Kim Lloyd - 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.
Jeannie Etchart - Past 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 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.
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.
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.
Raylee Honeycutt – Vice President
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.
DarAnne Dunning – Secretary
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.
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.
Jackie Jones 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.
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.
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.”
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.