The Women’s Foundation of Montana has an Advisory Committee of women from across the state who provide leadership for our organization, establish our granting priorities, and determine which grant requests will receive support.
Kristina Davis, Committee Chair, Great Falls, MT
A native San Franciscan, Kristina has lived in Montana since 1974. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, and studied for her M.A. at Dominican University. Most recently the State Director of the Children’s Defense Fund and a lobbyist for children and women’s issues, Kristina previously taught preschoolers to post-graduates, was a perinatal counselor and doula, established Peace Hospice in Great Falls, was Director of Women’s Health at Columbus-Benefis hospital, wrote a monthly column for the Great Falls Tribune and was Field Director for Senator Max Baucus. A passionate advocate for women and children, Kristina has given the children and women of Montana a voice where they would not have otherwise been heard.
Hillary Folkvord, Committee Vice-Chair, Bozeman, MT
Hillary Folkvord is the General Manager of the Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks. Hillary was born and raised in Three Forks on her family’s farm. The Folkvord family is a three generation farming family in Montana, who started Wheat Montana in 1987. Hillary attended Montana State University on a Women’s Golf Scholarship, and studied Political Science and Spanish. During her 4-years at Montana State University, Hillary worked on various political campaigns, interned in Washington D.C. for the Senate Finance Committee, and studied abroad in Spain. After her undergraduate studies, Hillary attended Daniel’s College of Business at the University of Denver, receiving a MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Hillary is and has been involved in many organizations around the state, she graduated from the Leadership Montana Class of 2012, serves on the Eagle Mount Board, serves on the Three Forks Chamber of Commerce Board, was the Chairman for the Joe Foss Institute Annual Event, and is an active member in the Young Professional Organization in Bozeman.
Aimee Grmoljez, Helena, MT
Aimee Grmoljez is an attorney and a partner at Crowley Fleck where she manages the Department of Government Affairs. Since 2001, she has advocated for clients in matters of governmental affairs and litigation. Aimee joined the Crowley Fleck law firm in 2009 and as a partner specializes in lobbying, procurement and grassroots lobbying, and chairs the firm’s government affairs group. She is a member of the State Bars of Montana and Colorado and is currently the President of the Montana Chamber of Commerce Board and has been on the board since 2010. Aimee serves as Trustee for the Healthcare Section of the Montana State Bar. She is an appointed member of the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Task Force and the Governor’s Equal Pay Task Force. She was also named a Rising Star in the Mountain States edition of Super Lawyers in 2012. Aimee was raised in Billings and graduated from Boston College in 1994 with a B.S. in English and the University of Montana School of Law in 1998. She clerked for U.S. District Judge Don Molloy in 1999 and served as the Chief Legal Counsel for Governor Marc Racicot from 1999-2001.
Janice Munsell, Billings, MT
A Miles City native, Janice Munsell holds degrees in education and consumer economics. Put those together and you get a passion for financial literacy. Her courses for adult learners have been held at colleges, universities, prison, pre-release, and even a WW2 airplane hangar. Janice was a medical practice administrator for several years taught at MSU Billings’ City College and consulted with medical practices.
Jennifer Boyer, Missoula, MT
Jennifer grew up in Polson, Montana. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Montana State University and a Master of Nurse Anesthesia from St Mary’s University. She practices anesthesia in Butte and Missoula. She has an equal love of the outdoors and learning. Her free time is spent passing on these loves to her son, August and enjoying everything Montana has to offer with her husband, Jeff. Jennifer serves on the Board of the Missoula Insectarium and volunteers at the Missoula Art Museum.
Karen Smith, Helena, MT
Karen Smith is the Executive Director at Montana Credit Unions for Community Development (MCUCD), the charitable arm of the Montana Credit Union Network. Karen works with the MCUCD team to implement programs through credit unions to improve the social and economic well-being of all Montanans. Karen has been with MCUCD since 2003, is a designated Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) as well as a certified credit union financial counselor and financial coach. Karen started her career with credit unions in 1996 as the Marketing Representative at Missoula Federal Credit Union. In 1998 she relocated to Helena, Montana to continue working in the credit movement for the Montana Credit Union Network. A native of Montana, Karen earned a degree in Business Marketing from the University of Montana.
