Board Members of the Pad for Paws Foundation

Garry A. Pistoria, President

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After attending Montana State University and the College of Great Falls, where he majored in Business and Economics, Garry Pistoria started his career with the Cenex/Harvest States corporation. During his thirty-eight years with Cenex/Harvest States, he has directed the Export Division in Portland, Oregon, coordinating trades with Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and other Asian countries. In corporate offices in St. Paul, Minnesota, he oversaw the domestic and world sales of wheat merchandising and managed world-wide grain sales. Most recently, he was president of Amber Milling Company, the four milling operations of Cenex/Harvest States until his retirement in 1999.

Nancy Jardon, Treasurer

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Nancy Jardon is a lifelong animal lover whose household has included dogs, rabbits, rats, horses and aquariums. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Redlands in California and worked as a Finance Manager for McDonnell Douglas before moving to Montana in 1991 and starting her own accounting business. While raising her two children and home-schooling them, the family traveled all over the world visiting nearly 60 countries. Besides serving on the Pad For Paws Board, Nancy is also on the Board of the Helena Area Friends of Pets. She enjoys being with her family, reading, and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Jim Stiffler

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Jim grew up on a farm in upstate New York and always loved animals. After the family moved into town there were always a few cats and dogs around the house. Jim graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta and after moving to Montana received his Masters degree from the College of Great Falls. He worked at the State in a variety of departments and retired from the Department of Corrections to serve at Barrett Hospital in Dillon. After finally retiring from Human Resource Management, Jim started selling real estate to stay involved in the community. Jim and his lovely wife Sandie have always given back to Helena through involvement in Relay for Life, Helena Brewers Booster Club, Tough Enough to Wear Pink, Lewis and Clark County Fair Board, and Friends of the NRA. Now Jim can combine his love of animals with his love for Helena by serving on the PFP Board.

Rebecca Cooper

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Cats have always been a part of Rebecca Cooper's family from her formative years in South Carolina and California, to the last 26 years in Montana. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific in northern California and an MBA at the University of Montana. During her years in Helena, she's managed the PanHandler and worked for various State agencies; presently with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Rebecca's been active in animal welfare for numerous years, as a volunteer and chairman of the Helena Area Friends of Pets and as a volunteer with Pad for Paws before joining its Board. Currently, her household is shared by her husband and five felines.

Cindy Zimmerman

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Cindy was born and raised in Montana and is a life-long animal lover. She has had animals in her life since she was a child including dogs, cats, fish, hamsters and horses. Her current companion Kiera was a rescue dog who found her forever home with Cindy in 2011.

Cindy graduated from Montana State University in 1996 with a BS in Business Marketing. After living and working out of state for 10 years, Cindy moved back to Helena in 2004 to be closer to her family. She has been involved in many community events over the years, most recently as event chairperson for the Salute to Women luncheon. Cindy enjoys hiking with Kiera and spending time with her family and friends.