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About Our Board of Directors

Board President

Anne Baccus

Anne grew up in a family where service and community were key. Throughout college, the plan was to finish school then build a career in the non-profit sector. However, after graduating from the University of Southern California, what was supposed to be a fun (and temporary) stint in Montana turned into a love of the mountains, the outdoors, and small-town charm.

Anne is a marketing manager at Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply which is where the introduction to Eagle Mount began. What started as a lunch meeting to discuss the 2012 Western Rendezvous sponsorship, ended with Anne joining the Eagle Mount marketing committee on which she served and eventually chaired. Anne has been on the board since 2018.

Vice President

Nate Good

Nate is a Partner based in Crowley Fleck’s Bozeman office and is a practice group leader in the firm’s commercial transactions practice group. Prior to joining Crowley Fleck, Nate was an associate in the Denver office of a large international law firm. Nate received his J.D. in 2008 from Duke University School of Law and received a B.A. in 2003 from Colby College.

Nate focuses his practice on transactional matters, including business structuring, formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, real estate transactions and development, and general commercial and contract matters. Nate prides himself on taking a client-focused approach with the goal of helping clients solve problems and achieve desired outcomes in an effective and efficient manner. Nate’s clients include individuals, small businesses and larger multi-state businesses.

Treasurer

Cynthia Prince-Fox

Before retiring and moving to Montana in 2018, Cynthia Prince-Fox spent 35 years with her former employer Waddell & Reed, Inc. She joined the firm in 1983 as an equity analyst and progressed into a variety of roles. She was named assistant portfolio manager of the Waddell & Reed Core Investment Fund in 1991. She became portfolio manager of the Waddell & Reed Continental Income Fund in 1993, which began her oversight of the firm’s balanced strategies. Named one of the top 100 funds in 2012. She managed the balanced strategies, until 2014, when she became co-portfolio manager of the Ivy Asset Strategy Fund, the $40 billion marquee fund of the company.

Originally from Kerrville, Texas, Cynthia has her BBA from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and an MBA from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. She as been an active supporter of a number of organizations, including Operation Breakthrough and the HALO foundation, both in Kansas City. Since moving to Montana, Cynthia has been a volunteer for Eagle Mount and a member of the Montana Wilderness Association. She is currently in the process of developing a piece of property in Gallatin Gateway to provide local residents with fresh produce in the future.

Board Member

Casey Ferguson

Casey discovered the magic of Eagle Mount in 2011 when his firm was awarded the opportunity to create the organization’s 30th Anniversary film. From that moment on, Casey has enjoyed participating in Eagle Mount community events and witnessing the pure joy and sense of freedom that occur everyday at Eagle Mount’s campus and Bozeman’s big backyard.

A Montana native, Casey is driven by the possibilities that blossom at the intersection of creativity and commerce. A mindset he has employed throughout his career and at Eagle Mount.

Casey serves as Vice President of Marketing for Zoot. With offices in Bozeman (HQ), Billings, Frankfurt DE, and Leeds UK, Zoot is a global provider of automated decision management and data acquisition solutions for leading organizations worldwide.

Board Member

Ed Goldberg

Edward has been a life-long advocate of giving a voice to those who may be under represented. He has experience working with sheltered workshops, abused and neglected children and juvenile offenders. In addition to which he has served on the Board of Governors of Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, Board of Overseers at Colby College and board member of the Montana Chamber Music Society

Before retiring and moving to Bozeman almost 15 years ago, Ed was Managing Director of Drexel Burnham Lambert and Credit Suisse while engaged in a variety of philanthropic institutions.

His current passion is to support the Eagle Mount community holistically by overcoming challenges and providing a balanced and safe environment for the entire family.

Board Member

Phoebe Koch

Dr. Phoebe Koch and her family moved from Minnesota to Bozeman four years ago, and we were delighted to discover Eagle Mount. She is a physician and a mother of four kids, ages 4-14. Her daughter Ocean is an Eagle Mount participant and has enjoyed the ski program, horseback riding, adaptive swim program and summer adventure days. Dr. Koch have enjoyed the parent support group and occasional retreats. Now that her kids are getting older (no more diapers!) she is becoming more involved with Eagle Mount.

