About Us

 

The Glacier National Park Conservancy is the official non-profit fundraising partner of Glacier National Park.

Mission

The Glacier National Park Conservancy works to preserve and protect Glacier National Park for future generations.

Values

Our values are the building blocks of our organizational culture, and they guide us in how we approach our work and interact with each other.

Commitment

We are united and inspired by a passion for Glacier National Park. We are dedicated to serving Glacier’s immediate and long-term needs.

Respect

We lead with kindness and regard for people and place. We celebrate each other’s success and approach our work with integrity, care, and an open mind.

Inclusion

We embrace diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences. We listen and learn with intention to ensure all feel welcomed and valued.

Collaboration

We combine our individual skills and talents to form a dynamic team working toward a shared mission. We prioritize cooperating across departments and with our partners to increase impact.

Staff

Laura Carlson

Laura Carlson

Retail and e-Commerce Coordinator

Laura grew up in Oklahoma and not long after graduating from the University of Kansas in 2017, a seasonal job brought her out to Glacier National Park. The powerful pull of the mountains and pristine lakes of Montana led her to move to the Flathead Valley permanently. During the summer of 2023, she found a spot on the Conservancy’s seasonal warehouse team before becoming the Retail and eCommerce Coordinator. In her current role, she’s excited to fulfill web store orders to supporters of Glacier near and far while offering a welcoming smile to anyone passing through West Glacier. When not at work, Laura enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, and dreaming of the next country she’ll visit.

Julie Dougherty

Julie Dougherty

Director of Park Stores

Julie oversees the retail operations of all Park Stores and the warehouse. The Glacier Conservancy’s retail operations, includes three in-park stores, the Belton Depot store and the warehouse in West Glacier.  Prior to her arrival, she spent five seasons in Yellowstone and one season in Glacier leading Xanterra’s retail operations. Julie grew up in North Dakota and graduated from the University of Minnesota. She has been visiting Glacier National Park with her husband Patrick since their college days. They lived in Pennsylvania and New Jersey where Patrick was raised before heading west to fulfill a dream of working in national parks. They are delighted to make their home in Columbia Falls, and are exploring as many cross country ski and hiking trails as they can.

Stacy Dubuc

Stacy Dubuc

Director of Development

Stacy joined the Conservancy team in January 2022. Like many of us, Stacy felt the overwhelming majesty of Glacier National Park on her first visit years ago. Soon after that, she became a “Guardian of Glacier” and a loyal supporter of the Conservancy. She is thrilled to be a member of the staff and that she can call our beloved park her backyard. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Stacy lived in California where she had 20+ years of non-profit fundraising experience. She most recently served as the Vice President of Development for The SPCA for Monterey County and prior to that worked for a regional land trust focused on protecting and preserving the Big Sur coast. She enjoys learning about a donor’s interests and further connecting them with the mission and programs they love and support. She received her B.A. in Geography from Sonoma State University. Outside of work, Stacy enjoys hiking and exploring new areas. She lives in Columbia Falls.

Rachel Dura

Rachel Dura

Park Stores Coordinator

Rachel grew up on the prairie in North Dakota, but found her home in the mountains of Montana. She joined the Conservancy seasonally in 2019 soon after graduating from North Dakota State University. During that summer she fell in love with Glacier Park. She returned to the Flathead Valley permanently in the summer of 2020 and spent three seasons with the Conservancy retail team before staying on as a full-time employee in January 2022. She enjoys her job as the Park Stores Coordinator and appreciates that she is now able to facilitate impactful seasonal experiences for our retail crew! In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and thinking way too deeply about the human experience.
Kaylee Henderson

Kaylee Henderson

Buyer & Merchandising Lead

Originally from Illinois, Kaylee joined the Conservancy in 2022 as the Buyer Lead. An avid traveler, her love for Glacier National Park began in 2012 when her partner proposed during a sudden snowstorm on the Dawson-Pitamaken trail. In 2016 Kaylee left behind the Midwestern life and moved to Montana permanently. After several years working around the park as the Retail Operations Manager for Pursuit, she felt a calling to join the Conservancy. Her work day is spent building spreadsheets and doing statistical analysis which is, weirdly, very exciting for her. When not buying the product for our retail locations, Kaylee enjoys reading, cycling, kayaking, and being a doting cat parent.

