The control and management of the affairs of Montana's Outdoor Legacy Foundation is vested solely in the Board of Directors.
Board members support the Foundation financially, give freely of their time to help with fundraising activities and watch over your investment in the great outdoor experience. Their passion for the natural, cultural and recreational resources of Montana coupled with a deep desire to protect and enhance those resources are what makes them the perfect stewards of your philanthropy.
Board of Governors
Columbia Falls, MT and Dallas, TX
A native Montanan, Dennis is an attorney and businessman from Columbia Falls, Montana, and Dallas, Texas. He is part owner of the Great Northern Brewery in Whitefish and Iron Horse Golf Course. Dennis grew up in Havre and is an active outdoors person who enjoys hunting, fishing and recreating.
Fort Worth, TX
John joined Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in September 2011 as Vice President, Environmental. In this role, he leads a team of employees responsible for environmental strategy and communication, sustainability, permitting and compliance, remediation and emergency response, environmental litigation, and public policy leadership. John is engaged in conservation giving and projects at BNSF, including projects with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in the northern plains and pacific northwest states, Great Northern Education and Stewardship Association (GNESA) and The Nature Conservancy. John and his wife, Renee, have a son and daughter.
Errol is the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Originally from Denton, Errol is a fifth generation Montanan, whose family has been farming and ranching in the state since 1877. Errol holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and Extension from Montana State University.
Frederica Wheeler Johnson
West Glacier, MT and Washington DC
Frederica has had a long time love affair with Montana since her grandfather, Senator Burton K. Wheeler, started bringing the family to Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park when she was very young. Every summer, she enjoyed the outdoors of Montana. Two of her children still reside in Livingston, MT. Now retired as an international trade specialist with the US Department of Commerce, Frederica and her husband, Charles Johnson, spend time in Montana, France and Washington, DC where Frederica is an active volunteer.
Ms. Sylvia Medina is the President and CEO of Green Kids Club, Inc. Green Kids Club specializes in writing children’s books related to Environmental Stewardship and learning concepts for children.
Ms. Medina was also past president and owner of North Wind, Inc. an Environmental engineering and construction company. The company grew to over 450 employees, 16 offices around the country, with a revenue of over $123M per year. In 2009, Ms. Medina sold North Wind so she could spend more time with her children and family.
Sylvia attended college at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico, where she received Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Biology. After graduating from New Mexico Tech, Ms. Medina relocated to Idaho to work for the Idaho National Laboratory. While working she also obtained a Masters in Waste Management.
In addition to her work in the environmental industry, she serves as the Co-Chairman of Holy Rosary School Board Chairman, Founder and Board Member of the Snake River Animal Shelter in Idaho Falls, Board Member of The Art Museum, and member of several organizations including: Women In Toys, and Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women. In 2016 she also received Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal given to 9 individuals per year throughout the state of Idaho. She is also an accomplished Jewelry Artisan (Sylvia Medina Jewelry).
Gordon has a farm in Denton, Montana, and is retired from the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Manager position for the U.S. Forest Service Regions 1,4 and 6. Gordon has extensive leadership experience with One Montana, Ducks Unlimited (Gallatin/Madison Chapter, Board and State committee member), Pheasants Forever (State Board and Grass Roots committee member), Montana Trout Foundation, Trout Unlimited, Montana Wildlife Federation, North American Game Bird Association and Headwaters Sportsmen Association (Board of Directors).
Mike Talia is a Helena lawyer who works in the public sector. He has more outdoor hobbies than time and can often be found with his family hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, backpacking, trail running, cycling, floating, or just out enjoying the open air. He prefers the hard to reach places where his phone doesn’t work and hopes to keep those places that way. Mike is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law and San Jose State University.
Jeff retired in December 2016 as the Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP), Helena, Montana. Jeff has been reappointed as MFWP’s Director by Montana Governor, Steve Bullock in February, 2013. Jeff served as the Director of MFWP for eight years, previously under Governors Judy Martz and Brian Schweitzer. Hagener has over 30 years experience working in land, fish and wildlife management, and conservation. His experience ranges from being a packer and guide in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, to conducting range and wildlife inventories for the BLM, to mine reclamation and state land management at the MT Dept. of State Lands and Natural Resources and Conservation, to eight years as Director of MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks, two years as a Managing Director for the American Prairie Foundation and most recently, as the Director of Development for the Montana Wildlife Federation. Jeff holds degrees from both the University of Montana and Montana State University in Wildlife Biology and Agriculture/Range Science. Jeff has received numerous awards over the years for his leadership skills and accomplishments.
Montana Legacy Council
Jack is a well-known television personality and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Jack’s media appearances have made him one of the most notable animal experts in the United States. He is well-known throughout Montana where he and his wife, Suzi, have a summer home near Big Fork, Montana, on Flathead Lake.
Keith I. Ward
Keith is the President and CEO of Bob Ward & Sons Sporting Goods. Keith served 15 years on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Board and is a former RMEF Board Chair. Keith is also a regular member of the Boone and Crockett Club.
William (Bill) Cady
Great Falls, MT
Bill chairs the Foundation’s Development Committee. Bill owns Advanced Litho Printing in Great Falls, Montana and is a native Montanan from a ranching family. He and his wife, Tammy, live in Great Falls.
Ex Officio Directors
Mike is the Deputy Director for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks and is the Foundation Liaison. Mike served as Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer’s Natural Resource Policy Advisor for over seven years. Prior to working for the Schweitzer administration, he was operations manager for a Montana-based natural beef company for three years, executive director of the Montana Agricultural Heritage Commission for two years, and executive director of the Montana Association of Conservation Districts for seven years. Mike lives in Helena and can often be found in the mountains or on the rivers with his three boys, Colin, Alex, and Thomas.
Dan was raised on the banks of Yellowstone River in Montana. After spending years guiding some of the world’s most exotic and famed fisheries, Dan formed Sweetwater Travel with his brothers, Jeff and Pat Vermillion. Sweetwater Travel is based in Livingston, Montana, and owns and operates fishing camps in Alaska, the Bahamas, Brazil, British Columbia, Montana, and Mongolia. Sweetwater’s camps have established the standard for a high level of service in remote, wilderness settings. Dan has served on Montana’s Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission since 2007 and is presently the chair.