MTCC Staff

STAFF (alphabetical order)

Eli Bowe

VISTA Program Specialist

Eli collects performance data for MTCC’s AmeriCorps and VISTA programs. He supports members and host sites in measuring their impact and executing programming statewide. He provides additional member recruitment and training support while coordinating the twice-annual Community Building Institute. Eli joined the MTCC team after serving consecutive terms with MTCC’s AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps programs, 2018-2020. Contact info: email.

Pete Buchanan

Operations & Finance Manager

Pete joined us from Montana State University Billings in 2021, where he oversaw Civic and Community Engagement. He leads financial and grant management, operations, auditing, reporting, and human resources compliance. Moreover, he oversees the MTCC awards and scholarship programs. Pete brings his experience of 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. Most recently, Pete received a Master of Science in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology from the University of St Andrews.  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

VISTA Program 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.

Marissa McClintock

AmeriCorps Program Specialist

Marissa grew up on a cherry farm on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. When she turned 18, she headed for the mountains of Montana, where she earned a degree in English. Later, she would return for secondary English Education and Library Science degrees. Before joining MTCC, Marissa was a librarian, and she’s still passionate about books and literacy. Marissa started at MTCC in December of 2022 and is excited to join this team of like-minded individuals and help promote college attainment and perseverance in Montana. Marissa serves MTCC as the program manager for Americorps and hopes to use this position to help as many Montanans as possible. When she’s not working, she loves books, animals, coffee, and getting outside. 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.

AmeriCorps Administrative Assistant

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. In her free time she can be found walking her three huskies or reading a book. 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 currently 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 in his role 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.

Recruitment Assistant

Abi is originally from Kalispell. She is currently in her junior year at the University of Montana, obtaining her Bachelor’s in History and Secondary Education with a minor in Sociology. She works with Campus Compact assisting in Recruitment Management. In her free time, she enjoys reading a good book, rock climbing, snowboarding, or exploring the outdoors.