Our Board

Board Officers

  Roy Beekman, President   Roy is a retired general contractor who was born and raised here in the Flathead Valley. Both Roy and his wife have been involved in numerous youth athletic activities with Roy serving on the Kidsports board of directors since its inception. Roy has a lifelong love of books and libraries and is committed to helping the ImagineIF Libraries grow to meet current needs.

Roy Beekman, President

Roy is a retired general contractor who was born and raised here in the Flathead Valley. Both Roy and his wife have been involved in numerous youth athletic activities with Roy serving on the Kidsports board of directors since its inception. Roy has a lifelong love of books and libraries and is committed to helping the ImagineIF Libraries grow to meet current needs.

  Laura Bean, Vice President   After raising their two children, Laura and her husband retired from careers in the Midwest and moved to Montana. They own an orchard in Bigfork where they enjoy sharing their bounty with others. Laura has a passion for libraries and feels strongly that libraries strengthen our community and help create life-long learners

Laura Bean, Vice President

After raising their two children, Laura and her husband retired from careers in the Midwest and moved to Montana. They own an orchard in Bigfork where they enjoy sharing their bounty with others. Laura has a passion for libraries and feels strongly that libraries strengthen our community and help create life-long learners

  Susie Burch, Treasurer   Susie worked as a petroleum geophysicist in New Orleans, co-owned the tour boat concession in Glacier National Park and directed the Continuing Education Center at Flathead Valley Community College before her retirement in June 2017. She is married to Art, step-mother to Cristina and mother to Sandy. Susie credits her parents with instilling her love of words, books and libraries.

Susie Burch, Treasurer

Susie worked as a petroleum geophysicist in New Orleans, co-owned the tour boat concession in Glacier National Park and directed the Continuing Education Center at Flathead Valley Community College before her retirement in June 2017. She is married to Art, step-mother to Cristina and mother to Sandy. Susie credits her parents with instilling her love of words, books and libraries.

 
  Valerie Kurth, Secretary   Valerie spent more than 10 years in academic teaching and research before moving to the Flathead Valley in 2014 to work for the conservation district. She has always been an avid reader and user of public libraries, and she enthusiastically joined the Foundation Board in 2018 because she wanted to support the community.

Valerie Kurth, Secretary

Valerie spent more than 10 years in academic teaching and research before moving to the Flathead Valley in 2014 to work for the conservation district. She has always been an avid reader and user of public libraries, and she enthusiastically joined the Foundation Board in 2018 because she wanted to support the community.

  Connie Behe, Library Director   Connie Behe was promoted to Library Director in 2018 after nearly a decade of leadership roles at ImagineIF Libraries. A lifelong lover of information, ideas, and people, Connie advocates for social justice and human rights through library services.

Connie Behe, Library Director

Connie Behe was promoted to Library Director in 2018 after nearly a decade of leadership roles at ImagineIF Libraries. A lifelong lover of information, ideas, and people, Connie advocates for social justice and human rights through library services.

  Charlotte Housel, Executive Director   After moving to the Flathead Valley from Brooklyn with her husband Jonathan, a Bigfork native, Charlotte joined the Foundation in 2017, bringing a professional background in strategy and advertising. An avid reader, libraries have always felt like places of refuge for her. She is excited to raise her son, Arthur, in a place where he has access to both natural beauty and rich cultural institutions like ImagineIF.

Charlotte Housel, Executive Director

After moving to the Flathead Valley from Brooklyn with her husband Jonathan, a Bigfork native, Charlotte joined the Foundation in 2017, bringing a professional background in strategy and advertising. An avid reader, libraries have always felt like places of refuge for her. She is excited to raise her son, Arthur, in a place where he has access to both natural beauty and rich cultural institutions like ImagineIF.

Board Members

M.B. Bertram, Board Member

Anne Biby, Board Member

Carla Fisher, Past President

Barbara Gutschenritter, Board Member

Cathy Meredith, Board Member

Michael Morton, Library Board Representative

Adele Murphy, Friends of the Library Representative

Marylane Pannell, Board Member

Beth Steele, Board Member

Erica Wirtala, Board Member

Valerie Kurth, Board Member