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.
Sara Berg - 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.
Curt Larsen - Past President
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.
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.
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.
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 Etchart - Vice 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.
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.
Kim Lloyd - Secretary
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.
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.