BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

December 25th from 3:00 – 5:00pm

March 27th from 3:00 – 5:00pm

June 26th from 3:00 – 5:00pm

SARA NELSON
President

Sara has been a lender for over 16 years, as a Mortgage Lender in Metropolitan Detroit, and now as a Consumer Loan Officer at Missoula Federal Credit Union. She received a Journalism degree from The University of Montana. Sara is passionate about equality and about helping people reach their financial goals.

Before joining this Board, she served as a Homeword Advisory Board Member for a year, and continues to be a presenter in the Financial Fitness classes and serve on the Program Committee. Sara volunteers for a variety of non-profit organizations.  She enjoys hiking, camping, live music and running her business, Sara Anne Sunshine Photography.

“I love helping people understand how credit works, and how to use loans to better their situation. For instance, keeping the balance on a credit card to 30% or less of the max credit line at all times can really boost your score, and the fact that it may make sense to keep making payments rather than paying a loan off early. Every person’s credit profile is unique, so it’s important to speak with a loan officer or financial counselor to get individual advice.”

ANNE HOSLER
Vice President

Originally from Edina, MN, Anne moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana. She graduated with a B.A. in political science in 2009 and began working in the development field shortly after graduation. She joined the station as Membership Manager in February 2012 and has enjoyed furthering the mission of MTPR through fundraising. She serves as a host/board operator for Morning Edition as well. When not working, she is earning her Master of Public Administration degree with a focus on non-profit administration from the University of Montana.

Anne enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and volunteering. She enjoys serving on the Homeword Board of Directors and is actively involved in her sorority alumnae chapter.

COLIN BOYLE
Treasurer

Colin Boyle, CPA is a native Missoulian and graduated from UM in 2009 with his BS in Accounting and again in 2010 with his Masters of Accountancy. He primarily works with individuals and small businesses providing a variety of assistance including tax services, payroll, financial statement preparation and consulting. Colin enjoys volunteering as the Treasurer for Homeword as well the Max Wave and the local Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Association. He spends his free time with his wife and new baby as well as playing golf and supporting his favorite sports teams.

ALICE JONES
Secretary

Alice was born in Missoula and grew up in Portland, Oregon. Alice returned to Missoula attend the University of Montana and received a B.A. in English in 2007. After graduating from UM, Alice received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English for a year in Spain. Alice earned her J.D. from the University Of Washington School Of Law in Seattle in 2013. While in law school, Alice focused on environmental and public interest law. Alice now works as an attorney for Five Valleys Land Trust in Missoula, providing legal support to staff on real estate transactions. Alice enjoys spending her free time in Montana’s incredible open spaces hiking, backpacking, biking and skiing.

TYLER “TJ” JOHNSON
Past President

Tyler Johnson is a Commercial Banking Relationship Manager at US Bank in Missoula.  He is a native Montanan having grown up in the Flathead Valley and attended The University of Montana.  Tyler graduated with a degree in Business Administration – Finance in 2005 and an MBA in 2006 which included international business class-work in Aarhus, Denmark.  After a brief time in Phoenix, AZ where Tyler started his banking career, Tyler and his wife Emily returned to Missoula to start a family and enjoy the landscape of Montana.  He has been with US Bank since 2008 starting as a Credit Analyst and moving up to his current position in 2010.  While he enjoys helping Missoula businesses with all of their financing needs, his passion is Commercial Real Estate due its tangible nature and ability to foster a sense of community.  When he is not chasing his two children around Missoula, he will likely be found on one of Missoula’s many area trout streams.

JESSICA ALLRED
Member

Jessica Allred has worked in the areas of social service and economic development in Missoula for the past decade. As Director of Development and Advocacy for the Missoula Food Bank, Jessica works closely with the issues of poverty in the Missoula community and provides leadership on systemic issues of food insecurity, including access to affordable housing for low income households. Jessica serves on the Homeword Program Services Committee.  She lives in the Lewis and Clark neighborhood with her son.

KATE JOYCE
Member

Kate Joyce is an Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer with First Security Bank. She has been in the real estate industry for 30 years having managed Insured Titles in Missoula.

Kate has experience with financial management, legal/title issues and banking. She’s served on the Boards of Missoula Free Style Ski Team, Missoula Housing Corporation, and Watson’s Children’s Shelter.

She is now on the Board of Big Brothers and Sisters. Kate also plays on the women’s golf league in Missoula and serves on Homeword’s Executive and Finance Committees.

RYAN SWANTNER
Member

ADRIENNE MAXWELL
Member

Adrienne is thrilled to join Homeword’s board. Adrienne is an attorney with Crowley Fleck PLLP in Missoula, where her practice focuses on employee benefits, taxation, and trusts and estate planning. In her free time, she is a volunteer coach for the Frenchtown High School speech and debate team, and enjoys hiking, skiing, and Missoula’s excellent live music scene. Adrienne grew up in Somers, Montana and graduated from Flathead High School. She attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she majored in philosophy, and earned her J.D. from Columbia University in New York City in 2010. After beginning her career in New York, she returned to Montana in 2012 and moved to Missoula in 2015.

BETH HAYES
Member

Beth Hayes works as a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Project Attorney at Montana Legal Services Association

She received her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law in 2009. Beth has previously worked at the Missoula Housing Authority, and with the Foreclosure Assistance Program, as a Triage Staff Attorney and an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow at MLSA. She also previously served on the Board of Directors for the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD), and plays trumpet in the Missoula City Band and Missoula Community Concert Band.

MEG HAENN
Member

Meg Haenn is the Deputy Director of National Wildlife Federation’s South Central Region.

Since 2011 Meg has had the privilege of including Missoula as part of her home base. “Homeword was one of the first non-profits I was introduced to in Montana, as both a donor and an advocate. It is an organization that embraces the need for second chances, and amplifies this by building up people’s skills so that they can take better care of their own needs, while being contributing members of society. I have a real respect for the approach the organization has taken in becoming a resource for individuals and families, as they develop their financial health, and, understand the value of homeownership for both the person and the community at large.”

Meg has more than 38 years of experience in election, environmental, social justice, and labor program management in the non-profit sector. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Trinity University, Washington D.C. When not working, volunteering, or traveling, Meg shares her time with her husband, son, two step daughters, dogs, cats and llamas.

BRYAN FLAHERTY
Member

Bryan L. Flaherty is a 3rd generation real estate broker and owner of Flaherty Inc. Real Estate, with 45+ years as a real estate broker and 25+ years as a real estate appraiser in Montana. He is also a right of way consultant for highways, streets, parks, gas and power distribution and transmission projects across Western Montana.

Bryan was a charter member of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Great Falls and Commissioner for both the Missoula and Great Falls Housing Authorities. He holds Realtor Emeritus status with the National Association of Realtors and maintains an active practice in Missoula.

“I was raised in the real estate industry, and constantly reminded housing is the second most important facet of life, behind food and ahead of clothing.”