The Glacier National Park Conservancy is the official non-profit fundraising partner of Glacier National Park.
The Glacier National Park Conservancy works to preserve and protect Glacier National Park for future generations.
Community Partnerships Lead
Carolan grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio, with Lake Erie her first love. As she set off to explore after graduating college, she found her way to Montana and joined the Montana Conservation Corps. She still remembers her first visit to Glacier, marveling over the beauty in the name of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then realizing how aptly named the road is. She worked for 8 years as a staff member with Montana Conservation Corps, most recently as Youth Program Manager. The work often brought her to Glacier and satisfied her passion for connecting people to the power of the outdoors. She is proud to continue to chase this passion in her work at the Glacier Conservancy. In Northwest Montana, Glacier National Park is our treasured backyard and it is an honor to be on a team focused on caring for it. In her spare time, Carolan likes to explore the backcountry with her husband and their new baby, read, hang out with her chickens and honey bees, and spend time with her amazing friends and family.
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.
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 with her 10-year old boxer Chillee.
Park Stores Coordinator
Rachel grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Dakota State University. Soon after graduating Rachel joined the Conservancy seasonally in 2019 and fell in love with Glacier Park. After a Working Holiday in New Zealand she returned to the Flathead Valley permanently in the summer of 2020. She has spent three seasons with the Conservancy retail team and is excited to now stay on as a year-round employee. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and thinking way too deeply about the human experience. She’s very happy to be here!
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 and his wife, Molly, enjoy camping and spending time with their three dogs and two horses. They will be expecting their first child in July 2021.
Grace joined the Conservancy in 2019 as a member of the retail team. After graduating from Loyola University Maryland, Grace set out for Montana to explore and work in Glacier Park. This proved to be a hard place to say goodbye to, so after a few months traveling around New Zealand, Grace returned to the Flathead Valley permanently. She is thrilled to transition from seasonal retail staff into her role as the Administrative Assistant, helping her coworkers wherever they may need. In her free time, Grace loves to hike with her friends while continuing to explore this corner of the world that she loves so much.
Associate Director of Programs and Policy
Lacy collaborates with park staff and partners to identify and facilitate meaningful, donor-funded 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 a decade of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors, including stints with the National Park Service and Defenders of Wildlife where she worked on wildlife conservation issues throughout the Rockies and Great Plains. She is a graduate of Leadership Flathead and currently serves as board president for 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 with her husband and dogs, or satisfying her green thumb through curated plant chaos.
Ryvers first began working with the Conservancy in 2019. Originally a Kentucky native, she has called the western mountains home for the last several years. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University in 2018, she had her sights set on Montana and made the move to work seasonally at the Conservancy. Over the years, Ryvers has worked in the retail stores, the warehouse, and more recently transitioning into her full time role as Retail Assistant. Because of her deep passion for the outdoors, specifically Glacier National Park, Ryvers makes an excellent addition to the Conservancy team. In her free time, you can find Ryvers exploring the outdoors – usually with her camera in hand.
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.
Buyer and Merchandising Manager
Amber oversees the day to day operations of the Conservancy’s park stores. She began working in Glacier National Park for GPI as a lead retail associate in 2009 and then as the Store Manager of the Swiftcurrent General Store, which she managed for three seasons before moving to Xanterra as the Retail Operations Manager. The park is a very special place for Amber where she has become an avid climber and trail hiker. She loves working with the Conservancy and giving back to the park that has given her so much enjoyment over the years.
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 park 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.
Associate Director of People and Culture
As Executive Director, Doug leads the Conservancy’s dynamic and experienced team in their work to help preserve one of America’s greatest natural treasures for generations to come. Doug describes his role as a “dream job” and brings to the Conservancy a diverse skill set developed through leadership roles in government, private enterprise and non-profit work in Montana. Doug comes to the GNPC from the Montana Department of Commerce where he served as Deputy Director from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, he served 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. Doug 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.
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.
Marianne is responsible for helping oversee the accounting department at the Glacier Conservancy. She has over 25 years of accounting experience working in medium and small business both locally and remotely on the east coast. Fortunately for Marianne on a whim and a prayer in 1983, she moved to Montana with her then husband to be from Jackson, WY on the advice of a friend working backcountry trail crew in the Belly River area of Glacier National Park. He told them “you”ll love it.” Upon arrival and seeing Glacier for the first time they knew they would never leave and haven’t. Marianne found her way west via the Adirondack Mountains of New York where she grew up hiking and backpacking. She finds there is no better place to be right now then supporting the vision of the conservancy and knowing the park is still being looked after and supported by those who share that passion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Board Member | Lakeside, MT
Lana R. Batts has almost four decades of experience in 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. Currently, she is the co-President of Driver iQ, a full-service background screening company the specializes in the trucking industry.
Board Member | San Francisco, CA
Kate received her A.B. degree from Princeton in Molecular Biology. She is currently a Principal at IQVIA Consulting Services, a life sciences management consulting firm. Kate has over 10 years of consulting experience, working with a broad range of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic, digital health, and philanthropic venture fund clients. Prior to her role in consulting, she worked in public health for The Council on Foreign Relations and in a genetics lab for the Washington University School of Medicine. She is currently based in San Francisco. Kate has a passion for biology and environmental conservation. This has translated into a keen interest in the preservation of our national parks. Kate was personally moved by Glacier National Park from an early age. Several trips, including her first hike to Grinnell Glacier and cross-country skiing across Lake Josephine, inspired a life-long love of Glacier. Kate is extremely excited to be part of supporting the park through the Conservancy.
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.
Board Member | Whitefish, MT
Board Member | Whitefish, MT
Karen Chickering grew up in Sacramento, California spending summers at The Cedars, near Soda Springs, California in the Sierra Nevada. She received her B.S. at University of California at Berkeley and M.S. in Nursing at Yale University, and is now a retired Pediatric and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. It was her husband, Nick, who inspired their move to Whitefish, MT in 2009. She is actively involved in the Citizen Science program in Glacier National Park, and volunteers as a nurse at Shepherd’s Hand Clinic in Whitefish. Karen served as the chairperson of Glacier National Park Fund during the merger with Glacier Natural History Association to form the Glacier Conservancy. She has three grown children and one grandchild. Her hobbies include hiking, biking, all kinds of skiing, travel, birding and photography. She joined the Glacier Fund Board in 2008 and transitioned onto the GNPC Board in January, 2013.
Cheryle Cobell Zwang
Board Member | Kalispell, MT
Cheryle Cobell Zwang was born and raised on the Blackfeet Nation reservation in Browning, Montana. She attended Montana State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, she worked for the federal government 15 years. Cheryle retired from the Bureau of Land Management in 2016, where she was the Deputy State Director for Governmental and Public Affairs in the Idaho state office. She also served as the Partnerships Director for the last three years of her career, working with private and public entities to support public land management priorities. Cheryle and her husband, Brian, recently celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary. They are blessed with two beautiful daughters and two grandchildren. Glacier National Park is called “the back bone of the world” by the Blackfeet people and it is their homeland. It is Cheryle’s hope to make a difference in the preservation and interpretation of the lands and resources there. She loves to quilt, read, sight-see, hike, and bike. She is learning to fly-fish and plans to learn to snowshoe this winter in Glacier.
Board Member | Missoula, MT
Born and raised in Great Falls, Montana and a graduate of the University of Montana, Lauren Descamps worked for many years in the investment industry in the San Francisco Bay Area before returning to Montana to raise her family in Missoula in 2004. She splits her time in the summer between Skidoo Bay on Flathead Lake and Big Sky, Montana. A community volunteer since moving back, her past Board service includes the University of Montana Alumni Board, the C.M. Russell Museum Board, and the University of Montana Foundation Board. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Montana World Affairs Council Board, President of As You Like It Club, and is deeply involved in numerous events and projects at the Davidson Honors College at UM. She and her husband Tim have two young adult boys, Nick and Ian. Lauren’s interests include snow skiing at Big Sky, hiking around Montana, and adventure traveling around the world.
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.
Board Member | Plymouth, MN
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.
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.
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.
Vice-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.
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.
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.
Board Member | 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.
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
Secretary, 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.
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.
Board Member | St. Ignatius, MT
Germaine White was born on the Flathead Indian Reservation and raised by the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness, and is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She is the Native American Engagement Director for the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, and formerly served as the Information and Education Program Manager for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Natural Resources Department. She has experience managing large scale outdoor environmental education events, developing educational materials, and implementing outreach programs for a diverse audience. These multimedia interactive educational materials integrate the wisdom inherited from our elders and ancestors — our traditional ways of knowing and understanding (Native Science) — with the best available western science. Such exchange and dialog are crucially important in our region, and throughout the ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples. Germaine is passionate about the work of cultural bridge-building and bringing people together to protect the places that sustain us all. She looks forward to bringing her perspective and experience to the Glacier Conservancy.
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”.
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.
On January 1st, 2013, two-storied organizations, 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 Glacier National Park 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.
Together the new organization becomes the only non-profit fundraising partner for Glacier National Park. Funds are raised through philanthropy and our stores continuing the strong legacy of the former organizations.