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. Erin received her B.A. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.
Regina Curry , Administrative Associate
Regina Curry
Regina is MTCC's lead staff for office management, billing and subcontracting procedures, as well as supporting AmeriCorps member file management and time-keeping system. Regina received her B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University. She has worked for federal and state agencies in Arizona and Wyoming. Regina joined the team in May of 2015.
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.
Lacy Fiore , VISTA Leader
Lacy Fiore
Lacy serves as the VISTA Leader with the Montana Campus Compact. As VISTA Leader she provides support for the MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA members serving with communities across Montana and Wyoming. Lacy's service history includes a service year with Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming in Kalispell, MT.
Austin Terreri , VISTA Leader
Austin Terreri
Austin serves as the VISTA Leader with the Montana Campus Compact. As VISTA Leader he provides support for the MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA members serving with communities across Montana and Wyoming. Austin is a National Service alum whose first term was as a VISTA with the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation and MSUB where he helped establish a youth mentoring program.
Josh Vanek , Network 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.





Claire Anderson

Sparrow's Nest of Northwest Montana

Flathead Valley Community College

Claire is building capacity for Sparrow's Nest to ensure that every homeless student in NW Montana have safe, supportive housing, enabling these students to graduate from high school and become productive, contributing members of the community.

Kalispell, MT

Olivia Carney

Blackstone LaunchPad

University of Montana

Olivia will increase awareness of the Blackstone Launchpad and Entrepreneurship, as a viable career option, specifically to populations at an economic disadvantage.

Missoula, MT

Sara Feilzer

SpectrUM Discovery Area

University of Montana

Sara is inspire students to develop interests in STEM fields and help support economically disadvantaged youth accessing post-secondary education.

Missoula, MT

Brandon Fish

University of Montana EPSCoR

Blackfeet Community College

Brandon is serving with Blackfeet Community College and University of Montana EPSCoR, where he will be promoting STEM education initiatives with Native Science Fellows.

Browning, MT

Sam Garetson

Upward Bound

Salish Kootenai College

Sam will facilitate college preparedness and enthusiasm for higher education amongst high school students by providing school tutoring, test prep and after school activities, that will build lasting support systems for underprivileged students.


Pablo, MT


Lauren Hall

Montana After School Alliance

Montana State University

Lauren is building capacity for The Montana Afterschool Alliance, with a goal of connecting all after-school programs so they can improve quality of programs, be sustainable, and have a collective voice.

Bozeman, MT

Constance Johnson

Garfield Literacy Center

Montana State University Billings

Constance is active on the advisory board,to assist the center on ways to reach the community and gather funding through grants and sponsorship.

Billings, MT

Kate Johnson

Bitterroot College

University of Montana -Bitterroot College

Kate is identifying and implementing strategies to increase the number of students, through marketing and outreach plans, in vocational programs to develop their abilities to graduate college.

Hamilton, MT

Dalya Kefi

Greater Gallatin United Way

Montana State University

Dalya is increasing the accessibility of affordable, high-quality PIR Days and summer programming for Bozeman students.

Bozeman, MT


Ian Lawrence

Lame Deer Public Schools

Chief Dull Knife College

Ian will develop a plan to build up community awareness in Lame Deer student's success and increase the participation of family involvement in their children's education and academic endeavors, which will create a pathway into post-secondary education and alleviate generational poverty.

Lame Deer, MT


Deanna Linn

Girls STEM Collaborative

Montana State University

Deanna will survey current volunteers to identify current opportunities, barriers to volunteering and areas of growth for STEM volunteers.

Bozeman, MT

Jill McIntyre


Blackstone LaunchPad

Montana State University

Jill will develop strategies to sustain the Blackstone Launchpad program at MSU and increase community awareness and partnerships.

Bozeman, MT


Kelsey O'Donnell

Blackstone LaunchPad

University of Montana

Kelsey will assist economically disadvantaged students in participating in the Montana Code School, which will develop their post-secondary degree or training into a career or to become a business owner.

Missoula, MT


Alex Opie

Children's Museum Bozeman

Montana State University

Alex is identifying and implementing strategies to increase the number of students, through marketing and outreach plans, in vocational programs to develop their abilities to graduate college.

Bozeman, MT

Sunny Pate

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

University of Great Falls

Sunny is mobilizing local partners groups, colleges and universities to create a sustainable college positive volunteer program.

Great Falls, MT

Morgan Ray

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

Flathead Valley Community College

Morgan is mobilizing local partners groups, colleges and universities to create a sustainable college positive volunteer program.

Kalispell, MT

Alanna Reid

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

University of Montana

Alanna is mobilizing local partners groups, colleges and universities to create a sustainable college positive volunteer program.

Missoula, MT



Ryan Sas

MSU Park County Extension

Ryan will build capacity for local organization and entities to develop and implement workforce development initiatives which will increase the number of economically disadvantaged students who leave poverty through sustainable employment opportunities.

Bozeman, MT


Michele Schahczenski

Children's Museum Missoula

University of Montana

Michele will be improving and expanding early childhood education of young children of families and developing systems to evaluate, improve and maintain current age appropriate educational exhibits.

Missoula, MT

Kelsie Severson

Big Sky High School

University of Montana

Kelsie will increase graduation rates and course passage rates of economically disadvantaged youth through academic tutoring, peer mentoring, and community outreach.

Missoula, MT


Erik Swanson

Missoula Public Library

University of Montana

Erik is establishing an action plan and developing capacity to provide STEM learning opportunities to community members by building and maintaining an on-site MakerSpace at The Missoula Public Library.

Missoula, MT

Coral Thede

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

Gillette College

Coral is mobilizing local partners groups, colleges and universities to create a sustainable college positive volunteer program.

Gillette, WY

Jennifer Thimell

MSU-Northern

MSU-Northern

Jennifer is increasing student retention and academic success by developing and promoting programs on campus which will help economically disadvantaged students leave poverty through educational success.

Havre, MT




2015-2016 AmeriCorps Team

Jon Van Dyke

Zootown Arts Community Center

University of Montana

Jon is creating an equal and inviting atmosphere for disadvantaged youth of the Zootown Arts Community Center and determine strategies to better reach those that are not currently being served.

Missoula, MT

Michelle Van Meter

HRDC District IV

MSU-Northern

Michelle is increasing the effectiveness of the Hi-Set Education Program and help economically disadvantaged students leave poverty through educational success by supporting them in obtaining their high school equivalency diplomas and through post-secondary education and workforce development.

Havre, MT

Brylee Zumpf

Women's Resource / Community Support Center

University of Montana Western


Brylee will create a student support program to help economically disadvantaged students who are experiencing mental or emotional issues, relationship violence, or sexual assault. These support services will enable students to stay enrolled in college and successfully complete graduation and fight poverty.

Dillon, MT

If you have any questions regarding your term of service with MTCC, contact MTCC VISTA Leader Austin Terreri or MTCC Program Specialist, Lacy Fiore.