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Singing Waters Montana, LLC – Management Team

CHAIRPERSON
John Firehammer

Missoula, MT

A Bozeman native, John attended Mimanagish for the first time as a Mid-High camper in 1981. It took. He continued attending camps through his high school years and worked as a counselor during college. After a gap of several years, he and his wife, Lisa, returned to counsel camps attended by their kids.  John and Lisa were married in the Mimanagish Chapel in 1992. In recent years, John has served on the Montana-Northern Wyoming Conference’s Committee of Outdoor Ministries. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he is now a senior consultant for M+R, a leading public affairs firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Areas of expertise: Strategic communications; media relations; writing and editing;
campaign strategy; community organizing; social media outreach and online publishing.


VICE CHAIRPERSON

Katie Bennett

Billings, MT

Katie is a 3rd generation camper following in the footsteps of her late grandmother and father.  She has a deep connection to Miminagish and the beauty it holds for campers of all generations.  She attended camp in the early 90’s and remembers fondly nights by the fire, singing, skits, hiking, swimming, fishing and more. Katie graduated in 2008 from Montana State University with a degree in Biological Sciences and now owns and operates a wedding & event floral company in Billings, MT.  She is a dual citizen (Australia), has a deep passion for travel and is always looking forward to the next adventure.  Katie lives in Billings, MT with her husband Chris and their dog Oshie.

Areas of expertise: business management, conceptual design, social media marketing, community relations


SECRETARY

Rev. Cathy Barker,

Helena, MT

Cathy is “made of the clay” of Mimanagish, as she was born in Big Timber and attended first as a baby. From 1966-1979 she never missed a summer, as camper, counselor or director. With a religion degree from Rocky Mountain College and a Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School, she was ordained in the United Church of Christ. She served churches in Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, Seattle, and Helena, MT before retiring recently. She has participated in 5 UCC conferences and 12 church camps in those years, and none have measured up to Mimanagish! She has led spiritual Circles of Trust in Helena and at Camp since 2013.

Areas of expertise: Vision for the future attuned to the Spirit, an inquisitive mind, compassionate heart, and grateful soul. She can lead Camp Songs too!


TREASURER
Gina Herbert

Billings, MT


AT-LARGE
Judith Firehammer

Bozeman, MT

Judith simply has a heart for Mimanagish and is inspired to work for the camp’s future.  She was a camper, counselor, and served on the Outdoor Ministries Committee.  Judith is the descendant of homesteaders and grew up appreciating all that Montana’s land has to offer, including hiking, camping, and the wilderness.  She graduated from MSU and UM and then studied clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She completed her postdoctoral fellowship with Indian Health Service in New Mexico. Over the past 20 years, her work has included direct services to multicultural and underserved populations in community, educational, and medical settings.  She lives in Bozeman with her husband and their two young daughters.

 

Areas of expertise: Behavioral health and educational program development; prevention;trauma and recovery; resilience; intercultural communication; community outreach and service learning.


ADVISORY CIRCLE

Rev. Dick Weaver

Helena, MT

Dick Weaver grew up in Kansas , where he attended Boy Scout Camps and Church Camp.  With a cum laude degree from Doane Collage (now Doane University) he worked a variety of jobs (including a summer managing Pilgrim Point Camp in Minnesota) before returning to seminary.  With a Maser of Divinity from United Theological Semiary of the Twin Cities, Dick served the United Church of Chris churches in Kansas and Minnesoata, and was the camp Pilgrim Point Camp again.  He’s been on the outdoor ministry committees in 3 states , and in addition to the ministry in Kansas, Minnesota, Washington, and Montana, has worked in other fields including retail management, small business ownership and bus driving.  He was the Camp Manager at Miminagish from 2009-2011 and is touched by the sacredness of the relationships between the forest land and the people who visit it.