Network Office Staff and National Service Members

Erin Barstow , Program Manager
Erin Barstow
Erin administers the MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA program, providing leadership and support to campuses and communities across Montana. She served two terms as a Prevention Resource Center AmeriCorps VISTA member with the YWCA Missoula building infrastructure for the successful GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths) program. Following her VISTA service, Erin transitioned to the YWCA as a full-time employee writing grants and coordinating the GUTS! program. Community and national service have profoundly influenced Erin's career and she is excited to provide the tools for organizations, colleges and their communities to utilize the resources of AmeriCorps VISTA, and to shaping VISTA members into informed, engaged citizens. Erin received her B.A. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.
Dannette Fadness , Program Manager
Dannette Fadness
Dannette administers the MTCC AmeriCorps program, providing leadership and support to campuses and communities across Montana. She served two terms in AmeriCorps as a counseling Fellow and as a Campus Corps Team Leader. She also served as a Montana Campus Compact Student Leader for the Raise Your Voice Campaign and designed the Montana Raise Your Voice Campaign logo. Dannette is passionate about lifelong learning and co-authored a chapter in a cognitive fitness book, "Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults". Dannette received her undergraduate degrees in counseling psychology and fine arts and her master's degree in managing organizations and human development from the University of Great Falls. She looks forward supporting community-driven initiatives which connect first generation and low-income Montanans with post-secondary education.
Jason Forges , AmeriCorps Senior Leader
Jason Forges
As a Montana National AmeriCorps Senior Leader, Jason supports AmeriCorps Leaders and Team Members throughout Montana. After serving as an AmeriCorps Leader at Bitterroot College in 2016-2017, he was hired to continue his work with AmeriCorps by serving as a National Service Senior Leader in the MTCC office. Jason believes "It is important to help others while helping yourself and it is important to understand the balance to that." Originally from Florida where there is consistent warmth most of the year, Montana's weather has been a bit of an adjustment, but his work helps keep him busy and warm!
Carly Hosford-Israel , VISTA Leader
Carly Hosford-Israel
Carly is serving as the 2017-18 VISTA Leader for MTCC. Her service includes: recruitment, training, capacity building of the 2017-18 VISTA class. She recently moved to Missoula after serving for a year in Poplar, MT as a Schools to Careers VISTA. Carly graduated with a BA in Global Studies from LIU Global and an MA in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University.
Alysa Kelly , Program Specialist
Alysa Kelly
Alysa is MTCC's Program Specialist, supporting the successful administration of MTCC's programs, initiatives and awards. She oversees MTCC training events like the Community Building Institute training series, leads member recruitment and supports site development efforts. Alysa joins the Campus Compact network office team after working for the University of Montana's Upward Bound program, where she provided direct support to participants and helped administer the program.
Kathy Peters , Administrative Associate
Kathy Peters
Kathy is MTCC's lead staff for office management, including A/R, A/P, as well as supporting AmeriCorps and VISTA member file management. She holds a BA in Business Management from Auburn University, and has many years' experience in non-profit and small business management.
Josh Vanek , Associate Director
Josh Vanek
Josh works to expand MTCC's impact across Montana and the region, and ensuring affiliate value in MTCC's programs and initiatives. He works closely with MTCC's Advisory Committee, staff and partners to deepen the reach of MTCC's mission. Josh received his B.A. in political science from The University of Montanabefore serving in the Peace Corps in Latvia from 1997-1999. After completing Peace Corps service, he returned to Montana and served with as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader before joining the MTCC staff. He is a graduate of the University of Washington's Evan's School of Public Affairs Nonprofit and National Service Management program.
Andrea Vernon , Executive Director
Andrea Vernon
Andrea works with campuses and communities across the state to build impactful civic engagement experiences and opportunities for students, faculty and community partners. She has spent the past 20 years working with higher education service learning and AmeriCorps National Service programs at the state and local levels. Through this work Andrea is involved with teaching, researching, and administering programs that bridge higher education and the nonprofit sector. Andrea holds a B.A. and an M.A. in sociology and received her Doctorate in Education from the University of Montana in educational leadership in which her studies focused on higher education student services, service learning and program administration.

