Our Board

The NMCDC Board is composed of a variety of community members from throughout Missoula. Many of our board members live in NMCDC-developed housing and in the Northside and Westside neighborhoods. Each board member contributes their board hours as a volunteer, and all are involved in our various NMCDC programs, events, fundraising, and strategic planning. We could not do what we do for the community without this amazing group of dedicated and talented Missoulians.

Interested in joining the board? Contact us for more information.

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Mark Byington, Treasurer

Mark Byington, CPA, CGMA, has more than 30 years’ experience in public and industry accounting in a variety of business sectors. He was an accounting instructor and federal bank examiner prior to moving to Montana to co-found a CPA firm. After selling his interest in the CPA firm in 1985, Mark held management or accounting positions for a variety of companies including a bottled water company, a motorcycle dealership, a truck dealership and a startup manufacturing company. In 2013 he and Walt Kero formed Kero Byington and Associates, a CPA firm. Mark has engaged in all aspects of accounting and auditing, estate planning, taxation, and firm administration. In their spare time Mark and his wife Nancy enjoy gardening, hunting, motorcycling and camping.

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Terri Roberts, Secretary

Terri Roberts has lived her entire life in Montana migrating from Miles City to Missoula.  She studied business at MSUB, is an inactive CPA and has developed great interest in the local food system and cooperative business. She has worked with various Missoula non-profits, Missoula Community Food Co-op (MCFC), Western Montana Growers Co-op and currently serves on the Board of Directors for MCFC. Terri is very interested in promoting the democratic process in her immediate community through active participation with experienced and successful organizations like NMCDC. She would like to translate her non-profit and cooperative knowledge to new projects that encourage education, safety and equity along with access to local and nutritious food.

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KD Dickinson, Board President

KD has lived in Montana since 1976. She worked as a wildland firefighter with the Forest Service in the Bitterroot and was one of the first women on the crew right after affirmative action became a reality. In 1983, she changed careers and became a carpenter/contractor and opened a business with a friend called Flying Hammers Construction. In 1994, KD decided to get her real estate license to be able to assist in selling the fixers Flying Hammers bought. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the real estate profession and hang up her tool belt. Since the beginning of her real estate career, KD has been an active community member and an advocate for low income housing, which led her to the NMCDC board. She opened Portico Real Estate in 2004 and continues to work tirelessly for housing for all, as well as many other interests and organizations in our community.

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Mike McCarthy, Board Member

Born and raised in Anaconda Montana and, except for a two year tour of duty in the army, lived there and worked for the BA&P railroad and the Anaconda company until 1980 when the  company closed.  Mike then moved to Missoula and studied economics and mathematics at the  the University of Montana and has been teaching mathematics most of the time since graduating. Mike bought the first home in NMCDC’s Burns Street Commons project in 2009 and joined  the NMCDC board shortly after.  He has also been an owner/member of the Missoula Community Co-op since it was a buying club in the old stone house.


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Linzie Norman, Board Member

After growing up in Southeast Alaska, Linzie attended school in Portland where she earned a degree in Community Development and Health. Her strong interest in affordable housing lead her to move to Missoula in 2013 for an AmeriCorps position with the Missoula Housing Authority. After two years in the housing world, Linzie now works for the City of Missoula’s Transportation Department where she helps to promote and encourage sustainable transportation. Linzie still has a strong passion for affordable housing, and strives to help empower communities through citizen involvement and healthy living. She is excited to call Missoula home and be a part of our forward thinking community.

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Jack Metcalf, Board Member

Jack Metcalf grew up in the coastal Southeast, studying architecture at Savannah College of Art and Design, earning a BFA from East Carolina University and a MFA from The University of Montana. His innovative and collaborative approach to printmaking has led him to work with Spontaneous Construction, Total Fest, Festival of the Dead, and Bare Bait Dance Company, among other local organizations. He is currently a professor at The University of Montana, where he teaches foundations. He also orchestrates the experimental Real Good art space, and tends bar at Al’s and Vic’s.

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Pam Walzer, Board Member

Pam chose Missoula over any other place in the country to settle when she ended a career in hazardous waste management to start a new chapter in her life. She earned a teaching certification in secondary science at UM but found that the best of the best in the country want to be high school science teachers in Missoula, MT. Rather than leave her newly beloved city for a teaching job somewhere else, Pam, like so many other Missoulians, cobbled together a series of part-time jobs to keep the lights on and mortgage paid on her Westside home. She has been active in her Westside neighborhood, served one term on the Missoula City Council representing Ward 2, and six years on the Missoula Cultural Council’s Board of Directors. Pam is a member/owner of the Missoula Community Food Co-op and traded in her free-standing home for one of the condos in Burns St. Commons. Now-a-days, Pam makes her living as a jewelry artisan and by baking gluten-free goodies to sell at Missoula’s Farmers’ Markets.

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Alan Staggs, Board Member

Alan fell in love with Missoula when his daughter moved to Montana. The community spirit in Missoula impressed him greatly. Alan spent much of his career as an applications engineer for solar power and and energy ­saving devices. He traveled internationally as part of his employment. After all the travel, he was looking for a place to grow roots and Missoula felt right. He recently moved to Clark Fork Commons. Alan intends to be an active member of his community and believes he can contribute to the community using his creative problem solving skills.

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Paul Herendeen, Board Member

A peripatetic scientist and engineer, Paul and his wife moved to more states than he cares to count before settling down in Montana. Professionally, he is dedicated to solving environmental sustainability problems. Recreationally, he is mildly addicted to anything outdoors. Socially, he is committed to social justice, community building, and economic equity. These come together in the mission of the NMCDC, and Paul is excited to assist the outstanding staff in making Missoula a fantastic and accessible place to live, work, and enjoy.