Dr. Laurie A. Walker
Laurie A. Walker, MSW, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Montana. Laurie worked as a community organizer, in after school programs, in treatment centers, and with college student leadership development in student clubs prior to becoming a professor. Laurie was awarded the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration Emerging Scholar Award in 2014 and the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement in 2017. Laurie teaches undergraduate and graduate social work courses focused on small group leadership, community and global social work, diversity and oppression, research, and program evaluation. Laurie’s courses include service learning, decolonizing, community-based, and participatory action research approaches. Laurie’s service focuses on supporting university and community diversity, inclusion, and service learning efforts. Laurie’s service is informed by local and national empirical data with an emphasis on actionable items and program evaluation.
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.
Shannon Stober is one of Montana's premiere leadership development facilitators, impacting hundreds of individuals each year through her various workshops, retreats, keynotes, and coaching engagements. Prior to founding her consulting firm, Verve Exchange, she served as the Director of Programs with the Montana Conservation Corps, Program Manager with the Montana Campus Compact, and Training Officer with the Governor's Office of Community Service. Shannon completed two terms of service as an AmeriCorps *VISTA and *VISTA Leader and earned her BA from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
Dr. Turner is a third generation Montanan. Raised in Hamilton, Turner left for the U.S. Navy immediately following high school graduation. He served as a shipboard imagery intelligence analyst onboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) for four years and as a signals intelligence analyst at a NATO regional Headquarters for two years. Following the Navy, Turner opened a small business in Darby and returned to school, ultimately earning a bachelor’s degree in history, masters in public administration, and a Ph.D. in International Education. His academic interests are focused on service to community and social inequities. He is an AmeriCorps alum, a former Franklin Project Ambassador with the Aspen Institute, and currently conducts team research on international education and independent research on educational reform.
Morgan is the Operations and Marketing Manager at Blackstone Launchpad, a co-curricular, experiential, campus program designed to introduce entrepeneaurship as a viable career path and develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through individualized coaching, ideation and venture creation support.
Kate Chapin, LCSW, serves as the Director of Field Education and Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University Of Montana School Of Social Work. Kate oversees all field education placements for undergraduate and graduate Social Work students, trains field-based supervisors, and teaches undergraduate Social Work classes. Kate has also developed and managed programs for survivors of interpersonal violence in a college setting and community agency. She has worked as an independent contractor writing grants, creating evaluation plans and providing outreach for a start-up program. As a program director and an independent contractor, Kate uses evaluation data to inform her work. She believes the evaluation process can be creative, dynamic and accessible.