About Us

 

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

Mission

The Glacier National Park Conservancy assures the Glacier National Park experience by providing support for preservation, education, and scientific research through philanthropy and outreach.

Staff

Doug Mitchell

Doug Mitchell

Executive Director

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.

Jill Bridgeman

Jill Bridgeman

Outreach Coordinator

Jill came on board with the Conservancy as a retail associate during the 2017 summer season, then transitioned to the administrative office, where she manages the Conservancy’s outreach efforts and social media platforms. Originally from Indiana, Jill received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Belmont University. She offers a wealth of experience in administrative support, having previously worked in office management at Live Nation Entertainment and Production Resource Group in Los Angeles. Her husband’s music career is what brought them to Montana temporarily, but they quickly found it impossible to leave. She loves to call the Flathead Valley home and has never felt so welcome like she does in Montana. Jill is an avid hiker and photographer. In her free time, she lives for the outdoors, yoga, and music.

 

Amy Dempster

Amy Dempster

Marketing Manager

Amy is responsible for coordinating communications.

Emily Evans

Emily Evans

Administrative Assistant

Emily first fell in love with the beauty of Glacier National Park in the summer of 2018, when she joined the Conservancy team as a retail associate. She was heartbroken when she had to leave the position at the end of the season to return to college, but luckily, the opportunity presented itself for her to return in an administrative capacity in 2019. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Allegheny College and in her current position, serves as the primary point of contact for the public while also administering daily office functions. Being born and raised on Kaua‘i, Emily learned the importance of respecting and preserving the environment at a young age. While she has always carried that passion with her, it became especially prominent when she began diving into the nonprofit sector in 2015. She has worked for various animal and environmental organizations since then, including Hog Heaven Rescue Farm in Pennsylvania, Rescue Paws in Thailand and Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve in Israel. Now she happily gets to add the Glacier National Park Conservancy to that list! In her free time, Emily enjoys dancing, filmmaking and reading, as well as spending time with her family and soaking up every drop of sunshine she can find.

Lacy Kowalski

Lacy Kowalski

Grants & Projects Manager

Lacy is responsible for monitoring, facilitating and coordinating projects which receive Conservancy grants. She 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 holds a Masters of Public Administration from Montana State University with a focus on public lands partnership. A native Tennessean, Montana stole her heart when she first visited Glacier in 2000. She is grateful to call the Flathead Valley home and is passionate about all things Glacier. Lacy lives in Columbia Falls and spends much of her spare time getting off the beaten path with her husband Luke and their two dogs.

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 C​onservancy 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.

Marianne Rozar

Marianne Rozar

Accounting Assistant

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.

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.

Adam Sommers

Adam Sommers

Development Associate

Adam coordinates business partnerships with the Glacier Conservancy. He found his way to the Flathead Valley from Memphis, Tennessee in 2017 after many adventures westward as a child and young adult. After a year of AmeriCorps service in Kalispell, Adam relocated back to Tennessee to accept a position with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. After a long four months of life away from Northwest Montana, Adam relocated back to Glacier Country to join the Conservancy Development and Fundraising team. Adam connects businesses and organizations with partnership opportunities with Glacier National Park, coordinates funding sources and manages employee-giving programs. Outside of the office, Adam spends his time exploring the great state of Montana, running, hiking, walking his dog and cat, baking and playing bingo.

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 MCC, and another four summers working for the Forest Service on trail crew and as a wilderness ranger in the Great Bear. After six summers of slaying trees and eating dirt, she decided to become a web and graphic designer. When she isn’t making magic on the computer, Becca enjoys rollerblading and searching for wolverines.

Park Store Team

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.

Amber Lundgren

Amber Lundgren

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.

Renee Noffke

Renee Noffke

Retail Operations Manager

Renee works in West Glacier and also supports retail operations at Big Hole National Battlefield, Grant-Kohrs Ranch, and several National Park and Forrest Service Ranger Stations. She is responsible for recruiting and training the seasonal retail staff.

Renee’s first Glacier Park summer was in 2005 working at Sperry Chalet, and her sense of connection to the park grew strong over ten seasons of hosting guests there. After being displaced by the Sprague Fire in 2017, she joined the Conservancy team to support efforts to rebuild the Sperry dormitory and to discover exciting new ways to share her love of Glacier Park with visitors. When she’s not at work, Renee enjoys baking cookies and taking long walks in the mountains.

