MTCC Staff

STAFF (alphabetical order)

Pete Buchanan

Associate Director

Pete joined us from Montana State University Billings in 2021, where he oversaw Civic and Community Engagement. He now oversees financial and grant management, operations, auditing, reporting, and compliance with human resources. Moreover, he administers the MTCC awards and scholarship programs. Pete brings his experience working across US and UK higher education systems, specializing in academic attainment and student affairs research. He also serves on the United Way of Yellowstone County Board of Directors. Pete received a Master of Science in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology from the University of St Andrews. He enjoys running, reading, music, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Contact info: email.

Dannette Fadness

AmeriCorps Program Director

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/art therapy 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 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. Her graduate work was in school psychology, counseling, managing organizations, and human development at Providence University Great Falls, formerly the University of Great Falls. She serves as a child injury prevention educator with Safe Kids Missoula Coalition. She is a Certified QPR Gatekeeper Instructor with Project Tomorrow Montana and Missoula County Health Department and as the Montana lead for Be SMART. She is a former board member for Mountain Home Montana. She looks forward to supporting community-driven initiatives which connect first-generation and low-income Montanans with post-secondary education. Contact info: email.

Callye Foster

Programs Director

Callye ensures the success of Montana Campus Compact’s VISTA Program by managing the VISTA grant requirements and providing guidance and support to VISTA host sites and members. Before joining MTCC’s team, as the SMART Schools Coordinator, Callye served two consecutive terms through the AmeriCorps Energy Corps Program at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. She received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Central Florida. Contact info: email.


Josh Vanek

Executive Director

Josh works to expand MTCC’s impact across Montana and the region and ensure affiliate value in MTCC’s programs and initiatives. He works closely with MTCC’s Executive Board, CEO Council and Advisory Committee, staff, and partners to support MTCC’s mission. Josh received his B.A. in political science from The University of Montana before serving in the Peace Corps in Latvia from 1997-1999. After completing Peace Corps service, he returned to Montana and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader before joining the MTCC staff. He graduated from the University of Washington’s Evan’s School of Public Affairs Nonprofit and National Service Management program. Contact info: email.

Adrienne van HeumenVANHEUMEN, ADRIENNE
AmeriCorps Program Manager

Adrienne works to provide professional support for the AmeriCorps program specialist and director by assisting in criminal history checks, time log management, and maintenance of electronic files. She is originally from southern California, where she received her Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master’s in Cultural Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton. She walks her three huskies or reads a book in her free time. Contact info: email.

WORK-STUDY STUDENTS (alphabetical order)

Addison Brown

Operations Assistant

Addison was born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in Great Falls, Montana. Addison is working to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at the University of Montana. Addison enjoys spending time in nature, reading, or exploring Missoula with friends when not in class.

Data Science Assistant

Bri compiles and analyzes data through project reporting to ensure compliance and thoughtful representation of MTCC’s AmeriCorps programming, civic engagement initiatives, and scholarships. She was born and raised in Missoula, MT, and is attending the University of Montana to obtain a Computer Science degree. When not busy with school, Bri enjoys adventures with her dog, Akeena, trying new cuisines, and collecting retro gaming consoles.

Administrative Assistant

Josey, originally from New York City, assists with all things MTCC as Administrative Assistant. He assists AmeriCorps Managers with compliance, communications, data tracking, project development, and member recruitment. Josey has been a resident of Missoula for over ten years. During his tenure at the University of Montana, Josey earned two baccalaureate degrees in History and Political Science and a Master of Public Administration. He is presently a second-year doctoral candidate in the field of Educational Leadership. In his free time, Josey enjoys running (five-time Missoula Marathon finisher), gaming, and playing with his golden retriever, Rosey.