About Friends of Park County

Created to work on just one issue – the challenge of growth in Park County, Montana.

There are many issues in Park County, Montana and many organizations addressing them. Decades of experience elsewhere has demonstrated the need for having an organization dedicated solely to the issue of managing growth.

Growth is a complex, politically sensitive topic, which requires specialized knowledge, persistence over time and the ability to advocate, educate and communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences.

That is why Friends of Park County was created.

We carry out our mission through a solid program of research, education, advocacy, and outreach that will enable our elected leaders and residents to move forward confidently, despite the almost inevitable controversy generated by land use planning and regulation.

Board of Directors

Ken Cochrane

Ken Cochrane brings extensive legal and nonprofit experience to the Friends of Park County board. An avid fly fisherman looking for the perfect place to settle for retirement,  he bought property in Park County in 2008.

Ken has been involved in community and environmental issues throughout his residence in Park County. Land use, housing, jobs and improving internet services for education and economic development have commanded Ken’s civic attention. In addition to his work as a co-founder and director of Friends of Park County, Ken is a currently a director of the Park County Community Foundation where he also chairs the Grant Committee.

Ken practiced law in California for 48 years, many of them at McCormick Barstow LLP as an AV rated Family Law Specialist and an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Science from the University of California, Davis and graduated from the Hastings College of Law at the University of California.

Ken lives with his partner, Jane Conover – a California cattle rancher, on Mill Creek in Paradise Valley.

Heidi Barrett

Heidi Barrett has over 30 years of non-profit experience, in Park County, beginning as the sole employee of a small grass-roots organization, the Beartooth Alliance, in Silver Gate, Montana in the early 90’s. This group successfully halted an industrial gold mine on the border of Yellowstone National Park in 1996. She then worked for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition for 17.5 years in the development department. She directed the Park County Senior Center for nearly two years before joining ASPEN as its Executive Director in 2016.

Heidi grew up on a farm in Nebraska and visited Silver Gate, Montana in 1983.  She fell in love with the area and began working summers there in 1984 and met her husband Jim, they married in 1991 making their home in Silver Gate until 1998 when they moved to Livingston.

Heidi has served as a board member for Park County Environmental Council, Livingston Center for Art and Culture, Angel Line Transportation Services, and currently serves as founding Chair of the Park County Public Transit Advisory Board which operates Windrider, a free fixed route bus service in Livingston.  She and Jim are proud of serving as tour coordinators for Shakespeare in the Parks for Silver Gate collectively for over 32 years.

Heidi’s passion has always been about protecting the natural amenities of Park County and creating healthy communities. She enjoys people from all walks of life and is energized when making a positive difference for those around her.  Heidi has BFA from the University of Nebraska, and an endorsement for K-12 in Art Education.  She lives with her husband, Jim, in Livingston.

Thomas Blurock

Thomas Blurock is a Livingston resident and an architect with 50 years of experience in design and planning. He and his wife Kathleen live in a historic building in downtown Livingston which he recently rehabilitated as residential and retail space.  Before moving to town, he had a fishing cabin for thirty years in Tom Miner Basin. An active member of the community, he serves on the City of Livingston Historic Preservation Commission and The Guiding Principal Strategic Planning Committee.

His award-winning firm for 35 years specialized in the design and planning of educational facilities in urban areas. He has been involved in the development of healthy communities for his entire working life. Early in his career, he was involved in a number of downtown revitalization projects in California and along the East Coast. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Kathy Foote

Kathy Foote

Kathy Foote is a fourth-generation Montanan, raised on a ranch south of Bozeman. Kathy moved to Park County in 1988, and lives with her husband, Jonathan, on a ranch east of Livingston, where they raise and show award-winning cutting horses. Kathy is a top amateur rider and a past president and director of the Montana cutting Horse Association. She is a past board member of Big Brothers and Sisters of Park County. Kathy is a CASA with the Park County Casa Program, and currently works with the Park County Attorney’s Office. Kathy has seen the significant changes in the Gallatin Valley during her lifetime. She believes that she has insights as to how Park County may avoid some of the negative impact from sprawl and development.

