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Kim eder
board president

Kim has served on multiple nonprofit boards in Montana. She’s been a volunteer with the Sanctuary for the last 14 years, including 5 years on the board, where she has served as both Secretary and President. She has been involved in habitat construction at YWS, as well as remodeling, fundraising, marketing, and doing purchasing for the gift shop.

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Sam is a dance instructor and owns a cleaning business. In her five years on the board, she has worked on fundraising and assisted with building remodeling, habitat construction, and cleaning. She is very active with promoting the Sanctuary on social media. She was an active and passionate volunteer before joining the board of directors.

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Susan is a business owner who brings both management and bookkeeping skills to YWS. She has a passion for animals, and volunteers in many ways around the Sanctuary.

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Susan recently joined our Board after volunteering for several years. Her passion for animals and gift for fundraising brought her to YWS. She is the Finance Director at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, which supports all charities in the area. Susan previously owned a business here and served as a volunteer for many organizations and non-profits.

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Russ joined the Sanctuary board in 1992, and served in various roles (including board president) over the next ten years. He has just re-joined the board. Russ owns a business that sells custom designed and built modular diagnostic buildings, workforce housing, related products and services.

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Diane Casanova is originally from Houston, Texas. She was born to two Colombian immigrant parents who came to the United States make their American Dream a reality. Now in Billings, Diane works as a producer and reporter for a local news station. She has a strong love for animals big and small, and is a fierce advocate for the Sanctuary’s mission of education.

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Joan’s degrees in medical records and computer science make her an IT resource for the board. She is a tireless fundraiser, and has a great deal of city planning and economic development volunteer experience. She also volunteered as a first responder for stranded marine mammals and sea turtles through the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration.

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Becky is the City Attorney for Red Lodge. She brings her extensive legal background and government experience to the table, and has helped the Sanctuary with contracts and other legal documents. Before joining our board, she served on the board of the United Cerebral Palsy Center.

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Linda worked for AT&T in their Plant Department for 3 years, handling 5 crews of 6 men each. She then worked for Santa Clara County Social Services as an Eligibility Case Worker II for 4 years. This entailed insuring eligibility for 160 families for Aid to Families with Dependent Children. She brings to YWS her expertise with budgeting, financial planning, and insurance.

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Before joining our board, Sarah worked as Executive Director for the museum and historical society in Red Lodge and partnered with the Sanctuary on projects like a bison educational exhibit that ran at the museum and YWS simultaneously. Her degree is in Intercultural Communications & Media, and she brings YWS marketing, video production & post-production, and business skills.

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Clare has put in thousands of hours of volunteer time at YWS over the last 20 years, building and maintaining our gardens and helping out with volunteer coordination and public events. She has served on the board for over 20 years.