MTCC Staff

Dannette Fadness, AmeriCorps Manager
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 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 the 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 and her master’s degree in managing organizations and human development from the University of Great Falls. She looks forward to supporting community-driven initiatives which connect first generation and low-income Montanans with post-secondary education. Contact info: email or call 406-243-5181.

Rachel Keo, MTCC AmeriCorps Graduate Assistant, supports both staff and members in the MTCC AmeriCorps program. She is a former high school English teacher, a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Albania ’18-’20), and a future counselor. She is a full time graduate student working on her Masters in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health at the University of Montana. In her free time, she runs, hikes, sings and dabbles on strings. Contact info: email or call 406-243-5458.

 

Eli Bowe, Program Specialist, 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 support in the fields of member recruitment, and training 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 or call 406-243-5181.

Peter Buchanan, Operations and Finance Manager, oversees development and implementation of operational policies and procedures. Day-to-day financial management, auditing, reporting and analysis, contract management and HR compliance. Other functions include hiring, grants, and financial planning. Coordinates with AmeriCorps and VISTA leaders and manages annual civic engagement awards. He holds M.Sc. in Evolutionary & Comparative Psychology from University of St Andrews and has worked across US and UK higher education systems specializing in academic attainment and student affairs research. Member of Board of Directors for United Way of Yellowstone County. He also loves running, hiking, photography, collecting records, supporting environmental causes, and messing about with electronics. Contact info: email or call 406-243-5135.

Callye Foster, VISTA Program Manager
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, Callye served two consecutive terms through the AmeriCorps Energy Corps Program at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality as the SMART Schools Coordinator. She received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Central Florida. Contact info: email or call 406-243-2379.

Josh Vanek, Executive Director
Josh works to expand MTCC’s impact across Montana and the region, and ensuring affiliate value in MTCC’s programs and initiatives. He works closely with MTCC’s Executive Board, CEO Council and Advisory Committee, staff and partners in support of 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 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. Contact info: email or call 406-243-5175.