Meet the Bannack Association

The Bannack Association is managed and represented by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

      • Otis Anderson – President
      • Judy Vaccaro – Vice President
      • Glenda Waldburger – Secretary
      • Bill Mitchell – Treasurer
      • Sharon Quackenbush – Treasurer
      • Glenda Waldburger- Membership
      • Dan Pence
      • Twerp Dingley
      • Fran Schisler
      • Laurie Blinn
      • Lisa Tash-Facebook

      Non-board Park Associates

      • John Phillips – Newsletter

Board Member Bios

Otis Anderson – President

Otis Anderson is a retired educator who has been a Bannack Association member since 2004 and a board member since 2011. He has served the board as treasurer, vice president and is currently president of the board. He has been actively involved in Bannack Days activities and events as an association member. The Bannack Days Sunday church service and the annual May clean-up day are two activities that he is especially involved with. Like all members of the association he recognizes the uniqueness and value of Bannack State Park to our cultural heritage and its value as a tourist destination. And it is for these reasons that he is grateful for the opportunity to be able to serve on the board and to be able to contribute to maintaining this wonderful historic site.

Judy Vaccaro-Vice President

Since 1997, my family and I have been working at Bannack State Park.  We first started with serving ice cream at Bannack Days and with helping at the Clean-Up Days.  Over the years, my sons have participated with the telegraphy and the gunfights.  My husband and daughters helped me start the Bannack General Store for Bannack Days, which we have continued for many years with adding a daughter-in-law and granddaughter to help.  Throughout the years, my daughter, Jeanette, and I have served on the board and held various positions.  Bannack has provided a great chance for my family to enjoy working together as volunteers and even provided a wedding venue for one of my children.  I’m privileged to have a part in preserving this great piece of Montana history.

Glenda Waldburger – Secretary/Membership

Bill Mitchell – Co Treasurer

Growing up I always had interest in Bannack so when the Bannack Historical and Museum Association was formed in 1990, I joined. I was elected to the Bannack Association Board in 2016 and re elected in 2019. Over the years I have witnessed the many changes in Bannack with help from the Bannack Association.

Sharon Quackenbush – Co Treasurer

Dan Pence-Board Member

Serving on the board of directors for the Bannack Association seemed like a natural fit for me. I was raised in a mining town gone broke in Idaho where conversation frequently mentioned “Times sure are tough now but wait until the mines re-open.” They never did. I have always been interested in history. Several of my assignments with the U.S. Forest Service included mining ghost towns. Learning how they evolved through time was fascinating. I welcome the challenges of helping meet the needs for Bannack State Park.

Laurie Blinn-Board Member

Bannack is one of my favorite places in Montane.  I love the park and it’s history; love the activities;  love the fact that Bannack is right in my backyard!  Mike and I got married at the Bannack church in 2002.  I am happy to serve on the Bannack Association Board.

Kathy Allard-Board Member

The summer my family and I moved to Dillon we attended our first Bannack Days event.  It was a wonderful experience!  We were impressed that so many people were willing to join together to make Bannack “come alive” for those two days!  As a board member I’m hoping to be part of that wonderful group of people that care enough to keep the Bannack history alive.     Kathy Allard

Lisa Tash-Board Member

Twerp Dingley-Board Member

Fran Schisler

I first went to Bannack in 1968.  I don’t think it was a park at the time. I loved being there then because you could drive through town and see everything in a very realistic setting, including people who still lived there.  Years later, as a 4-H leader, our club would volunteer to help with the clean-up in May.  We would sweep out the Meade Hotel and set up the Rayburn House to look as it might have looked when lived in, and we helped wash windows.  After our day of cleaning, we would have a picnic in front of the Rayburn House.  When teaching at Grant and at Polaris, I took students to Bannack on field trips and we would enjoy Dale Tash as he told us stories about growing up in  Bannack. I have been a part of various projects at Bannack during Bannack Days.  I helped with serving ice cream in the Skinner Saloon, helped make prairie dolls, did organized games and art projects with children and I have taught old time dancing for the past several years.  Because of my love for Montana and the exciting History it holds, I continue to give support to Bannack and hope to serve the Bannack Association as a member to the best of my ability.