Board of Directors
Tom W. Harrington, President
Tom graduated in 1978 from Montana State University with a degree in finance and management. He was commissioned through the U.S. Army ROTC program and served twenty-two years in various leadership and staff assignments and retired in 2000 at the rank of colonel. He is currently employed part time with the Jefferson Local Development Corporation and works on various community and economic development projects that create employment opportunities and increases the local tax base. He also serves as the President of FLAIR Incorporated, which is a real estate investment company. He is actively involved in several civic and community organizations such as Captain of the Jefferson Valley Search and Rescue, operates the Whitehall Community Center, serves in leadership positions in the local American Legion Post, Hunter Education instructor, active in the Jefferson Valley Sportsman group and Whitehall Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Liberty Place organization as a board member in 2005 and currently serves as the President. He believes in the mission of Liberty Place and strives to help brain injury residents improve their quality of life and give them the “freedom to try”.
At the 15th anniversary celebration for Liberty Place, Inc. in 2011, Tom was recognized for his years of leadership and dedication and was given the title of HONORARY FOUNDING 'MOTHER' by the LPI co-founders (THE FOUNDING MOTHERS)
Roy McBride, Vice President
Roy H McBride is the Branch President of Rocky Mountain Bank located in Whitehall, MT. Roy brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Board of Directors as he has 30 Plus years in the banking industry. It is because of this experience that he chose to serve on the board for Liberty Place. Mr. McBride is a dedicated member of his community as he is involved in various community programs: he serves on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Valley Community Foundation; is an active member of the Community Transition Advisory Council which coordinates economic development efforts between the Whitehall community and Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine; and he serves the youth of the valley through the Whitehall Baseball program.
April Buonamici, Fundraising Chair ~ Festival of Trees
April Buonamici is a retired public school teacher certified in special education, music and general classroom. She is past president of both First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Bozeman and Gallatin County Newcomers Club. Ms. Buonamici has served on the board for Junior Achievement, Cedar Creek HOA, and the Gallatin County Tax Review Board. She is Mountain Valley District Advancement Chair for Boy Scouts of America, president of Painted Hills HOA, Democratic State Committee Woman, vice-president of Beta Sigma Phi Gamma Theta Chapter and performs with the Bridger Mountain Harmony Sweet Adeline Chorus.
April was invited to Festival of Trees by a friend in 2007.She found the event so beautiful that she asked if she could help with the event next year. Her volunteer service was promptly accepted, and after serving on the Festival of Trees committee for a year, she was asked to serve on the Liberty Place board. For the last three years she has chaired the Festival. (click here for more on the Festival of Trees)
Dorothy Solyst, OTR-L (retired) ~ Co-Founder
As one of the'Founding Mothers', Dorothy has been with Liberty Place since inception. With over twenty-five years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, she became acutely aware of the needs of individuals who have sustained brain injuries - especially in the State of Montana where statistics place it in upper tiers, per capita, for this unimaginable feat for the body and mind. "We have worked diligently to provide needed services and life-skills trainingwithinresidential community settings. Please join usin our Mission to..'.Encourage individuals with brain injuries to reach their highest level of independence and to enhance the quality of their lives by giving them the "Freedom to Try".
Gail Gunderson, RN (retired) ~ Co-Founder
Being involved in long term care throughout her career in both direct care and administration, Mrs. Gunderson has been acutely aware of the need for community based programs for those working through recovery after brain injury. Gail has been an advocate for the continuum of care model for survivors and this is behind her desire to make a difference. Gail's passion is also for seeing to the development and education for the staff of Liberty Place, Inc. She continues to volunteer several times a month for staff trainings and assists with the continued improvement of the program through participation in designing policy and procedures. Mrs. Gunderson actively works as a member of the Accreditation Committee.
Rhonda L. Hobbs, Accountant
Rhonda Hobbs holds her Bachelor's Degree from Montana Tech/University of Montana and received her MBA from University of Phoenix. Rhonda is the in-house accountant for McDonald’s restaurants in Butte area, and is self-employed with bookkeeping and tax prep business. Mrs. Hobbs serves her community as a member of the Whitehall Saddle Club, as a Girl Scout Leader and the leader for Waterloo Boosters 4-H Club. Rhonda shares her past experience as a corporate controller, which has proven to be a great value by keeping Liberty Place, Inc. fiscally responsible. "I chose to serve on the board because of the passion and enthusiasm shown by founding mothers and I want to be a part of the vision!!!"
Warren "Jack" Frost, D.V.M. (Secretary)
Retired as Director of Animal Resources / Adjunct Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Montana State University - Bozeman, MT, "Jack" also currently serves another nonprofit organization, T.E.A.M. Mentoring, a program which works with Christians leaving prison and destructive lifestyles. Along with his wife, Barbara, Jack has also assisted with the Family Promise Program of Gallatin Valley. Jack and Barbara have attended and assisted with several Festival of Trees events over the years; in fact, Jack and his daughters play an active role in delivering the decorated trees after the event. He currently works with the Accreditation Committee as Liberty Place continues to develop as an organization. Jack states; "I chose to serve on the Liberty Place Board of Directors because it was obvious that this organization was making a significant difference in the lives of those affected by Traumatic Brain Injury."
Tony Kindred is the Director of Global Logistics for Re-Think, Inc. Tony and his wife, Julie, were actively involved in a number of Festival of Trees fundraisers for Liberty Place. Because of his wealth of experience in business logistics, Mr. Kindred is able to assist the board as Liberty Place, Inc. programs continue to look toward improving services and being fiscally responsible.
"I choose to serve on the LPI board mainly because I truly believe in the mission and work of the organization. Liberty Place is providing a greatly needed community service to individuals that would have nowhere else to turn otherwise. For me it’s about treating our fellow persons with respect and kindness. Everyone deserves to be treated in a dignified manner and have an opportunity to regain as much of their normal life as they once had."
Jane Geissler has a long history of helping people. She has served as a bookkeeper, an activity director and a volunteer in skilled nursing facilities, is a past member of the Board of Directors for Love In The Name of Chirst, and has been a volunteer for her church. She has also served as a volunteer and on the Board of Directors for Befrienders. Jane is a member of a prayer that group has decorated many trees for the Festival of Trees through the years. Mrs. Geissler has joined the Board at this time because much help is needed for the expansion project.
More to come.
Charles Fritz, MD (retired)
Charles is a retired emergency medicine physician who has lived with his wife, Tani, in
Bozeman for twenty-three years. During that time he worked at the Bozeman Deaconess Emergency
Room and Occupational Health. He and his wife are active members of Holy Rosary Parish and Charles is an active member of the Knights of Columbus.