Network Office Staff and National Service Members

Maura Jones , VISTA Leader
Maura Jones
Maura 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. Maura is a two-term National Service alumna having served with the Washington Reading Corps as an AmeriCorps member, and with YWCA Missoula as an AmeriCorps VISTA.
Kathy Peterson , Administrative Associate
Kathy Peterson
The Administrative Associate assists with office management, billing and subcontracting procedures, as well as supporting AmeriCorps member file management and time-keeping systems. A Montana native, with a 13-year stint in Portland, OR, Kathy Peterson is currently enrolled at The University of Montana, working towards a Social Work degree. Kathy brings 15 years of clerical experience to MTCC. Her organizational skills are an asset to MTCC's network and its programs.
Jon Stephani , Program Manager
Jon Stephani
MTCC's program manager supports the Compact's programs and initiatives by providing site-level support to local partners, AmeriCorps VISTA members and other stakeholders. The program manager role is responsible for delivery and performance of MTCC's programs, and for seeing the MTCC mission carried out in local communities. Jon received his B.A. in English from the University of Montana Western in Dillon Montana. He is a Montana Native born and raised in Corvallis Montana. He served two terms of service as an AmeriCorps Leader with the Campus Corps program at Montana Western. Jon began his tenure as a staff member as MTCC's training specialist and began as program manager in May 2014.
Gerri Stiffarm , Program Specialist
Gerri Stiffarm
Gerri received her B.A. in Community Service and a B.A. Communication degrees from Montana State University-Northern in 2007. She worked as a AmeriCorps member for two years in the community for HRDC IV and Opportunity Link, Inc. She was born and raised in Havre, Montana and is a proud member of the WhiteClay Nation in Fort Belknap. She is the proud mother of a 16 year old daughter who means the world to her.
Josh Vanek , Interim Executive Director
Josh Vanek
The interim executive director is responsible for expanding MTCC's impact across Montana and the region, and ensuring affiliate value in MTCC's programs, initiatives and services. In addition, he works closely with MTCC's board, staff and partners to deepen the reach of MTCC's mission. Josh received his B.A. in political science from The University of Montana in Missoula before 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.

Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTAs serve across Montana and Wyoming. Learn more about the projects and the MTCC VISTAs below:

Alessa Kiviat

Children's Museum of Bozeman

Montana State University

Alessa is developing and implementing innovative and hands-on STEM learning opportunities for students Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grades at the Children's Museum of Bozeman.

Bozeman, MT

Laura Tirman

Greater Gallatin United Way

Montana State University

Laura 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

Austin Terreri

Red Lodge Area Community Foundation

Montana State University- Billings

Austin is connecting Red Lodge youth with the Connecting Kids To Our Community program to engage youth in the community, and increase high school and post-secondary options for students.

Red Lodge, MT

Krysta Peterson

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

University of Montana

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

Missoula, MT

Cat Lenis

Sparrow's Nest NWMT

Flathead Valley Community College

Cat 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

Amber Rhodes

Montana College Access Network

Flathead Valley Community College

Amber is coordinating with The Montana College Access Network to strengthen existing material and develop new resources - assessment, web resources, information exchanges et al - to meet the needs of Montanans seeking higher education.

Helena, MT



Rebecca Rice

Missoula Public Library

University of Montana

Rebecca 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


Mira Mendick

University of Montana

Mira is serving through the Office of Student Success, and will be overseeing the development of a new student loan entrance counseling module to be delivered to all UM students. This program will provide students with support to manage their postsecondary experience and improve college student persistance and graduation.

Missoula, MT

Maura Jones

Montana Campus Compact

Maura is responsible for VISTA member support and ongoing program development for the entire network of MTCC campuses.

Missoula, MT



Michael Hall

Montana Tech

Michael's project aims to support the MT Tech Veteran's Task Force in order to increase the number of veterans successfully completing their education, and helpng them enter the workforce.

Butte, MT






Christina Dock

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming


Rocky Mountain College and MSU-B

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

Billings, MT

Leah Bulka

Park County Community Foundation

Montana State University

Leah is developing a community action plan that focuses on the transition between high school completion and successful entry and tracking into higher education opportunities.

Livingston, MT





Cody LaBean

Local College Access Network

MT Tech

Cody will be working with LCAN and College Access programs (CAPS) in mobilization of local resources to support college access for first generation students and students of veterans and active military personnel.

Butte, MT

Annie Mombourquette

Browning Community Economic Development Corporation

Blackfeet Community College

Annie is developing a school-community garden program to address issues of food insecurity. She will be working with the Browning schools and community to raise awareness and develop an action plan to address food insecurity.

Browning, MT

Lacy Fiore

Montana Campus Compact

Missoula, MT

Brandon Fish

Blackfeet Community College

Browning, MT

Samuel Garetson

Montana Education Partnership

Helena College

Mallory is serving with a peer mentoring program to increase youth academic engagement, resiliency factors, and community school connectedness.

Helena, MT

Sage Hatch

Schools to Careers

Poplar, MT

Constance Johnson

Garfield Literacy Center

Montana State University Billings

Billings, MT

Katharine Johnson

Marketing and Outreach

Bitterroot College

Hamilton, MT

Dalya Kefi

Expanded Opportunities

Greater Gallatin United Way

Bozeman, MT

Sunny Pate

College Positive

Girls Scouts MT/WY

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

Great Falls, MT

Morgan Ray

College Positive

Girls Scouts MT/WY

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

Pablo, MT

Michele Schahczenski

Exhibit Coordinator

Children's Museum


Missoula, MT

Coral Thede

College Positive

Girls Scouts MT/WY

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

Jon Van Dyke

Zootown Arts Community Center

Missoula, MT




If you have any questions regarding your term of service with MTCC, contact MTCC VISTA Leader Maura Jones.