West Herzog

West Herzog

IT Lead

West supports IT needs at the West Glacier and Columbia Falls offices, as well as the Conservancy Park Store locations during the busy summer season. He grew up in Bigfork, Montana and has continued to call Bigfork his home. West enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, and hiking. West, his wife, and daughter enjoy spending time with their dog Obi and two horses Firefeather and Spotted Wind.

Grace Kinzler

Grace Kinzler

Grants Coordinator

Raised in New Jersey, Grace ventured west after graduating from Loyola University Maryland to explore
and work in Glacier National Park. Her Conservancy journey started as a seasonal member of the retail
team working in the visitor center stores, and since then she has worked as the Administrative Assistant,
Program Coordinator, and now Grants Coordinator. Grace is proud to play a part in preserving Glacier
Park by facilitating grant administration and funding distribution for the Conservancy’s park projects.
She loves reading and reality TV, attempting to ski, and hiking with friends.

Lacy Kowalski

Lacy Kowalski

Associate Director of Programs and Policy

Lacy collaborates with park leadership and community partners to identify and facilitate meaningful projects that preserve and protect Glacier for future generations. She believes that sharing the value of our public lands with the next generation of stewards is more critical now than ever before. Lacy has over 15 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. She is a graduate of Leadership Flathead, Montana Nonprofit Association’s Catalyst program, and the Effective Natural Resource Collaboration program through Wallace Stegner Center at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountain Health CO-OP and People and Carnivores, a nonprofit working to restore native carnivore populations in the Northern Rockies through prevention of human-carnivore conflicts.

Lacy holds a Masters of Public Administration from Montana State University with a focus on public lands partnerships. When she is not strategizing project ideas, you will find her exploring public lands or satisfying her green thumb through curated plant chaos.

Shannon Leahy

Shannon Leahy

e-Commerce Lead

Shannon grew up in Whitefish, Montana and has spent countless hours adventuring in Glacier since she was a young child. She graduated from Whitefish High School and earned a degree in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Seattle. After spending some time in Seattle post-college working as a merchandising assistant, Montana was calling and Shannon decided it was time to leave the city and return to her roots. She spent seven years working at Montana Shirt Company doing a little bit of everything and is excited to be part of the Conservancy team. In her free time, Shannon enjoys skiing, hiking and backpacking, paddle boarding, painting and photography and spending time with her two dogs.

Amy Lucke

Amy Lucke

Donor Engagement Lead

Amy enthusiastically engages with donors to enhance their connection to the park and the Glacier Conservancy. A Missoula native, Amy was enamored with Glacier at a young age. It just felt magical and still does. In college, she had her first real Glacier experience while backpacking in Many Glacier. An unexpected August snowstorm on Redgap Pass exposed her group to some harsh elements. Amy was struck by the wildness of the park and Glacier instantly became her favorite place to adventure. Working to protect and preserve the adventure for future generations is an absolute privilege. She received her B.S. in Business Marketing and Management from The University of Montana and has extensive experience in marketing, events and donor/sponsor relations after working for 15 years in college admissions and corporate events. When not at work, Amy enjoys hiking, skiing and all things on the water. She lives on a little lake, just north of Bigfork with her husband Nate, a Bigfork native, and her two kids, Jack and Alix.

Kristine Marvin

Kristine Marvin

Database Administrator

Kristine maintains the integrity of the database. Kristine was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. After a short stint in Pennsylvania,​ an opportunity arose to move to Martin City,​ Montana. Unable to pass up the chance,​ she and her husband, Andy, packed up their lives and drove across the country in 2013. Once in Montana she started working for Swan Mountain Outfitters. She managed all of the reservations, helped with accounting and managed the Crown of the Continent Discovery Center. While riding horses in Glacier Park is hard to beat, Glacier National Park Conservancy came knocking on her door. Once again, ​there was an opportunity she had to pursue. The Conservancy fulfills her dream of helping to preserve our cherished backyard. During her free time Kristine enjoys telemark skiing, hiking with her dog, Tucker, and exploring the wonderful p​ark we all love. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. She and her husband currently reside in Columbia Falls, MT and are proud to call Montana and Glacier National Park their home.

