BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
First Tuesday of every even month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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.
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.
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.
Jason currently works as the Deputy Chief Credit Officer at First Security Bank of Missoula. He has over eighteen years of banking experience in Missoula, all in the area of commercial lending. He is a lifelong Montanan who was born and raised in Glasgow before moving to Missoula in 1998. Jason has Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, from The University of Montana. Jason believes that stable housing and financial education are building blocks necessary for members of our community to reach their full potential. He is thrilled to serve on the Board of an organization like Homeword that addresses these issues every day. When not working or volunteering, Jason enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife, Amanda, and two kiddos, Ella and Hunter.
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.
Ben currently works at Submittable, a submission management software based in Missoula, Montana, where he builds solutions for the largest companies on the planet as well as tiny literary journals running out of University basements.
As a longtime advocate for homes people can afford, Ben has worked in a cross-section of roles ranging from asset management, property management, land brokerage and home development in both Missoula and Seattle, Washington.
“I joined the Homeword Board to collaborate on solutions addressing the crises of people being able to afford safe and healthy homes in my home state.”
Bruce recently retired after 24 years working as a structural engineer and project manager for Beaudette Consulting Engineers (now known as DCI Engineers). For the last 13 years specializing in historic renovation of buildings throughout the region, and particularly in Yellowstone National Park. Originally from Minnesota, Bruce moved to the Missoula area after graduating from college with a BA in 1976, initially working for the USFS and attending graduate school at U of M. After a few seasons with the FS, he started working all types of construction, and worked as a design build contractor before being hired for BCE.
“I have been aware of Homeward since they split of WORD and had minor involvement with some of the early Homeward projects. I’m excited to be participating in the Project Committee, and hope to use my construction and renovation experience in Homeward projects.”
Originally from Minnesota, Bruce moved to the Missoula area after graduating in 1976 with a BA, initially working for the US Forest Service and attending graduate school at the University of Montana. After a few seasons with the Forest Service, he started working all types of construction and worked as a design build contractor before being hired by Beaudette Consulting Engineers. In addition to serving on Homeword’s Board, Bruce is also a member of the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission Board.
“I have been aware of Homeword since they originated out of WORD and I had minor involvement with their homes at Orchard Gardens and Equinox in Missoula. I’m excited to be participating in the Project Committee and hope to use my construction and renovation experience as Homeword creates more homes Montanans can afford.”
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.”
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.
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.
Ryan was born and raised in the corn fields of Indiana. He began his college career at Purdue University before finally finding where he belonged in Missoula, Montana. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Montana in 2007. Ryan helped manage an outdoor retail shop in Missoula for nearly a decade. While there, he worked with the outreach program of the company to help with various local outdoor stewardship endeavors and helped teach public classes of outdoor conservation and safe recreation. He recently stepped away from retail to find new ways to help those in Missoula that are struggling as home prices rise and folks like him are being forced out of the chance to own a home. One way to do that was to find an organization that has been making an impact for Montanans and volunteer. Ryan was drawn to Homeword not only by seeing their mission change the lives of friends who attended their classes, but also through social contacts with the amazing staff and board members around town. He enjoys mountaineering, backpacking and all other things the mountains of Montana have to offer.
Sara has been a lender for over 16 years, as a Mortgage Lender in Metropolitan Detroit, and now as a Consumer Loan Officer at Clearwater 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.”
TYLER “TJ” JOHNSON
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.