board

Executive committee

Olleke Rappe-Daniels, Co-president Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Olleke immigrated to the US in the early 50s with her family and spent her childhood in California. Since moving to Missoula in 1971 she believes she has been here long enough to consider herself a “Montanan”. She spent 37 years working for the US Forest Service at every level of the organization including Ranger Districts, Forest Supervisors Office, and Regional Office levels as well as several details to the Washington Office. In those assignments she has held technical and professional positions in forestry, administration, recreation, fire and aviation, general resources, public and legislative affairs and ultimately line. Since retirement in 2009 Olleke does some contract work in communications, facilitation and congressional training. She believes deeply in Garden City Harvest’s mission and enjoys her volunteer work with them.

Olleke Rappe-Daniels, Co-president

Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Olleke immigrated to the US in the early 50s with her family and spent her childhood in California. Since moving to Missoula in 1971 she believes she has been here long enough to consider herself a “Montanan”. She spent 37 years working for the US Forest Service at every level of the organization including Ranger Districts, Forest Supervisors Office, and Regional Office levels as well as several details to the Washington Office. In those assignments she has held technical and professional positions in forestry, administration, recreation, fire and aviation, general resources, public and legislative affairs and ultimately line. Since retirement in 2009 Olleke does some contract work in communications, facilitation and congressional training. She believes deeply in Garden City Harvest’s mission and enjoys her volunteer work with them.

Kristin Anderson, Community Medical Center, Vice President Bio to come.

Kristin Anderson, Community Medical Center, Vice President

Bio to come.

Amber Bauer, PayneWest Insurance, Treasurer & Secretary Amber was born and raised on a dairy farm in Charlo, Montana–a dairy farm which her parents still own and operate. She holds a Master of Accountancy degree from The University of Montana and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Currently, she is the Senior Accountant at Western States Insurance Agency. When she is not working, Amber is busy reading, sewing, playing hockey, and riding dirt bikes with her partner, Luke.

Amber Bauer, PayneWest Insurance, Treasurer & Secretary

Amber was born and raised on a dairy farm in Charlo, Montana–a dairy farm which her parents still own and operate. She holds a Master of Accountancy degree from The University of Montana and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Currently, she is the Senior Accountant at Western States Insurance Agency. When she is not working, Amber is busy reading, sewing, playing hockey, and riding dirt bikes with her partner, Luke.

Board Members

John Boyle, Boyle, Deveny & Meyer John is a native of Butte, but grew up in Great Falls and graduated from UM in 1976 with a BS in finance. He worked in banking for several years before returning to UM to obtain an accounting degree in 1981. John has been active in various community endeavors, and currently also serves on the Historical Research Associates board. John is a sporting enthusiast, and can often be found on a playing field or golf course. In between sports, his practice emphasizes tax preparation, litigation support, and estate planning.

John Boyle, Boyle, Deveny & Meyer

John is a native of Butte, but grew up in Great Falls and graduated from UM in 1976 with a BS in finance. He worked in banking for several years before returning to UM to obtain an accounting degree in 1981. John has been active in various community endeavors, and currently also serves on the Historical Research Associates board. John is a sporting enthusiast, and can often be found on a playing field or golf course. In between sports, his practice emphasizes tax preparation, litigation support, and estate planning.

Amy Coseo, Studio Verde Creative Amy Coseo is the owner of Studio Verde Creative, a full-service creative agency. With more than thirteen years experience working with national, regional, statewide, and local for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations, Amy’s expertise ranges from strategic marketing, branding, public relations, and social media campaigns to graphic and website design and development project management. After growing up in Upstate New York (the real Upstate), graduating with honors from Middlebury College, and a five-year stint in NYC, Amy is very thankful to have found Missoula where she grows her own food and connects with others who love local food.

Amy Coseo, Studio Verde Creative

Amy Coseo is the owner of Studio Verde Creative, a full-service creative agency. With more than thirteen years experience working with national, regional, statewide, and local for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations, Amy’s expertise ranges from strategic marketing, branding, public relations, and social media campaigns to graphic and website design and development project management. After growing up in Upstate New York (the real Upstate), graduating with honors from Middlebury College, and a five-year stint in NYC, Amy is very thankful to have found Missoula where she grows her own food and connects with others who love local food.