Renee Metcalf

Renee Metcalf

Associate Director of People and Culture

Renee grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Colorado, where she studied International Affairs. She moved to Missoula, MT over 20 years ago and then migrated north to the Flathead Valley in 2010 to live a little closer to Glacier National Park. Renee’s love for Glacier started with a few innocent day hikes and a bike ride up Going to the Sun Road, but then it really took hold after working at Sperry Chalet in the summer of 2005. This led her on a journey of seasonal work and travel, including ten summers at Sperry and five seasons in Antarctica, where she gained valuable experience in managing dynamic teams, operations, and logistics. Renee joined the Conservancy’s retail staff in 2017 and has been with the organization ever since. She is passionate about contributing to the Conservancy’s mission through her work in human resources. Outside of work, Renee is usually hiking, skiing, baking, or cleaning.  
Doug Mitchell

Doug Mitchell

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Doug supports the Conservancy’s dynamic and experienced team in their shared work to help preserve one of America’s greatest natural treasures for generations. Beginning his sixth year as Executive Director, Doug describes his role as a “dream job” and has brought to the Conservancy a diverse skill set developed through leadership roles in government, private enterprise and non-profit work in Montana. Doug joined the Conservancy from the Montana Department of Commerce where he served as Deputy Director from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, he held leadership positions in Montana as a Managing Director for the Montana Land Reliance, as Montana Chief of Staff for former U.S. Senator Max Baucus, and as Montana’s Chief Deputy Secretary of State. Doug also owned his own government affairs consulting company in Helena for 10 years.  He and his wife Julie, a Kalispell native, are both graduates of Stanford University and spend as much time as they can hiking in the park.

Sean O'Leary

Sean O'Leary

Accounting Assistant

Originally from Butte, Montana, Sean received his Bachelor’s of Science in Business & Information Technology from Montana Tech University. Sean previously worked for several years in Title Insurance for a family-owned business in Butte where he managed their database as well as worked as a Title Officer. Sean made several yearly trips to Glacier National Park throughout the years and decided he needed to change career paths to get him closer to his passions of hiking, backpacking, being outdoors, skiing and photography. He firmly believes in the notion of “finding a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That led him to Glacier National Park Conservancy as a way to be closer to a place he loves while working to ensure that Glacier National Park continues to be a place that inspires others.

 McKenna Quick

McKenna Quick

Database Coordinator

Raised in the Flathead Valley, McKenna’s love for Glacier began in childhood through family hiking and camping trips. After earning a degree in Strategic Communications from Washington State University, McKenna gained experience in the nonprofit sector, working with foundations, theatres, and educational institutions. Despite her time in Washington, Glacier always called her back for frequent visits. In April 2024, McKenna returned to her hometown, joining the Conservancy as the Database Coordinator and helping support the Conservancy’s efforts to protect and preserve Glacier. When not working, McKenna enjoys snuggling with her two cats, baking, reading, kayaking, and camping with her husband. 

Gracie Regala

Gracie Regala

Executive Assistant

Since June 2022, Gracie has been working with the Conservancy wearing many different hats: two seasons in the retail stores, as the video intern, and now as the executive assistant. Gracie spent their “kid years” in Saint Paul, Minnesota, before crossing state lines to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating with a double major in psychology and social welfare and a certificate in digital cinema production, they headed west to Glacier and the Conservancy. Gracie enjoys being outside as much as possible (particularly in water or on snow), rallying a group for karaoke (perhaps a cultural enjoyment for them as a Filipino person), and cooking (with hopes that their roommates will nickname them Chef).

Marianne Rozar

Marianne Rozar

Staff Accountant

Marianne works as a staff accountant within the finance department at the Glacier Conservancy and brings over 30 years of accounting experience. Marianne traveled from the Adirondack area of New York to Montana in 1983. While traveling, she met her husband. They settled and raised their family near the park and spent countless days and miles on Glacier’s trails, backpacking, fishing, boating, and star gazing. She enjoys helping keep the books transparent and accurate with a knowing of how important the projects and research funded through the Conservancy are to our next generations. Together, we support the wilderness, wildlife, and wonder of Glacier National Park.

Barbara Sieh

Barbara Sieh

Director of Finance

Barbara oversees all of the Conservancy’s daily financial operations and first came to Glacier National Park on a high school science trip. She hiked the Highline Trail, drove across Going to the Sun Road, and was astounded by the grandeur and wilderness she saw. She returned after high school to study Zoology at the University of Montana, and after graduation she relocated but promised herself she would one day return and stay permanently, which she eventually did when she joined the Conservancy. Barb is thrilled to be a part of an organization that shares her love and passion for Glacier and works towards maintaining this incredible wilderness. She loves all the seasons of Glacier but winter is a special time to her. She is an avid cross country skier and loves to be in Glacier in the winter when the crowds thin and snow buries the park. If she’s not in the park, you can find Barb exploring the Flathead Valley birding, skiing, hiking or just hanging out in the woods with her dogs.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Communications Lead

Andrew joined the Conservancy team in 2022, and oversees communications. He first came to Glacier as a ranger for the National Park Service and immediately fell in love. He received his BA from Middlebury College, during which time he started as an NPS intern at Fort Scott National Historic Site. After a season there, he moved to Glacier National Park where he spent 6 years in various roles as an interpretive park ranger, designer, podcaster, and naturalist. He is thrilled to now be part of the Conservancy team and continue the important work of preserving the park for future generations. Andrew loves hiking, climbing, and especially looking for wildflowers.

