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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

Sherry Lesar

Houston, TX / Whitefish, MT

Sherry Lesar is the founder and managing partner of  Stargazer Land & Cattle – a company with multi-state properties in farming and timber.

Sherry and her husband live in Houston, and have a vacation home in Whitefish where they spend time in the summer and during holidays. In addition to managing Stargazer, Sherry is affiliated with:

  1. Shepherd’s Hand Clinic – current Board Member
  2. Whitefish Community Foundation – current Board Member

 

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

Secretary - 2018 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.

Errol Rice

Chair Helena, MT

Please contact Errol at erroldrice@gmail.com

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.

Mike Talia

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

Vice 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

Board Member - 2018 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 Columbia Falls, 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

Dan Vermillion

Livingston, MT

As Chair of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission, Dan is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.  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.

Mike Volseky

Helena, MT

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.