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William (Bill) A. Hritsco, President

William A. (Bill) Hritsco, J.D.
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.


James C. Soft, President Emeritus/Planning Giving Specialist

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 also a board member of The Charitable IRA Initiative, a 510(c)(4) organization working toward extending and enhancing charitable IRA legislation, and the principal of James C. Soft & Assoc. Consulting.

Certified Financial Planner® is a mark owned by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.


Kristi Farver Oaks, B.A.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

Kristi Farver Oaks, a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, joined the Yellowstone Foundation in 2019 and brought with her over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector.

A northeast Montana native, Kristi was with the American Cancer Society for over 20 years, starting as a field staff in eastern Montana and then serving as the state director for eight years before finishing her time as the Managing Director for the Great West Division, overseeing income staff in a twelve state area.  After leaving ACS, Kristi served as a Senior Development Officer for the Montana State University Billings Foundation, assisting with the completion of the MSUB science building campaign and overseeing the annual fundraising drive.

Kristi was drawn to Yellowstone for our work in assisting special needs and underprivileged children, and as Executive Vice President, she assists Yellowstone friends with both annual and major gifts in addition to networking with the larger community to match individuals, businesses, foundations, and corporations with suitable Ranch projects.


DeAnn Visser, Vice President of DevelopmentDeAnn 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.


Terri Izatt, Vice President of Finance

Terri Izatt, CPA
VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE

Terri Izatt joined the Foundation team in 2017.   Previously, Terri served as the Chief Financial Officer for a large, regional law firm and was a shareholder in a public accounting firm, with experience in audit and tax.

Terri oversees the accounting functions of the Foundation, which include preparing financial statements, the annual budget, and working closely with the external auditors.  She aids the planned giving department by overseeing payments to donors and preparing trust tax returns, as well as monitors endowment activity.  Terri oversees the asset allocation models for Yellowstone’s trusts, annuity and endowment funds.

Terri also serves as Office Manager for the Foundation.