RACHEL HUFF-DORIA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Rachel’s pretty terrible at organizing her closet but organizing people has been her jam since she was a kiddo. From putting together teams of high school students for her hometown’s first ever Relay for Life to her most recent efforts organizing folks to support fair treatment for pregnant workers, she has a long history of fighting the good fight. Rachel has spent her adult life in the Appalachian hills where she worked with some of the wildest and most wonderful women, at WV FREE, a reproductive health and justice organization. Rachel also teaches yoga in Missoula and manages to compete in far too many recreational sports, sustaining her calm, yet competitive demeanor. Oh—and she likes donuts. A lot.

Email Rachel at rachel@forwardmontana.org.

KIAH ABBEY, DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Hailing from the magic city of Montana, Kiah is a fifth generation Montanan who’s passionate about her cat, building inclusive empowering communities and riding her bike– in that order. She has her bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in Political Science and enjoys destroying the patriarchy on the weekends.

Email Kiah at kiah@forwardmontana.org. 

MEAGHAN BAILEY, BOZEMAN FIELD MANAGER

Meaghan Bailey is still relatively new to Montana and very new to the Forward Montana team. She comes from San Di-ago, which of course in German means a whale’s vagina.  As a recent grad of MSU, she is excited to spend her days working on spreading democracy and immersing herself in all things Montana. She loves poorly made horror movies, bassett hound puppies, and Beyonce.

Email Meaghan at meaghan@forwardmontana.org

APRIL FRANCIS, BOZEMAN FIELD ORGANIZER

April hails from the great city of Boise, but traded in enough Box Tops in 2014 to make the move to Bozeman. She’s studying Political Science and History at MSU because (as she likes to tell her family) she’d like to be twice as unemployable. When she’s not cajoling her fellow Bobcats into registering to vote and informing them about the dangers of fulfilling the assumptions about millennials when it comes to politics, she can be found reading nonfiction books on subjects you don’t talk about at a dinner table, or picking apart the plot holes while watching Netflix. She likes long walks to the fridge and talking politics with strangers in public.

Email April at april@forwardmontana.org. 

MICHAEL NELSON, MISSOULA FIELD MANAGER

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Michael Nelson is a, coffee, adrenaline, and taco bell fueled weapon of youth activism. Look out, he just graduated from the University of Montana with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in International Development, he’ll tear your excuses for not voting apart. Approach with caution as he is known to be a lovable and humorous individual, he is a monster. This sicko has been engaging his peers for years, encouraging them to “Reach their potential as champions of democracy.” He was an intern and fellow with Forward Montana from 2013-2014 and is highly skilled in the art of mobilizing young people to become active and informed citizens. Beware, he can unload an entire clip(board) in the blink of an eye. Look out Montana, he’s coming for ya.

Email Michael at Michaeln@forwardmontana.org

 

CLAIRE BABCOCK, MISSOULA FIELD ORGANIZER

Born and raised in Bozeman, Claire Babcock moved to Missoula a year ago to study sociology and English. She is committed to social justice, grassroots activism, and every dog. When she isn’t holding a clipboard, Claire secretly enjoys watching basketball and openly enjoys breakfast foods, bike rides, and feeling her feelings.

Email Claire at claire@forwardmontana.org. 

 ELENI HALOFTIS, BILLINGS COMMUNITY OUTREACH FELLOW

Eleni Leona Haloftis has recently returned from Montana from Southern California, where she graduated from the University of California Irvine with a bachelor in Anthropology. She does her best to ally herself with marginalized peoples and has strong convictions in social justice which her work doing community outreach in Billings provides an amazing outlet for. Eleni is particularly passionate about and enjoys all things Greek (the country and culture, not that frat sorority life!), participating in the disabilities community, swimming laps, Nicki Minaj, riding her bike, chilling with the fam, and reading feminist writing.

Email Eleni at eleni@forwardmontana.org. 

KORBIN BRAGSTAD, MISSOULA CAMPUS FIELD FELLOW

Korbin was born and raised in Missoula Montana and has lived in the Bonner area for most of his life. Following a lifelong passion for politics, Korbin decided to intern with Forward Montana during his freshmen year. Next semester he ran for office himself and now serves on the Missoula County Public Schools Board of Trustees. Korbin is in his third year studying political science with hopes of attending law school after graduating from the University of Montana.

Email Korbin at korbin@forwardmontana.org.

 

HANNAH GALE, MISSOULA COMMUNITY OUTREACH FELLOW

unnamed-2Hannah is a Montana native who just recently moved to Missoula. She spent her freshman year of college at the University of Mary in North Dakota where she cut her teeth into the organizing of TEDx Events. After realizing that the NoDak isn’t the best place for youth activism she bumbled back home. Hannah worked as a fellow on a campaign before starting at the University of Montana. In her spare time she can be found harassing her peers to participate in democracy or chasing after dogs in the local park.

Email Hannah at hannahg@forwardmontana.org. 

AMARA REESE-HANSELL, BOZEMAN CAMPUS FIELD FELLOW

Amara is a junior in political science at MSU who lives and breathes democracy. She enjoys any and all breakfast foods, cuddling with her puppy, and registering every single college student to vote. Through Forward Montana Foundation she has discovered my passion for grassroots political work and plan to continue working in the field after college.

Email Amara at Amara@forwardmontana.org.

ROBIN BOOHER, BOZEMAN CAMPUS FIELD FELLOW

Robin is currently a sophomore at Montana State University originally from the Seattle-area. She’s studying Finance and Economics with ambitions to go into Law school to eventually work on tax codes and public policy. An avid Netflix-er (?), she enjoys pretending to be outdoorsy whenever she goes hiking (read: nature walks).

Email Robin at robin@forwardmontana.org.