MEET THE TEAM
For most of the past 20 years, Todd has worked as an independent school educator. As a teacher, administrator, and program director, Todd has worked closely and extensively with students, families, schools, and community organizations. For several schools, Todd has helped create connections within and between communities here in the United States as well as in places like France, Mexico, Tibet, Nepal, Morocco, and Nicaragua.
Todd was drawn to BBBS for the vital role it plays here in Flathead Valley and for the power and influence, mentoring relationships have had in his own life.
When Todd is not finding new ways to create connections within the Flathead Valley he enjoys spending time with his family, fly-fishing, baking bread, reading Spanish literature and poetry, milking cows, driving tractors, and making cheese.
Match Support & Enrollment Specialist
Thom is a Montana native and moved to the Flathead Valley circa 1985. He is married to a wonderful Whitefish girl, Kathy, and is gifted with two college-age daughters, Ava and Grace, and a Yorkie named after Tally Lake.
Thom attended Montana State University (B.A. in Sociology) and Washington State University (M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration). He currently teaches Juvenile Justice at FVCC. His work in the Flathead included 25 years as a juvenile probation officer where he served to provide for the varied needs of area youth and families.
In joining the team at Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Thom, who supports the notion that "no significant learning can take place without a significant relationship," looks forward to supporting a caring process for such relationships to begin and flourish. Thom enjoys the quality and beauty of the Flathead area rivers where he patiently practices fly fishing. He also takes advantage of the valley's mountain bike and hiking trails.
Match Support & Enrollment Specialist
Maria originally hails from Butte and has lived in Missoula for the last 11 years. She came to Missoula to attend the University of Montana, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. Maria is deeply invested in the Missoula community and spent time in her youth volunteering for the YWCA, the Roxy, and the Poverello Center.
In her free time, Maria enjoys socializing with friends and loved ones, reading science fiction, riding her bike, going for walks, creating in the kitchen, playing with her cats, and tending to her growing family of house plants.
Maria worked for BBBS of Missoula for two years as a Match Support & Enrollment Specialist. She learned a great deal about the positive impacts of mentoring and how significant it is for a community to collectively recognize that “it takes a village”. Maria is poised and ready to facilitate Big Brothers Big Sisters programming in Missoula in order to keep the mentoring spirit alive and well in the community.
Human Services Specialist
My family and I just moved to Missoula a year ago after living in NW Washington for 15 years. I'm originally from the interior of Alaska and try to get back as much as possible to visit my mom. My husband is the general manager of Missoula's Great Floors branch. We have an 8th grader who is currently online learning and a kindergartner who is enrolled in an outdoor school. These times definitely call for creativity!
I have 20 years experience in social services including Big Brothers Big Sisters, community health and Boys and Girls Club. Mentoring is my heart work that I'm just so thankful to be coming back to.
I started as a Big to a middle schooler in the School Buddies Program, then got an entry level job as a Match Support. After two years as Match Support I took on the role of Enrollment Specialist (I was the sole person who enrolled/interviewed every Big and Little, conducted the in-person Big training and paired them together).
Then I absorbed the responsibilities of managing our monthly match activities as well as our yearly BBBS Family Picnic. When our agency closed, I was the Program Director.
All that to say, I have a lot of experience in almost every facet of BBBS - please feel free to ask me about any piece!