Robin Lovec and students during Fort Parker Days.

Robin Lovec and students during Fort Parker Days.

Ed Dodge, center, and his wife Audrey, right, help museum visitors “water witch.”

Frank Wombacher cataloging photographs.

Ed Dodge stands guard at a program.


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.

Scott Johnson, Vice President

Scott Johnson was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and moved to Montana in summer 2019. He loves documenting the great outdoors thru his camera lens, advocates for public lands, and enjoys giving back to the community. Scott has already documented numerous oral history interviews and speaker series programs for the museum. He has worked in the Commercial/Industrial HVAC & Energy Efficiency business since 1990. 

Frank Wombacher, Treasurer

Frank Wombacher, an Alabama native, earned BS degrees in Geography and in Accounting at Auburn University and the University of Tennessee but always loved history. He worked as an accountant and tax consultant primarily in Nashville but desired to live as close to Yellowstone National Park as possible, prompting his move here in September 2006. Frank volunteers at the museum, most recently cataloging and working with Warren McGee photos.

Judy Bonnell

Judy Bonnell is a lifetime Park County resident and a retired bookkeeper. She cares deeply about the history and the people of Park County.

Ed Dodge

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.

Robin Lovec

Robin Lovec is a Livingston native who currently teaches fifth grade with over twenty-five years of experience. She was awarded the Montana History Teacher of the Year in 2009. A decade ago, after attending the first Indian Education for All conference, she began collaborating with the Yellowstone Gateway Museum. This partnership was so successful that their efforts were applauded by the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian.

Mike Palmer

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

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.

Jamie Harrison Potenberg 

Jamie Harrison Potenberg grew up mostly in northern Michigan, moving to Livingston from New York City in 1987. She has a BA in English, high honors, from the University of Michigan. Her work experience includes work as a caterer, a framer for local artist Russell Chatham, editor, and writer. Her sixth novel, The Center of Everything, comes out in January. Jamie enjoys the area because it is lovely and rare and wild and idiosyncratic (both in terms of landscape and people). She loves history and believes that peoples’ lives and efforts and stories are worth remembering.

Karen (curator), Kate, and Sabine (past board member), West Creek Ranch workshop.

Members of both boards after moving bison into the museum. L to R: Bob Ebinger, Ed Dodge, Andy Olds, Paul Shea, Mike Palmer, and Jem Blueher.

Members of both boards after moving bison into the museum. L to R: Bob Ebinger, Ed Dodge, Andy Olds, Paul Shea, Mike Palmer, and Jem Blueher.

Judy Bonnell holding up Friends" publication, "History of Park County 1984" while working at the front desk.

Judy Bonnell holding up Friends’ publication, “History of Park County 1984,” while working at the front desk.