Katie Walsh – President

Katie Walsh is the Marketing Director for Opportunity Bank of Montana, a statewide community bank based in Helena. A native Montanan, her career in banking and marketing spans 39 years, focusing on customer relationship management, business development and public relations. Katie and her husband John lived in Billings for over thirty years where they raised their family, built careers and were active in the community, relocating to Helena in 2020. Katie volunteered for many organizations, serving on the MetraPark Advisory Board and in leadership roles in her church community. On a weekend you might find her exploring the trails in and around Helena, at Canyon Ferry Lake and spending time with her kids and grandchildren. Katie has a B.S. in Business from Montana State University and an M.S. in Public Relations from Montana State University, Billings.

Lauren Murray – Vice President

Lauren Murray is the Director of Development for the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC), a national nonprofit working to complete, promote, and protect the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Starting with CDTC in 2018 as the first Development staff member, she built the fundraising programs and strategies that have helped the organization nearly double its annual budget in under 4 years, and move from five full-time staff to 13. She also brings over five years of marketing and communications experience to BSI’s Board, having worked for several large media companies, and she has experience working in the Federal Government as a former employee of Yosemite National Park. Lauren has served on the Board of Directors for Second Chance Community Garden in Longmont, Colorado, and currently volunteers as a coach for local Helena nonprofit Girls Thrive. You can find her outside of work mountain biking with her husband, Robert, of 8 years, gardening, or spending time with her two Rottweilers, Diezel and Rambler. Lauren has a B.A. in Environmental History and Political Science from Colorado State University.

Michael Schechtman – Secretary-Treasurer

In January of 2001, Mike became the Big Sky Institute’s full–time executive director. Prior to accepting this position, Mike was the president and owner of Eaglecliff Associates, a Helena–based consulting firm specializing in organizational development and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Mike has over 48 years of professional experience in nonprofit program development, administration and fundraising, including 37 years as a consultant to nonprofits in the Northern Rockies. Mike has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.

Kami Stevenson, Board Member

Since December 2011, Kami has served as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer for Stockman Bank of Montana, both in Glendive and Helena. She has ten years of experience in commercial and consumer lending, with knowledge in collective lending with risk partners, including SBA, USDA and economic development corporations. Kami holds a Bachelor of Science in Business/Accounting from Montana State University, Bozeman. She has served various community organizations, including Rotary Club of Glendive, Interact Club of Dawson County High School, Glendive Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, and Eastern Plains Economic Corporation.

In memory of…Marvin Quinlan – Former President

A fifth generation Montanan who managed the family ranch in Forsyth, MT, Marvin was a cattle rancher, attorney, business consultant, community advocate, servant leader and catalyst for change. He was actively engaged in diverse issues ranging from early childhood education, affordable housing and elder care, to state-wide community building and international agriculture. He served as principal founding Board Member of the Community Foundation of Northern Rosebud County, Board Vice President and Board Development Director of One Health Community Health Center Network, Board Chair of Rosebud County Council on Aging, Board Member of Rosebud County Planning Board, Congregation President for Concordia Lutheran Church, and Board Member of Forsyth Friends of Shakespeare. He volunteered at Montana Rescue Mission and Magic City Blues Festival and wrote for local, regional and national publications. Marvin graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Education from MSU Bozeman where he also did graduate work in Agricultural Education and Public Administration. In addition, he held a Juris Doctorate in Law from Seattle University.

Marvin will be deeply missed by BSI and so many others whose lives he touched.

Marvin’s Obituary:

Former Board Members

Marvin Quinlan (deceased), Forsyth, MT

20XX – 2022

Heidi Goettel, Helena, MT
2018 – 2020

Matt Dale (deceased), Helena, MT
2017 – 2018

Mary Hernandez, Billings, MT
2014 – 2016

Bill Milton, Roundup, MT
2008 – 2016

Mark Kelley, Helena, MT
2003 – 2004, 2013-2015

Rod Kopp, Great Falls, MT
2010 -2014

Kelly Rosenleaf, Missoula, MT
2011 – 2013

Hal Fossum, Helena, MT
2006 – 2013

Dick Rule (deceased), Butte, MT
2003 – 2013

Julie DalSoglio, Helena, MT
2004-2011, 2017-2021

Denis Prager, Clyde Park, MT
2008 – 2010

Al Rollo, Great Falls, MT
2005 – 2010

Mary Duede, Townsend, MT
2008 – 2009

Joan Hendricks, Billings, MT
2008 – 2009

Mary Peterson, Bozeman, MT
2008 – 2009

Steve Nelsen, Helena, MT
2003 – 2009

Curt Larsen, Helena, MT

Josh Turner, Helena, MT
1999 – 2005

William B. Pratt, Helena, MT
1999 – 2005

Laurie Dagel, Helena, MT

2004 – 2005

Maureen Garrity (deceased), Helena, MT
2003 – 2004

Sheila Rice, Great Falls, MT
2003 – 2004

Thomas Berg (deceased), Minneapolis, MN 
1999 – 2004

Susan Talbot, Missoula, MT
2002 – 2003

Nancy Ellery, Helena, MT and Jensen Beach, FL
1999 – 2003

Jim Crowfoot, Ann Arbor, MI
1999 – 2001