MTCC AmericCorps Leaders

Samantha Clark
Samantha Clark
AmeriCorps Leader
Girl Scouts Great Falls,
University of Providence
Caitlin Ervin
Caitlin Ervin
AmeriCorps Leader
SpectrUM,
University of Montana
Kezia Lovelady-Speer
Kezia Lovelady-Speer
AmeriCorps Leader
Flagship
Adam Maes
Adam Maes
AmeriCorps Leader
MSU Northern
Admissions/Havre Schools
Ashley Rollin Burke
Ashley Rollin Burke
AmeriCorps Leader
Girl Scouts Billings,
Rocky Mountain College
Jess Secrest
Jess Secrest
AmeriCorps Leader
Poplar Schools, Youth Services,
Fort Peck Community College
Sam Shaw
Sam Shaw
AmeriCorps Leader
Richland County
Boys & Girls Club
Dayton Smith
Dayton Smith
AmeriCorps Leader
Tech4Good,
Salish Kootenai College
Kristian Stipe
Kristian Stipe
AmeriCorps Leader
Broader Impacts Group,
EmpowerPlace at the
Missoula Food Bank,
University of Montana
Kayla Szatkiewicz
Kayla Szatkiewicz
AmeriCorps Leader
EmpowerMT
Rachel Townsend
Rachel Townsend
AmeriCorps Leader
Montana Tech

VISTA Members

Elena Augustine
Elena Augustine
AmeriCorps VISTA

Ravalli County Museum, University of Western Montana
Molly Bean
Molly Bean
AmeriCorps VISTA

Health Promotion Disease Prevention, Fort Peck Community Colloege
Zach Bernknopf
Zach Bernknopf
AmeriCorps VISTA

Community Based Learning in Low Income Poplulations, Helena College
Scarlett Day-Aleman
Scarlett Day-Aleman
AmeriCorps VISTA

Lame Deer Schools and Chief Dullknife College
Harley Fredriksen
Harley Fredriksen
AmeriCorps VISTA

We are Montana in the Classroom: Higher Ed and Career Pathways; University of Montana Broader Impacts Group
Connor Harbison
Connor Harbison
AmeriCorps VISTA

MSU Blackstone Launchpad
Daniel Hogan
Daniel Hogan
AmeriCorps VISTA

Butte America Foundation, Montana Tech
Margaret Hoyt
Margaret Hoyt
AmeriCorps VISTA

Missoula YWCA and the University of Montana
Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones
AmeriCorps VISTA

MAPS Media Institute Bitterroot College
Maryelizabeth Koepele
Maryelizabeth Koepele
AmeriCorps VISTA

Northwest Montana Literacy Center, Flathead Valley Community College
Maya Koepke
Maya Koepke
AmeriCorps VISTA

Libby K-12 Schools, Flathead Valley Community College
Jenny Lind
Jenny Lind
AmeriCorps VISTA

Blackstone Launchpad University of Montana
Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien
AmeriCorps VISTA

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) - University of Montana Missoula
Aubree Pierce
Aubree Pierce
AmeriCorps VISTA

Food Bank MSU Bozeman
Jamie Pollard
Jamie Pollard
AmeriCorps VISTA

Sparrow's Nest, Flathead Valley Community College
Haley Spurlin
Haley Spurlin
AmeriCorps VISTA

Troy High School, Flathead Valley Community College
Lauren Tobias
Lauren Tobias
AmeriCorps VISTA

Montana Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities Council, University of Montana
Rebecca Washko
Rebecca Washko
AmeriCorps VISTA

Equal Pay Initiative-STEM, Statewide Campuses
Kaitlin Willbanks
Kaitlin Willbanks
AmeriCorps VISTA

Education Empowerment, Fort Peck Community College
Avery Wilson
Avery Wilson
AmeriCorps VISTA

Tech4Good
Salish Kootenai College