Board of Directors

Thanks to our excellent board members for their dedicated work and commitment to the Glacier National Park Conservancy. The Conservancy is guided by a group of volunteer directors who are private citizens and civic leaders.

Board Members

Lindsey (Lin) Akey

Lin is a longtime Whitefish resident and president of the Whitefish branch of Glacier Bank. Community service has long been a focus for Lin. He has been involved with numerous nonprofit boards and committees in the Flathead Valley, including the Whitefish Community Foundation, North Valley Hospital, Rotary, and Whitefish City Council. In 2015, Lin was crowned King Ullr LVI in connection with the Whitefish Winter Carnival.

 

Zak Andersen

Zak grew up in Helena, Montana and received his BA in Political Science at the University of Montana. He spent 15 years in Washington, DC and now resides in Fort Worth, Texas where he is the VP of Corporate Relations for BNSF Railway and is the BNSF Foundation President. Zak is responsible for all internal and external communication for the railroad ranging from employees to media to communities and manages the annual $12 million foundation spend in railroad service territory of 28 western states. He and his wife Susie have one son. Although time for hobbies and interests are limited, he manages to find time for fly fishing, hiking, gardening, reading, politics and elections.

Thomas Bannigan

Tom spent several decades in the pipeline industry and recently retired as President of Products Pipelines, Kinder Morgan in Houston. Tom has been an active volunteer in Houston and served on
several nonprofit boards, including St. Thomas High School, Cristro Rey Jesuit High School, and End Hunger/Houston Food Bank. Tom and his wife spend their summers and fall in Whitefish.

Diane BarlowDiane Barlow

Diane Barlow grew up in Montana and received her undergraduate and law school degrees from the University of Montana. She practiced law for a number of years in Chicago where she was a partner at Sidley & Austin and then moved to Texas where she practiced in the public sector before returning to private practice and founding the Casey Gentz law firm in Austin. Diane has been involved with a number of worthy non-profit organizations over the years, but her fondness for her “hometown” park has made her board service with the Glacier National Park Conservancy especially rewarding. Diane and her husband David Laney reside in Dallas.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0423Rick Bennet

Rick grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he still currently resides with a second residence in Whitefish. He received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Rick is the former Vice Chairman of May Department Stores and is currently the CEO of CCA Global Partners. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Ace Hardware. He and his wife Lavonne have three children and one grandchild. His hobbies include skiing, fly fishing and golf.

 

 

 

Carl PhotoCarl G. Berry

Carl is a longtime resort developer and first visited Glacier National Park in 1950 on a family trip; arriving and leaving on the Empire Builder and touring the park on Red Buses. That began a life-long love of the Park. He and his wife Linden bought a second home in Bigfork in 1994, and have spent every summer and some winter weeks in the Flathead Valley ever since. Carl and Linden both served on the Glacier National Park Fund board and Carl now chairs the Committee on Directors.

 

 

 

 

 

Leslie Breaux

Leslie spent most of her youth growing up in Kalispell and worked at the front desk of the Many Glacier Hotel during her college summers. She has been an active fundraiser for numerous
organizations and has served on several nonprofit boards, including the Ashley Lake Charitable Foundation, Ashley Lake Property Owner’s Association, MAPLE Micro
Development (Portland and Mbale, Uganda), Emerald Point Homeowner’s Association, and Holy Family School.

 

IMG_3372Karen Chickering

Karen grew up in Sacramento, California spending summers at The Cedars, near Soda Springs, California in the Sierra Nevada. She received her BS at UC Berkley and MS in Nursing at Yale University and is now a retired Pediatric and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She is actively involved in the Citizen Science program in Glacier National Park and volunteers as a nurse and serves on the Board of Directors for Shepherd’s Hand Clinic in Whitefish. Hobbies include hiking, biking, all kinds of skiing, travel, birding and photography.

 

 

 

 

Nick Chickering

Nick Chickering

Nick began coming to Glacier National Park in the late 1990s, building a house on Whitefish Lake in 2000.  A graduate of Stanford University (’64), he spent most of his career in Nevada City, California founding The Chickering Company, a brokerage dedicated to finding ranches for recreational ranch buyers throughout the West.  He and his wife, Karen, moved to Whitefish in 2009 to spend more time pursuing their interests in skiing, and the flora and fauna of Glacier National Park. Nick also serves on the Advisory Board of the Flathead Youth Home.

 

 

 

Nicole Wellman Donester

Nicole is a dermatologist in Great Falls. She grew up near Valier, MT and spent every summer going to Glacier and was married in St. Mary. While getting her undergraduate degree from Stanford and her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, Nicole was involved in numerous volunteer activities. She is pleased to begin her nonprofit board service with the Conservancy.

John Donovan

 

John Donovan, Treasurer

John received his A.B. degree from Harvard, and his J.D. from Fordham. He spent his career as a trial lawyer, handling major domestic and international cases. He was a partner in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he was the head of the West Coast Litigation Department. At the end of 2011 he retired from Skadden and continued practice on his own on a somewhat reduced scale. Although born and raised in New York City and later a resident of Southern California, John eventually succumbed to the call of the wilderness and moved to Essex, Montana with his wife Dana. They have three children (a doctor, a lawyer and an engineer) and one grandchild. John has served on a number of charitable boards. He has an abiding interest in supporting wilderness education, in the hope that we can raise the next generation of committed stewards for our special wild places. For the past 12 years, John and Dana have run a Wilderness Leadership Program for high school seniors from back east out of their Montana home. His hobbies include wildlife photography, hiking and road biking. John is excited to be a part of the Conservancy as it transforms its ability to support Glacier National Park and expands its partnership with Park management.

