Our Staff

  • Barbara Cowan

    Director of Operations

    (406) 541-3668 // bcowan@pfcmt.org

    Barbara’s work in non-profit development and leadership includes community organizing on peace and justice issues, program development in issues related to children and families, disability and health and wellness. Barbara’s belief that children should be safe, and families supported drive her to think outside the box and support her hardworking and talented staff.  Barbara’s degrees include a BA in History from The University of Washington and an MSW from The University of Montana where she also serves as an adjunct faculty. Barbara and her husband have three children, and in her free time Barbara can be found exploring the wild lands of Montana and running.

  • Olivia Kleinsasser

    Family Development and Outreach Coordinator

    (406) 541-3672 // okleinsasser@pfcmt.org

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Debbie Tatsey

    Operations Coordinator

    (406) 541-3667 // dtatsey@pfcmt.org

    Debbie is an enrolled Blackfeet Tribal member from Browning, Montana. She joined Partnership in 2010 as an Administrative Assistant and was promoted to Operation Coordinator in 2013. She assists staff and clients at the main office and Gallagher and Sunrise group homes in Missoula. Debbie enjoys working alongside the amazing and talented PFC staff who are so passionate and dedicated to helping children and families. During her time with PFC, Debbie returned to the University of Montana and acquired her degree in Business in 2014. Outside of work, Debbie enjoys spending time with her son and two awesome granddaughters.

  • Bridget Edwards

    Therapist - Sunrise Children's Home

    (406) 541-3671 // bedwards@pfcmt.org

    Education: B.A. in Sociology from the University of Montana in 2003 Masters of Education in School Counseling from Northern Arizona University in 2010

    Bridget likes to hike, be outdoors and play board games among other things.  She is passionate about using the relational development model to work with families.

  • Andi Hoelzel

    Family Care Therapist

    (406) 543-5531 // ahoelzel@pfcmt.org

    Bio coming soon

  • Katie Karas, MSW

    Family Care Therapist

    (406) 543-5531 // kkaras@pfcmt.org

    Katie relocated back to Missoula after receiving her Masters of Social Work at the University of Washington. Her studies focused on clinical social work with adults and youth who have experienced complex trauma. Prior to that Katie worked for a local wilderness therapy program where she helped adolescents unlock their potential to achieve and form healthy relationships with their families, peers, and other care providers. Her other experiences in the social service field include working as a counselor at a short-term group home for adolescents and providing direct care and case management services at a homeless shelter. Katie’s therapeutic style emphasizes building upon the intrinsic strengths of youth she is working with and taking a trauma-informed view of behaviors and emotions. In her free time Katie likes to take her dog on long hikes, ski, bake, and garden.

  • Ambrosia Isely, MSW

    Family Care Therapist

    (406) 541-3676 // aisely@pfcmt.org

    Ambrosia was born and raised in Montana and shares this wonderful space with her husband and children here in Missoula. Ambrosia earned a B.A. in Psychology with a focus on Communication and Human and Family Development in tandem with a MSW from Walla Walla School of Social Work.To add, Ambrosia has worked with children and families in a variety of settings including foster care, reunification plans, and therapeutic support in school and home settings. During these experiences, Ambrosia has learned how to assist families in navigating many of the systemic barriers that exist within and outside of the family system. As a child and family therapist, Ambrosia brings empathy, warmth and harmonization to her client relationships. Her belief in equanimity in the form of attachment are her areas of specialization.

  • Ryan Norton

    Therapist, Gallagher Children’s Home

    (406) 829-3499 // rnorton@pfcmt.org

    Originally from Southern Illinois, Ryan arrived in Montana as a seasonal employee at Yellowstone National Park. There he met his wife, and his new home. We recently welcomed Ryan back after he completed his MA in Mental Health Counseling from The University of Montana. As a children’s therapist, Ryan brings gentle understanding and secure accompaniment to these little ones as they navigate difficult pasts and significant losses. Ryan loves to read new authors (he keeps coming back to Dr. Suess), camps, fishes, climbs and hopes each year that his beloved baseball team will make it to the series.

  • Mark Fuchs

    Program and Treatment Coordinator, Sunrise Children’s Home


    Born in Idaho, Mark grew up in Montana and has worked with the Partnership since its inception. He holds a degree in History and Political Science from The University of Montana, and is currently working on his Masters in Social Work at UM. Mark is a dad, an outdoorsy kind of guy, and our resident philosopher. Mark’s leadership fosters passion and skill in his team at Francetich, assuring each child will learn to trust and grow in their care. Mark can calm a child by walking into a room, using uncanny attunement abilities, and dry humor to bring smiles to children and staff alike.