Board of Directors

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David Fetveit

BOARD PRESIDENT

David Fetveit

David Fetveit

David is a third-generation Flathead native who returned to the  Valley in 2005 after 10 years as a corporate executive for a national firm based in Phoenix.  His background in real estate investing, business and appreciation for the local dynamics provide an extensive and unique understanding of Flathead Valley real estate markets.  David is a licensed real estate broker with PureWest Real Estate, working with the same brokerage since 2007, and joining the ownership group in 2019.

David takes pride in his active involvement in the church and local community and is actively engaged in all of Montana's outdoor activities with his four boys – golf, fishing, hiking, and boating. He’s passionate about sharing Montana with those who love and appreciate what Northwest Montana has to offer.

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Dee Mann Aust

BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

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A Wyoming native, Dee is a natural leader with over 25 years of leadership experience in a 40 year healthcare career. She is proud to have opened the first Social Work department at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Dee is happily married, loves to laugh, is soothed by nature, driven by music, and has been passionate about photography since receiving a Pentax K1000 in college. She comes to the board with a long list of leadership certifications and a perpetual instinct to always be prepared.

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Sue Thompson

BOARD TREASURER

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Sue brings over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance to our team, and is owner of The CFO Agency. She believes education is the key to change and loves the Glacier Institute’s commitment to using education to connect people to the outdoors. Sue is a self-proclaimed foodie, enjoys camping, gardening, good friends, good wine, and aspires to spend more time quilting in the future.

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Lance Fahrney

BOARD SECRETARY

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Decent skier, average golfer, and huge hearted. Lance came to the Flathead Valley to run the local paper and has since shifted to real estate. He volunteers much of his time for local nonprofits and gets into the mountains as often as possible.

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Josh Arrants

BOARD MEMBER

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As a kid growing up in South Carolina, Josh Arrants always dreamed of seeing Montana. What he never imagined possible was that he’d one day have the opportunity to teach classes in the most beautiful classroom he’d ever seen, Glacier National Park. A naturalist with over 20 years experience managing natural resources and teaching natural history, Josh has dedicated much of his career to protecting endangered species populations on military installations, state and federal lands, as well as private properties. He lives in Kalispell with his wife, Aimee, and can be found fishing, wandering in the woods and staring at the mountains for hours.

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Nancy Lundgren

BOARD MEMBER

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Nancy Lundgren

A native of New England, Nancy has called West Glacier, Montana home for over 40 years. She has a Masters Degree in Education with a career focused on youth. Nancy has been a Board member of the Glacier Institute since 2013 and remembers her two daughters adventures attending camps at Big Creek. She looks forward to having her three grandchildren participate as soon as they are of age. Always attracted to the wild, Nancy’s current adventures include managing communications at various checkpoints for the annual Iditarod Dog Sled races in the Alaskan Bush and monitoring Common Loons at backcountry lakes in Glacier National Park.

Lives by “EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED”

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Mike Carpenter

BOARD MEMBER

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Born and raised in South Dakota. Bachelors degree in Computer Science with a Masters degree in Management. 35 year high tech management career mostly in Minnesota. Now seasonally migrates between Montana and Florida. Fly fishing obsession, fly casting instructor, Florida Master Naturalist.

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Beau Servo

BOARD MEMBER

Beau Servo

Beau Servo

Beau grew up on the streams of Northwest Montana. With Glacier Park as his backyard he was taught at an early age to love nature and learn from it. He followed his passion for fly fishing to the University of Montana where he studied fisheries and received a degree in Wildlife Biology. When offered a job on the North Fork of the Flathead River after university he couldn’t refuse. Working for the Glacier Institute at Big Creek Outdoor Education Center he discovered his love for teaching. There he met his wonderful wife, and after 6 seasons he returned to university to earn another biology degree and teaching certificate.

After teaching high school science for multiple years, he found himself back in the Flathead Valley and is currently teaching woodshop at Flathead High School.

The Glacier Institute Staff

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Anthony Nelson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Anthony Nelson

Anthony Nelson

Anthony is a husband, father of three, amateur rock skipper, musician, and listener of audio-books. The highlight of his job is getting youth out to Big Creek to create lasting memories that spark a love for the outdoors; experiences he was fortunate to have in his own childhood and considers irreplaceable. Brunch meetings are a close second.

 

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Dawn Glynn

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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Dawn runs a tight ship at the main Glacier Institute campus in downtown Columbia Falls. She’s a huge fan of camping with her family, reading a good book, and kayaking at the lake.

Email: dawn@glacierinstitute.org

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Mady Rigg

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

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Mady, a life-long Flathead Valley local, is in charge of events, social media, and merch at the Glacier Institute. She studied communication at Eastern Washington University and served as a Collegiate Leadership Consultant for her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta after graduation. Mady was Miss Montana Teen USA in 2014 and is returning to compete for Miss Montana USA this year! She’s an avid public radio listener, obsessed with long drives around the state on backroads, and soaking up the goodness of Flathead Lake all summer long.

Email: mrigg@glacierinstitute.org

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Caitlin Roberson

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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Caitlin Roberson is a true adventurer at heart, with a passion for the great outdoors that has taken her all over the world. Growing up in the beautiful town of Bigfork, MT, she was always in love with the majestic mountains that surrounded her. After graduating from Montana State University with a degree in Social Services, Caitlin decided to embark on a new adventure and spent the last 6 years working in Granada, Nicaragua, where she made a significant impact on the community through her work in community development. Now back in her native Flathead Valley, Caitlin is excited to continue exploring Glacier National Park and all the beauty that Montana has to offer.

