Brian Christianson , AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager
Brian manages the MTCC VISTA project, MTCC's anti-poverty program which utilizes campus community partnerships to forward community-owned solutions to Montana's most pressing needs. He oversees proposals, recruitment, and training for campus and community-based VISTA placements, and he provides technical assistance to faculty and staff who wish to bring the MTCC VISTA project to their communities. Brian is a native of Minnesota, and graduate of the Univerity of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Prior to his work as a staff member with MTCC, Brian served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA (in Sand Coulee, MT) and VISTA leader (with MTCC).
Liz Higgins , AmeriCorps VISTA Leader (2013-2014)
Liz Higgins is serving as the VISTA Leader from July 2013-2014. As VISTA Leader she provides support for the MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA members serving across Montana. Liz graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A in Sociology with an emphasis in Rural and Environmental Change. Following graduation, she served as a MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA member with Great Falls College MSU in Great Falls, MT. In her year of service, she implemented a campus community garden and managed the on-campus food pantry. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, bagpiping, and exploring Montana.
Dean McGovern , Executive Director
The executive director pays primary attention toward member institution chief executive officers and is responsible for the leadership and direction of the organization. The position has a statewide focus. As director, Dean has full responsibility for the working relationship with MTCC's Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, is the Board liaison, and is responsible for the Board's organization and development. He is responsible for the Compact's fund development and for maintaining working relationships with national and other state Compacts. Dean received his baccalaureate degree in physiology from Colorado State University. He received his master's degree in public health and his doctoral degree in higher education administration from The University of Montana. He has written numerous publications and made several professional presentations in both higher education and civic engagement
Kathy Peterson , Administrative Associate
The Administrative Associate assists with office management, billing and subcontracting procedures, as well as supporting AmeriCorps member file management and time-keeping systems. A Montana native, with a 13-year stint in Portland, OR, Kathy Peterson is currently enrolled at The University of Montana, working towards a Social Work degree. Kathy brings 15 years of clerical experience to MTCC. Her organizational skills are an asset to MTCC's network and its programs.
Jon Stephani , Training Specialist
MTCC's training specialist supports campuses by providing training, technical assistance and support for MTCC's programs and initiatives such as September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance and Ready Campus, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Community Building Institute and more. Jon received his B.A. in English from the University of Montana Western in Dillon Montana. He is a Montana Native born and raised in Corvallis Montana. He served two terms of service as an AmeriCorps Campus Corps Leader at the University of Montana Western.
Josh Vanek , Network Services Director
The network services director is responsible for expanding MTCC's impact across Montana and the region, and the programs offered to member instituions. Josh works with the MTCC VISTA program to recruit new sites and provide technical assistance to current sites, the Campus Corps program , the network services director works with the Montana Campus Corps program to expand its impact in underrepresented areas. In addition, he works closely with the staff and administrators around the state and region to expand the reach of MTCC's mission across the state and region. Josh received his B.A. in political science from The University of Montana in Missoula before serving in the Peace Corps in Latvia from 1997-1999. After completing his service, he returned to Missoula and joined MTCC as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader before joining the MTCC staff.