, serving in that role for two, 2-year terms. In 2020, Heidi was elected president of her local club and served one 2-year term. Heidi has attended several National Federation of Republican Women conventions and board meetings, and served on different national committees.
Having a desire to make a difference in her community, Heidi remains active in the FCRW, as a Flathead precinct person, and handles communications for the Montana Federation of Republican Women.
Lyn’s family settled in Montana over twelve years ago. Today, she is the conservative Republican running for Montana House District 5 in Whitefish.
Public service has been a way of life for both Lyn and her family, beginning with her first job working in the clerk of court office, to her practice as a nurse in a variety of settings. Married for over 27 years, Lyn’s husband is a retired naval officer. Together, they have homeschooled three wonderful daughters.
Lyn has been an active contributor to the local Republican Party for many years and, in addition to serving on the FCRW board, is also president of the Glacier Country Pachyderm Club. Whether teaching her children or serving as a local leader, Lyn is passionate to educate younger generations about American exceptionalism, and to encourage people of all ages to claim their rightful heritage as citizens: to speak without fear and be heard, and to become involved in government. She hopes to bring that same passion to Helena as Whitefish’s representative in the Montana House of Representatives.