A Software Platform that Guides River Restoration and Preservation

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Meet the people behind the work



Lilly believes that good data management is at the core of good water management. She works for the Gallatin Watershed Council, which guides collaborative stewardship of water in the Gallatin Valley for a healthy and productive landscape. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering from Montana State University where her studies focused on soil and water as they apply to agriculture, from irrigation and streams to nutrient cycling and waste management. Lilly believes that we can all find common ground in our shared dependence on clean water and that our efforts to protect our watershed are strongest when we work together. Her vision for managing river restoration on a system-wide scale, as well as her knowledge of the permitting and restoration process, are founding principles of the Gilly platform. 


Program Oversight and Community Outreach

Karen’s career focuses on providing outreach, analytical, and facilitation services to communities struggling to solve natural resource and public health challenges. Her background is in biology, political science, and public policy. Previously, Karen was the Director of Montana Watercourse at Montana State University.  She also worked on climate change and energy related research at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Project Director

Ephie brings an extensive background in software development to the team. As a UI/UX designer for large and small companies and a wide range of use cases, he has an eye for the end user and long term needs of the software. His years of experience as an entrepreneur drive him to get projects moving on a tight budget, with tight deadlines, and in a way that solves real user needs. He ensures the Gilly software is built to spec and on budget, with the biggest impact, user friendly and effective in solving the real needs of the state.


Four Corners Foundation, President

Ms. Brodie’s desire to help non-profit groups work together to solve common problems is the result of many years of frustration with a grant process that asks charitable organizations (and agencies) to work as partners while simultaneously competing against one another for funding.  This system creates a “silo syndrome” that is characterized by a lack of shared information, project overlap, and competition for scarce funding resources. Sharon’s position at 4CF has afforded her the opportunity to address those problems with tools that encourage collaboration, eliminate costly program redundancy, and coordinate work across multiple groups.

She stresses that 4CF’s intention with Gilly is not to compete with anyone but to elevate everyone. While others search for a competitive advantage, Ms. Brodie and the board of directors of the Four Corners Foundation search for a cooperative advantage. Their sincere wish is for everyone to succeed.


“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”

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4CF is a registered 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

Board of Directors

President - Sharon Brodie
Vice President - Jeff Rupp
Secretary - Wendy Weaver
Director - Pat Byorth
Director - Jim Dawson
Director - George Metcalfe
Director - Paul Shennum
Director - Kerri Strasheim

Four Corners Foundation

4CF was founded in 2003 and is an advocate for the thoughtful and strategic use of water in the Gallatin River Watershed and beyond. We are a private nonprofit that is primarily funded through the Willow Springs Family Foundation.