Geneva Thompson

Geneva Thompson

Community Partnerships Lead

As the Community Partnerships Lead, Geneva helps steward the Conservancy’s relationships with its business partners and inspire support for park projects and programs. Geneva first visited Glacier National Park with her parents at 3 weeks old and has since held a lifelong love for the park and a growing passion for public lands. Growing up in a military family, Geneva spent time all over the U.S., but returned to Montana regularly to visit family and spend time in Glacier. In her college years, Geneva worked several summer seasons in and around Glacier, including hosting guests at Sperry Chalet, guiding trail rides with Swan Mountain Outfitters, and conducting surveys in Flathead National Forest. She made the Flathead Valley her permanent home in 2018 and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography shortly after. Geneva loves sharing the park and the great outdoors with others and is beyond excited to be a part of the Conservancy team helping to give back to Glacier!

Chris Walters

Chris Walters

Warehouse Manager

Chris is an integral part of the Glacier Conservancy team. He is responsible for the entire warehouse operation. He keeps the stores well stocked and our fleet of vehicles on the road. Chris is originally from Puyallup, Washington, but now lives in Columbia Falls. On his days off you’ll find him puttering around his house and yard or, if he’s lucky, fishing.

Becca Wheeler

Becca Wheeler

Creative Lead

As the creative lead, Becca creates and manages print and digital marketing projects for the Glacier Conservancy. Becca moved to Montana in 2007 to do trail work. She spent two seasons with the Montana Conservation Corps, and four summers working for the Forest Service on trail crew and as a wilderness ranger in the Great Bear Wilderness. After six summers of chopping trees and eating dirt, she decided to become a web and graphic designer. When she isn’t making magic on the computer, Becca enjoys roaming in the mountains and searching for wolverines.

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.

Margaret Notley

Margaret Notley

Chair | Bigfork, MT

Raised in California, Margaret Notley now lives on Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Montana. She received her B.A. in History and M.A. in English Literature, and moved to Montana after spending 12 years in the U.K. 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. She joined the Glacier Natural History Association board in 2008 and transitioned onto the GNPC Board in January, 2013.

Zak Andersen

Zak Andersen

Board Member | Fort Worth, TX

Zak Andersen grew up in Helena, Montana and received his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Montana. He spent 15 years in Washington, D.C. 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 the railroad service territory of 28 western states. He and his wife Susie have one son. Although the time for hobbies and interests are limited, he manages to find time for fly fishing, hiking, gardening, reading, politics, and elections. Zak joined the Glacier Fund Board in July 2012 and transitioned onto the GNPC Board in January 2013.

Lana Batts

Lana Batts

Vice-Chair | Lakeside, MT

Lana Richards Batts grew up in Billings, MT and received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Montana. She spent forty years in Washington, DC, advocating for the trucking industry.  She is widely quoted in the trade press and is a sought-after public speaker, known for her sharp insights and quick wit on the state of the trucking industry. She now resides in Lakeside, and is active in the Montana Audubon and University of Montana. She received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019. 

 

Rose Bear Don't Walk

Rose Bear Don't Walk

Board Member | Southern Pines, NC

Rose Bear Don’t Walk is a longtime resident of the Flathead Indian Reservation and a descendant of the Bitterroot Salish and Crow Tribes of Montana. She was raised beneath the mountains of the Mission Valley and the plains of the Crow Reservation. Rose is currently a second-year PhD student at Montana State University in the newly formed, Indigenous and Rural Health program. She recently received her Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science from Yale University. Rose is an ethnobotanist! She focuses her research on the longstanding relationship Salish people have formed with traditional food plants and their capacity for enhancing community wellbeing on the FIR. Rose has spent many hours hiking the Missions and trails of Glacier National Park and finds her happy place to be outdoors, enjoying ancestral territory. Other hobbies include cooking, reading, CrossFit, and martial arts. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, who is in the armed forces, and their two rescues, Sam and Theo. Rose is excited to serve the region of Glacier National Park as it was historically known and stewarded by many tribes, including the Salish. There are still many of our plant relatives that flourish within this sacred landscape.  