 

 

 

Jeanette McKee, Vice Chair

Born and raised in Missoula, Montana and a graduate of University of Montana, Jeanette has lived in Hamilton, Montana since 1972 with a home on Finley Point on Flathead Lake since 1970. A Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Montana and a former member Montana House of Representatives, her Board service includes the Montana Board of Housing; Daly Mansion Preservation Trust and the Virginia City Heritage Commission. Jeanette has also served as Development Director, Montana History Foundation and as the University of Montana Events Coordinator/Museum of Fine Arts. She and her husband Mike have three adult children and four grandchildren. Her interests include hiking, skiing, golf, tennis, travel.

Abbie Milisci

Abbie is a self-described “community volunteer.” She resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona, but spends her summers and as much of ski season as possible in Whitefish. Abbie has served on the boards of the Arizona School for the Arts and she is currently the chairwoman of the All Saints Episcopal Day School.

IMG_20150929_102101Margaret Notley

Raised in California, Margaret now lives on Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Montana. She received her BA in History and MA in English Literature and moved to Montana after spending 12 years in the UK. Her interests include travel and visiting museums; natural history and anthropology; European and Western American history and art; conservation issues; environmental education; gardening; and current events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg OlsonGreg Olson, Secretary

Greg has served on the Glacier Conservancy board since 2013. He grew up in Fargo, ND, and during two summer seasons in college he had the opportunity to work at Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park. Those experiences formed the foundation for a long and sustained respect and admiration for the natural and cultural treasures that exist in this magnificent park. After many summer visits to northwest Montana, he and his wife Cyndi moved to the Flathead Valley in 2007. They currently reside in the Whitefish area with their dog, Charley. Greg has a B.S. in Chemistry from North Dakota State University (1972) and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, from the University of Colorado (1977). Prior to his retirement in 2006, he was a Principal Research Scientist at HRL Laboratories (formerly Hughes Research Laboratories) in Malibu, California. He currently serves as a consultant to U.S. Dept. of Energy in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program. His outdoor interests include: hiking, mountaineering, backpacking, cycling, and downhill and backcountry skiing.

 

Tony Patterson

Born and raised in Binghamton, New York, Tony received his BA at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and JD at Southern Methodist School of Law. He practiced law in a private practice setting in Dallas for 38 years. Currently the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at Kalispell Regional Healthcare since 2011. He and his wife Marylou have four children and eight grandchildren. His hobbies include fly fishing, skiing, road biking, travel, languages, and assisting social welfare charities.

RaudabaughJoe Raudabaugh

Joe was reared in Northern Virginia and received his BS in Economics from North Carolina State University ’78 and his MBA in Marketing at the University of Chicago ’80. He is a career consultant focused on advising Fortune 500 multi-national firms on complex strategy, supply chain and performance issues. Joe joined A.T. Kearney in 1984 and has built practices in Japan, North America and launched their Procurement and Advanced Analytics Practice in 2002.  He founded and leads the A.T. Kearney Student Lab program which brings experiential learning opportunities to most of the top ranked business schools in North American and Europe.  He splits his time between Lake Forest, Illinois and Whitefish with his wife Beverly. His hobbies include backpacking, hiking, skiing, gardening, spending time in Montana and taking on new missions and building organizations.

 

 

 

Bonnie SmithBonnie S. Smith

Originally from Minnesota, Bonnie attended the University of Minnesota, graduated with a degree in Business Administration and MBA. She was a Vice President, of Rosemount Inc. a Division of Emerson Electric. She was an active Board member for several Minneapolis companies and non-profit organizations including the United Way and Junior League. She is a resident of Whitefish and involved in the community through the school system and various projects. She is a past board member of the Whitefish Community Foundation and President of the Wolftail Pines HOA.

 

 

 

 

Cathy Stein

Cathy grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Wyoming. She currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona and Montana (near Creston) and is the President of Concorde Travel Management. She is married to her husband Mo and has one adult daughter, Alexandra Christine (“Alix”). Hobbies include travel, shopping, food, classical violin, DIY craft projects, sleeping. She also enjoys baseball, event planning for non-profits and giving back to the communities where she and Mo live.

Mo Stein, Chair

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona (he later renovated the hospital where he was born), Mo graduated with a degree in Architecture from Arizona State University ’77, Fellowship American Institute of Architects, Fellowship American College of Healthcare Architects. As an architect, he makes big ideas a reality regardless of scale. Married to Cathy, he believes she is responsible for much of what he gets to do and accomplish. He wishes he had hobbies but he loves when he gets to visit his home in Montana.

IMG_5616David Trousdale

David grew up in Monroe, Louisiana and received his B.A. from Tulane University (New Orleans). He spent his career as a naval aviator and commercial airline pilot. Now retired and residing in Whitefish with his wife Jeannine, his recreational interests include skiing (snow and water), cycling, hiking, fishing, rafting, traveling. David is also active in supporting charitable causes, including CASA and a local group supporting wounded warriors.

 

 

 

Darrell Worm

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Darrell mostly grew up in the Midwest and moved to California while in high school. He graduated with his BA from San Diego State University in 1970 and JD University of California Davis Law School ’77. He moved to Montana two years after graduating from law school where he worked for Legal Services in Cut Bank and Kalispell with offices in Browning (Blackfeet Reservation) and Pablo (Flathead Reservation). Since 1985, Darrell has been in private practice in Kalispell. His hobbies include hiking, wood working, and gardening. Fly fishing is more than a hobby – – it is a passion.