Email: register@glacierinstitute.org

Kelly Minear

Kelly Minear

LEAD EDUCATOR

Kelly Minear

Kelly Minear

Kelly Minear

Kelly grew up running on the trails of beautiful northeast Iowa where she developed a passion for the outdoors. She has a degree in English Literature and Education and taught middle school language arts before moving to Montana. While in Montana she found joy in teaching others about the beauty Montana has to offer. In her free time she can be found admiring wildflowers, birding, running, skiing, or smelling ponderosa pine trees.

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Zowie Caouette

LEAD EDUCATOR

Zowie Caouette

Zowie Caouette

Zowie is originally from New England, with her family hailing from Quebec. After graduating high school, she embarked on a 7 week long road trip visiting 25 states and 11 national parks. While she only spent 24 hours in Glacier, she fell in love with the park so much that it changed the course of her life. Returning to New England, she was now on the path to empower learners of all ages to become stewards of the natural world. She received a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Environmental Education at the University of Vermont.  After working as an outdoor educator and Park Ranger for the Forest Service, she moved to Montana in 2021 to work for Glacier National Park as a Park Ranger in the Interpretation Department.  She is excited to mentor the Outdoor Education Specialists as the Lead Educator at Field Camp. In her free time, Zowie can be found nature journaling her favorite wildflowers and fungi, backpacking in remote areas of Glacier, and playing ice hockey as a goaltender.

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Mia Panado

OUTDOOR EDUCATION SPECIALIST 2

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Mia Pando

Mia was born and raised in Tampa Bay, Florida (Go Bolts), where she enjoyed exploring the local swampy parks and white sand beaches with bountiful wildlife. Soon after realizing her passion for the natural world, she earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management & Sustainability from Auburn University (War Eagle) and moved her life out west to work in the national forests and parks. She studied Sustainability in New Zealand & Fiji and worked in Yellowstone National Park for two seasons before joining the Glacier Institutes team. Mia is passionate about getting people outside and opening their eyes to the wonders of the natural world. In her free time she enjoys paddleboarding, backpacking, birding, and listening to music.

Sydney Gaylor, Outdoor Education Specialist

Sydney Gaylor

OUTDOOR EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Sydney Gaylor

Sydney Gaylor

With a background ranging from Georgia summer camps to Mammoth Cave National Park, the Grand Canyon, and science museums, Sydney is an outdoor education specialist dedicated to connecting people with nature. She has developed expertise in guiding expeditions, creating interactive experiences, and contributing to curriculum for classroom use. Sydney is passionate about promoting environmental stewardship and fostering curiosity in learners of all ages, aiming to empower individuals and communities through outdoor education. She enjoys reading, internet sleuthing, and hammock lounging in her free time.

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Genevieve Keckemet

OUTDOOR EDUCATION SPECIALIST 2

Genevieve Keckemet

Genevieve Keckemet

Genevieve grew up in Seattle, WA and spent much of her childhood in the Cascade Mountains and on Lopez Island in the Salish Sea. Time spent outside gave her great comfort and a sense of connection that she hopes to foster in others. She studied environmental education and geography at Western Washington University. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Columbia Falls for a winter of skiing and her love of Montana really took hold.  Genevieve is glad to be back in the Flathead Valley once again and looks forward to spending a summer exploring Glacier National Park and its surroundings. Her mission is to show others how they're connected to the natural world, inspiring them to appreciate and protect it.  When she's not busy with outdoor adventures like skiing, kayaking, and biking, you'll find her getting artsy with painting or unwinding in front of the TV. With her passion for the environment and knack for education, Genevieve is a dedicated advocate for outdoor awareness and conservation.

Izzy Krzys, Outdoor Education Specialist

Izzy Krzys

OUTDOOR EDUCATION SPECIALIST

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Izzy was born and raised in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  She grew up with an immense passion for wildlife and exploring the outdoors, which led to her pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Film from Allegheny College.  After she graduated in 2022, she found herself in South Carolina working as an Environmental Educator. Between jobs, she traveled to the Glacier National Park for the first time, where she discovered nature at its finest.  Izzy is so excited to have joined the Glacier Institute team to discover further what Glacier offers and allow people to connect to the outdoors on a deeper level.  You can find Izzy golfing, journaling, taking photos, and looking for wildlife in her free time!

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Liz Heneghan

OUTDOOR EDUCATION SPECIALIST 2

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Liz Heneghan

Liz Heneghan, hails from Cleveland, Ohio, and holds a B.S. in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University. She spent two summers working for the Glacier Conservancy and is thrilled to continue fostering connections to the natural world. Liz is passionate about making the outdoors a safe, inclusive, and fun space for all and advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental field. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, swimming, cloud watching, and playing Animal Crossing. Liz hopes to inspire others to appreciate the beauty of nature and to explore the outdoors.

Bryce Thayer, Outdoor Education Specialist

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OUTDOOR EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Bryce Thayer

Bryce Thayer

Bryce was born in San Diego, California, and grew up curious about the natural world. In first grade, he joined the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Scout and spent the next ten years working his way up to Eagle Scout - developing a love for everything outdoors. Bryce then headed to Flagstaff, Arizona, earning a B.S. in Environmental Science and Communication from Northern Arizona University. After working for the City of Flagstaff right out of college, he decided that the 9-5 life was not for him quite yet and began working seasonally - including summers guiding in Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks. Now, he is SO excited to spend some time in the incredible Crown of the Continent, helping people fall in love with the outdoor world around them. When not working for the Glacier Institute, you can find Bryce mountain biking NW Montana’s incredible trails or posted at one of our cozy local coffee shops.