The Belgrade Community Library Foundation

Supporting the Belgrade Community Library for years to come through generous donations.  

Our foundation is a non-profit 503c organization. 

It is our mission to help fund the Belgrade Community Library’s many needs including updated technology, new literature, and the extensive array of programs that capture the imaginations of our patrons of all ages.


Donations are placed in a general library support fund to be used as needed unless specified for a specific purpose by a donor.   Some specific areas that you may wish to donate directly towards include:  the children’s library, computer and technology, large-print books, and non-fiction books.  

The Belgrade Community Library Foundation involves many individuals who give their time to support our cause.  If you have any questions or would like to join us, please contact us today!

Belgrade Community Library Foundation Board of Directors


Karen Rickert, President

Karen has extensive non-profit experience both professionally and as a volunteer with statewide and national organizations including Montana Special Olympics, Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc., and the Great Falls Spirit of Women program.


Jorden Ramler, Vice President

Jorden is an attorney at Ramler Law Office in Belgrade. After graduating from the University of Montana School of Law, she chose to return to the Gallatin Valley, which has always been home to her. In her spare time, Jorden enjoys spending time with friends and family, sampling local beers, and fly fishing.


Janel Tindall, Treasurer

Janel is a co-founder of the Belgrade Community Library Foundation, Inc. She has served on both the Library Board of Trustees (1997 – 2012) and the Belgrade Community Library Foundation Board of Directors (1999 – present). In 2005, Janel was recognized by the Montana Library Association as the Trustee of the Year.


Peggy Novotny, Secretary

I was a first level manager in the corporate world and entrepreneur in two small businesses. I have been a real estate agent in my husband and my real estate business, my own flower shop and co-owner of quilt store in Belgrade. I still help and advise my husband with his real estate and land surveying business.

Kristine Menicucci

Kristine Menicucci, Board Member

About Kristine Menicucci


Colleen Karls, Immediate Past President

Colleen Karls was raised in Stevensville, MT. She graduated in 2004 and came to Bozeman to earn a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. While attending MSU (Go Bobcats!) Colleen met her husband and after graduation both got jobs allowing them to make Gallatin Valley their home.


Gale Bacon, Library Director

Gale has spent most of her career overseeing a public library. She was a Branch Manager for the Rockford Public Library in Minnesota, which was part of a 32 library consortium. She was also elected to the Minnesota State School Board for six years, appointed to the Minnesota State High School League Board, and served on her local Board, sometimes as Chair, for sixteen years.

Joe Dahinden, D.A. Davidson, Board Financial Advisor

About Joe Dahinden

Bill Hebron, Holmes & Turner, Board Accountant

About Bill Hebron

Belgrade Community Library Foundation Financial Disclosures: