Leadership
Foundation Staff
Heidi Hickethier
Foundation Director
Heidi Hickethier holds a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Western Governor’s University and Bachelor’s in business administration and communications from the University of Montana Western.
Heidi came to the Immanuel Foundation from Flathead Valley Community College, where she served as the Director of Foundation Development and led fundraising efforts that supported scholarships, programs, and capital projects.

Before joining the FVCC team, Heidi worked in the finance department of the Kalispell Public School District. She previously served as the director of the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project, co-director for the Kalispell Ski Club Learn to Ski program, and president of the Russell Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.

Heidi and her husband Don are native Montanans. They have two daughters and enjoy camping, skiing, traveling, music, art and sports.
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Lauren Davis, Ph.D.
Communications and Office Manager
Lauren Davis holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Kalamazoo College and Western Washington University.
She’s taught at colleges in Connecticut and New York and her scholarly work has appeared in Early American Literature. In her role at the Immanuel Foundation, Lauren writes and manages grants, appeals, and other fundraising communications.

Lauren has been working for Immanuel Lutheran Communities since February 2016, when she joined the Buffalo Hill Terrace administrative department. She has been part of the Development team since September 2017.

She is delighted to be living in Kalispell near her family. When she is not working, Lauren enjoys reading, writing fiction, and performing with the Valley Voices Community Choir and playing clarinet with the Flathead Valley Community Band.
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Foundation Board

The Foundation’s Board of Directors, drawn from communities throughout the Flathead Valley, oversees the financial and strategic direction of the Foundation and aids fundraising efforts. The Board is committed to ensuring the Foundation stays on course regarding its fundraising, strategic direction, and financial management.

Kelly Rieke
Foundation Board President
Kelly Rieke is the Vice President and Controller for Glacier Bank in Kalispell, Montana, where she provides financial analysis for the company and guidance for the accounting department.
Kelly Rieke is the Vice President and Controller for Glacier Bank in Kalispell, Montana, where she provides financial analysis for the company and guidance for the accounting department. She started her career in accounting with Price Waterhouse in San Diego, California, which taught her the importance of understanding the big picture and looking beyond the numbers to interpret financial data. As a financial auditor, Kelly gained a wide range of accounting experience, including financial audits of charitable organizations, financial services, defense contracting, technology companies, and sports-industry clients. She has lived in Montana since 1996 and enjoys spending time on the lake in the summer with her family. Kelly is an active member of the community and is involved in local schools, youth sports organizations, and Special Olympics in addition to being on the Board of Directors of Samaritan House. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of San Diego, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
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Gini Ogle
Foundation Board Vice President
Gini Ogle is a Montana native who has lived in Kalispell for 42 years. In addition to working and exhibiting as an artist, she is a dedicated community leader.
Gini's works in oil paint, watercolor, and calligraphy have appeared in galleries and museums around Montana and internationally. Her current oil paintings portray the natural beauty of the state she has long called home. Gini has volunteered with numerous organizations in the Kalispell community. She has served on the Boards of Directors for the Hockaday Museum, Glacier Symphony and Chorale, and Conrad Mansion Museum. For eighteen years, she was a member of the Kalispell Architectural Review Committee. She is also active in her church community and has held several leadership roles, including discussion leader for Bible Study Fellowship. Gini and her husband Randy have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.
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Stan Pine
Foundation Board Treasurer
Stan Pine is a retired CPA and entrepreneur and an active community volunteer. Though he was born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas, Stan has lived in the Flathead Valley since 1976.
Before moving to Montana, Stan worked as a CPA in Colorado, first for a wonderful firm in Denver where he got his start in the business and then in his own practice in Breckenridge. In Kalispell, Stan found his passion for the restaurant business. In 1978, he opened the Kalispell Sizzler, and he also held the franchises for the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene stores until he sold his Sizzler properties in 2000. In 1998, he began acquiring Qdoba franchises. Eventually, he had restaurants in Kalispell, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, and Moscow, Idaho.

