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, along with my father, have recently 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. 

 

The catalyst for our move is my husband's work as the general manager of Missoula's Great Floors branch. We have an 8th grader who is successfully navigating online learning and a kindergartner who is enrolled in an outdoor school. 2020 certainly calls for creativity! We have created a community in Missoula by involving ourselves with Missoula Children's Theater, Missoula Senior Center, Mountain Home and Missoula Strikers Soccer Club. 

 

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.

 

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 saw the tremendous impact mentoring can have on all parties involved: the mentee, the family and the mentor. Each of us has one person they can think back to who made an impact on their lives. I'm full of gratitude to be a part of bringing those people to children who need it the most.