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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

HONORABLE RYAN K ZINKE

US Navy SEAL Commander, State Senator, US Congressman, 52nd Secretary of Interior

The Honorable Ryan Zinke was born and raised in Montana and attended the University of Oregon where he was awarded All-PAC 10 honors and numerous other awards to include the University’s prestigious Emerald Cup Award for academic. leadership and athletic achievement. He then attended US Navy Officers Candidate School and Navy SEAL Training in 1985 and was assigned to SEAL Team ONE. Highlights of Commander Zinke’s twenty-three year career in Special Operations includes two tours of duty at SEAL Team SIX, Acting Commander of Special Forces in Iraq, Task Force Commander in Bosnia and Kosovo, and served as the “Dean” of Special Warfare training. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Combat. He retired in 2008 and was elected as a Montana State Senator and later twice elected as Montana’s sole member of the US House of Representatives. He served on the House Armed Services and Natural Resources committees. In 2016, Congressman Zinke was nominated by President Donald J. Trump and later confirmed as the first Montanan to serve in any Presidential Cabinet. Senator Orin Hatch, Utah, called Zinke “the Best Secretary of Interior in my 41 years of public service.” As Secretary, he championed restoring the voice of state and local communities in land and wildlife management decisions, was the leading architect behind of the Great American Outdoors Act which was the largest investment in our Nation’s history for National Parks and forests, established and protected wildlife corridors, increased public access for recreation and traditional use, and was the creator and champion of the American Energy “Dominance” policy. Former Interior Secretary Don Hodel noted that “Zinke was able to get done what President Reagan and I talked about but were never able to accomplish.” After 31 years of public service, President Trump accepted his resignation in 2019. The Honorable Ryan Zinke currently is the CEO of Continental Divide International (CDI) and serves on numerous boards. He holds an MBA in Finance, an MS in Global Leadership, and a BS in Geology. He is the author of American Commander and is married to the former Lolita Hand of Santa Barbara, has three children and two grandchildren.

Aimee M. Grmoljez

Ms. Grmoljez is a Partner and chairs Crowley Fleck’s Government Affairs Department. Since 2001, she has advocated for clients in matters of governmental affairs and litigation. Her practice is focused on strategic advice and advocacy on public affairs, government affairs and procurement. Her work includes consulting, strategy implementation and advocacy. She represents national and state trade associations and Fortune 500 companies before the Montana Legislature and state and local agencies. Ms. Grmoljez joined the Crowley Fleck law firm in 2009 and as a partner specializes in lobbying, procurement and grassroots lobbying. Ms. Grmoljez is active in her local community having served on the Helena Big Brothers and Sisters Board for ten years and chairing the board for two years. Ms. Grmoljez is active in her statewide community having chaired the Montana Chamber of Commerce Board and has been on the board since 2010. In addition, she has served as Trustee for the Healthcare Section of the Montana State Bar and was an appointed founding member of the Montana Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission and the Governor’s Equal Pay Task Force from 2013 to 2020. Ms. Grmoljez also previously chaired the Lewis & Clark Community Foundation. Ms. Grmoljez was raised in Billings, Montana and graduated from Boston College in 1994 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 prior to her working as an advocate for her clients in private practice. Ms. Grmoljez is active in her two daughters’ activities having coached soccer and basketball and being awarded HYSA soccer coach of the year in 2019. Ms. Grmoljez loves to travel with her family and to visit clients, chair her book club and practice the culinary arts with her family and friends.

Denis Jaquenoud

St. Helena, CA

Mr. Jaquenoud is responsible for all business aspects of the portfolio of prestigious Napa Valley Wine Growing Estates (Harlan Estate, BOND, Promontory, The Mascot) owned & managed by Pacific Union Company, a privately held holding entity focused on providing unparalleled luxury client experience through fine wines and hospitality (Meadowood, The Napa Valley Reserve).

He is active in the overall management of the organization, the definition of business strategy with focus on brand identity, expansion of worldwide selective distribution strategy, operational excellence, development of new retail business model, investment relations, profitability, debt structure and financing.

 

Hanna Warhank

Helena, MT

Hanna Warhank grew up in the hi-line town of Rudyard, MT. After high school, Hanna attended Carroll College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Accounting and Political Science. She continued on to The University of Montana School of Law and earned her Juris Doctor in May of 2009.

In 2009, Hanna joined Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams, P.C. as an Associate Attorney and practiced law here until 2012. In 2012, Hanna moved to Helena and worked for the law firm of Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman until 2015. Her practice focuses on business and estate planning, taxation, estate and trust administration, and real property.

In her free time, Hanna enjoys a nice glass of wine, travel, fly fishing with her husband, Dan, and exploring the outdoors with her daughter, Clare.

 

David Spady

Camarillo, CA

David Spady is President of River Public Affairs Group, a strategic media and political consulting agency based in California and Montana. He is a member of the National Hunting and Shooting Sports Advisory Council at the US Department of Interior, the Congressional Western Caucus Foundation, and the Western Governors’ Association. David is a fourth generation Montanan who splits his time between California and Montana.  He studied Film and Television at Montana State University, earned a BA in Communications from Azusa Pacific University and completed an MA program in National Security Studies at California State University San Bernardino.

Andre Burba

New York, New York

Mr. Burba is a partner on the energy investment team at Pine Brook Road Partners, a New York-based private equity firm managing over $6.0 billion in commitments. He is a member of the Investment Committee and represents Pine Brook on multiple portfolio company Boards of Directors.

Mr. Burba has more than 18 years of experience in the energy sector as a principal investor, investment banker and project finance counsel. Before joining Pine Brook, Mr. Burba was with Credit Suisse, where he was a principal investor in the Special Opportunities Group and was responsible for investments in energy, metals and mining, renewables, and oil and gas. Prior to joining the Special Opportunities Group, Mr. Burba was an investment banker in the Energy Group at Credit Suisse. He began his career as a project finance counsel at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Mr. Burba holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Music (summa cum laude) from West Virginia University, and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a John S. Beasley Scholar. Mr. Burba served a member of the board of advisors of the Vanderbilt University Law School.

Mike Talia

Secretary Helena, MT

I am a lifelong big game and bird hunter, a perennially novice fly fisherman (who carries a collapsible spinning rod in his fly vest, just in case), an alpine skier turned snowboarder turned Nordic skier turned back to alpine skier, a bicycle commuter, an occasional 100 mile ultra marathon runner, a wilderness backpacker, a family car camper, and a general lover of the open air. I believe there is enough room on our public lands for all responsible and respectful users, be they wilderness purists on foot or hill climbers on dirt bikes, and that we all benefit if we work together for our mutual love of the outdoors. But if you asked, I would tell you that my favorite places are in the remote wilderness that is hard to reach on foot or ski (and should stay that way). I also believe in the therapeutic value of outdoor recreation for military veterans returning from war.

When I’m not outdoors, I work as lawyer in the public sector in Helena. I feel lucky to raise a family in Helena where my wife and I can pass our love and appreciation of our public lands on to our kids. I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California, am a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and hold degrees from San Jose State University and the University of Montana School of Law.

Jeff Hagener

Chair Helena, MT

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 of 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 eighteen months 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.

Matt Jones

Vice-Chair Bozeman, MT

Matt Jones is government and corporate relations for Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway. He is located in Bozeman, MT

Dennis Konopatzke

Treasurer - 2018 Columbia Falls, MT / Dallas, TX

Dennis is an attorney and businessman from Bigfork, Montana, and Dallas, Texas.  Dennis is an active outdoors person who enjoys hunting and fishing.  After serving on the board since 2002, Dennis board term expired and now serves as executive director.   Dennis can be reached at dennis.konopatzke@ftzoc.com or 817-510-6613


Ex Officio Directors

Robin Graham

This position is currently vacant