Meet our Team

Linda Engh-Grady, President

Linda Engh-Grady – President & CEO

Linda joined the Whitefish Community Foundation in 2008. She has over 19 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 before moving to Whitefish, Montana in 1993. Under her direction, the Foundation’s community grant programs have grown significantly and assets now exceed $41 million. In 2015, she organized the first Great Fish Community Challenge , an annual giving campaign, that has awarded over $13 million to local nonprofits in just six years.

Contact Regarding:
  • Opening a Fund with WCF
  • Becoming a Donor and Circle of Giving
  • Estate Planning and Planned Giving Questions
  • Setting up a Legacy Fund
  • WCF Board and Governance questions
  • Information about the Community Foundation

Daria Perez, VP Finance and Operations

Daria Perez – Chief Financial Officer

Daria started her tenure with the Community Foundation as a contract accountant in 2002. Today, she 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.

Contact Regarding:
  • Financial Questions
  • Fund Statements
  • Tax Questions
  • Nonprofit Accounting
  • Financial Reporting and Investment Management
  • Gifts of Stock

Lynnette Donaldson, Program and Outreach Officer

Lynnette Donaldson – Director of Program and Outreach

Lynnette Donaldson joined the Whitefish Community Foundation in 2016 as the Donor Relations and Finance Assistance. She has most recently moved to be the Whitefish Community Foundation’s Program and Outreach Officer. 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.

Contact Regarding:
  • Questions about applying for a grant
  • Applying for the Great Fish Community Challenge
  • Nonprofit with general questions on how the Whitefish Community Foundation can help

Linda Hobbs, Special Projects

Madeline Axtell – Donor Services Associate

Madeline joined the Whitefish Community Foundation in 2021 as the Donor Services Associate. She holds a B.Sc. in Kinesiology and Political Science from Penn State University. Madeline moved to Whitefish in 2018 shortly after getting married to her husband, Keegan, who is now a plumbing apprentice in Whitefish. Prior to joining our staff, she was the Director of Operations at SOBBACYCLE in downtown Whitefish. She enjoys being integrated in the community and loves the history and authenticity of Whitefish. When she isn’t at work you can usually find her outside exploring or playing with her two black cats, Django and TK.

Contact Regarding:
  • Making a gift online
  • Accessing your fund online
  • Requesting a Grant from your Donor Advised Fund
  • Tax Receipts
  • Information about the Patron Ski Pass and Golf Pass Programs
  • Updating your contact information

Linda Hobbs, Special Projects

Jill Seigmund– Grants and Program outreach Associate

Jill Seigmund joined Whitefish Community Foundation’s staff in 2021 and is passionate about helping nonprofit organizations secure the training and resources they need to do their best work. Jill grew up in Great Falls and holds a B.A. from the University of Montana’s School of Journalism and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Public Administration from the University of Montana’s Andrew Blewett III School of Law. She has nearly 30 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in various professional and volunteer roles. Jill has lived in Whitefish since 1996 and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Pete and sons Henry and Walt.

Contact Regarding:
  • Applying for Scholarships
  • NpDP Workshop Questions
  • Grant Application Support
  • Community Outreach
  • Media Questions

Linda Hobbs, Special Projects

Linda Hobbs – Special Projects

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.

Contact Regarding:
  • Tax receipts
  • Making a gift online
  • Accessing your fund online
  • Questions about your Great Fish Community Challenge Donation