Our Management Team provides vision and oversight of all of the Foundation’s day to day business operations and ensures all efforts are directed towards fulfilling our mission.
Bill Weingartner, Operations
In an effort to help the Martin Family maximize impact, fulfill their philanthropic mission and keep their family strong, Bill has served the Martin Family Foundation for over 10 years. He served on the Board of Directors for 6 years and now assists with the daily operations with an emphasis on leadership development and teamwork for the current Board of Directors.
Passionate about missions, Bill loves to see the joy and light of Christ in the eyes of the poor and believes in the causes of pro-life, faith-based education, and service to the poor and at-risk. He is a lover of sports, has two beautiful daughters, and has been married for 30 years.
John W. Martin, Managing Partner
Mr. Martin graduated from Marion Military Institute (A.S. 1965), The United States Air Force Academy (B.S. 1969), and the University of Southern California (M.S. 1974), and served as an Air Force fighter pilot until his honorable discharge in 1975. He moved to Casper, Wyoming and was employed as a field engineer for Schlumberger Well Services, then Airport Manager until 1982 when he cofounded McMurry Oil Company. Under his leadership, McMurry Oil Company discovered the Jonah Gas Field and began the initial development of the Pinedale Anticline Gas Field, both in southwest Wyoming. Those fields are now the 5th and 6th largest gas fields in the US. Jonah and Pinedale Anticline were sold to Encana in 2000 and Shell in 2001.
Mr. Martin created the Martin Family Foundation (MFF) in 2001 to begin “giving back” to those in need and to serve the Catholic Church. John and his wife, Mari Ann, continue to be semi-active in the oil and gas business through Jonah Gas Company. The majority of their time is now spent enjoying their 4 children and 5 grandchildren as well as serving the Church through their personal philanthropy and the MFF.
In 2013, Mr. Martin cofounded the ViNE Foundation (Visions in the New Evangelization) to discern, evaluate, and act on the greatest needs of the Church. The first project for ViNE is the Amazing Parish Movement, designed to help parishes grow by teaching them how to truly follow Christ’s great commission to “Go out and make disciples of all nations.”
Angela Hellweg, Office Manager
A Denver-native, Angela has served the Martin Family Foundation for the past two years. A wife of twenty-eight years and a proud mother of five, Angela is passionate about promoting the beauty of the Catholic faith and helping others. When not being witty, you can find her cheering on the NFL’s best team, the Denver Broncos.
Mari Ann Martin, Managing Partner
Mari Ann Martin graduated from Montana State University in 1981 with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. She worked for Chevron, Mobil, and Apache before she helped found Highlands Gas Company. Highlands sold in 1999 to Union Pacific Resources. Mari Ann Martin is co-owner of Jonah Gas Company with her husband John Martin. Jonah Gas Company invests in oil and gas exploration and development projects, primarily in the Rocky Mountains. Mari Ann serves as a Director of the Martin Family Foundation which was established in 2001 in Casper, Wyoming. The Foundation supports a number of organizations in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana that focus on faith-based education, services to the poor and at-risk, sanctity of life and evangelization and discipleship. Mari Ann has been especially active in a number of Catholic causes, including Arrupe Jesuit High School, Seeds of Hope, FOCUS, Companions of Christ, and Lighthouse. Mari Ann recently completed a 2 year term as Board Chair of Arrupe Jesuit High School Board and an 8 year term as a Board Member of the University of Wyoming Foundation. She is currently a board member for the Companions of Christ. Mari Ann and John have four children and 5 grandchildren, with one grandchild on the way.
Laurie Vieira, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Laurie serves the Foundation by supporting the Martin family and keeping the foundation focused on maximizing its impact on helping to transform people’s lives.
After working for 17 years in non-profit Development (Arrupe Jesuit High School and Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust), she brings a higher level of compassion for the work grantee organizations do and the difficulty and complexity involved in that work. No stranger to poverty, Laurie’s passionate about providing Catholic education for those who cannot afford it. When not strutting around in some new high heels, you might find Laurie reading or in a yoga class. Laurie has been married to her husband Ed for over 30 years, and has two daughters, one who is married, one son and one grandson.