Joan Miles


Joan Miles lives and plays in Montana where she spent a long career in public health and health policy.  Joan served two terms in the Montana State Legislature and was appointed by the Governor to direct Montana’s State Health Department.  Before living in Helena, she met Ellen in the Environmental Studies graduate program in Missoula, and Joan and Ellen later joined Don Snow in working for a Montana environmental advocacy group. The three were known to do things like pack a picnic dinner, drinks and fancy hats, and turn a field trip to the toxic waste pit in Butte into a “pitnic.” Ellen abandoned the job and the house she shared with Joan when she met Mark Meloy and drifted south to the Utah desert.