Bonnie is a Montana native, born in Helena and raised in the Flathead area. She attended the Modern Business College in Missoula for accounting, and UM for additional accounting courses. She began her accounting career at Davis Bros Wholesale Drug and worked there as the Accounting Manager until 1986, when the firm closed. Bonnie joined The University of Montana Foundation in 1987. Her duties include management of the endowment entries, audit duties, and many other financial data responsibilities. Bonnie and her husband Lee have one son, Wade, whom they adopted in 1992. She enjoys camping and boating at their place at Flathead.