Foundation Board of Directors
Amy Berry, a Helena native, joined the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation Board in 2013 and currently serves as Treasurer. Amy is the Associate Director of Benefits for the Montana University System in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. She graduated from Gonzaga University, in Spokane, Washington, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing, and is an avid Gonzaga basketball fan. Amy received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Montana. Amy, her husband, Adam Strainer, and their two children enjoy traveling and exploring Montana.
Teresa Olcott Cohea (Terry) is a native Montanan who loves libraries and books. Her first job at 9 years old was shelving books in the Red Lodge Carnegie Library. She worked in state government for nearly 20 years in budget and tax—serving as chief of staff to Governor Schwinden and as the Legislative Fiscal Analyst. She had a second 20-year career as a financial consultant, branch manager, and Board member at DA Davidson. She has a wonderful son and daughter. In retirement, she loves gardening, traveling, watercolor painting, and reading. Terry joined the board in 2016.
Art Butler was born and raised in Salt Lake City and came to Montana first in 1968 to study experimental psychology at the University of Montana. After graduate school he taught psychology at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City Tennessee until 1993 when he and his wife Amie moved back to Montana where he began working as a school psychologist in Dillon, Montana. In 2000 they moved to Helena where he worked as a school psychologist for the Helena School District for 10 years, retiring in 2008. Amie is a retired large animal veterinarian. They have a daughter named Alice who lives in Steamboat Springs. Butler says he has “been happy and honored to serve on the library foundation board because I know what an important role the library plays in the community. I love to read, and I stalk the library for books whenever I can. I also love country blues and play the resonator slide guitar.” Art joined the board in 2014.
In the drafting stage ... Nikki joined the board in 2020.
Board Secretary & Lewis & Clark Library Director
In the drafting stage ...
Bethany Flint grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where her youth was spent in the great outdoors exploring in nature, camping, hiking and spending time on the Pacific coast beaches. An opportunity to travel to Asia in her youth led to a passion for Asia’s arts and cultures. Following her passion, Beth attended The University of Puget Sound and received her BA degree in Asian Studies before attending Columbia University earning an MA degree in Chinese History. In 2003, Beth and her partner Mels Case moved to Helena and fell in love with the community and Montana’s wide-open spaces and unique landscape. After a short time working for the Lewis & Clark Library in the circulation department, Beth became a founding staff member and Director of Operations of ExplorationWorks. In 2009, she was hired as the Office Manager at The Blackfoot River Brewing Co. and has been a co-owner and co-managing partner of the Blackfoot since 2014. When Beth isn’t working, she still is looking for adventures. You’ll find her outside gardening, camping, hiking or on the river with Mels and their dogs Lulu, Blue and Chloe. Bethany joined the board in 2019.
Kathy Hamill was born and raised in Anaconda and earned an Education degree from MSU and U of M-Western. She and her husband Maury have been Capitol City residents since 1976, raising three daughters who all work as elementary school teachers. Kathy says, "We are blessed with five amazing grandkids, four boys and one granddaughter. One of our greatest joys is following their sports and activities. It has been both an honor and a pleasure to serve on the board for the last seven years. I can't tell you how proud I am of the many things we have been a part of, especially the remodel, making our library such a special place." Kathy joined the board in 2014.
Pad McCracken and his wife Nisan Burbridge moved to Helena in late 2006. They were utilizing the Lewis & Clark Library to look for jobs when one day Nisan noticed a flyer at the Library seeking a Teen Services Librarian and pointed out to Pad that as a former high school English teacher, books and kids were right up his alley. Pad was fortunate to be hired and serve in that position for seven years! Pad currently serves as committee staff for various education committees for Montana Legislative Services. Pad grew up in Iowa and graduated from St. Olaf College in 1992. After spending the rest of the 90s in Winter Park, Colorado, Pad earned his M. Ed. in Instructional Leadership from Colorado State University in 2001 and taught high school English in Paonia, Colorado, and Wenatchee, Washington, before he and Nisan moved to Helena. Pad joined the board in 2020.
Taffy Miller has called Helena home since 1974. Her professional career comprised 35 years of management, energy conservation consulting, and consumer relations. After 15 years working for the Public Service Commission and DPHHS, she was recruited by Xenergy Inc, an energy engineering firm out of Boston, MA, and spent the next 20 years as managing director, senior consultant, and senior project manager for residential and small commercial energy conservation projects spanning the country from Ohio to Hawaii. She is thoroughly enjoying retirement, which has freed up more time for reading, cooking, and walking her sweet Pierre. Taffy joined the board in 2021.
