Meet our Team
Linda Engh-Grady – President
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 $38 million. In 2015, she organized the first Great Fish Community Challenge , an annual giving campaign, that has awarded over $12 million to local nonprofits in just six years.
Daria Perez – Vice President, Finance & Operations
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.
Lynnette Donaldson – Program & Outreach Officer
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.
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.
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.