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. text
Casey Lewis, 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.
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.
Jami Belt, Treasurer
Jami lives in Columbia Falls with her lego-building, snow-loving family. She is a Wildlife Biologist at Glacier National Park, leading citizen science initiatives that engage the public in natural resource research and monitoring. She is also the Chair of Glacier’s Green Team, helping to celebrate and catalyze the Park’s sustainability efforts.
Kathleen McMahon founded her consulting firm Applied Communications in 1997. She has a degree in City Planning and regularly works with local governments and non-profits on a wide range of projects that often contain sustainability components.
Katie recently moved to Whitefish and works as a marketing professional for an energy efficiency consulting firm. Prior to her current role, she worked for many years with Energy Trust of Oregon, a nonprofit in Oregon focused on delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. With an undergraduate degree in Communication and a graduate certificate in Energy Policy and Management, Katie is passionate about helping people understand climate and energy issues, and how we can all make more sustainable choices in our own lives and advocate for change on a larger level.
Jill Zignego, as a native Montanan (Miles City to be exact), is inspired to keep our state and world safe, alive, and vibrant. After retiring from the business she founded in 1995, Five Star Rentals & Prop. Mgmt., she has time and energy to devote to the cause!