Meet the Symposium Trainers and Special Guests

Meet the ServeMontana Symposium 2011 Trainers and Special Guests!

Vincent Ilustre is the Executive Director of the Center of Public Service at Tulane University.  He provides leadership to the Center’s staff and works with Faculty to ensure the Center’s academic missions is achieved.  Vincent also serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the International Association for Service-learning and Community Engagement.  He is also a member of the Board of Director’s’ of VIALink and a Commissioner with the Louisiana Serve Commission.

Allen Dietz is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Community Choice Healthcare Network in Cashmere, WA.  Allen has 16 years of experience with AmeriCorps and other national service programs.  He was also Operations Manager for the Washington Service Corps, a statewide AmeriCorps and VISTA program.  He is a contract consultant for Project STAR on performance measurement and evaluation.  For the past 7 years, Allen has also been a trainer for VISTA pre-service orientations through Education Northwest and Bank Street College of Education.

Michael Beers performs as a standup comic, who started out doing open mics in Missoula, Montana.  A large portion of Michael’s act is based on his own life growing up in Montana with his mother and three sisters, their dogs, and a disability.  He also ventures into some social and political commentary.  Michael is currently traveling the country performing mostly at conferences.  He won the Norman G Brooks comedy competition at the Hollywood Improv in 2005.

Paul Spengler has been the Lewis & Clark County Disaster & Emergency Services Coordinator for 31 years.  During that time he supported the response to two Presidential disaster declarations for floods, a train car explosion and numerous wildfires.  He has a Master’s Degree from University of Montana, a B.S. from Bradley University, and is married with two sons.

Pat McKelvey is a lifelong resident of Helena, Montana.  Pat is the Hazard Mitigation Project Manager for Lewis & Clark County and the Tri-County Fire Safe Working Group.  He has a B.S. from MSU in Range Management and attended U of Montana’s Public Administrations Masters Degree Program.  His employment includes various government agencies, private business, and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.

Patty White joined MNA in 2008 and brings a broad range of experience in marketing, media relations, information technology, and general nonprofit management and leadership.  She has worked at both large and small nonprofits and held such positions as Information Technology Director and Marketing Director at Carroll College in Helena, adjunct professor of computer science and graphic design at Carroll, Executive Director of the Helena Symphony, and Associate Director of the Holter Museum of Art in Helena.  She has also worked extensively in local government as a Helena City Commissioner and served on a wide variety of community and local government boards.

Teresa Geremia-Chart joined MNA in May 2007 and assumed responsibilities for all of MNA’s professional and organizational development programming including resource and referral, technical assistance, training, and consulting.  Teresa began a career in the nonprofit sector as the Executive Director for the Napa Valley Grape Growers Association.  After 10 years in the Napa Valley, she returned with her husband to Helena, Montana where she served as Development Director of the Montana Wildlife Federation for 2 years, followed by a 9 year tenure as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena.  She has served on numerous boards of directors.

Betsy Hussey switched gears after working for several years at a large accounting firm; she decided it was time to start her own practice. In January of 2010, Betsy opened Betsy's Books, PC, specializing in Tax Preparation, Payroll, Bookkeeping and Not-for-Profit accounting. Betsy loves teaching and training and has taught the Federal Taxation class at Carroll College since 2007 as well as teaching at UM Helena and various other speaking engagements. She has maintained her QuickBooks ProAdvisor certification since 2008 and enjoys assisting clients with their QuickBooks.

Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer is the executive director of Hopa Mountain, a non-profit based in Bozeman, Montana that invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders who are working to improve education, ecological health, and economic development (  Formerly the director of the Native Waters Project at Montana State University –Bozeman, Sachatello-Sawyer has more than twenty years of experience collaboratively developing community education projects in the Northern Rockies.  She holds a doctorate degree from Montana State University in Adult and Community Education.

Annie Connole is a Montana native; Annie brings her connection to the people and businesses of the state, along with her agency experience in New York, to her position as the Montana Creative Services Account Manager at Strategies 360 Montana. Prior to joining Strategies 360, Annie began her career in New York at a strategic branding firm, Olive, where she gained broad experience directing and conceptualizing online engagement strategies and helping clients grow in the new media space.  Annie is a graduate of The New School University in New York City, where she studied art history, new media production, creative writing, and philosophy.

Annie Glover brings expertise in organizing and state policy-making to Strategies 360 as the Director of Public Affairs. Focusing her Masters degree in Public Administration on economics, policy and budget analysis and Indian law and policy, Annie has also worked on policy development at two sessions of the Montana Legislature.  At Strategies 360, Annie works on a variety of issues that range from education to health care to natural resources. Her lead clients have included Apple Computer, the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, Novo Nordisk and the I Make America campaign.

Garrett Fawaz, President, Pat Barnes-Missouri River Chapter, Trout Unlimited

Garrett spent 21 years on active duty in the US Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2007. His leadership assignments spanned all levels and included duty in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Africa, Europe, Haiti, and throughout the United States. Garrett is the current president of the Pat Barnes Missouri River Chapter of Trout Unlimited of which the Montana Project Healing Waters is a program within it. The Montana Project Healing Waters is beginning its third year and has provided fly-fishing trips, fly-tying classes and fly-casting lessons to over 30 Montana Veterans.

Adam Rys-Sikora, Organizational Leader, Blue Mountain Bobcats 4-H

Michelle Brennick, RSVP Director, Butte School District

Linda Nolan, Foster Grandparents Director, Rocky Mountain Development Council

Jude Jonart, Curriculum Director, Butte School District

Karen Crittenton, Early Childhood Advocate, Butte Head Start

Bonnie Rich, Foster Grandparents Volunteer, Butte Schools

Geri Smalls, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Club, Northern Cheyenne Nation

Marissa Spang, Project Director, Promise Neighborhoods

Jennifer Price, AmeriCorps VISTA, Boys & Girls Club, Northern Cheyenne Nation

Lane Spotted Elk, Montana Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year 2008

Tom Mexican Cheyenne, Director of Community Health, Northern Cheyenne Nation

James Hedges, Store Manager, REI Bozeman Store

Teresa Larson, Outreach Specialist, REI Bozeman Store

Lee Gault, Program Director, Montana Conservation Corps

Bobby Grillo, Regional Supervisor, Montana Conservation Corps

Jim Smith, Co-founder and Board Member, Montana Project Healing Waters

Carroll Jenkins, Cofounder and Board Member, Montana Project Healing Waters

Garry and Joan Stocker, Owners, Montana Fly Goods

John Arnold and Mark Reissler, Owners, Head Hunters Fly Shop

Sherri Downing, Founder & President, Montana Coalition on the Homeless

Kelly McBride, Executive Director, Helena YWCA

Ellie Hill, Executive Director, The Poverello Center, Inc.

Gloria Edwards, Executive Director, Family Promise of Gallatin Valley, Inc.

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