Meet the Board

Meet the 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.

Pam Walzer

Vice President

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.

Terri Roberts


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.

Bob Jaffe


Bob Jaffe is the founder of Cedar Mountain Software, a full service custom programming and website design and development company. Cedar Mountain developed PantrySoft which is used across the US and Canada to manage nonprofit food pantries. Bob served on the Missoula City Council where he was instrumental in creating MissoulaGov as an interactive comment platform to engage citizens on city government matters. This is Bob’s second stint on the NMCDC board, he also served in the early 2000’s.

KD Dickinson

Board Member

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.

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.

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.

Brace Hayden

Board Member

Brace Hayen is a Missoula native with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is a partner in a local orthopedic PT practice. He has worked with the Missoula Community Food Coop, which was housed by the NMCDC, since 2005 in various leadership roles and co-operative projects that inpact the North-side hood. He enjoys working with diversified local and state boards like the Montana Physical Therapy Association, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula Telemark Challenge to stay involved in projects he is passionate about. His NMCDC interests are to help support the Moon Randolph Homesstead and Land Stewardship and revitalization efforts. In their free time Brace and his wife Teagan ejoy the veritable plethora of Missoula’s outdoor and indoor semi-competitive sporty offerings, yardening, and building their community.

Kayje Booker

Board Member

Born and raised in Helena, Montana Kayje moved to Missoula in 2011 after receiving her doctorate in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley. Kayje is the Advocacy and Engagement Director for Wild Montana and previously served as the Executive Director of Forward Montana. She has lived on the Northside since moving to Missoula and is honored to be a member of a board dedicated to serving this special community. In her free time, Kayje enjoys continually expanding her vegetable garden, camping, slow runs with her dog, and traveling both near and far.

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.

Are you interested in joining the board?