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Board Meeting Minutes

December 2016 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes (pdf)

CFS 2016-2017 Cash flow June 1 - December 31


Board of Directors


Dana Hupp, President

Dana is an Ohio native and moved Montana in 2000.  Her interest in living in Montana stemmed from working in Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks during college.  She is a graduate of the Lewis and Clark College of Law and is currently in private practice.  She and husband, Ian Grob, purchased the historic Cook farmhouse near Marshall Mountain in 2009.  The property, including its geodescent dome greenhouse, continues to be a labor of love.  Their son, Will, is four years old and is currently a student in the Chickadee classroom. 



Maggie Angle, Vice President

Maggie was born and raised near Seattle, WA and is thrilled to now call Montana home. Before moving to Missoula in July of 2012, Maggie worked in the non-profit sector focusing on event planning, fundraising and communications. Most recently, she worked for seven years in the Swedish Medical Center Foundation in Seattle where she also managed the organization's sustainability program. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania and Master's in Higher Education Management from Harvard University.  She now is incredibly lucky to be a full-time mom to daughters Ainslie and Charlotte. In addition to volunteering at the Clark Fork School, she is also on the Board of the Roxy Theater/International Wildlife Film Festival. She enjoys many hobbies but is happiest spending time with her husband, Justin, and daughters, in any activity that allows them to explore the outdoors and appreciate Montana's incredible beauty. She is passionate about Clark Fork School's commitment to place-based education and the focus on helping our children understand their role and responsibility as part of the natural world and community.



Chase Taylor, Treasurer

Chase Taylor is the father of a CFS alumnae - Hattie spent the last three years at Clark Fork School and is now in kindergarten at St. Joseph School - and  a future CFS student - 8 month old Walter. Chase grew up in Colorado and relocated to Missoula over four years ago with his wife Paisley.  Chase holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in marketing and organizational leadership both from The University of Denver. He sat on the Alumni board at his alma mater, the Colorado Springs School, from 2005-2011 where he helped with alumni relations and fundraising. The past two years has headed up the Fundraising committee and will be working on starting an endowment in the 2015 - 2016 school year.



Molly Cottrell, Secretary

Molly Cottrell grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended college at Northwestern University in Chicago, then traded in big city life to move to Montana in 2001. After a year and a half in Philipsburg, she moved on to Missoula and has been here ever since. Since being in Missoula, Molly has completed her MSW at the University of Montana and has worked as a social worker in several capacities around town. Most recently, she has been a stay at home mom to her two kids, Case and Lia. She and her husband Dan have really enjoyed the Clark Fork School community and look forward to being even more involved.



DANIELLE BAILEY, Teacher Representative

Danielle grew up in Southern Oregon camping, fishing, and playing in the mud. She moved to Corvallis, Oregon and enjoyed being closer to the ocean while getting her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has her master's degree in Teaching from Willamette University with a focus on Elementary Education. Danielle moved to Missoula in 2009 having never been to Montana before. She has enjoyed exploring the area and learning about Missoula’s natural flora and fauna. Danielle has been teaching with Missoula County Public Schools since arriving in Missoula and is looking forward to getting back to her roots of learning alongside young children. In her free time, she can be found reading, picnicking, and going on long walks with her beautiful baby girl and husband. 



BEAU BAILEY, Board Member

Beau is originally from the Columbia Gorge region of Oregon and moved to Missoula in 2009. He graduated from Oregon State University in bioengineering before moving onto Willamette University where he earned an MBA. He currently works as a financial and quantitative analyst for Blackfoot Telecommunications Group. He first became involved with Clark Fork School through Danielle, his wife, who teaches the Steller’s Jay classroom. Their daughter, Moira, is also a student of Clark Fork School where she gets to explore the world around her in a nature-based setting. Beau spends most of his spare time with Danielle and Moira, as she curiously explores the world around her

BILLY BELSOM, Board Member

Billy and his wife Becky are the proud parents of three children, Evie, Liza, and Chip. Born and raised in New Orleans, Billy enjoyed chasing redfish on the fly in the coastal marshes of the Gulf of Mexico; but once he got a taste of fishing for trout in the Rocky Mountains he dreamed of moving west. When Becky found a job opportunity in Missoula, it was an easy decision to relocate their young family. They have been in Missoula since early 2015, and have fully enjoyed their time in Western Montana. After attending the University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate degree and then Louisiana State University for law school, Billy practiced law for twelve years, focusing on commercial and insurance litigation. In 2007 he resigned his partnership in the firm and took a yearlong sabbatical to fish and travel and find a different pace for his life. Before moving to Montana, Billy was general counsel for Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the statewide public television network for Louisiana. Since moving to Missoula he has been a stay-at-home dad. Billy believes that Clark Fork School provides an incredibly rich learning environment and is excited for the opportunity to become more involved.




Raised on a unique property with wild, natural space in Eastern Washington, learning and exploring the outdoors had a significant impact on Jennifer’s childhood experience. She is passionate about offering that priceless opportunity of outdoor and place-based learning to her two children, Finley (Explorer) and Bjorn (Steller’s Jay), and has found Clark Fork School the perfect school to help in that effort.  With a degree in business administration/statistics, and a certificate in sustainable business, she has spent 20 years in health care sales and marketing. After experiencing several years exploring big city life in Seattle and Boston, she found her path to Missoula in 2004 via a chance meeting with her now-husband Martin. When she’s not balancing a career with family time, she can be found hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain biking around Missoula’s plethora of fun spots, and exploring a passion for photography.


SARAH EDERER, Board Member

Montana has been my home my entire life.  I was born in Missoula, raised in Anaconda, but knew I would always make my forever home where it all started.  My husband, Eric, and I have 3 wonderful girls, Sydney (8), Sigourney (5), and Simone (3).  We love to fish, hunt, ski, and explore the beauty that Montana has to offer and we love to spend our weekends at our cabin on Georgetown Lake.  Before opening The Growing Tree in 2011 I was an Elementary Education teacher for 10 years.  I am so happy to have discovered Clark Fork School when Sigourney began attending in 2015.  This next year Simone will also be attending Clark Fork School and I feel extremely lucky to have my children experience this school and for me to be a part of the board as well.  I am anxious to begin serving on the board and becoming more involved.