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.
Stephanie Bull - President
Stephanie 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 on 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 a graduate of Leadership Helena and Leadership Missoula. Stephanie is also certified Credit Analyst and a certified Commercial Loan Officer. 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.
Margaret Corcoran - Past President
Margaret 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.
Ali Mandell is Business Development and Marketing Director for Anderson ZurMuehlen, a Montana based CPA, Technology Services, and Business Advisory firm. In her role, she uses her experience in business development and marketing to deepen the financial relationships of existing clientele, while focusing on delivering the firm’s services and mission to Montanans. Ali serves on HACF’s Development committee, as well as 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 communications. She and her husband Matt have two small 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.
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.
Kaci Cech - Vice President
Kaci 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 where she developed an affinity for the idea of being able to help people and businesses build strong financial futures. Moving back to Helena to be closer to her family, she has 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 Community Foundation. Kaci believes that it 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.
Curt Larsen - Secretary
Curt 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 also on the Montana Audubon board of directors. 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.
In August, 2018, Glenna Wortman-Obie was named Executive Director of Family Promise of Greater Helena. Prior to that, she was 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.
Tori recently retired as the Montana Legislative Auditor, responsible for directing the audits of state agencies, the Judicial Branch and the Montana University System. As a CPA, her 30 years experience with the office developed her professional skepticism towards financial and reporting compliance. Tori is a member of the American Business Women’s Association, the Philanthropic Education Organization, Saints Athletic Association and administers the Ray Hunthausen Junior Golf Foundation. Born and raised in Helena, Tori is proud of her strong local roots and looks forward to furthering the work of the Helena Area Community Foundation.
Jeannie is a fourth generation Montanan from a well-known and respected sheep and cattle ranching family in Northeastern Montana. Born in Billings, Jeannie‘s family moved to Helena shortly after and she went on to attend Ray Bjork and Hawthorne Elementary Schools, C.R. Anderson Middle School and graduated from Capital High School in 2002. She then attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2006. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Jeannie moved to Washington, DC where she held multiple political, event-planning and fundraising positions including at The White House, United States Senate and The Prince of Wales Foundation.
In December 2015, Jeannie, moved back to Helena to help care for her ailing parents. She always knew she wanted to return to her beloved Montana and is happy to be back to her roots and a part of the wonderful and thriving Helena community. Jeannie enjoys many of the things Helena and the surrounding areas have to offer such as skiing, rafting, hiking Mount Helena, and visiting many of the local establishments downtown and on the Walking Mall. She is also a generous contributor to various local causes and businesses such as the Lewis & Clark Humane Society, Prickly Pear Land Trust and Carroll College.
Jeannie is excited to be a part of the Helena Area Community Foundation and is anxious to help benefit the many non-profit organizations in Helena and the surrounding areas through its work.
Sara Stanton Berg was born and raised in Big Rapids, Michigan. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and graduated in 1997 with a degree in Social Studies Secondary Education. She moved to Montana and started law school at the University of Montana in 1997, landing a position at the Missoula County Attorney’s Office as a law student. She was hired by BKBH during her third year of school and has been with the firm ever since. She works at the Helena office and has earned top recognition regionally with her primary areas of litigation being FELA defense and medical malpractice defense. A busy mother of three, Sara enjoys reading, running and playing the piano when she isn’t serving as senior warden of the chapter at St. Peter’s Cathedral or providing pro bono services to family law clients in the region.