Since moving to Kalispell, Stan has been an active community and nonprofit leader. He currently sits on the board of Hope Pregnancy. He also served on the board of Kalispell Regional Medical Center from 1988-1998 and, for a time, on the board of Distant Shores Media, an organization dedicated to establishing Christian radio stations in developing countries. Stan is an active member of Canvas Church. In 2013, he sold all of his restaurants to become a full-time caregiver to his wife, Janie, who has dementia. Janie now lives in the Lodge at Buffalo Hill, where Stan is a regular visitor. The couple has two children and six grandchildren.
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Laura White
Foundation Board Secretary
Laura is a Certified Wealth Strategist who joined the WhitePeak team to manage retirement plans in Montana and the Western United States. She brings a background from New York Life and MassMutual to helping each of her clients build a well-structured financial plan.
Laura is a Certified Wealth Strategist who joined the WhitePeak team to manage retirement plans in Montana and the Western United States. She brings a background from New York Life and MassMutual to helping each of her clients build a well-structured financial plan.

Currently, Laura focuses on educating employees about the benefits available to them in their employer-sponsored retirement plans. Her passion of listening to people and guiding them on the benefits of retirement savings is evident in her interactions with clients.

Laura grew up in Alaska, graduated from Juneau Douglas High School and represented Alaska in the Miss America Pageant. She has a BA in Communications from Alaska Pacific University and also holds a Broadcast Meteorological Certification from Mississippi State University. Before transitioning to wealth management, Laura worked as a television meteorologist for 15 years. She and her husband Bob have one daughter.
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Jim Heim
Foundation Board Member/ILC Board Liaison
Jim was raised in Flathead County, where he attended Evergreen Grade School, Flathead County High School, and Northern Montana College.
He worked as Manager/Director of Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company (US West) for 25 years and General Manager of Lakeside Water and Sewer District for 16 years. Over the years, he has been actively involved in the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Flathead County Planning Board, various Lutheran church councils and committees, Flathead Bank of Lakeside Advisory Board, and the Lakeside Water and Sewer District Board of Directors. He and his wife Linda have two grown children and six grandchildren. They make their home in Lakeside and are active members of Eidsvold Lutheran Church.
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Peter Fusaro
Foundation Board Member
Peter Fusaro, a life-long Montanan, is the Director of Trades and Industrial Arts at Flathead Valley Community College and the former principal of Flathead High School.
As the Director, he oversees programs in Brewing, Culinary, Heavy Equipment Operations, Commercial Driver’s License, Electricity/Electronics, Firearms, HVAC, Industrial Machines, Surveying, Welding, and the Nondestructive Testing. In this role, Peter collaborates with faculty, staff, and students in the development, oversight, and delivery of instruction and related activities in Career and Technical Education areas. In addition, he is responsible for building strong relationships with the community, strengthening skill-based education and training, and increasing regional awareness of career opportunities.
Prior to his role at Flathead Valley Community College, Peter spent 27 years in public education as a technology education teacher, coach, and administrator. From 1997- 2017, he was an assistant principal and principal at Flathead High School. Peter grew up in Augusta, MT and earned both his Bachelor’s degree in secondary education and his Master’s degree in school administration at Montana State University. Peter and his wife, Mary, have two children.
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Margie Simpson
Foundation Board Member
Margie Simpson is delighted to express her commitment to seniors in Kalispell by serving on the inaugural Immanuel Foundation board of directors. She is a life-long Kalispell resident who has been involved from childhood with Immanuel Lutheran Communities.
As a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, she remembers the days when her parents would work the “Lutheran Booth” at the Flathead County Fair, serving lunch and dinner to help raise money for what was then the Lutheran Home. Several of her family members lived in the Lutheran Home in their later years, and her mother volunteered there, so she has known the Immanuel community for most of her life.
Margie is a dedicated leader and volunteer for many nonprofit organizations in the Valley. She is currently an associate member of the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation board, treasurer of the Flathead Valley Bridge Club board, and a member PEO, an organization that promotes women’s education and of which she has served as president. In the past, she was also chair of the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation and School District 5 boards. She remains an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where she has held leadership positions. Margie and her husband Larry have two children and three grandchildren.