Rick Bennet

Rick Bennet

Board Member, Past Chair | Whitefish, MT

Rick Bennet 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, where he has also served as an adjunct professor. Rick is a 40-year retail industry veteran and the former Vice Chairman of Macy Department Stores. He is currently the CEO of CCA Global Partners, a cooperative of 3000 independent retailers and also serves on the Board of Directors for Ace Hardware. Rick is the Grand National President of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and has served on their Board of Directors for 12 years. He and his wife Lavonne have three children and two grandchildren. His hobbies include skiing, fly fishing and golf. Rick joined the Glacier Fund Board in 2002, and transitioned onto the GNPC Board in January, 2013.

 

Susan Brooke

Susan Brooke

Board Member | St. Mary, MT

Susan Kirby Brooke was raised on a cattle ranch in the upper Madison Valley near Yellowstone National Park but shortly after obtaining her driver’s license began driving north to hike and enjoy her favorite park, Glacier National Park.  She and her husband Will, purchased the St. Mary – Glacier Park KOA campground in St. Mary in 1996 and raised their 3 children there. They both continue to manage and develop the business just 1 mile from the entrance to the Going-to-the-Sun Road.  Susan worked for Congress in Washington DC and also served as a natural resource advisor to a US Senator in Montana. Prior to purchasing the campground, she lobbied the Montana Legislature for the Montana Stockgrowers and Woolgrowers. She was appointed to the Montana Board of Environmental Review by Governor Racicot and the Montana Water Compact Commission by Governor Stan Stephens and has fundraised and campaigned for federal, state and local candidates. Currently, Susan is serving as the Region 3 Commissioner for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Randy Chesler

Randy Chesler

Board Member | Whitefish, MT

Randy Chesler is CEO of Glacier Bancorp (NASDQ:GBCI) one of the top performing community banks in the U.S. serving 8 states in the West with over 180 branches. Randy is a seasoned financial services executive and technology entrepreneur. Previous to Glacier, Randy helped create one of the industry’s largest internet banks and one of the top 50 banks in the U.S. Randy is one of the few public Bank CEO’s who has also successfully founded and sold a Silicon Valley based financial technology company. Randy lives in Kalispell, MT with his wife of 30 years and has 3 children- a technology entrepreneur, an active duty member of the U.S. Military, and a college freshman.
Cheryle Cobell Zwang

Cheryle Cobell Zwang

Board Member | Kalispell, MT

Cheryle “Cookie” Cobell Zwang is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet (Amskapi Pikuni) Nation. Cookie loves to hike and do evening scenic drives in Glacier. It is her homeland and has always been an important part of her life. When she was a child, she would pick berries and fish the rivers and lakes on the adjacent Blackfeet reservation with her family. She and her husband Brian have made it an important part of the lives of their children and grandchildren as well. Cookie joined the Board of the Glacier National Park Conservancy to help connect the park and the Blackfeet for their mutual benefit and that of the lands and resources.

Cookie graduated from Montana State University and started her career with the USDA Forest Service and continued it with the USDI Bureau of Land Management. She provided leadership in media, Tribal and Congressional relations, as well as videography, social media, environmental education and interpretation. Cookie also was the Partnerships Lead for Idaho BLM where she assisted in establishing a Friends group and partnered with numerous private and non-profit entities to assist sage grouse and other species habitat restoration and research efforts. She is proud of the projects funded by the partners of the Glacier Conservancy and so excited to be involved in this important work.

John Donovan

John Donovan

Board Member, Past Chair | Essex, MT

John Donovan 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), two grandchildren and a third on the way. 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 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. John joined the board of directors in January, 2013.

Jodi Glaser

Jodi Glaser

Secretary | Plymouth, MN

Jodi Glaser grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and received her B.A. in Political Science and German from the University of Michigan and her M.P.A. from Arizona State University. She has lived and worked and raised her family in Plymouth, Minnesota for almost 20 years. She and her husband, Michael, have two young-adult sons. As a family they have visited and hiked in many national parks, but they all agree that Glacier is their favorite and they have returned to the park many times over the past 15 years. Jodi learned at an early age that raising money for non-profit organizations is a wonderful way to make a difference in their communities and in the lives of the people they serve. As a fundraising professional with more than 25 years of experience, Jodi is passionate about working for mission-driven organizations and for the past three years she has translated that passion into work as a fundraising consultant. Her interests outside of work include time with her family, travel, hiking and being outside, reading, and cooking. Jodi began her service on the GNPC Board in October 2019 and being a part of supporting Glacier National Park is one of the highlights of her personal and professional life.
Kelly Handley

