STAFF

Andi Armstrong

ANDI ARMSTRONG

Communications Manager

New to the Homeword team in 2022, Andi develops and implements marketing and communications strategies and outreach activities that support Homeword and its programs. Andi brings with her 14 years of public sector experience at the University of Montana, where she earned a B.A. and M.A. in English.

Jessica Burson

JESSICA BURSON

Fundraising Manager

Jessica has been with Homeword since 2013. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from San Diego Christian College and over eighteen years of experience in relationship development, fundraising and marketing, previously working with the US Grant Hotel, Noodles & Company, Habitat for Humanity and the Daly Hospital Foundation.

Andrea Davis

ANDREA DAVIS

Executive Director

Andrea has been working to secure homes that Montanans can afford since 2001 when she started with Homeword, including a five-year period with the Missoula Housing Authority as the Director of Planning & Development. She re-joined the Homeword team as the Executive Director in 2008. Andrea received her education from Flathead Valley Community College and the University of Montana where she graduated with a B.A. in Organizational Communications and a minor in Environmental Studies. Andrea has professional education in affordable housing finance & management, HR, housing counseling, fundraising and marketing. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mountain Line (transit system in Missoula), the Board of the Missoula Economic Partnership, the Montana Housing Coalition and NeighborWorks Montana, is the Montana Representative for the Federal Home Loan Bank Advisory Council.

Matt Joseph

MATT JOSEPH

Finance Director

Matt joined Homeword in May 2012 coming from Garden City Heating & Plumbing where he was the Controller for eleven years. Matt is a licensed CPA with a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Montana. Matt is also certified by the National Development Council as a Housing Development Finance Professional. Matt was an inaugural graduate of the Montana State Fund Worksafe Champions mentor program and assists Leadership with Homeword safety, HR and benefits programs.

Heather McMilin

HEATHER MCMILIN

Project Development Director

After graduating with a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Montana State University, Heather moved to Missoula in 1998 where she worked with several different architectural firms and deepened her understanding of the need for more sustainable building practices in construction and development. Since joining the Homeword team early 2003, Heather has received extensive training and experience in affordable housing and gained additional expertise in sustainable design.

Erin Ojala

ERIN OJALA

Asset Manager

Erin graduated from the University of Montana, Missoula College with high honors and A.A.S degrees in business management and administrative management. In addition, Erin holds certificates of applied science in customer relations and sales and marketing. Erin’s passion for helping support local families and interest in public service brought her to Homeword in 2015. In 2022 she completed her CHAM Asset Management Specialist Certification.

Laurel Ramsdell

LAUREL RAMSDELL

Office Manager

Laurel joined Homeword in 2022. She supports the team by managing class registration, bookkeeping, and providing administrative and human resources support. She graduated from the University of Montana-Missoula College with A.A.S degrees in accounting and hospitality management and certificates of applied sciences in customer relations and accounting technology.

 

Julie Pavlish

JULIE PAVLISH

Homebuyer Educator

Julie joined Homeword in October of 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Montana where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology focusing on historic archaeology. Early in her career she shifted focus to financial literacy education for the Missoula community, becoming a certified financial counselor in 2013.

Before joining Homeword she worked at the University of Montana’s Financial Education Program helping students understand the long term financial impacts of their educational choices as well as providing assistance understanding their student loan repayment options. Now with Homeword her focus remains helping community members understand their financial options and chart a course to achieve their financial goals.

Katie Sadowski

KATIE SADOWSKI

Financial Educator

Katie joined Homeword in July of 2016. Her enthusiasm for financial literacy began with her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Oregon. Her professional experience before working with Homeword included 10 years in tax preparation and outdoor education. Katie uses her training in experiential education to make finances come alive for her students. She is an active Enrolled Agent and is pursuing her Certified Financial Planner designation. Her goal with working at Homeword is to spread sound financial judgement so Missoulians can navigate their complex financial world and advocate for their future.

Julie Stiteler

JULIE STITELER

Project Manager

Julie graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1984, and headed to Seattle, eventually becoming an Associate at a large architectural firm, managing the design and construction phase services for several large multi-family projects. She then joined the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development where she eventually became a Construction Plan Review Manager. Julie returned to Montana and joined Homeword as a Project Manager in 2008. She has completed training on Affordable Housing Development provided by NeighborWorks, became a Certified Tax Credit Compliance Professional by Spectrum in the summer of 2009, and received a Master of Architecture from MSU-Bozeman in the spring of 2009. She was certified as a Housing Credit Certified Professional by the National Association of Home Builders in 2013. Julie became certified by the National Development Council as a Housing Development Finance Professional in 2016.

Liz Stotts

LIZ STOTTS

Project Manager

Liz joined Homeword in 2021. As a native Montanan she is thrilled to join Homeword to support and strengthen communities statewide. Liz is a graduate of the University of Montana and started her professional career at UM in the Office of Planning, Budget and Analysis. She is excited to be part of this amazing team to advocate for families and public service.

Karissa Trujillo

KARISSA TRUJILLO

Deputy Director

Karissa has earned the NeighborWorks certification in Homeownership Counseling for Program Mangers and Executive Directors, as well as the NCHEC Homeownership Counseling certificate. Additionally, Karissa has her Housing Development Finance Professional certificate from the National Development Council. She serves on the leadership team of the Missoula Home Coalition.

Karissa has an M.P.A and M.Ed. from the University of Montana, where she worked in New Student & Family Programs for over 9 years. In her time at the University, Karissa also served on the Board of Directors for the Montana Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities Council (MPSEOC).