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About Us


ABOUT US

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About Us


ABOUT US

ABOUT

Our mission is to provide Youth Members with community connections and opportunities while awarding them with funds they need to reach for their dreams and succeed in their Passion.

Founded in 2013, Powdered Soul is a Montana based, registered 501(c)(3).

In the Spring of 2017 Powdered Soul launched it's new Montana Youth Scholarship Program. In our first term we offered programs to 5 Montana race teams, including Whitefish Mountain Resort Freestyle Team, Montana Alpine Race School, Missoula Race Team, Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation Team, and DREAM Adaptive Recreation Youth Ski Team. Our first term was a major success! We are excited to announce that our program has expanded and is now open to all youth in the Flathead Valley in all extracurricular activities ! Meaning youth members can learn life skills while earning scholarship funds for everything from art lessons to soccer camps. 

 

Our program is not based on need or merit but rather the amount of work and service the participant is willing to provide for their community.

Our Spring 2018 Program Application is now available, please contact us with any questions!

 


WHAT WE DO

We want to empower youth in our community. To not only follow their passion, whether it is soccer, lacrosse, skiing, music lessons, or acting. We want to insure that youth get to chase their dreams, while learning solid life skills that will help them succeed in life forever. 

WHO WE ARE

We are community members who have a passion for helping youth in our community chase their passions, while preparing them for their future. 100% of our program is delivered with 0 costs. All services and program positions are 100% volunteer. Meaning that ALL of the donations we receive go directly to Flathead Valley youth. 


SUPPORT US


Our organization relies on donations from people like you to supplement our scholarship fund, and create unique opportunities for youth to thrive. No matter the amount you can give, it would be a huge help. If you cannot donate money, donate time. Take a youth member out into mountains and show them the wonder and adventure that awaits. Then, share your experience with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! You may even be featured on our page!  

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COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS

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COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS

Thank you to all our wonderful community supporters who help us help local youth reach for their dreams and achieve their goals!

JD Thinning Inc.

Rayme Caton Massage Therapy

Without the support of these amazing organizations we would not be able to provide this service to the community or scholarships to our participants.  Please support these great local businesses!!! 

 
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Our Team


OUR TEAM

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RAYME CATON

JUSTIN BRECK

 

VALERIE KNEELAND

 

SARAH PATTEN

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 ANNA JOBE

                                              Photo:  Glacier World Photography

MADELINE WILLIAMS

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PRESIDENT 

Born in the flatlands of North Dakota, but at home in the mountains of Montana, skiing and winter is a natural passion.
Rayme runs a private massage therapy practice in Whitefish but more importantly is the proud mom of her son, Avery.
It is natural to follow and support the passions of your children and that is how Rayme became drawn to Powdered Soul.
All things in our life weave our tapestry of balance, passion, and support in and from the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VICE PRESIDENT/ TREASURER

Justin Breck currently serves as Columbia Falls City Attorney. Justin was born in Missoula and grew up in Kalispell, where his family has lived since 1901. He attended Pepperdine University, after graduating from Flathead High School in 1990, earning a B.S. in Business Administration in 1995. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in 1999. Justin worked for eight years in a variety of capacities in city government, private sector information technology, financial planning, and court administration.

After spending seventeen years away from the Flathead Valley in locations including Portland, Oregon, southern California, England, and South Korea Justin moved back to his native home of Kalispell in June of 2005 with his wife, Stephanie Breck. Justin and Stephanie now have a son, Wyatt, and live in Columbia Falls. He and his wife are both members of the State Bar of Montana and own and operate Breck Law Office, PC in Columbia Falls.  Justin and Stephanie focus most of their practice as Flathead Valley attorneys in the areas of Business Law (formation, litigation, and consulting), Probate and Estate Planning (wills, trusts, probates), Employment Law (human resources, employer consultation and document preparation, employer and employee litigation), and Real Estate Transactions and Litigation.

Their son, Wyatt, attends Whitefish Christian Academy where he will be a 6th grader next year and just completed his 5th year with the Whitefish Mountain Resort Race Team. 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Valerie Kneeland developed a passion for community and nonprofit work at a young age. Growing up in Oklahoma, she was the beneficiary of a variety of nonprofit organizations, from Camp Fire Boys and Girls to the local YMCA. She spent much of her youth benefiting from or volunteering for nonprofit organizations. 

Valerie graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a degree in Business Management and focused her career in the for-profit industry. She moved to the Flathead Valley 10 years ago with her husband and young son. Soon after moving to the valley she became involved with various organizations looking for any way to give back to her new home. 

As her son, Brodie, grew older, she became more involved in youth extracurricular activities. When her daughter, Lainey, joined the family, she became increasingly alarmed by the cost a family faces for extracurricular activities. She also began to see a disconnect between today's youth and that of generations past. She has always believed in the value of hard work and of a job well done.  The Montana Youth Scholarship Program was an idea she formed one night after speaking to families about the cost of extracurricular activities.

She has been steadfastly focused on building the youth scholarship series to support any youth who is willing to work for their dreams. Her hope is to help develop youth that are competent, caring, and community minded people. It is her belief that if we each invested time in one child's life, through supporting a nonprofit, or through direct mentoring, many of our world's problems would be solved. She leads the organization with the motto " Every little bit of good you give, makes the world a better place". 

CONTACT: valkneeland@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary

Sarah is a native of Spokane, WA and fell in love with Montana at a young age while traveling to Missoula for youth soccer tournaments. Her love for Montana led her to attend the University of Montana where she pursued her passion of outdoor activities while obtaining a degree in Business Administration. After graduating U of M, her passion for the outdoors inspired her to move to Seattle, Denver, and Jackson Hole where she was a ski bum for 3 years . In January of 2013 she was able to pursue her dream of moving back to Montana. She still resides in Whitefish, where she works in the field of Information Technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOARD MEMBER 

Anna grew up ski racing at Big Mountain in Whitefish, MT from age 6-17 when she decided to attend Rowmark Ski academy in Salt Lake City, UT. After four years at Rowmark, ski racing became increasingly more expensive. Traveling both inside the country and out was no longer an option. Although she could no longer afford to race, Anna started Powdered Soul in hopes that others could continue to chase their dreams in spite of financial hardships.

Anna is now a coach for Rowmark Ski Academy in Salt Lake City, UT. She is finishing up her bachelors degree in Public Health at Westminster College and hopes to move back to Montana full time after graduation.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOARD MEMBER

Born and raised in Western Montana, Madeline learned to ski from her dad at Big Mountain where she ski raced for 8 years. She is now a coach for Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation where she passes on her passion for the sport of skiing. She is also a student at the University of Montana Majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Spanish and Latin American Studies. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAVE FISCHLOWITZ

Board member

 

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Our Logo


OUR LOGO

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ABOUT THE LOGO

Since our nonprofit began as scholarship program for young skiers, our logo represents how we imagine the eye of a lover of the mountains would appear. With this graphic depiction, we have created a geometric eye with the pupil representing a mountain. The eyes are the windows to the soul where we can share experiences, make connections, and help others learn and grow. We now serve youth members of the community involved in all kinds of extracurricular activities allowing us to spread a passion for service and life to more young people in the valley. We encourage participants to let their passion shine through their soul while serving their community and making a difference.