Executive Director

Randy Carpenter

Randy Carpenter has had a career working with community leaders in the Northern Rockies, helping them understand the challenges that come with growth and change, and tailor locally based solutions to those challenges. Randy was a community planner in Iowa, followed by 13 years with the Sonoran Institute’s Northern Rockies Program. Randy served as a Project Director for Future West from 2014 to 2022, which included assisting with the creation of the Gardiner community plan and advising Friends of Park County. Today he is the Executive Director of Headwaters Community Housing Trust.


Friends of Park County contracts with Robert Liberty for staffing support.

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Robert Liberty

Strategic Advisor

Robert has almost forty years of experience with the design, implementation, evaluation and politics of land use and transportation plans, at the local, regional and state levels. His advice has been sought from places as different as Bozeman, Montana and Beijing, China.

Robert’s experience in both the public and private world gives him a unique ability to bring people together, speak their language and bridge divides to get tangible results.

Key Past Leadership:

  • Founder & Director of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator and Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University
  • Smart Growth Consultant and Public Speaker – US and International
  • 2-term Councilor at Metro Regional Government
  • Senior Counsel to Congressman Earl Blumenauer in the Third District of Oregon
  • Executive Director, 1000 Friends of Oregon

Robert is passionate about helping communities translate lofty planning goals and visions into the policies and practices that bring to reality compact, vibrant, sustainable and equitable cities and neighborhoods and the conservation of working farm, ranch and forest lands.

Robert has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MA from Oxford University, a BA from the University of Oregon Honors College and was a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.

Board of Advisors

Friends of Park County established its Board of Advisors in February 2023

Our inaugural Board of Advisors will be expanded and diversified in the coming months.

Our Advisors share their expertise with us in the main fields relevant to the mission of Friends of Park County, including land use planning and regulation, housing, wildlife, water, agriculture, transportation, natural hazards, nonprofit organization and advocacy, and local politics. We will also benefit from their community connections and knowledge of the history, places and people of Park County.

Frank Schroeder

Frank Schroeder is the Past President and a co-founder of Friends of Park County. For 13 years Frank served on the Park County Planning Board, including navigating the drafting and adoption of the County’s most recent Growth Policy.  Frank brings to his advisor role more than 40 years of private sector general management experience in the US and Europe, including providing executive search services in the not for profit and corporate sectors. More recently, Frank founded Campus2Career Transition Services to assist young adults to identify their career direction and land the right job in their chosen field.

Dennis Glick

Dennis Glick has had a long career in both national and international conservation. He has been involved in conservation and growth management efforts in the Greater Yellowstone Region for over 30 years, most recently as the co-founder and Director of the non-profit Future West. He has authored several publications and has organized many conferences and workshops on growth management and rural conservation topics. A resident of Livingston, Montana for over 30 years, Dennis has been an active participant in many community and county planning issues.

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a nationally celebrated wildlife photographer based in Livingston. His photography is in private, public, and museum collections around the world. He creates photographs which illustrate his passion for the remaining wild places on our earth. Tom is featured in a PBS Nature film, “Christmas in Yellowstone” which has regularly aired worldwide. He has traveled the United States presenting the wonders of nature through his photographic slide shows. In agreeing to join the Board of Advisor Tom said he wanted to “help to keep this place a wonderful place for wildlife and wild land.”

Sandra Lambert

Sandra Lambert grew up in Kansas City and earning degrees at the University of Missouri, she began a career of college teaching and then being an author’s editor. After moving West, a forest fire destroyed her family’s home and they moved to Jackson Hole, where she taught skiing and kayaking, rode horses, and climbed. She has served on many boards including for Mountain Journal and led the capital campaign for a shelter for abused women and children. She lives in Livingston, when not fishing she monitors meetings of the Park County Commission and Planning Board.