BOARD

DarAnne Dunning – President

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.

John Moore – Vice President

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.

 

 

Jackie Boyle – Secretary 

Jackie Boyle was born in Butte and graduated from high school in Helena.  She later attended Carroll and has lived in Helena off and on since.  She currently is the Montana Government Relations Director for PacificSource Health Plans.  Jackie graduated from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon focusing on health law. Jackie started her career with the State Auditor’s Office during the 2001 legislative session.  She has continued to lobby for different organizations since that time.  

In 2016, Jackie served as the Executive Director of HACF as the foundation was growing and looking for full-time staff.  While working at HACF she learned the value a strong community foundation provides all local nonprofits through grants, fundraising and collaboration.   She is excited to continue her work on the Board.  Jackie and her son Jay love to roam around the trails of Helena on foot or bike.

Joyce Day

Joyce Day was born into a military family and traveled the United States extensively during her growing years.  Joyce’s family settled in Billings, Montana.  Joyce has strong roots in Montana.  Her family immigrated from Ireland in the 1800’s and settled in the Helmville valley.  She graduated from Carroll College with a Major in Business Management and Gonzaga University with a master’s in organizational leadership.  While working for the Student Assistance Foundation (SAF) in Helena, Joyce was privileged to attend Leadership Montana in 2011.  Leadership Montana had a profound impact on Joyce, and she strives to emulate this collaborative leadership model in her day to day interactions.   After retiring from SAF, Joyce joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in Helena, Montana. Joyce has two grown sons.  She keeps busy in her spare time attending her grandchildren’s extracurricular activities and traveling. 

Joyce is excited to be a part of the Helena Area Community Foundation and is looks forward to contributing to the organization’s success providing benefits to a variety of non-profit organizations in Helena and surrounding areas.

Kim Lloyd - Past 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 for St. Peter’s Health as the “Harvest of the Month” Coordinator. She previously worked for Office of Public Instruction in School Nutrition and prior to that  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 dog, 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.

 

Stephanie Bull

Stephanie Bull is a commercial loan officer at Farmers State Bank. 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.

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.”

Sara Berg

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, PC during her third year of school. Sara’s worked in BKBH’s Helena office for 23 years.  She has recently joined the law firm of Laird Cowley, PLLC and heads the firm’s Helena office with a focus on Family Law.   A busy mother of three, Sara enjoys running, Montana’s beautiful outdoors and watching her kids’ various sporting activities. 

Brian Nelson

Brian K. Nelson moved to Helena Montana in 2016 to join Sullivan Financial Group* as a Financial Planner. He has been in the investment and financial planning industry for 23 years. His Great-Grandfather Nels Nelson immigrated to Helena Montana in the 1880s and his grandfather was born and raised here. After his father was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho, Brian is happy to be back in Helena where his Nelson roots in America started.

Brian is married to Alisa, his high-school sweetheart, and they have four children. Brian enjoys mountain biking Helena’s South Hills, hiking, Nordic skiing, kayaking and being with family. He and Alisa enjoy service in their church congregation and serving in the area. Brian obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Utah State University in Business Information Systems and continues to enjoy new technologies, feeding his tech-nerd side. Brian and Alisa enjoy Helena and are grateful to be part of the community.

*Securities and advisory services are offered through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, member FINRA/SIPC, a broker-dealer and registered investment adviser. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity.

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

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