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Debbie Snyder
Foundation Board Member
Debbie Snyder was born and raised in the Flathead Valley and is a longtime member of the local business community. Her connection with Immanuel goes back many years.
Debbie Snyder was born and raised in the Flathead Valley and is a longtime member of the local business community. She started working at Flowers by Hansen in 1994. In 2001, she purchased the business, which she owned and ran until she sold it and retired in 2017. She has served on the board of the Montana Florist Association and Teleflora Big Sky Unit and has held the position of president for both. She was awarded a scholarship to the Teleflora Business Smarts week-long seminar in Oklahoma City. Debbie has been honored by the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and was selected Business Woman of the Year in 2005. She has served on the board of the Kalispell Business Improvement District and the Kalispell Downtown Association. Currently, Debbie is on the board of the Trust Committee at her church, and this is only the latest position she’s held over many years of service to her faith community. Immanuel has always been a part of Debbie’s family. Her family have been longtime members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and have supported the “Lutheran Home” since it's inception. Her grandparents participated in the “1 of 1,000” giving campaign and later, her mother played the piano for the residents. Having had family members at the Lutheran Home, The Retreat, and Buffalo Hill Terrace, Debbie has seen first hand the importance of this community and it's value in the Flathead Valley. She was married to her husband Dan for 36 years before he passed away in 2014.
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Candy VanFrachen
Foundation Board Member
Candy VanFrachen, Licensed Massage Therapist and Physical Therapy Assistant, has worked with Immanuel Lutheran Communities for 22 years.
She started as a CNA and rehabilitation aide and now works with the Physical Therapy department providing massages and other services. In addition to her other credentials, she is a certified Lymphedema Therapist and a trainer for Stepping On, a program that provides balance training for older adults. In the latter role, she has been co-leader of two seven-week courses at Buffalo Hill Terrace. Candy is passionate about caring for residents and she has also been a strong advocate for staff education at Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Outside of Immanuel, she is an active volunteer for the Evergreen Arrows Afterschool Program (for which she has helped fundraise), children’s ministries at FreshLife church, and the Hedges School Parent Teacher Organization. Candy and her husband Mark have two children currently at home, three adult children whom they fostered, and one granddaughter (a foster daughter’s child).
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Teryn Waldenberg
ILC CFO and Foundation Board Treasurer
Teryn Waldenberg is the CFO Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Before coming to Immanuel, she held the position Senior Financial Analyst at Kalispell Regional Healthcare, where she managed the budgeting process.
Teryn Waldenberg is the CFO Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Before coming to Immanuel, she held the position Senior Financial Analyst at Kalispell Regional Healthcare, where she managed the budgeting process. Teryn has experience with many aspects of accounting, including cost accounting and financial reporting as well as payroll and accounts payable. Prior to working at KRH, Teryn worked in the investment and banking industry at Merrill Lynch. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with dual emphases in Financial Management and Management from the University of Montana and her Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Healthcare from the University of Mary. Teryn currently serves as president of the board for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She and her husband Matt have two young daughters.
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Jason Cronk
CEO, Immanuel Lutheran Communities
Jason Cronk came to Immanuel Lutheran Communities in May 2013 as Chief Executive Officer. A fourth generation Montanan, he has served as a senior executive of retirement communities for over 25 years.
Jason has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration/Organizational Communications and a Hospital Administration Certificate from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s Certification in Health Care Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a licensed nursing home administrator in Montana.

In addition to being CEO of Immanuel Lutheran Communities, Jason serves on the boards of the Montana Hospital Association, the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International - Kalispell Daybreak Rotary, and the United Way of Northwest Montana. He is married with two children.
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