Tiffany Tyree

Tiffany Tyree

E-Commerce Manager

Tiffany manages the online store. Being born and raised in the Flathead valley Tiffany is very passionate about the outdoors, Montana, and Glacier National Park. After graduating from high school Tiffany spent many years exploring the state of Alaska where she attained her Bachelors degree in Fairbanks, AK. Soon after graduating Tiffany traveled south towards Yosemite National Park where she worked for the local newspaper in Mammoth Lakes, California. It was the trails of the Eastern Sierra and Yosemite that sparked her interest in trail running. While her love for the mountains grew she was eager to return to the Flathead. Tiffany, her other half Travis, and their four-legged companions, then traveled across the United States in their 21 foot RV exploring the trail systems in our diverse National Parks before settling down back in Montana. Being away from Montana for over nine years has made Tiffany very grateful to be back home. Her love for Glacier Park and desire to aid in the preservation, education and research of this beautiful place makes her very thankful and proud to be working for Glacier Park Conservancy.

Chris Walters

Chris Walters

Warehouse Manager

Chris is an integral part of the Glacier Conservancy team and you’ll find him keeping the visitor centers and ranger stations well-stocked throughout the season as well as keeping the West Glacier office running with all of the maintenance and janitorial upkeep. Chris is originally from Puyallup, Washington, but now lives in Columbia Falls with his wife Tracie and 2 daughters, Crysta and Cara. On his days off you’ll find him puttering around his house and yard or, if he’s lucky, fishing.

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.

John Donovan

Chair | Essex

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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 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. John joined the GNPC Board in January, 2013.

Zac Andersen

Board Member | Fort Worth

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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

Board Member | Lakeside

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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.

She grew up in a trucking family in Billings, Montana, where her father owned a livestock trucking company. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Political Science and History and holds an MA (with honors) from the University of Miami (FL) in Politics and Public Affairs. She has done doctoral work at the University of Maryland in transportation.

Rick Bennet

Vice-Chair | Whitefish

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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 May 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.

Carl G. Berry

Board Member | Bigfork

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Carl Berry 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. Carl joined the Glacier Fund Board in 2010 and transitioned onto the GNPC Board in January 2013.

Susan Brooke

Board Member | St. Mary

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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. 

Karen Chickering

Board Member | Whitefish

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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.

Susan Hay Patrick

Board Member | Missoula

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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.

Jeanette McKee

Board Member | Finley Point

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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.

Margaret Notley

Secretary | Bigfork

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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.

Greg Olsen

Assistant Secretary | Whitefish

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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.

Joe Raudabaugh

Board Member | Bigfork

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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 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 and 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. Joe joined the Glacier Fund Board in 2011 and transitioned onto the GNPC Board in January, 2013.

Cathy Stein

Board Member | Phoenix & Kalispell

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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, FAIA, FACHA

Past Chair | Phoenix & Kalispell

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Born and raised in Binghamton, New York, Tony Patterson received his B.A. at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and J.D. at Southern Methodist School of Law. He practiced law in a private practice setting in Dallas for 38 years. He is 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. Tony joined the Glacier Fund Board in 2011 and transitioned onto the GNPC Board in January, 2013.

Jeannine Trousdale

Board Member | Whitefish

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Jeannine Trousdale resides in Whitefish Montana, is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys all that Glacier National Park has to offer. She has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota and has worked in a marketing and advertising capacity for over 30 years. She owned a marketing/advertising agency and started two direct marketing divisions in the Minneapolis market. She has a solid background in developing and implementing comprehensive marketing programs and a strong sense of database marketing and partnership building. Jeannine has served on several non-profit boards in Minneapolis and Flathead Valley and has coordinated many fundraising events. She and her husband, David, have four married sons and two granddaughters. She enjoys cycling, hiking, skiing, gardening, traveling and reading. She especially enjoys her hikes in Glacier National Park with The Summit Sisters. Jeannine was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2017.

Tom Walker

Board Member | Columbus

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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

Board Member | Kalispell

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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”.

In 1981, that business moved him from Missoula to Kalispell. In 1996, he formed “Compass Group Insurance and Investments” an independent insurance and investment firm. He is currently working full time with his firm. In November 2000, the Kalispell Regional Medical Center Foundation was formed as a support organization to Northwest Healthcare. Orrin served on that first board and in July of 2017 completed his 2-year term as chairman. He is still serving on the board and is currently on the “Finance Committee” and chair of the “Needs and Resources Committee”.

Orrin did his first backpack trip in Glacier National Park in September 1976. After moving from Missoula to Kalispell in 1981, visiting the park on a regular basis was routine. Skiing, rock climbing, climbing peaks and waterfall ice climbing are some of the preferred activities.

I joined the board as a way to give back to a very special place. As visitation increases, national funding decreases, “the role of philanthropy will become vital in insuring Glacier National Park will always provide a quality experience to its visitors”.

Darrell Worm

Board Member | Kalispell

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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 1st, 2013, two-storied organizations, the Glacier National Park Fund, and the Glacier 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 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.