Cindy Waltz – Board President
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.
Staci Lindsay – Vice President
Staci was born in Butte Montana where she lived until she was five years old. Her parent’s adventurous spirits then took her family to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where they lived for the next 10 years. Her family returned to Flathead Lake and Staci completed high school in Kalispell. Staci received her Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College and graduate degree in Marriage Family and Child Counseling from Pacific Oaks University in California. After trying out both coasts, Staci returned to Montana and married a Montana man. They first lived in Whitefish and then moved to Missoula in 1999. Professionally, Staci has worked in a variety of for profit and nonprofit mental health companies in both clinical and administrative roles. Staci is currently the Senior Clinical Manager for Magellan Healthcare. Outside of work, Staci can be found chasing her teenagers around at various sporting and gymnastic events.
Clare O’Connell – Board Secretary
Clare O’Connell is the principal of Passage West, Inc. whose mission is helping individuals and organizations increase their effectiveness and engagement through coaching, facilitation and consulting. Over Clare’s thirty years of business experience, clients consistently recognize her ability to align business strategy with employee performance and engagement. She is noted for her astute interpersonal skills and authentic presence, complemented by knowing when to ask “tough questions” in order to reach the desired goals of each client. Clare has delivered workshops and coached leaders throughout Europe, China, India and South America. She earned the designation of “Master Certified Coach” (MCC) from the International Coaching Federation. Clare holds dual citizenship in the US and Ireland. An alum of the University of Montana, Clare resides in Missoula where she enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle.
John Corwin – Board Treasurer
A longtime resident of Missoula, John recently retired from over twenty years in the banking industry. Prior to banking John worked with the old Piper, Jaffray and Hopwood brokerage firm, was a joint owner of Spiker/Corwin Communications, and taught several years as a high school teacher of English. He has been involved with many non-profits throughout the state. Married to Vicki Snow Corwin, they have three adult children and like their parents are UM alum.
Professor Crawford is the Northwest Farm Credit Faculty Fellow, and Chair of the Accounting and Finance Department of the University of Montana. He holds a BS degree in Industrial Management and Honors Economics from Purdue University (Indiana) and a Ph.D. in Finance from Penn State University. Tony has been a member of the College of Business faculty for 25 years. His teaching and research focus includes banking, corporate finance, and business valuation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Montana, where he has been a member since the Bank’s establishment in 2007. Dr. Crawford has served on and/or chaired several local non-profit boards, including the Missoula Housing Corporation and Make-A-Wish Montana. Tony Lives with his wife Pedge in the upper Rattlesnake neighborhood, where he appreciates the ability to hike out his back door with his dog Wrigley. A near life-long Chicago Cubs fan, Tony loves baseball. He also plays/collects guitars, takes occasional winding summer rides on his motorcycle, and enjoys live music and music festivals (and cannot wait to enjoy these with Pedge and their friends again). Pedge and Tony share five children and five grandchildren, and they are fortunate that most still live in Missoula which keeps them blessed, busy, and connected.
Amy is a writer and choreographer living in Missoula, MT. After graduating with a degree in Art History from Harvard College, Amy performed with several modern dance companies in Boston and New York. On moving to Montana, she was hired to head the Dance Program at the University of Montana, earned a masters in Movement Studies from Wesleyan, went on to become a full professor, establish two dance companies – Mo-Trans and Headwaters Dance Co. – earned UM’s award for Outstanding Faculty and the 2009 Governor’s Arts Awards for the State of Montana. She has taught dance on four other continents and had her site-specific dance work shown on CNN’s World News. Her travel memoir, Crossing the River: A Life in Brazil was published in 2015. Her articles have been published in Outside, Outside On-line, Mamalode, and High Desert Journal.
Marcy Allen, Executive Director
Marcy is a connector, a strategist, a community builder, and a believer in people and place. Her secret superpower in connecting the dots between people, ideas, and systems. For the last 18 years, Marcy has built organizations from the ground up and helped others with the resources to the same. She has a deep understanding of community issues, resources, and people. She believes we all rise together. She oversees day-to-day operations of MCF and is responsible for translating broad board objectives into specific plans to achieve immediate goals. Marcy embraces change, and believes real organizational shifts comes from a place of understanding. Marcy loves to ski, bike, and run with her family in Missoula, the magical place she likes to call the perfect town.
Nikki Robb, Program Manager
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 spending time with her husband and son, any outdoors activities, 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.
Small Grants Committee:
Randall Caudle (Chair)
Annie Schaub Watson