Meet our Team
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 $50 million. In 2015, she organized the first Great Fish Community Challenge , an annual giving campaign, that has awarded over $17 million to local nonprofits in just seven years.
Daria Perez – Chief Financial Officer
Daria started her tenure with the Community Foundation as a contract accountant in 2002. Today, she serves as the Chief Financial Officer. 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 – Director, Programs and Outreach
Lynnette joined the Community Foundation in 2016 as Donor Relations and Finance Assistant, and now manages grant programs and nonprofit capacity-building efforts. Prior to 2016, she was involved with several nonprofits, serving as a volunteer and board member. She holds a B.Sc. in Pharmacy, and worked as a clinical pharmacist at several hospitals in rural British Columbia before relocating to Whitefish with her family in 2002. Lynnette can be found on the slopes in the winter and hiking in the summer with her husband Mark, adult kids and Taiko the mountain-climbing labradoodle.
Jill Seigmund– Grants and Program outreach Associate
Jill joined Whitefish Community Foundation’s staff in 2021 and enjoys helping nonprofit organizations secure the training, funding, and other 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. Jill has lived in Whitefish since 1996 and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Pete and sons Henry and Walt.
Liz Scholten– Finance Associate
Liz joined Whitefish Community Foundation’s staff in 2022 after a successful career in banking and finance. For several years, she served as a volunteer counselor for SCORE and assisted small businesses during their start-up phase. At Whitefish Community Foundation, Liz enjoys seeing donors achieve their giving goals, and she equally enjoys getting to know the needs of local nonprofits. Liz grew up in New England and has lived in Kalispell for many years with her husband and son. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of William and Mary and is a Certified Public Accountant. On the weekends, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and paddle boarding.