Our Board and Staff

Board of Directors

lelandbLeland Buck, President

Leland Buck is a technologist, writer and digital consultant and the Digital Director at Mamalode Magazine. Born and raised in Southern Colorado, he is a graduate of the University of Montana where he studied History and Russian Languages and Literatures. He also holds a Masters degree in Computer Science.

Solon Linton, Immediate Past PresidentSolon_Linton_2010

Solon was born and raised in Coastal Georgia.  He moved to Missoula in 1997 to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Montana.  Solon has always been interested in finance and the capital markets.  He was a commodities trader for ten years and is now a Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch.  Solon is passionate about the outdoors. Any free time he has he spends romping around the mountains of Montana with his wife and two young daughters.

KateMrgudicKate Mrgudic, Vice President

Ms. Mrgudic has worked extensively on behalf of children, families and individuals in a variety of non profit and health care settings for over thirty five years. Kate developed and directed Missoula’s first hospice program in the late 1970s and was the Executive Director of Montana Council for Families, the state’s primary contractor in the development of its first statewide intensive family support, preservation and child abuse prevention initiative in 19 communities in the 1990s. This effort included partnerships with university and Tribal organizations to develop culturally appropriate, statewide family support trainings and programs. Since 1985, Kate has provided consultation and training on professional, community and organizational topics including leadership development, team building, strategic planning, facilitation, and conflict resolution/consensus nationally and regionally. She has held key leadership positions in organizations in Oregon, Arizona and California. Kate holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and has advanced training in integral coaching methods, systems’ theory, and organizational development. She is married to Joseph Stauffer and they collectively have three children and six glorious grandchildren. Kate is an avid outdoors person with a flair for gardening and hiking and is deeply committed to issues around climate change and building local, inclusive, sustainable, thriving economies and communities. She and Joe worked in Yellowstone Park in 2007 and she finds her way back there whenever possible. She and Joe recently returned to Missoula and is delighted to be back in the Rockies in a state she loves.

Sarah ShepardSarah Shepard, Secretary

Sarah has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California – San Diego. After spending several years seeking a career path in veterinary medicine, business, and then teaching, she joined the development department of the Vermont Foodbank. She quickly recognized she had a passion for helping others and talent for the administration of raising money. Moving back home to San Diego brought her to ElderHelp where over 10 years Sarah moved from the Executive Assistant to several development department roles culminating in Director of Development. She finally settled into the position of Associate Executive Director directing the agency’s financial, development, and operational activities. In 2007, Sarah received the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation, an achievement demonstrating her knowledge, skills, and commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in serving the philanthropic sector. She has successfully re-certified every three years since. In 2012, Sarah joined the staff of Project Wildlife as the Director of Development after several years of volunteer Board service. Soon after, she and her husband relocated to Montana, where Sarah worked as the Director of Development for the Montana Wilderness Association. Although she was quite cold, the first several months acclimating to Montana weather, Sarah quickly developed a love for Montana’s big sky, abundant and majestic wildlife, and the wonderfully genuine people that call Montana home. Most recently, Sarah moved from Helena to Missoula to work with the Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation on developing a sustaining individual fundraising program. When not working, Sarah enjoys reading, pen and ink illustration, and spending time with her husband Sean, and their three dogs.

bw headshot 9-14 resized bio pageBethanie Walder, Treasurer

Bethanie Walder brings wealth of knowledge about nonprofit management. As a consultant for a host of local and national nonprofits, she provides a range of services including organizational development, governmental affairs, campaign design and implementation, and strategic planning. Previously, Bethanie served as Executive Director of Wildlands CPR in Missoula. In her free time, Bethanie loves backpacking in Montana’s spectacular mountain ranges, sitting on her back deck with friends, and tending the 20 different fruit trees in her mini-orchard on the Northside.

Barbara Reider

Barbara Reider is recently retired as a Professor of Accounting from the University of Montana’s School of Business Administration. As a life-long learner, she is strongly interested in supporting her community and the environment. Along with her husband Bob, an employee of REI, they are committed to making Missoula their home. They both enjoy the possibility of exploring nature by day and downtown by night. Once when visiting New Zealand, they were asked what “their river” was: they both answered, “the Clark Fork River.” It runs deep in their souls. The same is true for Missoula’s mountains.   Barbara and Bob are originally from Ohio, then they were lured to Alaska before settling in Missoula. Barbara’s greatest professional accomplishment in life is seeing her students succeed.

