Colleen Kane

Colleen Kane has been working to promote community engagement in higher education settings for the last decade. She earned her Bachelor’s in English at Western Michigan University and a Master’s in Education at Western Washington University. Her current role with the Office for Civic Engagement at UM allows her to help students engage in their communities and cultivate civic competencies through service learning coursework, volunteerism, leadership development, community outreach, and advising.

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.

Shannon Stober

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.

Roch Turner

Roch’s service began in 1997 when he enlisted as an Intelligence Analyst in the US Navy. He separated from the Navy in 2003 and returned to college in 2006. After finishing his master’s degree in Public Administration he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Bitterroot College, supporting the Local College Access Network. He is currently working on a PhD in International Education with a focus on the role played by non-profits and NGOs in the success of underrepresented college students. Roch now works at Bitterroot College full time as the Workforce Programs Coordinator and holds a position as an adjunct professor teaching courses on civic engagement. Additionally, Roch serves as the Executive Director for a non-profit that offers scholarships to students in Ravalli County as well as sustenance funds to Bitterroot Valley school districts.

Kate Chapin

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.

Kelsey O'Donnell

Kelsey is a student staff member at Blackstone Launchpad.