Kim Shappee, Missoula, MT
Kim Shappee is a financial advisor for RBC Wealth Management and knows that regardless whether you are in Sellenbosch, South Africa or Missoula, Montana, access to capital and financial counsel creates jobs, grows the economy and creates a better life for all. Kim co-founded Bank of Montana, a private business bank based in Missoula where she served as Senior Credit Officer and Senior Vice President. She is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School and Babson College Entrepreneurship Graduate. Prior to her work at Bank of Montana, she served as an Assistant Vice President at Montana Business Capital Corporation. Earlier she worked in South Africa teaching entrepreneurial empowerment and microlending.
After the 2008 financial crisis, Kim decided to start offering a free women-specific financial management seminar. She grew these courses into a year-round offering in Missoula and currently works with the Women’s Institute for Secure Retirement (WISER) to offer these courses statewide. Kim is also a board member for SpectrUM, the University of Montana’s children’s science museum.
Sara Rinfret, Missoula, MT
Sara Rinfret is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Montana, Missoula where she teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on regulatory policy, environmental policy, public policy, public administration, and American politics. Her main area of research is focused on environmental regulations. More specifically, she is interested in the interactions between agencies and interest groups during the stages of environmental rulemaking at the federal and state level.
Kelly Bruggeman, MCF Board Liaison, Billings, MT
Kelly is the Vice President and Executive Director of the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation and has been with the foundation since its inception in 1990. Kelly was a founding board member of two statewide Montana nonprofit organizations – NeighborWorks Montana and the Montana Financial Education Coalition. Kelly also serves on the boards of COR Enterprises in Billings, Montana, Philanthropy Northwest and the Montana Nonprofit Association. She is currently a board member of the Montana Community Foundation serves as the WFM Board liaison.
Letty Bass (Ex-Officio), Denver, CO
Letty Bass is the Executive Director of Chambers Family Fund, a private family foundation in Denver, Colorado. Letty received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Liberal Arts degrees from Southern Methodist University. She began her career as a first grade teacher, an experience that inspired her passion for the importance of the early care and education of children.
Chambers Family Fund supports the early care and education of children, women’s economic self-sufficiency, and justice, equality and opportunity. The foundation focuses on systemic change by investing in policy change and improving systems, committing to upstream solutions to make the most significant impact in vulnerable populations.
Prior to joining Chambers Family Fund in 1997, Letty was senior program officer of Rose Community Foundation. She developed the grant making program in the children and families priority area during the start-up phase for this new community foundation. From 1990-1996, Letty was executive director of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado where she was responsible for the overall operation of the public charity foundation, managing both grant making and fundraising activities. Letty is a member of the International Women’s Forum, serves on The Women’s Foundation of Colorado Honorary Trustees Council, is a Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction and served as Vice President of the Colorado Association of Funders.
Jen Euell is the Program Director and sole staff of the Women’s Foundation of Montana. Jen is a native Montanan and a long-time advocate for women and girls in Montana. She is the co-founder of the GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths) girls’ leadership project and the former Program Director of the YWCA Missoula. In this position, Jen grew the program from one that served 10 girls per year to a program that now serves more than 250 girls per year. Her work has empowered thousands of girls and hundreds of women over the years. Jen is passionate about WFM’s mission to build economic independence for Montana women and a brighter future for Montana girls. When not working towards this passion, Jen enjoys spending time with her husband John, 7 year old daughter Amelia and their two dogs, hiking in the woods near their home in the Bitterroot south of Missoula.
Maggie Sullivan currently works as the Program Assistant for the Women’s Foundation of Montana. As a fifth-generation Montanan, Maggie has always been drawn to this landscape, and possesses a strong desire to give-back to the communities which raised her. Earning a degree in English (Creative Writing), alongside a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies from the University of Montana, Maggie hopes her background will positively impact Montana’s women and girls. When she’s not volunteering, or dreaming up ways to change the world, she spends her time endurance cycling – and has competed in such biking tours as TOSRV (West), RATPOD and STOKR.