LilyTate_smaller Lily Tate

Lily had the pleasure of growing up in Missoula! She’s one of “those” who ran away for awhile – to a few places including Maui, Portland and San Francisco- but eventually returned with the intention of never leaving again. Her love of Missoula runs deep. Having worked in many different environments, Lily started out as a legal secretary, earned her paralegal degree and now manages a local law office. However, she also left to do some exploring and worked on Maui in retail and real estate and in San Francisco as a nanny to name a few things. In her spare time, Lily enjoys spending time with friends, co-owning a business with her father (Lemondairy) AND enjoying all that Montana has to offer – it’s mountains, rivers, lakes, hotsprings and hiking trails

Cindy Waltz

Cindy moved to Missoula in ‘91 to attend the University of Montana, earning her B.A. in Elementary Education. After working for several years as a teacher and nanny, she founded Big Sky Nanny Network. While working as a nanny and running the nanny agency, Cindy volunteered to help start the Families First Children’s Museum. She was hired on as the Volunteer Coordinator and later became Assistant Director, and then Director. Wanting to spend more time with her young children, Cindy left the Children’s Museum and ran a business from home for 12 years. In January of 2017 she started a new career as a realtor at Ink Realty Group. Cindy and her husband enjoy being part of the amazing Missoula community. She enthusiastically embraces all that Montana living has to offer and enjoys adventures with her family. Cindy’s passion for this great place runs deep.

Dale Woolhiser – Founding Member

Dale is a native Montanan and earned aneconomics degree at The University of Montana.  Dale works with UBS Financial Services, Inc. in Missoula.  He has been in the investment business for over 25 years.  Dale is a founder of and has been a Board member of the Missoula Community Foundation since its inception. He supports community building through leadership and financial support. He has served on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula and Mountain Home Montana.  Dale lives in the Nine Mile area with his wife, Nancy Thompson. They have a daughter and two cats.

Staff

Meredith Printz, Executive Director

Meredith came to Missoula for love, and fell in love with Missoula.  She first visited “The Garden City” with her significant other during the summer between her junior and senior years at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her double-major in English and Rhetoric a semester early to move to this captivating city. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University and has taught at a charter school in the mountains of Northern California; valuable experiences that reinforced her belief that Missoula is home. Meredith has served in both board and staff roles within diverse local organizations, including the Missoula Community Food Co-op, the North-Missoula Community Development Corporation, the Sustainable Campus Committee at The University of Montana, the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition, Missoula Developmental Services Corporation and Five Valleys Land Trust. She has a particular passion for local food, is proud of her role in developing the UM Farm to College Program and has been known to sing and dress up in silly costumes to educate people about the importance of supporting local agriculture as a member of the Local Yokels. Meredith enjoys gamboling in the hills near her North Missoula home, gardening, reading, cooking and spending time with her husband, friends and orange tabby cat.

DSCF1074-2 (1)Nikki Robb, Program Associate

Nikki is a Missoula native who left town for college and work experience only to return to her roots in 2012. She is a graduate of California Sate University Chico, where she received a double major in Recreation Administration; Special Events and Tourism and Hotel and Lodging Management. After college she moved to Australia to work within her field. There she helped in planning, coordinating and implementing Sustainable Event Practices at large scale events around the country. Since returning to her hometown she began her own event coordination company focused on fundraising for local area non-profits. In her spare time, Nikki enjoys anything outdoors, her fur friends, the Green Bay Packers and coordinating fun events with friends. She is a member of Soroptimist International of Missoula and is often seen volunteering her time at local events around the state. Read a Q&A with Nikki

Amy-2Amy Cilimburg, Director of Climate Smart Missoula

Amy has worked on climate and energy policy for the past 9 years, encouraging solutions at the local, state and federal levels. She did much of this through her work at Montana Audubon and by volunteering locally (and collaboratively) to help develop Missoula’s Climate Action Plans. Amy is thrilled to be putting her passions to work leading Climate Smart and looks forward to building a heap of connections. She lives in Missoula with her husband, teenage daughter, and dog. You might see her out running our trails with said dog, who keeps up just fine. Her daughter, meanwhile, runs way too fast.