Network Office Staff and National Service Members

Brenda Cole , Campus Election Engagement Project Intern
Brenda Cole
Brenda, in her role as Campus Election Engagement intern is reaching out to college and university administrators, faculty, staff, and students, helping to build and maintain strong relationships with campuses for the purposes of increasing election engagement. Brenda is creating a statewide task force on election engagement with the goal of increasing college student voter turnout for the fall 2014 elections and beyond. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Montana Western, is passionate about community service and will start a Master's program with Prescott College in the fall of 2014.
Liz Higgins , AmeriCorps VISTA Leader (2013-2014)
Liz Higgins
Liz Higgins is serving as the VISTA Leader from July 2013-2014. As VISTA Leader she provides support for the MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA members serving across Montana. Liz graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A in Sociology with an emphasis in Rural and Environmental Change. Following graduation, she served as a MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA member with Great Falls College MSU in Great Falls, MT. In her year of service, she implemented a campus community garden and managed the on-campus food pantry. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, bagpiping, and exploring Montana.
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.
Currently Vacant , Program Specialist
Currently Vacant
The program specialist supports the Compact's programs and initiatives by providing site development and recruitment support with the MTCC VISTA program, event and partners support with Ready Campus and media outreach for all off MTCC's work.
Josh Vanek , Interim Director
Josh Vanek
The Interim 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

Billings, 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

Esther Yoon

Bozeman High School

Gallatin College

Esther is serving with school leadership and the Gallatin College Career Pathways adviser to target junior and seniors that have not expressed specific post-secondary plans and then engage volunteers to work those students.

Bozeman, MT

Ambur 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 opportunies 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


Liz Higgins

Montana Campus Compact

Liz 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



Ari Goldfarb

Montana State University

Ari is partnering with The Andy Yarnell Center for Student success to develop a strategic plan to engage students in the community, thereby increasing student retention, graduation and success.

Bozeman, 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 oppotunities.

Great Falls, MT

Ambur Cameron

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

University of Great Falls

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

Great Falls, MT

Mallory Cooper

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

Lacy Fiore

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

Flathead Valley Community College

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

Kalispell, MT

Meg Fullam

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

Casper College

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

Casper, WY

Erich Hellstrom

Montana Gear UP

Montana Tech

Erich is designing, implementing and analyzing programming that supports first generation, low-income students transitioning and attending their first year of college.

Helena, MT

Alex Herlich

Salish Kootenai College Upward Bound

Alex is serving with SKC Upward Bound to increase the number of participants in the at-distance summer program and increase the number of eligible and qualified students who complete college applications.

Pablo, MT

Kristen Hollum

Red Lodge Area Community Foundation

Montana State University Billings

Kristen is creating an improved community communication infrastructure to enhance the impact of services provided throughout Carbon County.

Red Lodge, MT

Marissa Bremner

Blackfeet Community College Native Science Field Center

University of Montana EPSCoR

Marissa is serving with Native American college and high school age students in interdisciplinary, community-based research opportunities by establishing a local network of professionals to serve as research advisers and mentors.

Browning, MT

Recynthia Robinson

Lewis and Clark Troops to Teachers

Montana State University

Rey is developing an in-depth knowledge base of teacher training programs available to veterans and reservists to increase the number of teachers in K-12 classrooms.

Bozeman, MT

Adelle Yin

Carroll College

Adelle is serving with Carroll College to develop, implement and strengthen sustainable veteran support services on campus.

Helena, MT




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