Board of Directors
Cindy Waltz Board President
Cindy moved to Missoula in ‘91 to attend the University of Montana, earning her B.A. in Elementary Education. After work
ing 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.
Rebekah Cockrell Vice President
A native Missoulian, Rebekah studied PR and mass communications at MSU Billings. She got her start at Yahoo! and currently runs her own agency, Clover Social Media. During her early days at Yahoo!, Rebekah helped shape guidelines and policies we still use today to shop and communicate on the internet. With over 15 years experience in social media and community management, she provides excellent advice on our social media strategy. Rebekah loves how the community has grown and adapted its culture and lifestyle. She enjoys traveling, eating Italian food, and spending time with family at Flathead Lake.
Clare O’Connell 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.
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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.
Aerionna has always felt passionate about the Missoula community, and began volunteering at a young age. She graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing, and accepted a sales position at VIM&VIGR, a local Missoula start up. She has worked in many different industries, which has taught her a variety of skills and knowledge. Her love of the Missoula community has only grown through her volunteer experiences with The Flagship Program, The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and The Missoula Community Foundation. Her love for Missoula doesn’t end at the city limits, she loves being outdoors and enjoys many outdoor hobbies from hiking and swimming, to skiing and snowmobiling.
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.
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.
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.