Staff

Kiersten Iwai

Executive Director
kiersten@forwardmontana.org

Inside the office: Kiersten spends her time bragging about Forward Montana’s badass programs, staff, and interns.

Outside the office: You can find Kiersten eating french fries after a long day in the mountains or dancing the night away.

Amara Reese-Hansell

Program Director
amara@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: Amara enjoys telling poorly delivered jokes to anyone who will listen and being inspired by the young people that walk through the doors of FMT everyday.

Outside the Office: Amara likes to drink wine and spend time with her angel pup, Ren — also known as Rennifer, and provide skincare consultations to her friends (even when they haven’t requested one).

Annie Warner

Operations Manager
annalese@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: Annie is most likely on her fourth cup of coffee and feeling jazzed about expense reports and democracy!
Outside the Office: Annie is either shredding fresh pow on the mountain or tossing out unsolicited podcast recommendations. Or else, check Costco.

Terry Bradley

Development Manager
terry@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: Terry can be found listening to classical music and thinking up new ways to get more people involved within democracy.

Outside the Office: Terry enjoys caring for his plants, propagating new plant babies, and can be found at any local farmers market buying even more plants.

Hannah Pate

Rural Outreach Coordinator
hannahpate@forwardmontana.org

Inside the office: Hannah can be found listening to podcasts on the way to her next Campus, and pondering how to get more young people involved across the state!
Outside the office: Hannah likes to relax with her dog Oliver, drink too much caffeine and do her homework. Hannah is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations online through MSU-Billings.

Erin Miller

Missoula Field Manager
erin@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: Erin is doing her best to know the whos who and the whats what after relocating to Missoula from Kentucky in January 2018. #AspiringHBIC

Outside the Office: Erin can be found basking in the sun like an iguana.

Pari Kemmick

Billings Field Manager
pari@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: Pari gets SO excited about the people and places of Eastern Montana and how hard our volunteers and interns work to make it a better, more inclusive place.

Outside the Office: Pari can be found drinking champagne or exploring the state, finding every last body of water to soak in with her sweet partner and pup.

Emma Bode

Bozeman Field Manager
emma@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: Emma gets nerdy with the data and is energized by intern and volunteer passion for youth engagement.

Outside the Office: Emma can be found rambling around the mountains, rescuing overripe produce, or making unconventional concoctions in the kitchen.

McKeely Shannon

High School Program Manager
mckeely@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: McKeely can be found being a general enthusiast about the dedication of high schoolers to create change in their communities and state.
Outside the Office: McKeely is usually moseying around the outdoors, cooking for her friends, and reading one of the many library books she has checked out.

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Laura Duffy

Great Falls Community Organizer
laura@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: Laura spends her time uplifting youth voices in Great Falls so we can cultivate an ethic of civic engagement and channel our diverse perspectives towards shaping a brighter future in our community.

Out of Office: You can find Laura absorbing the breathtakingly beautiful Montana landscape while bicycling, snuggled up reading novels, or in the kitchen listening to podcasts and experimenting with new recipes.

Kenzie Carter

Missoula Lead Organizer
kenzie@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: Kenzie can be found making reliably undignified facial expressions during Zoom calls and happily wrangling a small but mighty herd of interns.

Outside the Office: Kenzie chronically overuses the word “Yeehaw” and channels the major horse-girl energy leftover from her childhood into watercolor paintings of oddly-proportioned cowgirls

Alice Collins

Bozeman Lead Organizer
alice@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: Alice is likely thinking up ways to make feminism more intersectional and smiling at the fierce advocacy of her coworkers and mentors at Forward Montana.

Outside the Office: Alice can be found running around the mountains and attempting to make an elaborate fancy cheese board in the backcountry.