BOARD

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.

Jeannie Etchart - President

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 Berg - Past President

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. 

Jan Brown

Jan was born in Roundup MT, raised in Helena, graduated from Helena High School, attended Montana State University, graduated from Carroll College with a major in Sociology and minor in Political Science, and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Montana while working for the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality writing air quality administrative rules. She worked as a nurses’ aide in the summers during high school, worked as a secretary in the governor’s office, was the first executive director of Helena Food Share, lobbied for the Montana Association of Churches, served on the State Tax Appeal Board, and spent several years working with her late husband Bill at Jorud Photo Shop in downtown Helena.

In addition to contributing to a variety of local non-profit groups, Jan has served on many local and statewide boards over the years, including United Way, St. Peter’s Hospital, Helena Citizens’ Council, Mt. Assn. of Churches, Helena Food Share, Helena Housing Authority, Rocky Mountain Development Council, and one year on the Helena City Commission filling  an unexpired term. Jan’s third and final term on the Assn. of  Mt. Retired Public Employees ended Dec. 31, 2021, and she actively sought election to the HACF board as it encompasses her interests in continuing to support local non-profits in a new way.

 

 

Stephanie Bull

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 sons, Olin and Callahan.

DarAnne Dunning

DarAnne grew up on her family’s ranch in southeastern Montana, where her family has raised horses and cattle since the 1880s.  After attending the University of Montana for undergrad (Philosophy and Communication Studies-Rhetoric) and law school, DarAnne and her husband moved to Helena in 2010. 

DarAnne has worked in private practice at several firms in Helena, and currently works at the Drake Law Firm, primarily as an estate planning lawyer.  She also represents small business owners with business formation and development and does transactional real estate work. 

DarAnne, her husband Corbin, and identical twin daughters Marin and Treva love Helena’s thriving arts community and access to the trails with their two dogs.

Curt Larsen

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.

 

 

Kim Lloyd - Vice President

Kim moved from Wisconsin to Helena in 2008 as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and has been proud to call Helena home ever since. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Urban Studies and a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies. Kim currently works in Health Education for the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Supplemental Nutrition Program at Montana DPHHS (Department of Public Health and Human Services). Before that she worked for four years as a SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Educator providing nutrition education for families receiving SNAP Benefits – formerly Food Stamps. She served on the Helena Community Gardens Board from 2014-2017, two years as Board Co-Chair. Kim and her husband Dan are active foster parents and live in South Central Helena close to the trails where they can hike with their two pups, enjoy the history and art of the downtown area, and support local area non-profits and businesses.

Mark Barry- Treasurer

Mark Barry completed 25 years serving as the Chief Financial Officer for the Montana State Fund retiring in March 2019.  During his time with Montana State Fund, Mark was responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, actuarial analysis, enterprise risk management including reinsurance programs, as well as facilities management.  At various periods during the course of his career Mark headed strategic planning, human resources, communications and information technology.   Mark has served on the board of Family Promise of Greater Helena and his church council. Mark is married to Beth Barry, owner and artistic director of Allegro School of Dance.  While Mark has enjoyed fishing, biking, hiking, golfing and skiing in retirement, he is pleased with the opportunity to serve on the HACF board to continue to enhance the spirit of giving and collaboration to the benefit of our communities.

 

Raylee Honeycutt – Secretary

Raylee Honeycutt serves as the Director of Natural Resources for Montana Stockgrowers Association as well as executive staff for the Montana Association of State Grazing Districts and the Montana Public Lands Council. In these roles, she focuses on building natural resource and agricultural policy on a local, state and national level. Raylee has a diverse background in advocacy, public policy, marketing, and fundraising and has served in a variety of roles across the country. She originally hails from Ft. Shaw and holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education with an emphasis in Public Relations from Montana State University. She is also a graduate of the Indiana Ag Leadership Program. She looks forward to championing the mission of HACF and for the opportunity to serve Helena and its surrounding communities. Outside of work, Raylee enjoys traveling and recreating with her husband, Mike, and their two daughters, Isla and McKenna.

John Moore

John Moore was born in mid-Montana’s Harlowton and grew up in Great Falls. Coming from a musical family, he started his first garage band at age 13.  After graduating Great Falls Central High School, he attended the University of Notre Dame. In his sophomore year, he studied abroad in Innsbruck, Austria; in this program, he met Ann Waickman.

Upon graduation, John returned to Montana. He began his career with Montana state government in 1976, training direct-care staff at the facility for developmentally disabled in Boulder. In 1984, he transferred to the Department of Administration in Helena, where he led management, communication, and legal training with the Professional Development Center until his retirement in 2013.
In the meantime, he raised a family of four children. He also continued sideline occupations as a musician and political cartoonist. In 1995, he gathered a small group of Helena musicians and founded the Lost & Foundation, a small nonprofit that helps individuals and families cope with medical expenses.
John served on the Helena Public Art Committee for six years, helping to establish several installations in Helena.  He sits on the executive board of the local musicians’ union. He is excited to help the Helena Area Community Foundation continue its support of local nonprofit organizations. And he is pleased that his four children have blessed him with 13 grandchildren.

 

 

Mike Rooney

Originally from Pennsylvania, Mike is currently the Operations Director for Downtown Helena, Inc. and is excited to put his energies towards supporting local nonprofits in the Helena area. He spent the past four years exploring Montana as the Development Manager at Montana Wilderness Association where he ran their membership and corporate sponsorship programs, along with their Wilderness Walks hikes. With a degree in English and Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame, he enjoys focusing his energies on engaging and bringing together local businesses throughout the community as he and his wife feel a strong draw to Helena. When Mike’s not in the office you can catch him running the South Hills trails, backpacking somewhere in the wilderness with his wife and dog, skiing Great Divide, or grabbing a beer at a brewery.

Ellie Webster

Ellie Webster was born and raised in Helena, Montana. Ellie is currently the Pro Bono Coordinator for Montana Legal Services Association. Ellie has worked at a variety of businesses in downtown Helena and has a background of combined experience in customer service, state and local government, and non profit work. Ellie completed her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Montana in 2015. After graduation, Ellie moved back to Helena with a strong sense of enthusiasm to support and act as a positive force in the community. While not at work, Ellie enjoys cooking, reading, spending time outside with her husband Ben and two labs, Marlo and Roo, or having a “Helena day.”

 

 

For more information on becoming a board or committee members, email ed@helenaareacommunityfoundation.org or fill out this form.

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