Since its creation and its own corporation, HACF has had 60 volunteer board members. The current board members meet monthly and committees made up of board members and community members meet monthly as well.
2018 PresidentMargaret Corcoran recently retired as chef/owner of Benny’s Bistro, a local downtown farm-to- table restaurant she owned for 22 years. Prior to that, she was instrumental in starting Park Avenue Bakery. Both business opportunities gave Margaret a chance to get to know and love the Helena community. During these years Margaret served on the boards of the Helena YMCA, Downtown Helena Inc and the Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she was actively supported AERO, the Community Gardens, Food Share and other organizations in their efforts to improve the food economy of the Helena area. Margaret joined the HACF board in 2012 in order to connect with the Helena non-profit community better and to help the larger community get to know and connect with the non-profit organizations. As a small business owner who was frequently asked to donate to hundreds of worthy causes it has provided a great opportunity to get to know and support the needs of all Helena’s nonprofit world. Margaret and her husband, Jim Madden are both native Montanans. They raised their two daughters in Helena and look forward to many years of giving back to this great community.
Glenna ObieSince 2012, Glenna Wortman-Obie has been the Director of Communication and Marketing at Intermountain, a Helena non-profit providing behavioral and emotional health care services to children and families. Glenna came to Intermountain in 2007 as a development professional and helped create the Intermountain President’s Council, recruiting over 50 executive volunteers to raise awareness and raise funds. She previously worked in advertising and public relations agencies, was elected a Jefferson County Commissioner for a six-year term and then served as the Stewardship Director for the Diocese of Helena before coming to the Intermountain. She is a native of Montana and earned a Bachelor of Arts, English from the University of Great Falls and a Master of Arts, Public Relations and Advertising at Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan. She believes strongly in the change-making power of nonprofits and is one of the members of the all-volunteer team of professionals who comprise the annual Excellence In Nonprofit Communication award given to a Helena area non-profit each year.
Curt LarsenCurt Larsen was raised on a farm in southeastern South Dakota. He graduated from Sioux Falls College in 1978 with a degree in Mathematics, and then attended the U. of Nebraska College of Law. Curt was in the private practice of law for eight years, worked in the law department of a large life and health insurance company in Iowa for two years, and then in the law unit of Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for eight years. Curt was an attorney for Montana State Fund from 1998 until his retirement in August 2017. During his time at State Fund, he earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Montana. Curt rejoined the board of directors of HACF in July 2017. Curt has served on the boards of HACF, Helena Area Habitat for Humanity and Prickly Pear Land Trust. More recently, he was on the board of directors of the Myrna Loy Center for the Performing Arts, and served as its board chair for one year. Curt is excited to be helping the Helena community of nonprofits through service on the HACF board. His particular interests lie in affordable housing, education, performing arts, and land use.
Ali MandellAli Mandell is Marketing Director for Opportunity Bank of Montana, a Montana based community bank. In her role, she uses her experience in marketing, advertising, and public relations to help communicate the bank’s message of providing strong financial futures for Montanans. Ali also serves on the nominations committee for Helena YWCA, a non-profit organization providing transitional housing and supportive services for homeless women and their children. She currently provides marketing and advertising training through Financial Education & Development, Inc., a high-quality financial industry webinar business.
Originally from Miles City, Ali graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and public relations. She and her husband Matt have two daughters Avery and Madison. Her goal is to contribute to the Helena area and support organizations that better the community. She supports equality, financial sustainability, and philanthropy.
Stephanie BullStephanie Bull is a commercial loan officer at Opportunity Bank of Montana. She loves helping small businesses with the financing they need to grow. Stephanie also serves as the marketing chair for the local chapter of SCORE, a nonprofit providing free mentoring and education for businesses. She is an active member of Women’s Leadership Network, Biz 2 Biz, and Leadership Helena. Additionally, Stephanie is also certified Credit Analyst. Originally from Missoula, Stephanie has a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in business administration. She loves to play in the woods with her husband, Marshall and son, Olin.
Marcy McLeanMarcy McLean is employed at the Montana Medical Association Health Care Plan where she helps health care groups find the best health insurance for their employees. She enjoys playing handbells with her fellow ding-a-lings at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church, and for leisure enjoys biking and golfing. She has served on the HACF Board for 6 years because she feels such a commitment to this community she loves. Marcy said “I want to be sure the HACF endowment will always be able to support and keep vibrant our wonderful communities. From arts to youth to meeting basic needs, it’s so important that we support them for future generations.”
Bruce HaswellBruce worked at the Helena airport at Delta airlines for 14 years prior to going into banking. Many travelers from the Helena community remember me him from his time at the airport. Bruce is passionate about Helena and what a fabulous community it is. All aspects of HACF including Arts and Culture, Basic Community Needs, Economic Development, Education, Health Services, Historic Preservation, Land and Environmental Conservation, and Youth are important to Bruce. He has served on the board from January 2016.
Kaci CechKaci is a fourth-generation Helenan who is very proud to have strong roots in Montana. She attended school at MSU-Northern for Diesel Technology. After college, Kaci moved to Pennsylvania and fell in love with banking and the idea of being able to help people and businesses build strong financial futures. Moving back to the Helena area six years ago to be closer to her family, she have worked very closely with Helena Food Share and the 6th Ward Garden to help provide food and nutrition to fellow community members. This has led Kaci to want to play a bigger role in working collaboratively towards a safe, healthy and resilient community. Growing up downtown has provided her with strong community ties and a commitment to help build a sound and long-lasting Foundation. Kaci says that is a privilege to serve on the Helena Area Community Foundation and have the chance to work with nonprofits and other programs in the area striving to make this community a place everyone wants to call home.
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
Vice PresidentOpportunity Bank
TreasurerFirst Interstate Bank