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"BSI helped incubate our organization, build our capacity, and move us to independence. Throughout, they demonstrated a belief in our ability to succeed, a knack for knowing when to initiate ideas with the board, and a willingness to “fill in the blanks” when we most needed it."

Andi Rankin, Former President

Lewis and Clark County Community Foundation
Board of Directors

Julie DalSoglio <> Helena, MT (President)

Julie has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 29 years. Through her work in Superfund environmental clean-ups, watershed-based water quality protection and managing staff at the Region 8 Montana Office, community-based work has been a corner stone for achieving the agency mission to protect human health and the environment. Her current role is Communities and International Policy Advisor to the senior management team. Julie has volunteered for a number of nonprofit boards including Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Alliance for Progressive Policy, Helena Area Habitat for Humanity, Plymouth United Church of Christ, and Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits. Julie is married to Mike, an engineer at the Montana Department of Transportation, and has one daughter, Lisa, living and working in Havre, MT. Julie graduated from Montana State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration. 


Marvin Quinlan <> Forsyth, MT (Vice President)

A fifth generation Montanan who lives on the family ranch in Forsyth, MT, Marvin is a cattle rancher, attorney, business consultant, community advocate, servant leader and catalyst for change. He is actively engaged in diverse issues ranging from early childhood education, affordable housing and elder care, to state-wide community building and international agriculture. He currently serves as President of United Citizens Inc. [Rosebud County], principal founding Board Member of the Community Foundation of Northern Rosebud County, and Board Member-Director of Russian-American Education Company, Forsyth-Kemerovo Exchange Program. He volunteers at Montana Rescue Mission and Magic City Blues Festival and writes for local, regional and national publications.  Marvin graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Education from MSU Bozeman where he also did graduate work in Agricultural Education and Public Administration. In addition, he holds a Juris Doctorate in Law from Seattle University.


Michael Schechtman <> Helena, MT (Treasurer)

In January of 2001, Mike became the Big Sky Institute's full–time executive director. Prior to accepting this position, Mike was the president and owner of Eaglecliff Associates, a Helena–based consulting firm specializing in organizational development and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Mike has over 34 years of professional experience in nonprofit program development, administration and fundraising, including 24 years as a consultant to nonprofits in the Northern Rockies. He is currently a member of the Community Foundations of Montana Advisory Council. Mike has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in natural resources from the University of Michigan.


Heidi Goettel <> Helena, MT (Secretary) 

A native of Helena and a fifth generation Montanan, Heidi joined the Crowley Fleck law firm in 2005 and the firm’s partnership in 2012. In addition to real estate, business and liquor licensing transactions, her practice includes nonprofit formation and governance, as well as trust and estate planning and administration. She is also a volunteer mediator for the Crowley Fleck pro bono parenting plan mediation program, and has served as director for several nonprofits including: WEEL, Helena Area Community Foundation, Helena Family YMCA, and currently West Mont. Heidi earned a B.A. with high honors in Liberal Studies in 2002, and a J.D. and certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2005 from the University of Montana.

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BSI’s Founding Board began initial development of the organization until it officially opened its doors in January of 2001.

Thomas Berg (dec.), Minneapolis, MN 1999 - 2004
Jim Crowfoot, Ann Arbor, MI 1999 - 2001
Laurie Dagel, Helena, MT
Matt Dale (dec.), Helena, MT 2017 - 2018
Julie DalSoglio, Helena, MT 2004 - 2011
Mary Duede, Townsend, MT 2008 - 2009
Nancy Ellery, Helena, MT and Jensen Beach, FL 1999 - 2003
Hal Fossum, Helena, MT 2006 - 2013
Maureen Garrity (dec.), Helena, MT 2003 - 2004
Joan Hendricks, Billings, MT 2008 – 2009
Mary Hernandez, Billings, MT 2014 – 2016
Mark Kelley, Helena, MT 2003 - 2004, 2013-2015
Rod Kopp, Great Falls, MT

2010  -2014

Curt Larsen, Helena, MT 2006
Bill Milton, Roundup, MT 2008 – 2016
Steve Nelsen, Helena, MT  2003 - 2009
Mary Peterson, Bozeman, MT 2008 - 2009
Denis Prager, Clyde Park, MT 2008 - 2010
William B. Pratt, Helena, MT 1999 – 2005
Sheila Rice, Great Falls, MT 2003 - 2004
Al Rollo, Great Falls, MT 2005 - 2010
Kelly Rosenleaf, Missoula, MT 2011 - 2013
Dick Rule (dec.), Butte, MT 2003 - 2013
Susan Talbot, Missoula, MT 2002 - 2003
Josh Turner, Helena, MT 1999 - 2005

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