Donna Erickson A native of a Missoula-area ranch, Donna was a professor at the University of Michigan for 17 years. Her work in the UM School of Natural Resources and Environment included teaching and research on open-space and landscape-scale conservation planning. She served on the Landscape Architecture faculty and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2003-04. Donna returned to Missoula in 2005 and started Erickson Consulting, her one-woman consulting practice, working with land trusts and other conservation groups to help them achieve strong and sustainable impact. She is the author of MetroGreen: Connecting Open Space in North American Cities, published in 2006. Long before all of the above, she was a founding co-owner of the Old Town Café in Missoula; an interest in healthy food and agriculture is a consistent thread through her work and she is honored to be a part of the Garden City Harvest team.   

Donna Erickson

A native of a Missoula-area ranch, Donna was a professor at the University of Michigan for 17 years. Her work in the UM School of Natural Resources and Environment included teaching and research on open-space and landscape-scale conservation planning. She served on the Landscape Architecture faculty and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2003-04. Donna returned to Missoula in 2005 and started Erickson Consulting, her one-woman consulting practice, working with land trusts and other conservation groups to help them achieve strong and sustainable impact. She is the author of MetroGreen: Connecting Open Space in North American Cities, published in 2006. Long before all of the above, she was a founding co-owner of the Old Town Café in Missoula; an interest in healthy food and agriculture is a consistent thread through her work and she is honored to be a part of the Garden City Harvest team.   

 
Lisa Flanagan, Flanagan Motors After brief stints in Oklahoma, Louisiana, southern California, Bozeman and Helena, Lisa settled in Missoula to finish kindergarten in the mid-1970s and has remained here ever since due to a little tenacity and intermittent good luck. She has watched Missoula grow from a mid-size Montana logging and lumber town to its current relatively urban vibe, and thus continues to enjoy the more serene options of the nature she grew up with while also occasionally delighting in the funkier side of the city. Lisa earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing in the mid-90s, marrying her high school sweetheart and thus learning way too much about the car industry than people care to hear about along the way. She worked in the NICU at Community Medical Center for about 20 years in various nursing capacities until recently changing career paths to become a school nurse at Missoula County Public Schools. She is excited to participate in the amazing work and vision of Garden City Harvest to help Missoula and its citizens continue to thrive. 

Lisa Flanagan, Flanagan Motors

After brief stints in Oklahoma, Louisiana, southern California, Bozeman and Helena, Lisa settled in Missoula to finish kindergarten in the mid-1970s and has remained here ever since due to a little tenacity and intermittent good luck. She has watched Missoula grow from a mid-size Montana logging and lumber town to its current relatively urban vibe, and thus continues to enjoy the more serene options of the nature she grew up with while also occasionally delighting in the funkier side of the city. Lisa earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing in the mid-90s, marrying her high school sweetheart and thus learning way too much about the car industry than people care to hear about along the way. She worked in the NICU at Community Medical Center for about 20 years in various nursing capacities until recently changing career paths to become a school nurse at Missoula County Public Schools. She is excited to participate in the amazing work and vision of Garden City Harvest to help Missoula and its citizens continue to thrive. 

Steve Hiro Steve arrived in Missoula in 1994 to extend his career as a cardiothoracic surgeon and to help start the International Heart Institute of Montana at St. Patrick Hospital. He retired from active practice in December 2009, having joined the Community Ministry Board at St. Pat’s–which he was on for nine years, including chairing the board for three. Steve has been privileged to have a second career as a citizen scientist for 21 years at the Owl Research Institute, where, more recently, he’s headed several breeding ecology studies. He likes to remain active, especially biking and bike touring. He and his wife, Terry, especially enjoy travelling to visit grandchildren throughout the country. Steve is excited to join Garden City Harvest and its valuable efforts in the community.

Steve Hiro

Steve arrived in Missoula in 1994 to extend his career as a cardiothoracic surgeon and to help start the International Heart Institute of Montana at St. Patrick Hospital. He retired from active practice in December 2009, having joined the Community Ministry Board at St. Pat’s–which he was on for nine years, including chairing the board for three. Steve has been privileged to have a second career as a citizen scientist for 21 years at the Owl Research Institute, where, more recently, he’s headed several breeding ecology studies. He likes to remain active, especially biking and bike touring. He and his wife, Terry, especially enjoy travelling to visit grandchildren throughout the country. Steve is excited to join Garden City Harvest and its valuable efforts in the community.

