|The Board of Directors|
|Helen Houlihan - President
Having moved to Missoula when she was 12 years old, Helen Houlihan attended St. Anthony’s Grade School, Sentinel High School and the University of Montana. She was active in sports – tennis, racquetball and golf – so it came as no surprise she pursued a career in the sports and wellness industry.
Helen moved to the Midwest as her husband grew his medical career. She returned to Missoula with her family in the fall of 2008 after an absence of nearly 20 years. After getting settled ‘back in’, she was introduced to Living Art by Board President Shannon Stage, and subsequently began working with the folks at Living Art, volunteering for the annual "The Light Show" fundraiser.
When she was asked to join the board Helen felt that “The energy, enthusiasm, and spirit of the folks involved with Living Art of Montana was amazing as well as inspiring. She said, "I had been looking for a way to give back to the community that had given me so much and I knew this worthy organization felt like the perfect fit; a wonderful chance to contribute my time and energies to a group committed to wellness and healing.”
Helen spends great deal of her time on the pool decks of Missoula as a swim coach for the Missoula County High Schools. When not working, Helen and her husband Greg enjoy spending time with their two daughters, both University of Montana students.
|Eddie Ledermann, MBA - Treasurer
Eddie Ledermann started his café and espresso bar Civitella in the basement of the Missoula Public Library with simplicity in mind. He has created a Meat Club with monthly selections of great food and the very popular meat and greet meetings. He has been helping Living Art for several years as our finance genius.
|David Sande, MBA - Secretary
David Sande has been with First Interstate Bank since 2004 when he started in the Operations Center in Billings, MT. David moved to Missoula in 2005 where he worked as a Financial Services Representative at the Wal-Mart and Albertsons in-store branches. He later transitioned into the Missoula collections office where he worked until he completed his MBA at the University of Montana in 2007. At this point he moved to his current position as a Credit Analyst in the Commercial & Private Banking department at the downtown office. The past two years David has participated as a team member raising funds for the American Heart Association.
|Katie Patten, Glass Artist, Glass Concepts Owner, Partner 4 Ravens Gallery
Katie understands the connection between creativity and spirit, and believes that the process of making something is inherently valuable. A native Montanan, she has lived in Missoula since getting a B.A. in history
|Beth Jaffe, Artist, Facilitator
While earning her BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University, Beth enjoyed as many art classes allowed by the laws of that stuffy academic realm. As a facilitator for our Creativity for Life program, she loves watching the magic of Living Art in action. And in serving on this Board, Beth works to spread the joy, strengthen the hope and nourish the dreams of our vibrant community.