Linda joined the Whitefish Community Foundation in 2008. She has over 15 years of nonprofit experience as well as a strong background in arts administration. She holds a BA from the University of Utah and worked in the for-profit financial sector for four years before moving to Whitefish, Montana in 1993. Under her direction, the Foundation’s community grant programs have grown to award over $600,000 annually and assets now exceed $20 million. She lives in Whitefish with her husband Dave and two daughters, Madison and Cassidy, where they enjoy the wonderful skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, the excellent Nordic courses maintained by Glacier Nordic Club, scenic hikes in Glacier National Park and the pristine water of Whitefish Lake.
Vice President, Finance and Operations
Daria started her tenure with the Community Foundation as a contract accountant in 2002. She joined the Community Foundation staff in 2013 as the controller and today serves as the Vice President of Finance and Operations. Prior to joining our staff she worked as an independent accountant for various businesses in the Flathead Valley, including many nonprofits. She holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Miami and has previously worked as an auditor and senior accountant in Miami. Daria has lived in Whitefish since 1998 with her husband Juan and two children, Sarah and Mathew.
Lynnette Donaldson joined the Whitefish Community Foundation in 2016 as the Donor Relations and Finance Assistant. She holds a B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia and moved to Whitefish in 2002 from Nelson, British Columbia, where she worked at the community hospital as a clinical pharmacist. She has enjoyed working with Whitefish nonprofits, and most recently has served on the Board of Directors of the North Valley Music School, Whitefish PTA, and Project Whitefish Kids. In 2005, Lynnette and her husband Mark founded the medical continuing education company Med WoRx, which she managed until several partners retired in 2015. Lynnette, Mark, and their children Sam and Georgia spend the winters skiing, and summers golfing and hiking.
Marketing and Events Coordinator
Kayla Nickells joins the Whitefish Community Foundation as the Marketing and Events Coordinator. She holds a BBA in Marketing and has been in the Non-Profit sector for the last five years. She began and directed a Forest Preschool and Home school program, taught with the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and the Glacier Institute, and did marketing for a Texas non-profit. She and her husband moved to Whitefish from Dallas, Texas and are thrilled to be a part of such a locally minded community.
Linda joined the Foundation as the Administrator in 2012 and worked in that capacity for two years. She is now supporting the organization by working on Special Projects. After moving to Whitefish in 1989, Linda was a stay-at-home mom for many years, filling her time as a board member or volunteer in a number of nonprofit organizations. Once her sons, David and Willie were off to college she was able to put her nonprofit and administrative experience to work at the Whitefish Community Foundation. She and her husband Russ enjoy kayaking, skiing, and traveling.