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Kurt Alme, J.D.
PRESIDENT/General Counsel

Kurt Alme joined Yellowstone Foundation in 2010 and assumed the Presidency in 2013.  He is a Montana native and licensed attorney.

Kurt is a 1992 graduate of Harvard Law School.  After completing a clerkship with U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, he joined the Crowley Law Firm in Billings, eventually becoming partner. His practice emphasis being nonprofit law, business and estate planning, and tax law.

In 2001, Kurt was appointed by then Governor Martz to be Director of Montana’s Department of Revenue. He next served as an Assistant US Attorney for Montana, eventually becoming First Assistant.

Kurt worked with Jim Soft and others largely responsible for the passage of Montana’s Qualified Endowment Tax Credit laws to implement administrative rules and to renew and improve the Credit.  Kurt also served as a Section Leader on the Montana Bar Committee which revised the Uniform Trust Code for legislative passage in 2013. He is a member of the State Bar of Montana and the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants.


James C. Soft, CFP, MA, MS
PRESIDENT EMERITUS/Planned Giving Specialist

James C. Soft held the Presidency at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation from 2002 through 2012.  Jim continues to help donors with all forms of planned giving at the Foundation, as he has since 1972.  He holds a Certified Financial Planner® designation and a Masters of Science degree (with an emphasis in estate planning) from the College of Financial Planning.

Known for his comprehensive knowledge in charitable financial and estate planning, Jim often shares, through Foundation sponsored workshops, planned giving principles with professionals on a local and national basis.

Jim is a current board member of the American Council on Gift Annuities and former director of the Montana Nonprofit Association.  He is a member of a national ad hoc group working toward extending and enhancing charitable IRA incentive legislation and the principal of James C. Soft & Assoc. Consulting.

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Williams A. (Bill) Hritsco, J.D.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Bill Hritsco is a Montana Native and was raised on family farms in the Dillon and Deer Lodge valleys of Montana.  Bill graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1993 and practiced law in Dillon for nearly 25 years.  His legal practice focused on property law and real estate transfers, agricultural and water law, wills and trusts, and assisting individuals and families with estate planning.

Bill actively served the community through the Dillon Jaycees and Montana Farm Bureau, as an officer and Board member for the Southwest Montana YMCA, and the boards of the Montana Water Resources Association and Barrett Hospital and Healthcare Foundation.  He is also a member of the State Bar of Montana.

Bill became involved with Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch nearly 20 years ago after several court appointments as guardian ad litem for abandoned, abused and neglected children struggling in the court system.  Bill then joined the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Board of Directors where he served for eight years before transitioning to Yellowstone Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2008 where he served until 2016, with the last three years as its Chairman


Heather OhsHeather M. Ohs, M.S., B.A.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

When Heather Ohs came to Yellowstone Foundation in 2013 she brought with her a Masters of Science in Public Relations from Montana State University Billings and over a decade of experience in the charitable sector.

Heather served the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Montana for eight years, eventually becoming Development Manager of a five state region. In 2010, she opened the first state office for Make-A-Wish Montana.

Working as the Foundation’s Development officer, Heather assists Yellowstone friends with both immediate and major gifts. Heather networks with the larger community to match individuals, businesses, foundations and corporations with suitable Ranch projects.


DeAnn VisserDeAnn Visser
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

Yellowstone Foundation was blessed to have added DeAnn Visser to our team in the fall of 2015.

A Molt native, DeAnn spent 15 years as the CEO of LaVie, a professional medical office in Billings, helping women facing unplanned pregnancies.  As LaVie’s chief fundraiser, DeAnn oversaw an increase in funds raised by 400%. In addition to LaVie, DeAnn’s involvement with non-profits includes volunteer experience with Billings Catholic Radio, serving as their secretary and organizing the annual fundraising banquet.  For over 25 years DeAnn has also been the Owner/Operator of Basin Ag Supply, which sells farm chemicals to area farmers and ranchers.

A mother of two grown children herself, DeAnn came to Yellowstone because of her passion to help troubled children and enthusiasm for building long term relationships with Yellowstone’s supporters.


Gary S. Hickle, CPA
VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE

Gary Hickle joined the Foundation team in 1986 as Vice President of Finance. His credentials include an Accounting degree from the University of Maryland in 1974, a Certified Public Accountant designation in 1980, and extensive comptroller experience.

Gary oversees accounting functions which include preparing the annual budget and working closely with the Foundation’s auditors. He aids the planned giving and endowment work by administering payments to donors and preparing trust tax returns. In addition, Gary oversees the asset allocation models for Yellowstone’s trust, annuity and endowment funds.

Gary also serves as Office Manager for the Foundation.