Cathy Cooney, Program Director
406-443-8313 ext. 108
As the Foundation's Program Director, Cathy works closely with our local community foundation affiliates and nonprofit clients. Cathy moved to Montana from California, where she worked in the nonprofit sector for 20 years, including eight years as the director of grant programs for a community foundation in Southern California. Before that, she was the clinic manager for Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside counties for nine years. Cathy lives in the Flathead with husband Ned and three adorable cats, working out of our satellite office in downtown Bigfork. Cathy says her biggest accomplishment is that she’s been to all 56 counties in Montana.
Jen Euell, Program Director
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 the Program Director of the Women's Foundation of Montana and is passionate about its mission to build economic self-sufficiency for Montana women and a brighter future for Montana girls. When not working towards this passion, Jen enjoys spending time with her husband John, 3 year old daughter Amelia and their two dogs, hiking in the woods near their home in Missoula.
Emily Kovarik, Controller
406-443-8313, ext. 102
Emily is the Controller at the Montana Community Foundation and has been with the Foundation since 2009. Her job is to manage the assets of the Foundation and maintain its proper financial tracking and reporting within accounting, IRS and legal requirements. Emily has worked in nonprofit financial management for eleven years in Montana. Prior to joining the Foundation she was the Director of Finance for the Montana Food Bank Network and the Controller of the Boone and Crockett Club and Foundation. Before her work in the nonprofit sector, she was an auditor for six years with KPMG LLP, one of the world’s leading accounting firms. There she gained valuable knowledge and business experience auditing a variety of public and private companies across the U.S., specializing in the audits of nonprofits, high-tech and manufacturing clients. Emily graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University with her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting, and has her accreditation as a CPA. A native Montanan, her McKeever family roots date back one hundred years to the time her great-grandparents homesteaded and began farming outside of Fort Benton in the bountiful Golden Triangle area of Montana. Emily’s family continues to farm, and she can be found running the combine during harvest each summer. With her love of Montana and its land and spaces, she especially enjoys her work at the Montana Community Foundation, where she can help donors and nonprofits give back to the place she loves to call home.
Nicole Rush, Communications Director
406-443-8313 ext 100
Nicole Rush has worked for the Montana Community Foundation for five years, and during that time she has filled a number of roles, including Donor Services Manager, Information Services Manager, and most recently Communications Director. Prior to working for the Foundation, Nicole earned her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Montana and worked for the Poverello Center, a Missoula homeless shelter. She is a fourth-generation Montanan and has lived most of her life in Helena. When not working to cultivate philanthropy in Montana, she spends her time reading, writing, hiking, kayaking, knitting and volunteering for Helena Community Gardens.
Jenny Baglien, Accountant
406-443-8313, ext. 101
Jenny Baglien joined the Montana Community Foundation as our accountant in 2011. A native of Nebraska, she graduated with an accounting degree from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont. She moved to Montana to be closer to her parents. When not processing grants and scholarships, she enjoys spending time with her little sister Katie, as a mentor for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program of Helena. She takes pride in her weekly runs, gauging her improvement. She also plays 'hide and seek' with her parakeets Simon and Garfunkel, who are rarely in their cage when she gets home. She knits and crochets when she can and loves to enjoy a good book. She looks forward to putting her skills to use working at the Montana Community Foundation.
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