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.
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.
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.
Ali holds an MSW from the University of Montana and is trained in EMDR and TFCBT that she integrates with a relational approach. Her specialties are grief and loss, trauma, and attachment. Her experience includes work with adjudicated youth and their families in inner-city Baltimore, multiple years in Montana working with youth and adults in crisis shelters, and as a hospital and Hospice social worker in Sanders County before joining Partnership for Children. “I am trained as a Reiki Master and interested in how the body and mind work together; this has informed how I incorporate somatic healing and movement in to my therapeutic work. When I’m not working, I spend most of my time with family and neighbors. My son is an easy going and really funny toddler; he enjoys taking things out of boxes, so I spend a lot of time putting things back in boxes. We also like to canoe on and swim in the Flathead River.”
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.
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.