Lorna Milne is a freelance journalist who lives on a small farm north of Helena with her husband and a menagerie of critters. In 2019 she retired from teaching at Carroll College to write full-time. She is the author of Evelyn Cameron, Photographer on the Western Prairie and is currently at work on a collection of essays. Lorna grew up in Eastern Montana, playing on the banks of the Yellowstone and exploring the badlands. She shares five children and five grandsons with her husband, Jon Motl. Lorna enjoys gardening, cross-country skiing, canoeing, walking, and, of course, reading. Lorna joined the board in 2020.
Anne Pichette was raised in Helena and spent many childhood hours at the Lewis & Clark Library, checking out as many books as she could carry up the hill. Anne graduated with a degree in Economics from Westminster College. After college, she returned to Helena and has nearly 20 years of public service between City and State Government positions. She enjoys volunteering in the community and is also a founding member of the Capital City Kiwanis Club. In her spare time she has fun making pottery. Anne loves the library and is honored to be a part of making a great library even better. She joined the board in 2014 and served as Board President in 2020.
Virginia Reeves is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and a Carroll alum. After seven years in Austin, she returned to Helena in the summer of 2016, with her husband, Luke, two daughters, Hannah and Margot, and their three-legged pit bull. Her first novel, Work Like Any Other, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and her second novel, The Behavior of Love, is set in Helena (and has a few scenes in the library!). Virginia teaches writing and communication at Helena College, where she founded Necessary Narratives, a program that helps students record and share their personal stories. Virginia was the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation’s first speaker at the now-annual “Celebrating a Writer's Journey” event. Virginia joined the board in 2018.
Brooks Robertson is a Strategy and Operations Consultant for CMS specializing in organizational strategy, leadership development, and operations management. Brooks has a Doctorate in Business Administration (D.B.A.) from the University of Liverpool in England, and his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He has also had the opportunity to work in the heavy construction, motorsports, and health industries in the United States, Australia, Fiji, and Papen New Guinea. Brooks and his wife Angie can often be found enjoying downtown Helena, behind a stack of books in the library, or in the mountains climbing with their three children. Brooks joined the board in 2019.
Kay Satre is a Professor of English at Carroll College. Raised in Helena, she is a graduate of Helena High School, earned a B.A from Carroll, an M.A. from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At Carroll, she has loved working with colleagues and students for over three decades; her specialties are 19th Century British Literature (she loves long Victorian novels), the study of empathy and literature, feminist criticism, and teaching writing. Kay and spouse Timothy Meloy raised their three kids in Helena amidst an extended family that invested a whole lot of time and enthusiasm in reading, learning, playing, and all sorts of outside adventures. A daughter-in law, son-in-law, and granddaughter have recently been added into this wonderful, multi-generational mix. Kay also serves on the board of the Jerry Metcalf Foundation. Kay joined the board in 2021.
Bruce Whittenberg became the Director of the Montana Historical Society in September of 2011. Bruce was the founding executive director of Leadership Montana, a statewide effort to develop a sustainable network of leaders who share a commitment to the future of the state. In the 1990s, Bruce was publisher of the Helena Independent Record and the Billings Gazette. Bruce’s long record of public service most recently included serving on the board of directors of Humanities Montana, Parmly Billings Library Foundation, Western Heritage Center, and the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings. Currently, Bruce serves on the board of directors of the Friends of Montana PBS and the Myrna Loy Center. Bruce joined the board in 2021.
Opal Winebrenner grew up in Fort Benton - the birthplace of Montana - and spent many hours in the Chouteau County Carnegie Library. She received both her History and Political Science bachelor and law degrees from the University of Montana. She was a researcher for the Montana Local Government Commission, and was U.S Senator Lee Metcalf's 1977 Congressional Fellow. She served as a lawyer with Montana's Public Service Commission, and Attorney General's Office. She and her husband, Mike Shields, moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1987. There she worked as a U.S. Senate senior legislative assistant and legal counsel, and a senior health care policy analyst with Congress's investigative agency, the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She retired and returned home to Big Sky Country in 2014, enjoying the quieter life and renewing her interest in Montana history. Opal joined the board in 2018.