Joe McMahon, McMahon Construction, Inc. After graduating from Wittenberg University, serving in Peace Corps Dominican Republic, and a few years building on the west coast, Joe visited Missoula in 1993.  After an aborted graduate school endeavor, and reading Richard Manning’s “A Good House”, Joe and his wife Meagan decided to make Missoula home. Joe founded McMahon Custom Builders in 1998.

Joe McMahon, McMahon Construction, Inc.

After graduating from Wittenberg University, serving in Peace Corps Dominican Republic, and a few years building on the west coast, Joe visited Missoula in 1993.  After an aborted graduate school endeavor, and reading Richard Manning’s “A Good House”, Joe and his wife Meagan decided to make Missoula home. Joe founded McMahon Custom Builders in 1998.

 
Heather McMilin, Homeword Born in Belgrade, Montana, Heather grew up in the back room of her family’s grocery store.  She spent her years playing outside as much as possible, and watching her family give back to the community she was growing up in.  After graduating with a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Montana State University, Heather moved to Missoula in 1998 where she worked with several different architectural firms and deepened her understanding of the need for more sustainable building practices in construction and development.  Since joining the Homeword team early 2003, Heather has received extensive training and experience in affordable housing and gained additional expertise in sustainable design, working to develop and shape housing and development policy across Montana.  When she’s not focused on work, Heather continues to enjoy as many Montana outdoor activities as possible.

Heather McMilin, Homeword

Born in Belgrade, Montana, Heather grew up in the back room of her family’s grocery store.  She spent her years playing outside as much as possible, and watching her family give back to the community she was growing up in.  After graduating with a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Montana State University, Heather moved to Missoula in 1998 where she worked with several different architectural firms and deepened her understanding of the need for more sustainable building practices in construction and development.  Since joining the Homeword team early 2003, Heather has received extensive training and experience in affordable housing and gained additional expertise in sustainable design, working to develop and shape housing and development policy across Montana.  When she’s not focused on work, Heather continues to enjoy as many Montana outdoor activities as possible.

Martha Newell, Freelance Catalyst Martha is a longtime fan of Garden City Harvest, first serving on the board  2004-2011. She rejoined the GCH board in 2015. She loves Garden City Harvest for all the many ways it improves life in Missoula. She also serves on the board of the Conscious Connections Foundation which supports education, health, and earthquake recovery in Nepal. She likes to have fun, which takes many forms in her life, including encouraging people to get their money moving to help the world.

Martha Newell, Freelance Catalyst

Martha is a longtime fan of Garden City Harvest, first serving on the board  2004-2011. She rejoined the GCH board in 2015. She loves Garden City Harvest for all the many ways it improves life in Missoula. She also serves on the board of the Conscious Connections Foundation which supports education, health, and earthquake recovery in Nepal. She likes to have fun, which takes many forms in her life, including encouraging people to get their money moving to help the world.

Wendy Ninteman, Land Trust Alliance Wendy Ninteman works for the Land Trust Alliance, a national non-profit that promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems. As Western Program Director, Wendy guides the development and delivery of the Alliance’s conservation programs and services to land trusts in 14 western states.  Prior to joining the Alliance, Wendy served as executive director of Five Valleys Land Trust (FVLT) in Missoula for ten years. During her tenure at FVLT, Wendy worked with private landowners on a number of conservation easement projects in Missoula County and with state and local partners on several public land acquisitions, and she helped lead a successful campaign to pass a $10 million local open space bond measure. Wendy came to Missoula 30 years ago and has lived here ever since.  She enjoys exploring the high country, skiing, biking, and eating good, healthy, local food.

Wendy Ninteman, Land Trust Alliance

Wendy Ninteman works for the Land Trust Alliance, a national non-profit that promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems. As Western Program Director, Wendy guides the development and delivery of the Alliance’s conservation programs and services to land trusts in 14 western states.  Prior to joining the Alliance, Wendy served as executive director of Five Valleys Land Trust (FVLT) in Missoula for ten years. During her tenure at FVLT, Wendy worked with private landowners on a number of conservation easement projects in Missoula County and with state and local partners on several public land acquisitions, and she helped lead a successful campaign to pass a $10 million local open space bond measure. Wendy came to Missoula 30 years ago and has lived here ever since.  She enjoys exploring the high country, skiing, biking, and eating good, healthy, local food.