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.
As an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe in Browning, Montana, Debbie comes to Partnership with community organizing experience with Montana State University in Indian Health Education and Outreach. For almost 20 years, Debbie worked with the Missoula Indian Center, and served on the Board of Directors for Partnership Health Center, a local clinic serving people without the ability to pay for medical services. In addition to keeping us up to date on our paperwork and organizing our copious numbers of meetings and appointments, Debbie plays a mean game of pool, and is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management from The University of Montana.
Mitch moved to Montana in 2006 after spending most of his life in Maine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clark University in Massachusetts and an MSW/LCSW from the University of Montana. He has worked in the mental health field since 2005 doing a variety of different jobs including case management, home support services, school-based mental health, and outpatient therapy. He has also worked at The University of Montana as a practicum field supervisor for MSW students. Mitch is passionate about community-based mental health and the role it plays in preserving families. In his free time, Mitch enjoys playing soccer, skiing, mountain biking, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Education: B.A. in Sociology from the University of Montana in 2003 Masters of Education in School Counseling from Northern Arizona University in 2010
Employment: Have worked in PFC’s Family Care office for 2 years and worked at Gallagher and Francetich from 2003 until 2005.
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.
Stacey grew up in Billings, MT and has been passionate about work in a helping profession since middle school. She followed those ambitions to Missoula in 2005 where she pursued her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling at the University of Montana. She is excited about combining her experiences as a Case Manager for Missoula Early Head Start and as a CSCT (Comprehensive School and Community Treatment) Therapist with the attachment-focused model to help families build healthy relationships.
Stacey loves traveling, exploring different places and eating new foods. When she’s not indulging her wanderlust, she can be found reading the latest pop-fiction, watching movies, crafting, singing karaoke, hanging out with her nieces and cuddling with her cat, Jack.
Corinna grew up on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana. She is a member of the first graduating class of students earning a BA in Psychology from The Salish and Kootenai College on the Flathead Reservation, with a research emphasis on Historical Trauma and Native Americans. She continues to present on research assessing fish consumption and mercury levels in women of childbearing age, most recently collaborating with the Micmac tribal community in Maine. Corinna creates hope with the families with whom she works, and is raising her nine-year-old son.
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.
Fred is our Renascence man. When he is not drawing with, playing guitar for, or genuinely being present to the children at Gallagher, you’ll likely find Fred entertaining in one of the coffee shops or beverage-themed venues in town. He’s been a driller, a furniture builder, and a rent-a-car manager. He plays guitar, sings and will take anyone on in chess and scrabble. Maybe his verve for all things in life has something to do with being raised on an organic pig farm outside of Winston, Montana.
Ivy grew up in Arizona, left the desert to complete her Masters in Social Work at Portland State University and now brings her fantastic therapeutic skills to the lives of the children of Francetich. Besides loving the desert, she also likes pajamas, knitting, macaroni salad, and her Chihuahua, Mr. Harrison Fogglestein. In addition to working with children, Ivy dreams of someday hosting a cooking show or owning an ice cream shop. Isn’t there some way to combine all three?
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.
Danielle Celeste (yes, after Babar, the elephant’s wife) obtained a BA in Anthropology form UC, Santa Cruz, and then managed to find work outside in vineyards, ropes courses, on trail crews, and camp counseling for kids who have cancer. It may have been the stint as a jack hammer operator, or too much sun in Southern California, but Danielle grabbed a friend and her bike and moved to Montana—no job, no house, one friend. She now delights the Partnership children with her zest for life and unending fun, and we delight in watching her ride her bike as fast as she can all over town.
Nate grew up in Minnesota, moved to Missoula for college, and graduated with a BA in psychology. Before coming to work at Partnership for Children he worked at Opportunity Resources, working with people with developmental disabilities. Nate loves to hike and camp during the summer and play hockey and snowboard during the winter. He also loves to travel any time of year and looks for opportunities to see and try new things.