Kelly Handley

Board Member | Clanton, AL & West Glacier, MT

Kelly first visited Glacier National Park when she was 2 years old. This is a love story 30 years in the making, and she doesn’t see it ending any time soon! She has hiked too many miles to count within the park and has had some of the best adventures. From climbing peaks, swimming in glacier-fed lakes, sunsets at Lake McDonald, family hikes at Logan Pass, biking the Going To The Sun Road, and so much more! On top of being an avid Glacier enthusiast, Kelly is also a mother and wife and loves exploring Glacier with her family. She says, “Getting to experience the park through my children’s eyes is like falling in love with Glacier all over again.” For Kelly, joining the Conservancy Board is a full-circle moment, and it is such an honor to get to serve a place that has shaped the woman she is today and has given both her and her family so many wonderful memories. In 2023, Kelly decided to turn her passion for Glacier into a business and started a travel company called “Scout and Wander,” where she plans dream adventures to Glacier for her clients and helps educate people about Glacier. Her goal for this business is simple: to help her clients have the best possible Glacier experience in the hopes they will fall in love with this special place because she believes that if you love something, you will do all you can to protect it.

Susan Hay Patrick

Susan Hay Patrick

Board Member | Missoula, MT

Susan Hay Patrick is a visionary leader and accomplished executive with national reputation for outstanding leadership and achievements; creative thinker; effective strategist; superior communicator. As CEO of the United Way of Missoula County she restructured and strengthened grantmaking, and internal/external programming to maximize effectiveness in improving community outcomes in the areas of education, family financial stability, and health. Susan transformed the organization’s public image: United Way of Missoula County is now viewed as the most influential, effective and far-reaching health and human-service nonprofit in two counties. United Way was voted “Missoula’s Best Nonprofit” by Missoulian readers in 2014 and 2015. Susan began her service on the GNPC Board in January, 2017.

Margaret Jacobs

Margaret Jacobs

Board Member | Whitefish, MT

Margaret Lasecke Jacobs has a wealth of experience in marketing and public relations. Most recently, Margo served on the UT Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board (2014-2020). The Board is charged with promoting and encouraging the economic, commercial, financial, industrial, agricultural and civic welfare of the state. It also advises the GOED staff on the development, attraction, retention and expansion of businesses, industries and commerce within the state. GOED consists of 15 members appointed to four-year terms by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. No more than eight members are from one political party and the membership represents all areas of the state. Margaret became one of the youngest vice presidents at Ogilvy & Mather (formerly Dudley Anderson & Yutzy). She later served in senior management positions at Fujitsu America and Oracle Corporation. After leaving Oracle Corporation in 2000, Margaret formed a marketing and public relations consulting firm, working primarily with Silver Lake Partners, a global private equity firm. She chaired the Sundance Institute Utah Advisory Board (2010-2016) for two of her six years there. Margaret graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Jose State University in 1980.

Primarily involved in non-profit work, she now calls Montana home, alongside UT. Slalom waterskiing, snow-skiing, Pickleball and cycling are her passions.

Lisa Kelley

Lisa Kelley

Board Member | Helena, MT

Lisa was born and raised in Spokane, WA, and spent summers hiking Montana trails and exploring Glacier National Park with her family. She earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from Washington State University and her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.  

Lisa is currently the President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) in Helena, MT. She oversees all plan operations, including sales and account management, government and public relations, provider network management, and health care management. Lisa joined the BCBSMT Legal Department in 2010 and served as general counsel for the company since 2019.  Prior to joining BCBSMT, Lisa was a law clerk for Justice Jim Rice on the Montana Supreme Court, and practiced law at Hughes, Kellner, Sullivan, and Alke, PLLP.  She is a graduate of Leadership Helena and Leadership Montana and has served as an adjunct professor of health law at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law in Missoula.  She currently serves on the Montana Life and Health Guaranty Association, the Montana Reinsurance Association, the Montana Chamber of Commerce, and the Helena Chamber of Commerce Boards of Directors. 

Lisa and her husband, Marcus, were married at Lake McDonald Lodge, and now enjoy taking their two children, Dylan and Ava, on many adventures through the Park.  

