Board of Directors

President and Treasurer

Sharon Brodie

Sharon Brodie was born and raised at the confluence of two great rivers, the Missouri and the Yellowstone, and she has always been fascinated by the everyday miracle that is water. She moved from Fairview to Gallatin County to attend Montana State University in 1984 and excepting her time at graduate school in Bowling Green has never lived outside of the state. Some people say that makes her provincial. To that she says, "I'll never leave Montana, brother."

At FCCF, Ms. Brodie is responsible for all program planning, financial planning, and reporting for the foundation. Prior to her current position, Ms. Brodie served as the director of development for Western Sustainability Exchange (WSE). In addition to her development role at WSE, Ms. Brodie was deeply involved in program planning and execution. Before working at WSE, Ms. Brodie was the Northern Rockies development and finance manager for Sonoran Institute. She has served on the Gallatin Area Planning Grants Advisory Board, the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council, and was Board Chair for the Gallatin-Park Chapter of Montana Conservation Voters. She was also Secretary and Treasure of the Southwestern Montana Barrel Racing Association, is a former member of the Bozeman Vikings Dragon Boat Team, and is a proud Water Babe.

Ms. Brodie has a grown son and daughter-in-law (and a new grand daughter!) who live in Belgrade. Her family is a bunch of unapologetic river rats and are out on the water as much as they can manage it. Lately, she fishes less and floats more, so if you see an extremely content person alone in some kind of boat on an odd stretch of river, it might be her. Please be sure and say hello!

Vice-President

Jeff Rupp

Jeff Rupp served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Human Resource Development Council of District IX (HRDC) for 35 years. He remains in service to HRDC’s mission as a Senior Advisor to their Board of Directors and CEO. Under his leadership, the organization developed Montana’s first community land trusts in Bozeman and Livingston. His vision and commitment to public transit resulted in the Streamline bus service, which now provides over 300,000 fare-free rides annually to employees, students, seniors and visitors.

Jeff served as a Bozeman City Commissioner, and on numerous local, state, and national boards in the areas of community development, housing, poverty, workforce development, and conservation, including Montana Board of Housing, Bozeman Historic Preservation Board, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and Montana Conservation Corps as a founder.

Jeff currently serves on the Capitol Opportunities, Inc. Board of Directors, advancing the quality of in home health services across the state, and the Community First Fund of Montana Board of Directors, working to bring Montana the good things in life.

Jeff resides in Bozeman with his wife, Eileen Carpenter. They have 4 adult children.

Secretary

Wendy Weaver

Wendy Weaver is a licensed professional civil engineer with over 20 years in land development, water, wastewater infrastructure, and water resource design.  Wendy is a member of the Montana State University (MSU) Civil Engineering Advisory Committee, and serves as a Professional Mentor of MSU Engineers Without Borders, working to bring clean water and sanitation to elementary schools in rural Kenya. She has also worked as a consultant with the Northern Plains Resource Council and the Stillwater Mine on their Good Neighbor Agreement, which was developed between the community and the mine to protect the area’s quality of life, agriculture land and water. She strongly believes in protecting and enhancing Montana’s valuable water resources, and promoting landscape resiliency.

When she is not busy working to make the world a more resilient place to live in, and being engaged in community based initiatives, she is truly a Montana girl at heart. Wendy is a loving and involved mother of two, endurance trail runner, avid page 6 chick, gardener, and–more often than not– can be found on or near water.

Director

Pat Byorth

Patrick Byorth joined the Montana Water Program at Trout Unlimited as a staff attorney in August, 2009 and became Director of Montana Water in 2013. His work at Trout Unlimited focuses on restoration of instream flows and habitats to benefit native and wild fishes through community-based efforts.

He spent nearly 17 years as a fisheries biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks working to restore Arctic grayling, Yellowstone and westslope cutthroat trout in their native waters. As a fisheries biologist managing the renowned wild trout fisheries of the Madison and Gallatin river basins, Pat watched over mountain lakes, reservoirs, and streams large and small. During a building boom in the area, he was deeply involved in permitting and land use planning issues, attempting to ensure streams and fisheries were not overlooked by development.

Pat shifted gears in 2006, entering the legal profession to focus on water law, instream flow restoration, and water policy reform, earning a J.D. at UM School of Law in 2009. He earned a B.A. in biology and chemistry from Carroll College and an M.S. in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University. Pat served as President of the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and was recognized as the Chapter's Fisheries Professional of the Year in 2006. He was the founding Chairman of Montana Aquatic Resources Services, Inc., an aquatic mitigation company innovating new strategies for restoring Montana’s streams, lakes and wetlands and continues to serve on MARS’ executive committee. Pat served as Vice Chair of the Greater Gallatin Water Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Four Corners Community Foundation.

Director

George Metcalfe

George Metcalfe is a social entrepreneur who has engaged in change and development endeavors for more than 40 years in some 50 countries and 15 developing nations and economies in Eastern Europe and Africa. He’s worked on similar projects in the United States, but the bulk of his work has been accomplished overseas. Says Mr. Metcalfe, “ I am a Montanan by birth. My early years as a boy in Montana, in Butte where I was raised, gave me a background and drive to see and understand the world I did not know yet existed.”

Since retiring to Bozeman, Mr. Metcalfe has done extensive work with Engineers Without Borders and is a founding member of the Four Corners Community Foundation.

Director

Paul Shennum

Paul Shennum began his distinguished career with Lockheed Aircraft (1958, 1959) where he tested structural aircraft components. He then moved on to the Boeing Company (1960-1963, 1967-2000). His 37 years at Boeing were comprised of work related to the Air Force military, such as the Minuteman III ICBM, AWACS, Projects of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, military aircraft, and developing the Airborne Laser Combat 747. He rose to the position of Vice-president of Boeing’s $3.5 billion Airborne Laser program.

While at Boeing, Mr. Shennum led a team of three Boeing senior managers for the Executive Service Corp in developing strategic plans for non-profit companies that serve homeless families and individuals in the Seattle area. As a result of this work, he was asked to be on the board of directors for First Avenue Service Center and the Compass Center. After implementation, he stepped aside and served as an advisor. After moving to Bozeman, he was invited to be a guest lecturer at Montana State University. The purpose of this seminar was to educate students on corporate life after graduation. Attendance was often in the hundreds. In 2002, he became one of the founding members of the Four Corners Community Foundation.

Mr. Shennum holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Sequence from the University of Southern California and a PH.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington.

Director

Kerry Strasheim

Kerri Strasheim has been employed with the Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) Bozeman office since 2005, starting in the adjudication program. In February of 2008 she began training to move into the new appropriations program and in August of that year she was promoted to the position of manager. Prior to DNRC, she worked for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) investigating New Zealand Mud Snails and performing lab work with relation to fish health.

Ms. Strasheim received her BS in Earth Sciences from MSU-Bozeman with an emphasis in geohydrology and a microbiology option. She also completed her MS in Earth Sciences from MSU-Bozeman, studying septic system influence on water quality in surface water and ground water.

Kerri was born and raised on an irrigated farm in Terry, Montana, where she learned to appreciate water use and availability starting in childhood. Her hobbies include fishing, birding, CrossFit, volunteering (ARC and GAL/CASA), and volleyball.

Board of Directors

President - Sharon Brodie

Vice President - Jeff Rupp

Secretary - Wendy Weaver

Director - Pat Byorth

Director - George Metcalfe

Director - Paul Shennum

Director - Kerry Strasheim

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