Karen, a native of central Montana, has worked more than twenty-five years in area museums. She worked as a National Park Service Interpreter in Yellowstone National Park, education and outreach curator at the history museum in Jackson, Wyoming, and currently is the curator at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum in Livingston, Montana. Karen manages collections, develops interpretive exhibits and programming, and more. The pandemic created an opportunity for her to develop online programming and exhibits. Karen is also a published author, writing two books about Yellowstone history. She weaves stories into all of her work.
Matt is a native of Ohio, growing up in the small town of Dover about 85 miles south of Cleveland. He attended Hiram College earning a B.A. in History and the University of Akron where he earned his Master’s Degree also in History. Following completion of his M.A. at Akron, he was hired as the Site Historian at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio. Hale Farm and Village is a living history site that is part of the larger Western Reserve Historical Society centered in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 2005, Lautzenheiser was hired as the Executive Director at the Dover Historical Society. The Dover Historical Society operates the J.E. Reeves Victorian Home. The museum interprets the home, Reeves family, and local history of rural Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
In 2014, Lautzenheiser moved to Missoula, MT where he became the Executive Director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. The Historical Museum interprets the history of Missoula County, the forest products industry, Fort Missoula, and the Alien Detention Center that once held over 2200 foreign nationals during WWII. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, one of only six museums in the state of Montana with this distinction.
Outside of his museum work, Lautzenheiser is an avid reader, and has published three books on local history. They are; Images of America: Dover and Legendary Locals of Dover with Arcadia Press and The Dover-Phila Football Rivalry: A Tradition Shared Through its Greatest Games with the History Press.
Matt is an avid runner and has completed the Boston Marathon twice. He lives in Missoula with his wife Kelly and two boys, Douglas and Benjamin.
Heralding from the small Montana cattle town of Ovando, Montana in the heart of the Blackfoot Valley, Racene Friede grew up on the southern end of the Crown of the Continent—an upbringing that helped establish her inherent love for Big Sky Country. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in communication from Montana State University, Racene has spent the majority of her professional career promoting travel and tourism to Montana. Since 2007, Racene has put her more than 29 years of marketing experience to work as the President CEO for Glacier Country Tourism – one of six geographic tourism regions in Montana.
In addition to leading one of Montana’s largest destination marketing organizations (DMOs), Racene is also the lead coordinator for Tourism Matters to Montana and Chair of Voices of Montana Tourism and has been an active board member with the Montana Chamber of Commerce and the Blackfoot Challenge
“I am proud to lead a team of professionals marketing Western Montana as a travel destination both domestically and internationally. Helping to connect people to Montana for a business or leisure travel experience they will remember for a lifetime is not a job but a true pleasure. Building upon the travel experience by promoting the power of tourism for our landscape, our residents and our economy is critically important as they all come together to form an industry of great value to all three.” Racene Friede, President CEO
About Glacier Country
Glacier Country Tourism is a nonprofit organization dedicated to marketing Western Montana as a travel destination. Recognized as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Western Montana, they are funded in part by the state accommodations tax (bed tax) and by private partnership funds. Their region includes 75 communities in eight counties - Flathead, Glacier, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli and Sanders – spanning a geographic area 22,000 square miles.
Sabre is the Executive Director for the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, Montana. Using museum resources and exhibits, her work focuses on developing collaborative partnerships for educational projects with Carter County Public Schools, Museum of the Rockies and Montana State Parks Department. She received a Bachelor's in History at Montana State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Museum Studies and Master's Certificate in Nonprofit
Management from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a PhD student in American Studies at Montana State University, focusing on the interpretation of deep history in rural museums.
Under her leadership, museum attendance has increased by 54 percent and the museum's educational programming and outreach by 400 percent. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide for the National Association for Interpretation and a Site Steward on behalf of Project Archaeology for Medicine Rocks State Park and the Bureau of Land Management. Born and raised on a ranch
in Wyoming, she is intimately familiar with small communities and her work with groups across Montana gives her a special insight into the ways museums can impact rural Montanans.
Amy Webster is the Volunteer Collections Manager at Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana in Charlo, MT, where she has worked intermittently since 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology and museum studies and has completed graduate coursework from Brigham Young University where she worked as assistant collections manager for the Museum of Peoples and Cultures. Amy was instrumental in securing the NEH preservation assessment grant for Ninepipes Museum. She is passionate about working with museum collections and seeing that they are up to best standards and practices of care.
An independent consultant in museum policy and museum collections care, Pat is also Curator of Collections & Exhibits at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell. Past positions include Registrar & Collections Manager for the Museum of the Rockies, Curator of Collections at Virginia City, MT for the Montana Heritage Commission / Montana Historical Society, and Curator for the Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Pat holds an MS and BS from North Dakota State University in Fargo with a specialty in historic clothing. She is a member of and has served extensively with numerous museum professional organizations.
Kathy Barton is the Manager of Guest Services at ZooMontana. For nearly three years, she has worked with front-line staff to provide their visitors with an outstanding experience from entering the front gate to exiting through the gift shop. Kathy took this position after several years working in history museums from Michigan to Montana. In that time, she came to value the close connection between nonprofits and the communities they serve. She knows it is important to create a welcoming atmosphere that fosters recreation and education for guests of all ages and backgrounds. One way Kathy does this is in the gift shop, where she offers a greater selection of toys, souvenirs, and learning materials than the zoo has ever had.
After graduating from Carroll College with a Bachelor of the Arts in Mathematics with a Concentration in Business and Economics, Kaitlin accepted a manager position in 2016 with the Yellowstone Historic Center in West Yellowstone, Montana. Kaitlin is now the Executive Director and oversees operations of both the Museum of the Yellowstone and the Union Pacific Dining Lodge. Kaitlin began serving on the Museums Association of Montana Board in 2019.
Ellen currently serves as the Curator and Fundraising Assistant for the Yellowstone Historic Center. Throughout her four years with the organization, she has officially served under a variety of titles and unofficially served as the social media coordinator and assisted with email newsletters, marketing, website development, and more areas her history studies never prepared her for. Working for a small non-profit means adapting to equally small budgets and finding creative solutions to maintain a stellar online presence.
Jennette Rasch is the Manager of Wise Wonders Science and Discovery Museum in Billings, MT. She holds bachelors and master’s degrees in fine art and worked for over 6 years as the curator and operations manager for the Moss Mansion Historic House Museum in Billings, MT. Jennette has had the privilege of working for the Whitney Gallery at Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY, the Kennedy Museum of Art in Athens, OH, and the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, TX. Her passions include curating exhibits, teaching, and painting and design.
Kendra Newhall is the current Senior Registrar at the Montana Historical Society located in Helena, MT. Past positions include Collections Manager for the Freeport Art Center, Collection Specialist for the Far West Heritage Association and internships at the Andersonville National Historic site and Tarble Arts Center.
Kendra received a Master’s in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University and BA in Art History at Rockford University.
Aaron Genton is the Collections Historian for the Montana Historical Society. A recent transplant to Montana, he spent the previous nine years in Kentucky as the Collections Manager at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. He has an M.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati.