MEET THE TEAM
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DANIELLE KELLY

Executive Director

Originally from northwest Montana and a graduate of the University of Montana, I am grateful for the opportunity to come back to Montana and work for such an amazing agency.  In addition to my knowledge of the local area and people served, I bring a variety of experience: working with youth of all backgrounds and abilities, managing programs, small business ownership and yes even mentoring! 

 

I originally came to mentoring through a service project in college. At the time, I couldn't have imagined how volunteering as a mentor would lead me to managing a mentoring program in Phoenix, AZ and to this opportunity leading a nationally recognized mentoring program for my local community.  I've seen and felt the power of mentoring relationships and know first hand the positive impact these relationships have on Bigs, Littles and our local community.  

 

When not working, my husband and I usually grab our two dogs and get outside to enjoy everything northwest Montana has to offer.  I also enjoy reading, cooking, gardening and sustainability.  

THOM DUNNEHOFF

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.

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SAMANTHA DENNISON

Program Director

My family moved to Missoula after living in NW Washington for 15 years. Originally from the interior of Alaska, I traveled the world in my youth with a backpack and desire to explore. Now settled in Montana, we couldn't be happier with the sense of strong community and beauty of the state. 

 

My BBBS journey started as a mentor in the School Buddies program. Immediately I knew I wanted to be a bigger part of the program and was lucky enough to be hired on. Throughout my 10+ years I have seen the tremendous impact mentoring can have on all parties involved. Each of us can think back to one person who made an impact in their life. I'm full of gratitude to be a part of bringing that impact to children who need it the most.

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Dani Overlie

Match Support & Enrollment Specialist

I was drawn to NW Montana by a spirit of adventure and a career in hospitality which has taken me all over the Pacific Northwest. After the stress of a major move and career change, my husband and I decided a few years ago we wanted a simpler and more adventurous lifestyle. We sold most of our worldly possessions and bought a 17ft. camper and set off for, at the time, a seasonal opportunity in Glacier National Park. Well, one season was not nearly enough time for us and we have fallen in love with not only the beauty of the area, but the people as well. 

 

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University. Along with my education, I also have had a desire from a young age to see the world and learn from other cultures and people groups. The opportunities I have had in traveling to remote areas of the world in China, Rwanda, and Honduras have shaped me into the person I am today. One of the important lessons which I try to carry with me through everyday life can be accurately summed up by a quote from Mr. Rogers. He carried these words on a slip of paper in his wallet for most of his life which said, “There isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you have heard their story.” After a decade-long hospitality career, I am more than excited to be a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters team and return to my heart’s work in promoting the potential of the youth in NW Montana. My hope is to be involved in the community in creating and supporting long term mentorships that will flourish for years to come. 

 

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, and hanging out with the most adorable goldendoodle named Charlie. My husband and I also love to watch sports and I enjoy beating him year over year in Fantasy Football. Once the warm weather hits, you can find us island camping on the Hungry Horse Reservoir or exploring any of the numerous trails and activities in Glacier National Park and beyond. 

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Genevieve Gardner

Match Support & Enrollment Specialist

Calling Butte, Montana home until I was 18 years old, I moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana. During college, I was involved in Alpha Phi Sorority and other on campus clubs. I graduated in May 2021 with my BA in Psychology and minor in History. I have 9 years of experience working with kids from 3-14 years old. I found my true love for serving children when I began to work at an attachment style group home through a local nonprofit. Working with children is what drives me, and I hope to become a Children’s Trauma Counselor in the future. 

I am excited to serve the Missoula community in such an enriching way. BBBS’s mentoring program spoke to me because having a reliable and consistent role model is one of the biggest protective factors for children who are facing adversity. It is going to be rewarding getting to know more Bigs, Littles, and Families from the Missoula Community. 

 

In my spare time, I enjoy being in the company of my family and friends. I am fortunate to have an extremely close-knit, large family that enjoys spending as much time together as possible and laughing until we cry. I have a strong desire to see as much of the world as possible and particularly love to explore new places with my mom. Together, we have been to Europe, Mexico, Puerto Rico and almost all 50 states. My bucket list places include Alaska, England, and Singapore. I also enjoy spending my time reading, spending time outdoors, and cheering on Griz Football.

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