The Friends of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum's mission is “To support the Yellowstone Gateway Museum of Park County, serving as museum ambassadors, fundraisers, and volunteers.”
FYGM is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.
Kate Todd, President
Kate Todd was born in Massachusetts, raised in Michigan, and studied English and history at Michigan State University and Portland State. She’s lived in Montana since 1989 and in Livingston since 1998. Kate was president of the Park County Friends of the Arts and also creates folk art. She looks forward to event planning and fundraising for the museum.
Danielle Federa, Vice President
Originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, Danielle moved to Montana in 2019 and to Park County in 2020. Before retirement she was a Management Consultant working with Hospitals and Health Organizations on financial and program planning. Danielle and her husband have two adult sons.
Danielle believes in the vision of the museum to share the amazing stories of the people, natural wonders, and wildlife of our region, and to preserve the evidence of that history for future generations. She appreciates the museum’s mix of exhibits and programs and its strong forward-looking leadership. Danielle and her husband spend a lot of time exploring this region in all seasons, frequently accompanied by their two dogs. They love living in Livingston and enjoy the friendlier vibe of a smaller community.
Gini Logan, Secretary
Gini grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL, a Chicago suburb. She graduated from DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, with a major in English Composition. Gini served as the executive secretary of her husband’s large manufacturing company, working from home with their children and volunteering in their local communities. They moved the company to North Carolina in 1979 where Gini was very involved volunteering in Charlotte.
After her first husband’s death, Gini and her current husband, Michael, spent over a decade living in an arts and nature community in Spring Island, South Carolina where Gini was very involved with the arts and crafts community and bridge-playing groups. Because Michael is a Montanan, they moved to Montana in 2018. Gini began serving as secretary for the Friends in 2021.
Edward Dodge is a lifelong Park County resident. He retired after 34 years as a railroad machinist, mechanic, and welder; he is often asked to help with building and fabrication projects for the museum. Ed enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting.
Mike Palmer has lived in Park County for twenty-five years, mostly near Bozeman Pass. He especially enjoys fishing, floating, and riding his ATV in the mountains. Mike is on the board because he values learning from history and “history in Montana is so recent that you still feel a part of it.” As a board member, he likes to give back to the community. Mike spent 30 years as a structural iron worker, building high-rise buildings and big bridges.
Hank Poeschl grew up in Livingston. He recently retired from the railroad where he worked 38 years as a brakeman and machinist. Hank enjoys hunting and fishing, gardening, and local theater productions. He joined the Friends board because he believes that it's important to preserve history and to give back to the community.
Mark Sigler has lived in Livingston for over sixty years, graduating from Park County High School in 1975. He grew up fishing, hunting, camping and hiking in the area. Mark began working for the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1976 and finished his railroad career with Montana Rail Link in 2016. He and his wife Karyn will be married 30 years in 2023.
Mark has always enjoyed the history of Livingston. He volunteered to serve on the Friends board and considers the museum to be very important to the community—from the railroad history to Lewis and Clark travels, and last but certainly not the least, to the history of all the families who have lived here in the past. Mark enjoys helping with projects and wants to see the museum grow. He is excited about the museum’s future and possibly building a new museum.