Dr. Koch is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Medical School. During her internship in internal medicine at the Hospital of St. Raphael, she was named “Preliminary Medicine Resident of the Year.” She completed her dermatology residency at the University of Minnesota, during which time she received the Women’s Dermatologic Society Mentorship Award. She then spent five years working as a dermatologist in Minnesota, serving as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota, before relocating to Montana. Her medical training has brought her to Cuba, New Zealand and Tanzania, where she worked at a regional dermatology training center. Although she enjoys treating all manner of skin conditions, her special interests include women’s health, international medicine, and autoimmune disease.

Board Member

Kristy Michael

Kristy Michael has always wanted to be a veterinarian, and maybe it’s not too late; but for now, she’s happy to be the mom of two adult children, partner of Dave who works at MSU, and a retired elementary teacher from the Bozeman School District. Kristy’s areas of interest in education have always been science, art, and outdoor education. After 30+ years in the classroom, she now supervises teacher candidates for MSU. For two terms, Kristy served on the board at Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS), was the past board president of MOSS, and currently is the board secretary for the BLITZZ/SURF Futbol Club. She has been an Eagle Mount participant and volunteer in several aquatics programs and likes to read and play with the family dog near water.

Board Member

Don Pilotte

Don is an MSU graduate and has been selling real estate in the Big Sky area and beyond for over 30+ years. Don has been elected president of two different real estate boards and was the Realtor of the Year for the Gallatin Association of Realtors in 2008. Don has been a managing or supervising broker for 18 years and has managed regional offices as well as two different real estate firms. Don’s roots run deep in Montana, raised in Polson and moving to Bozeman in the late 60’s.

Board Member

Sandee Mills

Sandee’s Eagle Mount life began in 1987–volunteering with the horse and ski programs before Eagle Mount had dedicated program facilities. Her daughter, Storey, became an Eagle Mount kid at a young age. A few years after her daughter passed away, Sandee continued her involvement and was a board member from 2008 to 2010. Sandee eventually made it back to the barn and ski hill, graduating to the teaching team, where she earned an adaptive ski instructor credential. Currently she’s writing a memoir about Storey and their journey (anyone know of a good agent?). Her son Hayden and husband, John, have also volunteered with Eagle Mount. Sandee is very passionate about Eagle Mount and the lives it changes.

Board Member

Lynn Shanahan

Ms. Shanahan was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Kellwood Company, a leading manufacturer and marketer of women’s and girl’s apparel. She positioned the portfolio company for rapid growth by developing and implementing Kellwood’s market platform strategy focusing on building strong premium Contemporary brands.

Ms. Shanahan is also founder of C2Group LLC, a company that partners with strategic companies and private equity firms, providing operating management dedicated to brand development, revenue generation and growth for its clients. Notably, she identified new market potential for Marimekko, a Finland-based textile, serving as its North American president.

During her 15-year tenure with Tommy Hilfiger, Ms. Shanahan was integral in shaping the company’s vision, growth and future development plans and served in increasingly responsible leadership positions, including Group President. She led the divisional presidents in managing the U.S. wholesale businesses and had oversight of all U.S and International product-licensed businesses.

Shanahan earned an MS degree from Columbia University, and received her BA from the University of Michigan. She is a member of The Committee of 200, Boldcap Ventures Fund, and the U.S. Foreign Policy Advisory Council for Women at the Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves on the Trustees of George Jackson Academy.

Board Member

Rob Taishoff

Captain Robert P. Taishoff, JAGC, USN (ret) is the CEO of Annapolis Yacht Sales and Service. Rob graduated from Syracuse University in 1986 and received a law degree from Widener Law School in May 1989. He completed an LL.M with highest honors at George Washington University School of Law in 2002. He has established a number of philanthropic programs through his family foundation, for which he is President and Trustee. He serves as the Chairman of the Taishoff Family Foundation, is a member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors for the National Down Syndrome Society.

Board Member

Christine Baker

Christine is originally from Michigan and moved to Big Sky to be a ski instructor in 1998. Christine is now Big Sky Resort’s Vice President of Mountain Sports, a role she has been in for three years. Christine has a B.S. in Elementary Education and taught kindergarten at Ophir School for a couple of years before coming back to ski instruction full-time.

Christine was first involved with adaptive programing when she was a high school volunteer with Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center. At Big Sky Resort, Christine has worked closely with Eagle Mount and looks forward to growing her contribution, especially in the realms of operations and programming.

Board Member

Matt Dowdell

Matt moved to Bozeman with his wife, Kelley, in 2016 after living in Livingston for 23 years. Matt has three adult children: Haley (27); Jack (24) and Maddy (21) spread out around the state. Matt co-owns five Ace Hardware stores where he has worked for the last 16 years. His volunteer work over the last 20+ has mostly centered around organization serving kids. In his free time, Matt is an avid fisherman, traveler, skier, and pursuing all the adventures Montana has to offer.

Board Member

Neal Baggett

Neal Baggett was born in eastern North Carolina where he grew up spending most of his days outside; surfing, skateboarding, golfing, playing tennis and fishing. He moved out to Montana for college and picked up rock-climbing, snow-boarding and fly-fishing along the way. In his late 20s, Neal decided to go for his master’s degree in architecture at MSU. Around this time, Neal met and married his wife, Ann, a Bozeman native. Neal and Ann have a son, Jackson, who is now 15 and starting his freshman year at Bozeman High School. Neal, Ann and Jackson love to spend time together with family and friends, at home and traveling.

Over a decade ago, Neal was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder. As Neal lost his ability to walk, he looked for support to get back to the activities that brought him to Montana. He came to Eagle Mount at a vulnerable time of his life where he learned to sit-ski. After a few years gaining confidence with the ski program, he started volunteering teaching others to sit-ski. As his confidence grew he explored other activities such as paragliding with Project Airtime in Draper, UT. These early years with Eagle Mount and Project Airtime have been integral in Neal’s growth and life moving forward in a positive direction.

In 2015, Neal founded ThomBagg Architects with fellow-architect Jeff Thompson, and they have been leading design-build projects in the community ever since. Neal particularly enjoys building teams and helping direct projects of complexity and scale. A natural people-person, Neal enjoys and respects the people he works with and always feels he has something to learn from working with others. Neal is grateful to be rejoining the board and to be part of Eagle Mount’s planning for the future. This will be Neal’s second term on the Eagle Mount board; he finds that serving on the board is an enjoyable way to give back to the community and to Eagle Mount, in particular.

Board Member

Meredith Scully

Meredith Scully has a background in and passion for special education. She has a master’s in both social work and education with a concentration in special education and elementary education. From 2004 until 2008 Meredith served as a 4th grade special education teacher in Chappaqua, New York. Shortly following moving to Montana with her family, Meredith founded and served as the Executive Director of Cottonwood Day School, the only private, non-profit school for elementary and middle school students with learning disabilities in the state of Montana. Meredith holds a Montana State Class 1 Professional Teaching License

Board Member

Kevin Germain

Kevin’s first introduction to Eagle Mount began as an MSU college student in the 90’s when he volunteered for two seasons for the Bridger Bowl ski program. Kevin’s career has kept him on the periphery of Eagle Mounts activities through his employment with Moonlight Basin, in Big Sky. Kevin has worked in planning and development in Big Sky for 20 years, the majority of the time for Moonlight Basin, and most recently for Lone Mountain Land Company. Kevin has an undergraduate degree in geohydrology and master’s in civil engineering. He was a founding member of Big Sky’s Bear Smart committee as well as a director for the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce. Kevin is currently serving his second term on the Big Sky Resort Area District. He has three children, one in the Big Sky School District and two in college. Kevin is an avid outdoorsman who loves skiing, bow hunting, fly fishing, trail running and mountain biking.