2022 Board of Directors
Board Chair: Jake Mohrmann
Born and raised in Helena, Jake and his family have recently settled back in Helena after living and gardening at 10,000 feet elevation in Colorado. Jake is a Master Gardener and co-garden manager at the Covenant Community Garden where he enjoys gardening with his family. As Board Chair, he is excited to lead HCG towards the mission of “building gardens to provide the tools and knowledge to grow foods and increase access to healthy and affordable food.”
Board Co-Chair: Amie Butler
Master Gardener, Amie was raised on a ranch in Northwest Colorado. Animals became her first love, and she followed her dream of becoming a veterinarian, graduating from Veterinary School at Colorado State University in 1977. As she puts it, “she did large animal veterinary stuff for 20 plus years, before accepting a job with U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/Veterinary Services.” Now retired, Amie lends her expertise to garden management and is an excellent resource on pest management.
Clif Caughron, Treasurer
Attorney Clif retired from work with IRS in San Francisco and Denver and continues to consult as a tax attorney here in Helena along with working for the US Census. In addition to serving as Treasurer for HCG, he has worked as Finance Counsel for St Mary Catholic Community and was Treasurer for the Last Chance Chapter of the Montana Backcountry Horsemen for 3 years.
Ruth Linfield- Secretary
Ruth is a recently retired RN, receiving a BS in Nursing from Montana State University and later a Master’s degree in Nursing in 2001. She loves to organically garden in raised beds and is currently filling her newly acquired yard with various fruit trees and a variety of berry plants. She also loves flower perennial gardening and is dabbling in deer resistant landscaping with many types of grasses. She had canned since she was a little girl and loves to try new recipes as well as using tried and true recipes passed from her Grandmother and Mom. Ruth completed the Master Gardener program several years ago. She gets so excited when people want to learn how to garden and utilize the produce they have grown.
Les Clark- Head Garden Manager
Les has worked with non-profit organizations for nearly forty years, including Growing Friends of Helena, Montana Independent Living Project, RMDC, and the Center for Mental Health. He is a founding board member of Helena Community Gardens. He is particularly drawn to the vision of having a community garden within walking distance of every neighborhood in Helena so that people can learn to grow their own healthy food. He also enjoys connecting children with gardens. Fascinated by the miracle of life he sees in plants, Les has been a Master Gardener for six years and gardened for more than fifty.
Whitney was born in Butte, and spent many years in western Washington and Missoula before moving to Helena in 2016. She started gardening at the Sixth Ward Garden in 2018 due to a lack of gardening space in her own yard. Whitney is a first-year board member and co-manager of the Sixth Ward Garden. She is excited to join the HCG board, and believes that HCG can, and should, be a part of ensuring that all community members have access to nutritious food.