Board Members

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Pam Veis
Chair

Pam was born in Shelby, Montana and graduated from North Toole County High School in Sunburst, MT.   She attended Northern Montana College on a Presidential Scholarship from 1981- ‘84 where she earned her RN degree.  She then began a 29 year career as a Psychiatric RN/ Case Manager for Golden Triangle Mental Health Center in Havre; currently the Center for Mental Health.  She has served on several boards including the Montana Mental Health Trust Board, Hill County Senior Citizens RSVP Program, The Bullhook Community Health Center and the Montana Actors Theatre.  Pam has worked as an actor and director at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre for the past 12 seasons and also directs and performs for local fundraisers and productions at the Montana Actors Theatre.  She and her husband, Gerry, have lived in Havre for the past 38 years and they have two adult children; Mikyla and Tanner. Pam has been involved with the Hill County Community Foundation for seven years and currently serves as Chair of HCCF.

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Holly was born and raised in Havre and attended MSU-Northern. Holly played Volleyball for the Northern Skylights, and during this time she earned her Bachelors in Business Marketing and Agriculture Operations Technology. Holly has been passionately selling Real Estate since 2017 and enjoys helping/serving the community. In her spare time, Holly enjoys hunting, playing guitar, DIY'ing and spending time with family & friends.

Holly Young
Board Member

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Jim Bennett
Board Member

Jim Bennett is a relationship manager in the Havre branch of Northwest Farm Credit Services, a financial cooperative providing financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, rural homeowners, agricultural cooperatives, and rural utilities. Jim grew up in Lakeside, Montana and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in History. He has worked in a variety of positions in both for-profit and non-profit ventures. Before being hired at Northwest FCS, Jim served as the director of the MSU-Northern Alumni Foundation. Jim is an active volunteer within the Havre community. He serves on the Hill County Community Foundation’s Advisory Committee, the Downtown Revitalization Committee and Ag Business Committee for the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce, and is an officer of the Havre Lions Club. Jim and his wife Lindsey live in Havre with their children, Arlo and Alice. They enjoy hiking, canoeing, hunting, and exploring the backroads of Montana.

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Karen Swensen
Board Member

Karen Swenson was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Her family moved to Havre,  Montana when she was in the seventh grade. After graduating from Havre High School, Karen attended Northern Montana College and earned a BS degree in Elementary Education. She was hired by the Havre Public Schools to teach fourth grade. After teaching for several years, Karen earned a MS degree in Elementary Education Reading from NMC. She taught third and fourth grades for many years and then earned a counseling endorsement. She became a half time elementary counselor and half time kindergarten teacher. After twenty five years in teaching, Karen earned a MS degree in Elementary Education  Administration from Montana State University Bozeman and completed her career as an elementary principal. After thirty seven rewarding years in education, Karen retired. She continues to live in Havre with her husband. They have two children, a son who teaches in London and a daughter who works for a nonprofit foundation in Minneapolis. Several years ago, Karen was appointed to fill a vacant position on the Havre City Council. She was then elected to the position and is currently serving a four year term. Karen has been a member of the Hill County Community Foundation board since 2018.

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Shawn joined the HCCF board in 2019 bringing his charisma and business expertise with him. He was born and raised in Havre and has lived here most of his life. He and his wife, Christy, own Holden’s Hot Wheels which opened in 1994. They have two adult sons, Kendall and Jacob. Shawn has been an avid supporter of many community events and causes and has served as President of the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce. His experience in business and his valuable perspective during our annual fundraiser event has been an incredible asset to HCCF.

Shawn Holden
Board Member

Faye M. James
Board Member

Faye is a seasoned professional with 45 years of business and management diversity, proficient with urban, rural, and cultural populations. Faye was formerly CEO and owner of 48 Freight Center, a national freight dispatch company. She served as Interim Executive Director of the Montana Women’s Capital Fund, specifically to administer equal banking opportunities for women, human resources, grant writing, and statewide community outreach. In 1994 she was invited, all expenses paid, to Nairobi, Kenya, Africa to attend the Women’s World Banking Conference as a working economic advisor to write policy for loans for women’s businesses in third world countries. She was State President of the Montana Business and Professional Women, a member of the Northern Montana College Women’s Center Board, she helped charter the Havre AAU Wrestling Club, chartered the Havre Railroad Women’s Club, is a Havre Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and is a past president of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). Faye was honored by the Montana Small Business Administration as “Montana Women in Business Advocate of the Year” in 2000. Faye is a founding member of the Hill County Community Foundation and has been on the board for over 22 years.

Lindsey grew up on the family farm just south of Chinook, Montana, graduating from Chinook High School in 2001. She continued on to MSU-Bozeman, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business in 2005 and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree in 2006. She returned to Havre in the fall of 2006 and joined Scharfe, Kato & Co., PC as a Staff Accountant. She earned her CPA License in 2007 and became a Shareholder in 2014. When not at the office she enjoys golfing, boating, skiing (when tax season allows), and spending time with her husband Mike and daughters Kara & Quinne. Lindsey also serves on a variety of boards including the Montana Actors Theatre, The St Jude Thaddeus School Foundation, and is president of the St Jude Thaddeus Booster Club.

Lindsey S. Kellam
Board Member

Samantha Pollington has freshly returned to her hometown of Havre. She and her husband made the move from Missoula, where they owned and operated a Montessori school for the past 8 years. During this time Samantha discovered her passion for flowers and dirt. She and her husband have begun a small scale flower and hops farm and are truly enjoying being home and excited to be given the opportunity to help make Havre shine!

Samantha Pollington
Board Member

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Katie was born and raised on a farm and ranch in Havre, Montana.  She graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Psychology.  Upon graduation, Katie worked as a licensed addiction counselor and later as a probation and parole officer for the Montana Department of Corrections.  She then went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Montana School of Law. Katie is active in the Havre community. She is a board member for Havre’s Helping Haven and serves on the Hill County Beaver Creek Park Rules and Regulations Committee. Outside of work, Katie helps on the farm and enjoys running, hiking, and exploring new places. 

Katie Kuhr
Board Member