Richard Turbiak, Executive Director, (Kalispell) comes to Citizens with over 35 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors, and has been deeply engaged in the communities in which he’s lived. He has served on the boards of the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. He’s also an artist and has served on the Boulder Arts Commission. He continues to reconcile an analyst’s head with an artist’s heart. And although he doesn’t have direct land-use planning policy experience, he’s spent over 20 years living in Boulder, where it’s in the community’s DNA. Richard is a native of New York City who first fell in love with the Flathead Valley on a cross-country road trip 25 years ago and fell in love with the area – it’s beauty, the people – and he knew this is where he wanted to settle. After a continuing life journey through Taos, New Mexico and Boulder, Colorado, he and his wife feel they’ve arrived.
Allison Batch, Sustainability Programs Coordinator, (Kalispell) joined us in February 2015. A Minnesota native, Allison graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Sociology and Sustainability Studies. Allison first moved to Montana in 2011 to work for a Nature Conservancy-owned guest ranch on the Rocky Mountain Front and consequently fell in love with the state. She completed two AmeriCorps service terms in Helena, first as a Crew Leader for the Montana Conservation Corps, then as a VISTA with a non-profit organization focused on recycling and multi-modal transportation. Allison is passionate about public service, environmental stewardship, and getting into the woods often.
Linda Jaquette, Executive Assistant, (Columbia Falls) joined our staff in December 2014. She spent the last 23 years of her career working as a graphic designer, advertising writer and multi-media coordinator at Hagadone Montana Publishing LLC. Linda and her husband moved here from Northern California 28 years ago to Many Glacier as the owners, operators of the horse concessions in Glacier National Park. Prior to that, she worked in the transportation department of San Juan Unified School District in Carmichael, California. She served as the chief job steward and political action coordinator for Chapter 127 of the California School Employees Association for over six years. She has run for state legislature twice, is committed to social justice, protecting the environment and is an advocate for our mission. Linda has a degree in computer information science and graphic design.
Don Bauder, Volunteer Bookkeeper, has given CBF more than twenty four years of great volunteer service and provided important consistency and stability in this task. Equally noteworthy is his passion and long-term advocacy for our mission.