Network Office Staff and National Service Members

Erin Barstow , Program Manager
Erin Barstow
Erin administers the MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA program, providing leadership and support to campuses and communities across Montana. She served two terms as a Prevention Resource Center AmeriCorps VISTA member with the YWCA Missoula building infrastructure for the successful GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths) program. Following her VISTA service, Erin transitioned to the YWCA as a full-time employee writing grants and coordinating the GUTS! program. Community and national service have profoundly influenced Erin's career and she is excited to provide the tools for organizations, colleges and their communities to utilize the resources of AmeriCorps VISTA, and to shaping VISTA members into informed, engaged citizens. Erin received her B.A. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.
Dannette Fadness , 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.
Lacy Fiore , Program Specialist
Lacy Fiore
Lacy serves as MTCC's Program Specialist, supporting the successful administration of MTCC's programs, initiatives and awards. Lacy oversees the Community Building Institute training series and participates in member recruitment and site development efforts. Lacy joins MTCC after a successful term as VISTA Leader with the Compact. Lacy's service history includes a service year with Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming in Kalispell, MT.
Sam Garetson , VISTA Leader
Sam Garetson
Sam serves as the VISTA Leader with the Montana Campus Compact. As VISTA Leader he provides support for the MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA members serving with communities across Montana. Sam is a AmeriCorps VISTA alum whose first term was with Salish Kootenai College where he helped build capacity for the Upward Bound program.
Kathy Peters , Administrative Associate
Kathy Peters
The administrative assistant is MTCC's lead staff for office management, billing as well as supporting AmeriCorps member file management and time-keeping system.
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 AmericCorps Leaders

Brant Ahlborn
Brant Ahlborn
AmeriCorps Leader
Montana Tech & Kid's Coalition
Margaret Cobb
Margaret Cobb
Senior AmeriCorps Leader
MTCC Network Office & SpectrUM
Noah Davis
Noah Davis
AmeriCorps Leader
Montana Tech serving Anaconda, Ramsey and Butte
Ben Dillon
Ben Dillon
AmeriCorps Leader
MSU Northern
Jason Forges
Jason Forges
AmeriCorps Leader
Bitterroot College UM & Darby High
Shakira Glenn
Shakira Glenn
AmeriCorps Leader
Little Big Horn College & MSU Bozeman
Carter H Ollervidez
Carter H Ollervidez
AmeriCorps Leader
Flathead Valley Community College & Big Fork ACES
Ashley Rollin-Burke
Ashley Rollin-Burke
AmeriCorps Leader
Rocky Mountain College & Girl Scouts Billings
Ian Walker
Ian Walker
AmeriCorps Leader
Dawson Community College and Boys and Girls Club of Richland County

VISTA Members

Blake Cilwick
Blake Cilwick
AmeriCorps VISTA

The University of Montana -Blackstone Launch Pad
Nico Composto
Nico Composto
AmeriCorps VISTA

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula and the University of Montana.
Scarlett Day-Aleman
Scarlett Day-Aleman
AmeriCorps VISTA

Lame Deer Schools - Chief Dullknife College
Rebekah Goltz
Rebekah Goltz
AmeriCorps VISTA

Montana Educational Talent Search
Erica Guralnick
Erica Guralnick
AmeriCorps VISTA

Greater Gallatin United Way KidsLINK Program and Montana State University
Lenore Hellman
Lenore Hellman
AmeriCorps VISTA

Montana College Access Network
Carly Hosford-Israel
Carly Hosford-Israel
AmeriCorps VISTA

Fort Peck Community College and Poplar Schools
Margaret Hoyt
Margaret Hoyt
AmeriCorps VISTA

Missoula YWCA and the University of Montana.
Hans Hyppolite
Hans Hyppolite
AmeriCorps VISTA

Great Falls College MSU Native American Enrichment Center.
Ruth Jessee
Ruth Jessee
AmeriCorps VISTA

Salish Kootenai College Upward Bound Program.
Kate Johnson
Kate Johnson
AmeriCorps VISTA

University of Montana -Bitterroot College
Darby Lacey
Darby Lacey
AmeriCorps VISTA

Bozeman Area Community Foundation and Montana State University.
Tiphani Lynn
Tiphani Lynn
AmeriCorps VISTA

Montana State University - Blackstone LaunchPad
Molly Neu
Molly Neu
AmeriCorps VISTA

Sparrows Nest of Northwest Montana and Flathead Valley Community College
Betsy Schur
Betsy Schur
AmeriCorps VISTA

Bitterroot College UM - Fab Lab
Michelle Seibert
Michelle Seibert
AmeriCorps VISTA

Bitterroot College UM
Kelsie Severson
Kelsie Severson
AmeriCorps VISTA

Big Sky High School and the University of Montana
Lauren Tobias
Lauren Tobias
AmeriCorps VISTA

Montana Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities Council
Heather Waetzig
Heather Waetzig
AmeriCorps VISTA

Montana Natural History Center and the University of Montana.
Kate Welch
Kate Welch
AmeriCorps VISTA

MAPS Media Institute and Bitterroot College UM
Katy White
Katy White
AmeriCorps VISTA

The University of Montana - Broader Impacts Group