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Staff

Kiersten Iwai

(she/her/hers)

Executive Director

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

(she/her/hers)

Program Director

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

(she/her/hers)

Senior Operations Manager

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.

Margo Ensz

(she/her/hers)

Development Director

Inside the office: You’ll find Margo perpetually gobsmacked by the work of her incredible colleagues, and opening yet another tab in her quest for funding (call her if you want to support our work!).

Outside the office: Margo spends most of her time trying to consciously raise a tiny human, scrambling the hillsides with her pups and pals, and playing trivia.

Erin Miller

(she/her/hers)

Senior Organizing Manager

Inside the Office: Erin is definitely finding a new 2000s hits playlist while empowering Forward Montana’s field team to be the best that they can be. 

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

Pari Kemmick

(she/her/hers)

Billings Field Manager

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

(she/her/hers)

Bozeman Field Manager

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.

Izzy Milch

(they/them/theirs)

LGBTQ+ Advocacy Organizer

Inside the Office: You can catch Izzy chugging cold brew, openly weeping about how much they love their community, and doing absolutely anything to avoid sitting still while they dream about the future of queer connection in Montana.

Outside the Office: Izzy’s probably either being a dirtbag at the skatepark, giving themselves an ill-advised stick-and-poke tattoo, or getting way too into an exciting new hobby they’ll abandon within a month.

Meghan Hegedus

(she/her/hers)

Digital Communications Manager

Inside the office: Meghan can be found squinting at her computer (just get glasses, already) and drinking too much La Croix while editing emails, and brainstorming ways to best communicate with you!

Outside of the office: Meghan can be found walking every block of Bozeman with her dog, Ike

Angie Hoang

(she/they)

Content Creator

Inside the Office: Angie can be found sitting cross-legged in their chair or laying on the floor while they figure out how to make cute graphics that gets people excited about democracy!

Outside the Office: Angie is either recording music, helping a friend mix their next album, or loudly playing tunes while trying out a new recipe.

Greg lYNCH

(HE/HIM)

Development Coordinator

Inside the office: You can find Greg sprawled out on the ground connecting with Forward Montana’s amazing supporters with a cup of freshly brewed coffee by his side. 

Outside the office: You can find Greg looking for cool mountains to climb or enjoying a good Montana IPA as he sings off key to Billy Joel’s Piano Man.

Lucia Heutmaker

(they/them)

Missoula Field Manager

Inside the office: You can find Lucy with a matcha latte in one hand and a passion for empowering young montanas in the other. Whether they are in the field – dancing at voter registration tables, or in the office, typing as slow as a turtle – they are always excited about the future for Montana and all of the wonderful tomorrows we can create together. 

Outside of the office: Lucy is almost always singing lonesome cowboy music to their cat Roweena or hunting for the next best vintage find. They are always (ALWAYS!) eager to chat and forever excited about NPR and British reality television. 

Mandy Gerth

(she/her)

Flathead Field Manager

Inside the office : Mandy has a hard stop at no coffee after 2pm and no Lacroix until 3pm. Other than making up arbitrary limits around the timing of office beverages she is very excited about cultivating community in the flathead & amplifying youth voices because kids these days…are flipping awesome. 

Outside the office: Mandy loves all the outdoors Montana things and has an eclectic set of interests from weightlifting, drawing, writing poetry, noticing clouds, and spending time with her three kids.