Brian Massey

Brian Massey

Board Member | Pacific Palisades, CA & Whitefish, MT

Brian grew up in Salisbury, Maryland and currently resides in Pacific Palisades, California with a second residence in Whitefish.  He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Economics and has an M.B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles.  In 2007, Brian co-founded Mar Vista Investment Partners and serves as a portfolio manager/analyst on the investment team. He was previously a management consultant in KPMG Peat Marwick’s Corporate Finance and Strategic Consulting group.  Brian and his wife Allison have two children, a twin son and daughter.  Brian’s interests include ultra-distance endurance events, triathlons, cycling, snowboarding, snowshoeing and enjoying Montana’s natural treasures with friends and family.

Jeanette McKee

Jeanette McKee

Board Member | Finley Point, MT

Born and raised in Missoula, Montana and a graduate of the University of Montana, Jeanette McKee 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 of the Montana House of Representatives, her Board service includes the Montana Board of Housing, the 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 and travel. Jeanette joined the Glacier Natural History Association Board in 2007 and transitioned on the GNPC Board in January, 2013.

Richard Miles

Richard Miles

Board Member | San Francisco & Whitefish

Richard Miles grew up in England and Washington, D.C. before moving to California for college. Extensive backcountry travels ultimately brought him to Montana, where he has developed a decades-long appreciation for the beauty, majesty, and fragility of the northern Rockies. Richard received his B.S. in Physics and Ph.D. in Applied Physics, from Caltech. He has held a variety of research and leadership positions in academia and industry, specializing in novel semiconductor devices and advanced telecommunications networks. In 2015 he joined Facebook, where he is currently Vice President of Infrastructure. His outdoor interests include hiking, backpacking, cycling, and skiing. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a second home near Whitefish.

Greg Olson

Greg Olson

Assistant Secretary | Whitefish, MT

Greg Olson has served on the Glacier Conservancy Board since 2013. He grew up in Fargo, North Dakota 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 the U.S. Department of Energy in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program. His outdoor interests include hiking, mountaineering, backpacking, cycling, and downhill and backcountry skiing. Greg joined the Glacier Natural History Association Board in 2009 and transitioned onto the GNPC Board in January, 2013.

Gayle Prete

Gayle Prete

Board Member | Columbia Falls, MT

For almost 20 years, Gayle and her husband have been part time Columbia Falls residents, and try to spend as much time as possible in the Flathead Valley. Glacier National Park has played  an oversized role in their lives, including their marriage at Big Prairie. Gayle’s background is a mix of Fortune 200 and small business experience, combined with Not-For-Profit Board service. She is active in teenage financial literacy programs in Chicago through her Board work with Cents Ability, Inc. She is also a Board member of Natural Connections Academy, Inc. an Idaho outdoor school fostering academic success and stewardship of nature. She previously served on the Board of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, the largest public school of the arts in the U.S. Gayle’s expertise includes generating growth and profitability for consumer brands, innovation through new product development and customer segmentation, and improving results by focusing on the customer experience and leveraging Agile principles.

Joe Raudabaugh

Joe Raudabaugh

Treasurer | Whitefish, MT

Joe Raudabaugh was reared in Northern Virginia and received his B.S. in Economics from North Carolina State University ’78, and his MBA in Marketing and Finance at the University of Chicago ’80. He advised Fortune 500 multi-national firms on complex strategy, supply chain and performance issues for over 34 years. Joe joined A.T. Kearney in 1984, and built practices in Japan and North America, and launched their Procurement and Advanced Analytics Practice in 2002. He founded and developed the A.T. Kearney Student Lab program which brings experiential learning opportunities to many of the top ranked business schools in North American and Europe. Joe continues to advise organizations selectively as Partner Emeritus with the Firm. 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. Joe joined the Glacier Fund Board in 2011 and transitioned onto the GNPC Board in January, 2013. He serves as the GNPC treasurer as well as chair of the Conservancy’s finance committee.

Cathy Stein

Cathy Stein

Board Member | Phoenix & Kalispell

Cathy Stein grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Wyoming. She currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona and Montana (near Lake Blaine) and is the President of Concorde Travel Management, specializing in sports travel. She is married to her husband, Mo, and has one adult daughter, Alexandra “Alix” Christine. Hobbies include travel, shopping, food (both cooking and consuming), classical violin, DIY craft projects, and sleeping. She also enjoys baseball, event planning for non-profits, and giving back to the communities where she and Mo live. Cathy joined the Glacier Fund Board in 2012 and transitioned onto the GNPC Board in January, 2013.

