Network Office Staff and National Service Members

Dannette Fadness , MTCC AmeriCorps Program Manager
Dannette Fadness
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 supporting community-driven initiatives which connect first generation and low-income Montanans with post-secondary education.
Claire Foley , Graduate Intern and AmeriCorps Program Assistant
Claire Foley
As the Program Assistant, Claire Foley collects performance data for MTCC's AmeriCorps Program. She supports AmeriCorps Leaders and Host Sites in measuring their impact, and is planning and conducting statewide MTCC program evaluations for the 2018-2019 service year. Claire is currently a graduate student at the University of Montana, and will complete Master's Degrees in Public Administration and Environmental Studies in Spring 2019. She previously served two AmeriCorps terms of service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Callye Foster , Program Specialist
Callye Foster
As Program Specialist, Callye Foster's role is to provide exceptional support for MTCC's programs such as AmeriCorps and VISTA. She oversees and leads VISTA and AmeriCorps member recruitment, facilitates training events such as the Community Building Institute, and is a liaison for site development efforts. 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.
Maryelizabeth Koepele , VISTA Leader, MTCC Network Office
Maryelizabeth Koepele
As MTCC VISTA Leader, Maryelizabeth supports VISTA members across the state. She previously completed a year of MTCC VISTA service at the Literacy Center of Northwest Montana in Kalispell where she worked to implement new volunteer programs and develop systems within the organization. Maryelizabeth grew up in Huntington, New York and she received her B.A. in Classics and Religion from Washington and Lee University in 2017.
Jessy Lee , MTCC VISTA Acting Program Manager
Jessy Lee
Jessy is a 2018 graduate of the University of Montana's Masters in Public Administration, and has worked the Missoula Food Bank.
Kathy Peters , Program Coordinator
Kathy Peters
As Program Coordinator Kathy is MTCC's lead staff for office and financial management, working with UM's Banner and Grizmart systems for payroll reporting, A/R, A/P, and account reconciliations. She coordinates with HR and Program Managers to onboard approximately 100 AmeriCorps and VISTA members annually, and manages the process of awarding MTCC's annual Civic Engagement Scholarships. She is also responsible for marketing, web and graphic design. She holds a BA in Business Management from Auburn University and has many years' experience in non-profit and small business management, art direction and graphic design.
Lana Petrie , Senior AmeriCorps Leader, MTCC Network Office
Lana Petrie
Lana Petrie is serving as the AmeriCorps Senior Leader for 2018-2019. As the Senior Leader, she supports AmeriCorps Leaders and Team Members throughout the state of Montana. Lana's past service includes being an AmeriCorps Leader for Indigenous Research and STEM Education at University of Montana. She is originally from a small town in Tennessee where the tea is sweet and the weather is warm. Lana holds a BS in Animal Science with a minor in Chemistry from Murray State University and a MS in Animal Science emphasizing International Agriculture from Oklahoma State University. Lana's hobbies include camping, eating, watching football, and playing the WiiU with her husband, David.

Josh Vanek , Associate Director
Josh Vanek
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 Advisory Committee, staff and partners to deepen the reach of MTCC's mission. Josh received his B.A. in political science from The University of Montanabefore 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.
Andrea Vernon , Executive Director
Andrea Vernon
Andrea works with campuses and communities across the state to build impactful civic engagement experiences and opportunities for students, faculty and community partners. She has spent the past 20 years working with higher education service learning and AmeriCorps National Service programs at the state and local levels. Through this work Andrea is involved with teaching, researching, and administering programs that bridge higher education and the nonprofit sector. Andrea holds a B.A. and an M.A. in sociology and received her Doctorate in Education from the University of Montana in educational leadership in which her studies focused on higher education student services, service learning and program administration.

MTCC AmeriCorps Leaders

Amber Dechaine
Amber Dechaine
AmeriCorps Leader
Dept of Labor & Industry,
Carroll College
Jordan Fernandez
Jordan Fernandez
AmeriCorps Leader
Broader Impacts/Empower Place, University of Montana
Nicole Lemaster
Nicole Lemaster
AmeriCorps Leader
SpectrUM,
University of Montana
Adam Maes
Adam Maes
AmeriCorps Leader
Montana Tech
Clara Moser
Clara Moser
AmeriCorps Leader
Big Sky High School,
University of Montana
Loni Neilson-Kattel
Loni Neilson-Kattel
AmeriCorps Leader
Empower MT,
University of Montana
Chandler Padgett
Chandler Padgett
AmeriCorps Leader
Richland County Boys & Girls Club, Dawson Community College
Sabrina Quimby
Sabrina Quimby
AmeriCorps Leader
Flagship,
University of Montana
Dayton Smith
Dayton Smith
AmeriCorps Leader
Tech4Good,
Salish Kootenai College
Daniele Vickers
Daniele Vickers
AmeriCorps Leader
MAPS Media Institute,
University of Montana

VISTA Members

Eli Bowe
Eli Bowe
AmeriCorps VISTA

Bozeman Public Library, Entrepreneurship for All, Montana State University
Alexis Burton
Alexis Burton
AmeriCorps VISTA

Troy High School, College and Careers Pathways, Flathead Valley Community College
Lexi Corbett
Lexi Corbett
AmeriCorps VISTA

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD), University of Montana
JJ Dynneson
JJ Dynneson
AmeriCorps VISTA

Literacy Center of Northwest Montana, Flathead Valley Community College
Yanet Eudave Marin
Yanet Eudave Marin
AmeriCorps VISTA

Bozeman School District, Montana State University Bozeman
Emma Giron
Emma Giron
AmeriCorps VISTA

Accelerate Montana, University of Montana
Ashley Hettler
Ashley Hettler
AmeriCorps VISTA

International Rescue Committee, University of Montana
Imaad Hossain
Imaad Hossain
AmeriCorps VISTA

Families First Museum
University of Montana
Rachel Juel
Rachel Juel
AmeriCorps VISTA

MSU Bozeman Food Pantry, Food Security for Student Success, Montana State University Bozeman
Navraj Kaler
Navraj Kaler
AmeriCorps VISTA

Gateway Community Center Neighbors in Need, Flathead Valley Community College
Maryelizabeth Koepele
Maryelizabeth Koepele
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Montana Campus Compact, University of Montana
Paxton McCausland
Paxton McCausland
AmeriCorps VISTA

Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force
Kaliegh Mency
Kaliegh Mency
AmeriCorps VISTA

Montana Racial Equity Project, Montana State University Bozeman
Megan Miller
Megan Miller
AmeriCorps VISTA

UM TRIO Upward Bound, University of Montana
Courtney Olson
Courtney Olson
AmeriCorps VISTA

Friends Forever Mentoring, Salish Kootenai College
Andrew Prior
Andrew Prior
AmeriCorps VISTA

Gallatin College Dual Enrollment Access and Outreach, Montana State University Bozeman
Tansy Remiszewski
Tansy Remiszewski
AmeriCorps VISTA

SKC Tech 4 Good, Salish Kootenai College
Marlena Weiss
Marlena Weiss
AmeriCorps VISTA

Turning the Wheel
University of Montana