Board & Staff

Board Members

Betsy Donald - Secretary

With her husband Bill and extended family, runs the Cayuse Livestock Company in Melville. She also works part-time at Little Timber Quilts and Candy.  She is an honorary FFA member, the president of the Women of Melville Lutheran Church, and is involved with state and national agricultural industry organizations.

“I am excited to serve a positive, proactive organization and helping it provide a healthy environment for our community.”

Melanie Roe

Melanie has lived in Big Timber her whole life. She is a trustee for the Park Electric Co-op and is part of the CASA program in the 6th Judicial District.  She also is owner/co-manager of the family business, Tom Roe & Son Construction.  She enjoys watching her grand-daughter grow, garden and do stained glass.

"I believe Sweet Grass Community Foundation encourages community residents to continue with current projects as well as explore new ones that will make Big Timber and Sweet Grass County an even better place to live and raise a family!"

Alex Blake

Former Artillery Officer in the US Marine Corp. Nonprofit program coordinator. Helps manage both the family ranch and the family business, Blake Nursery.  Serves on the Sweet Grass County Weed Board.

“Having grown up in Sweet Grass County I care a lot about the community and the great people who live here.  I feel that the people, programs, and projects that we are working with are having a real impact and I’m proud to be part of an organization that is both respected and effective in making a positive difference for so many people.”

Page Dringman - Chair

Page grew up in Sweet Grass County and has a passion for the work of community foundations.  Page owns a law firm and works with the city-planning office.  She also helps out regularly on her families guest ranch north of Big Timber.  Page and her husband have two children. Page brings extensive experience in community foundation work and knowledge of endowments and the Montana Charitable Tax Credit.

Brian Engle - Treasurer

We are very excited to welcome Brian Engle to our Board of Directors.  Brian grew up in Big Timber, raised his children here and is the owner of Pioneer Meats.  Brian serves on several local and state boards and brings a great deal of knowledge to our organization.  

Tara Becken - Vice-Chair

Tara is Program Coordinator for the REAL (Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership) Montana program, and a 5th generation Sweet Grass County cattle producer.  She volunteers as Co-Chair for the Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference and is a member of several state and national agricultural organizations.

"I believe in the benefits of a strong community, and I am excited to be part of this organization as it continues to make a difference in the lives of area residents."

Colter Todd

I was born and raised in Montana and moved permanently to Big Timber in 2014. After graduating from the architecture program at MSU Bozeman, I decided to work more with my hands instead of sitting in an office. Thus my construction company, Circle T Construction, was born in 2011.

I am excited to be part of the special group that helps so many community members and programs. I enjoy seeing community development and progress for our great little town and look forward to helping the many people that help support this community.  

Kathy Mandity

Kathy grew up in Evanston, Illinois, went to school in Indiana, moved to Seattle for graduate school, and worked in the Pacific Northwest software industry for the next 40 years.  In 2015, she and her husband Ed retired and moved to Big Timber, and both have been delighted with the energy and enthusiasm in the community.   Kathy volunteers for a number of organizations, and values the “can do” spirit Big Timber exemplifies.  She is new on the board, and is eager to continue the legacy of giving back to the community as part of Sweet Grass Community Foundation.

Raelyn Thommason

Raelynn will be graduating from SGCHS in May of 2020.  After high school Raelyn plans on pursuing a career in the United States Air Force and obtaining a degree in Criminology.  She has been involved with 4-H for the past six years and is the Big Timber FFA Secretary.  Raelynn hopes to bring views from the SGCHS student body to the Foundation Board.

Staff

Corry Cremer-Seitz - Executive Director

Corry has been the Executive Director since October 2013.  Previous professional experience includes program and staff management, fundraising, and marketing.  In 2014, Corry completed a Master's degree in Health Administration. She is a Big Timber native, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors.

"I am really excited to see the Foundation continue to grow and offer more for our great community."

Jodey Dance - Program and Development Coordinator

Jodey worked for Sweet Grass Community Foundation from 2012-2014 and has stayed involved, volunteering on the Raw Deal Run Committee, since that time.  She joined SGCF staff as the Program Development Coordinator in early 2017.  Jodey began working in the Big Timber area in 1998 as a Wrangler on a Guest Ranch.  She enjoys teaching Zumba classes in town and getting into the mountains as much as possible.

“I’m happy to be back at work at the Foundation – their mission and positive impact is impressive and I like being part of an organization that continues to seek ways to help in the community year after year.  I’m thankful to be part of such a great team.”