Morris A. Stein

Morris A. Stein

Board Member, Past Chair | Phoenix & Kalispell

Mo Stein, FAIA, FACHA, is a Principal at HKS Architects, an international practice ranked among the top firms in the world. Mo directs the Phoenix office, is appointed to the Management Council for the Firm and directs the Strategic Plan. Mo is also heavily involved with designing for sports, a personal passion, specifically focused with Major League Baseball. Mo is a native of Phoenix. He and Cathy completed their home in the Flathead Valley in 1997 and support many local organizations.

Courtney Stone

Courtney Stone

Board Member | Columbia Falls, MT

Courtney Stone has one foot on each side of Glacier National Park, but her heart resides on the east side, and has since 1989. As a young woman, Courtney made fudge at the St. Mary Resort, served gorgeous steaks at the Cattle Baron Babb Bar Supper Club, and pumped gas, changed sheets, and sold groceries at Thronson’s, all on the park’s eastern border, where she lived for many happy years. Along the way, Courtney received degrees from the University of Georgia and the Appalachian School of Law, but the best education she’s had was in building and selling a beekeeping business located near Babb. Currently, Courtney serves Flathead Electric Cooperative in the public affairs arena. Previously, Courtney helped to lead Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, a Glacier National Park concession partner, as its Communications Director. She also practiced law in Missoula and Cut Bank. With her partner, Jim Deraleau, Courtney delights in raising four children in Columbia Falls, on the Flathead River, and in and around Glacier National Park.

Tom Walker

Tom Walker

Board Member | Columbus, OH

Tom Walker has been helping entrepreneurs build great companies for most of his career. He’s formed multiple venture capital funds, founded angel groups, and is an active angel investor. As the CEO of Rev1 Ventures, Tom has designed a business model that has invested in more than 90 startups and added more than $90M in capital under management. This business model has had a $1.5B impact on the Columbus region in under 5 years and has helped Columbus to be named one of the fastest-growing startup cities in the US according to the Kauffman Foundation and Rev1 the Most Active VC in the Great Lakes region, according to Pitchbook. Tom’s spent much of his career focused on innovation, startups, and early-stage capital, building innovation and startup support systems in Oklahoma, Ohio and advising several regions of the United States. He feels that in order to fuel startups, you must connect the assets in your own back yard. This includes corporations, service providers, academic and research institutions, and public sector entities. Tom has a BS in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. He’s the author The Entrepreneur’s Path: A Handbook for High-Growth Companies.

Orrin B Webber III

Orrin B Webber III

Board Member | Kalispell, MT

Orrin began his love of the outdoors attending the Taylor Statten Camps in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada in 1966 at the age of 9. He continued his camping experience with the camps as an employed canoe tripping guide until graduation from the University of Montana. Graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Political Science. In 1980, he began his career in the insurance and investment business. Working with IDS “Investors Diversified Services”.

Darrell Worm

Darrell Worm

Board Member, Past Chair | Kalispell, MT

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Darrell Worm mostly grew up in the Midwest and moved to California while in high school. He graduated with his B.A. from San Diego State University in 1970, and J.D. from the University of California at 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. He joined the Glacier Natural History Association Board in 1993 and transitioned onto the GNPC Board in January, 2013 as its first Board Chair.

History

On January 1, 2013, in an effort to increase annual support for Glacier National Park, the Glacier National Park Fund, and the Glacier Natural History Association, merged to form the Glacier National Park Conservancy.

The Glacier National Park Fund was established in 1999 as the non-profit fundraising partner for Glacier National Park. The Fund’s mission was to support the preservation and protection of the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Glacier National Park, through private philanthropy, for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Through its history, the Fund provided over $3.5M in support of the Park.

The Glacier Natural History Association was a non-profit cooperating association of the National Park Service that supported education and interpretation through the sale of books and other merchandise at the visitor centers in Glacier National Park and at other federal agency sites including Big Hole National Battlefield, Flathead National Forest, Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site, and National Bison Range. Originally formed in 1941 and incorporated in 1946, the Association provided more than 70 years of monetary and in-kind assistance for Glacier National Park and these other sites.

With the 2013 merger, the Glacier National Park Conservancy became the official fundraising partner for Glacier National Park. Combining philanthropy and Park Store sales has proven impactful in continuing the strong legacy of the former organizations. In 2022, the Conservancy supported more than $3.5 million in critical park projects, surpassing $20 million in aid to the Park since the merger.

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