MEET THE TEAM
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.
Community-Based Program Coordinator - Missoula
Mina grew up in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. She first started working in her community in High School where she found her ardor for restorative justice and community mentorship. In the decade since, Mina has gone on to dedicate herself to community service work in conflict resolution, mediation, and mentoring.
Mina’s BBBS journey began in Boston, MA in 2018 as a Big Sister for the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Since moving to Missoula, Mina continues to be a Big Sister here at BBBS of NW Montana. Mina is grateful for the experiences that lead her to mentoring opportunities in her community:
“If you asked me what life is about, I’d say that a good chunk of it is mentorship. 1:1 mentorship has had a significant impact on my life, and I aim to pay my positive experiences forward. Mentoring feels like a part of my purpose in this world.”
Outside of BBBS, Mina is an avid year-round outdoors person and enjoys back country hiking/camping and playing disc golf with friends.
Site-Based Program Coordinator - Kalispell
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.
Community-Based Program Coordinator - Kalispell
Abby, originally from Georgia, joined the AmeriCorps program after college. Which moved her to Asheville, North Carolina, where she served at the local Food Bank. And then later working for the local Humane Society. She then took a break from non-profit work after moving to WA state, where she met her partner. After 3 years together they decided to quit their jobs and travel the country in a van for a year.
With their love of the mountains, winter, the outdoors, and small town communities, they decided to settle in Montana. Abby is happy to be back in the non-profit world, serving her local community by creating opportunities for all youth to succeed.
Site-Based Program Coordinator - Missoula
Meghan grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) in 2020. She came to Montana when she joined the AmeriCorps/Jesuit Volunteer Corps, teaching elementary school in Ashland, MT. She most recently worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County in Billings, MT. Meghan currently attends University of Montana, working towards her Master's of Social Work.
Meghan is passionate about the importance of 1:1 relationship building and is excited to continue in that work through Big Brothers Big Sisters! In her free time, she enjoys baking, getting outside, and hanging out with her dog, Koda!