Board of Directors
Steve Thompson, Founding Chair (Inactive)
Steve is a wild ice skater, elk hunter, and gardener in Whitefish. A former national park ranger and journalist, he has worked for several Montana conservation groups since 1991. His company, Climate Realty LLC, advises homebuyers, communities and real estate professionals about climate change risk and readiness in the housing sector. He served as project manager for the Whitefish Climate Action Plan Committee.
Matt Folz, Co-Chair
Matt Folz is the Sustainability Director of Glacier National Park Lodges, a Division of Xanterra. He lives in Whitefish with his wife and two children.
CASEY LEWIS, CO-CHAIR
Casey is the Environmental Specialist for the City of Kalispell. She has an MS in Environmental Science and Management and has volunteered on marine conservation projects around the world. Casey is passionate about protecting the environment as well as exploring through skiing, backpacking, hiking, and fishing.
Kaitlyn Farrar, Treasurer
Kaitlyn works in the field as a distribution designer for Flathead Electric Cooperative and serves on FEC’s Electric Vehicle committee. A wildlife biology graduate from the University of Vermont, she has wrangled birds, bats, and small mammals for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. She enjoys hiking, skiing, rafting, and hunting. She is committed to preserving the beauty of the Flathead Valley through innovative partnerships.
Robin Kelson, Secretary
Robin is the owner of the Good Seed Company, a local heirloom seed company based in Whitefish, MT and dedicated to helping re-establish the community practice of selecting, saving and sharing seeds for common use. A biochemist by training, she has a deep interest in human vitality and resiliency and exploring patterns in nature.
Karin and her husband Rob raised their two girls, Maya and Annika, in Whitefish. She has been an engineer with the City’s Public Works Department for 21 years and has a strong interest in clean energy, alternative transportation, and stormwater management. She enjoys hiking and skiing in our beautiful part of the world and performed for years in the valley as part of a Celtic music group.
Randy and his wife Dawn met and worked in 8 national parks in their 20s, For the three succeeding decades, they taught in Whitefish, the Marianas Islands, Istanbul, Bangkok and finally on Cape Cod where they helped start an International Baccalaureate secondary school. Randy volunteers with DREAM adaptive recreation, tutors high school kids, sings with his wife in two community choirs, and treasures America’s wealth of wild and natural beauty.
Eric Smith is the Deputy Superintendent of Glacier National Park. He has been with the National Park Service since 2004. Eric also served with the U.S. Department of Justice and General Services Administration. Eric is a veteran of the United States Navy and served on the USS Honolulu. Eric began his government service in federal law enforcement before moving into federal property and land management fields.