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 do her homework (sometimes at the same time). If all goes well, she’ll graduate in December of 2018 with a degree in Political Science and Women/Gender Studies.

Annie Warner

Operations Coordinator
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.

Michael Nelson

Billings Field Manager
michaeln@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: Michael can be found ugly crying every time our volunteers and interns change the world (even by a little bit).

Outside the Office: Michael loves drinking dry cabernets to “improve his French”.

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.

Spring Staff

Jessica Batts

Billings Voter Registration Organizer
jessica@forwardmontana.org

In the office: Jessica can be found with 20 tabs open, drinking too much coffee, conjuring up new ways to engage Billings voters.
Out of the office: Jessica can be found hosting dinner parties with my husband or cuddling with her dogs (aka kids) Bernie and Charlotte.

Morgan Comey

Bozeman Voter Registration Organizer
morgan@forwardmontana.org

Inside the Office: Morgan can be found encouraging any and all Montanan folks to register to vote and spending time with our interns in the field.
Outside the Office: Morgan likes blowing bubbles in remote locations, cozying up with a good book and a homemade mug of tea, wearing costumes and backcountry baking.

Julian Adler

Missoula Voter Registration Organizer
julian@forwardmontana.org

Inside the office: Julian loves shuffling mad voter registration sheets straight into that sweet sweet “To Go to Elections Office” box, and telling the occasional pun.
Outside the office: Julian can be found pretending to be a successful pen-and-ink artist in his tiny studio.