Board of Directors
Bruce C. McKnight, Chair, Paradise Valley
Park County Community Foundation Board membersBruce and Claire McKnight moved to Park County in 2004. Bruce worked for the Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) for 17 years before retiring in 2014 as managing director and chief operations officer. He continues to serve on the HNRG board and several affiliated company boards. He received his BS in Forest Engineering and an MBA from the University of Maine, along with an AAS in Architecture from Vermont Technical College. Bruce chairs the Board of Directors and also serves as a board member of Community Health Partners.
Annie Beaver, Vice Chair/Treasurer, Clyde Park
Park County Community Foundation Board membersAnnie’s professional and educational backgrounds reflect an interest in strengthening communities. She earned an MBA from the University of Denver with emphasis in marketing and socially responsible business. Her early career centered around nonprofit development work for Common Cause in Washington, D.C., the March of Dimes in Minneapolis, and Carroll College in Helena, MT. She currently works as an associate financial advisor with D.A. Davidson in Livingston, where she is a Certified Wealth Strategist®. Her husband, Neil Sexton, is also a financial advisor at D.A. Davidson in Livingston.
Bob Hove, Secretary, Paradise Valley
Park County Community Foundation Board membersBob and Sue Hove moved to Paradise Valley in 2009. After spending nearly 15 years visiting nearly every part of western Montana during every month of the year, they decided Park County was the ideal community in which to build a home and lay down roots. A graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Bob worked for Deere & Company (John Deere) for 31 years before retiring in 2008 as senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for the Commercial and Consumer Products Division. Sue taught fifth grade for more than 15 years. Both Bob and Sue are actively involved in community programs and enjoy all the activities and beauty that Park County has to offer.
Michael P. Atkinson, Shields Valley
Mike brings advocacy skills to the Community Foundation Board of Directors. He currently serves as president of the Tulsa, Okla., law firm, of Atkinson, Haskins, Nellis, Brittingham, Gladd & Fiasco. During his career, he has served as state chair for the American College of Trial Lawyers and as President of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mike and his wife Melissa have two children, both of whom live in Brooklyn, New York. Mike and Melissa have admired the work of so many of their friends in Park County over the past 16 years and are committed to giving back to their adopted community.
Amy Uberuaga Clark, Livingston
Amy is a parent educator with Learning Partners at Community Health Partners in Livingston. She works with pregnant and new parents in Park County to connect them with resources and teach them child development principles. She grew up in the foothills of Mount Rainier National Park as the daughter of a park ranger and a teacher, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland and a master’s degree in education from Metropolitan State University in Denver. Her children are the reason that Amy and her husband chose to move to Montana. After eight years teaching in Denver schools, she knew that she wanted something different for her own growing family. Amy and her husband moved to Livingston in February of 2015 to be closer to family and raise their kids with their cousins on the Yellowstone River. She loves hiking, mountaineering, camping and rafting. Amy brings her experience in education, community organizing, fundraising, and parenthood to Park County Community Foundation.
Donald B. Gimbel, Paradise Valley
Don grew up in a family where both his parents were active in philanthropy and taught their children the importance of sharing. Early in his business career he became involved with the Jaycees, which began his volunteer community involvement that actively continued over the ensuing 50 years while he and his family moved from Tennessee to Connecticut to Montana. Don has volunteered with Kiwanis, Adult Day Care, Kids in Crisis and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), National CASA, Vision Livingston, and the Blue Slipper Theater. Don’s goal has been to help make his community a better place for all its citizens. Giving in both time and finance is, he advocates, what being a good citizen is all about. He is a graduate of the Foreign Service School at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in foreign trade with emphasis on economics and history. After 48 years of marriage, Don’s wife Ellen passed away in 2014. He has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
Emily Post, Livingston
Emily joins the Board of Directors in January 2017. She is the public communications administrator for Park County and feels privileged to work closely with staff, commissioners and the public to improve effectiveness and public service of local government here. Previously, Emily provided grant writing and communication to the City of Livingston and to Lewis and Clark County and the City of Helena for community development and public infrastructure projects. After college she worked as a biologist for engineering firms in land and resource development. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and botany from Western Washington University in Bellingham and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Montana. Emily grew up in Hayden Lake, Idaho, swimming and enjoying a small town lifestyle. She’s the proud mom of two strong, kind sons Henry and Ernest Post.
Debra Swandal, Wilsall
Debra is a registered nurse at Livingston Healthcare. She has worked for LHC for the past 32 years. Debra has served on various community boards in Livingston and Park County, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Livingston Soccer Association, and Livingston Baseball Association. She has volunteered as a leader for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts, and 4-H. She has taught Sunday School, Candy Stripers and Babysitting for Teens, and currently teaches Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Life Support through Livingston Health Care. She has been the volunteer nurse for both Boy Scout camps and Girl Scout camps. She is currently the chairperson of the Wilsall Scholarship Committee and serves on the Ough Charitable Trust through Livingston Healthcare. She is also a member of Women of Wilsall and PEO. She has been married to Nels Swandal since 1979 and lives on the Swandal ranch, north of Wilsall.
Jennifer Vermillion, Shields Valley
Sixteen years ago, Jen was transplanted from a small farming community in California to Livingston by her husband Pat. She has a master’s degree in Land Rehabilitation and Restoration and worked for a short time as a consultant before motherhood, ranch management, and the fly fishing and tourism industry took over her life. For the last five years she has been a council member for the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund as well as a board member for a family foundation.
Jeff Welch, Shields Valley
Jeff’s skills in marketing and entrepreneurship got their Montana beginnings in 1997 when he founded Bozeman-based MercuryCSC, one of the leading creative agencies in the Northern Rockies. His triple-bottom- line approach to doing business, widely awarded creative work and emphasis on employee culture landed MercuryCSC in Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” five consecutive years. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jeff and his family moved to Park County in 2010 where they have a small farm in the lower Shields Valley.
Peter D. Fox, Shields Valley
Peter joined the Park County Community Foundation in December 2014 after a varied career in journalism, higher education, state government, and trade association and nonprofit management. He earned credentials as a Certified Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives and completed the Institute for Organizational Management conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he continues to serve on the advisory board of the Center for Journalism Ethics. After 25 years in daily newspaper journalism in Wisconsin and Montana (including The Billings Gazette), he joined the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System as director of public information, and later served as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Employment Relations, the state government human-resource agency. Before returning to Montana in 2010 with his wife Nikki, a retired special education teacher, Fox served as executive director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Over the years, he has been associated with significant development activities for charitable and educational entities. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel. Email Executive Director.
Helen Vanderland, Livingston
Helen Vanderland and her husband, Craig, moved to Livingston from Virginia in August 2014 and live northwest of Livingston with amazing views of the Absoraka Mountains. Helen retired from service with the Commonwealth of Virginia after a 34-year auditing career spanning several agencies including the Auditor of Public Accounts, University of Mary Washington and the Virginia Community College System. Helen received her bachelors of science in business from Longwood University and her MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Helen and Craig have two daughters, one in Virginia and one in Idaho and travel regularly to visit. They enjoy many of the outdoor activities Montana has to offer – including skiing, hiking, kayaking, and camping. She hopes to give back to the community she loves by working with the staff and directors of the Park County Community Foundation and supporting their mission and goals.