Abigail St. Lawrence has been an active member of the Helena community since 2004, previously serving as an officer for NARAL Pro-Choice Montana and the Myrna Loy Center, a board member of the PPL Community Foundation, a director and the programming committee chair for Soroptimist International of Helena, and the chair of the State Bar of Montana Justice Initiatives Committee. In addition to participating in the YWCA Helena board, Abigail is also a member of the Helena Public Arts Council, Soroptimist International of Helena, the League of Women Voter, Women’s Leadership Network, and the Exchange Club of Helena and serves on the Whitman College President’s Advisory Board, the Access to Justice Commission of the Montana Supreme Court, and the Helena Symphony Board of Directors.
Abigail is an attorney in private practice specializing in natural resources and environmental law and government relations. Abigail represents a broad range of agricultural and business interests in her litigation practice, while her government relations work encompasses advocating for Montana builders and ranchers, health care professionals, and non-profit interests before both the Montana Legislature and state administrative agencies. Joining the YWCA Helena board was a natural outgrowth of Abigail’s community participation and her lobbying practice, which includes health care professions serving families and children with special needs and social justice groups such as the Montana Innocence Project and the Montana Association of Christians.
Originally from Great Falls, Abigail earned her B.A. in philosophy and psychology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and her J.D. at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Abigail is proud to support YWCA Helena’s mission to serve women and children experiencing homelessness in our community with her time, energy, and resources.
ABIGAIL ST. LAWRENCE
Jessica made Helena her home in 2015. While Jessica did not grow up in Montana, she is proud of her Montana roots. Jessica’s great grandparents homesteaded in Ovando, Montana and her grandparents met and fell in love while working in Deer Lodge. Jessica currently serves as a volunteer for Montana Women Vote; she loves working on collaborative projects that improve the quality of life an enhance equity for every Montanan.
Jessica has more than 15 years of experience in community organizing, event planning, and community engagement and development, working with all different types of communities on numerous social issues. She spent 10 years working with homeless women and girls in Portland, Oregon before relocating to Eastern Kentucky, Appalachia to study rural community development. Jessica is currently the Director of Operations and Grants at Montana Community Foundation. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration (Nonprofit Management and Rural Community Development). Through this work she provides training for nonprofit board members and staff across Montana.
Jessica is passionate about participatory community advocacy and development and thrilled to serve YWCA Helena’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. She and her husband, Jacob, live in Helena and enjoy discovering Montana with their dogs Rainer and Lambert, named for the cherries grown on the family farm in the Flathead valley.
Jill is originally from Salt Lake City, UT, but has enjoyed life in Montana for the past thirteen years. Jill is the Executive Director of PureView Health Center, a federally qualified health center that provides access to comprehensive healthcare to underserved residents of our community. Prior to joining PureView, Jill spent nearly four years as the Director of the Health and Human Services Division of the Gallatin City-County Health Department in Bozeman, MT, seven and a half years as the Director of the Madison County Health Department in Virginia City, MT, and was a senior analyst for Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City, UT, for four years. Jill has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Montana and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Jill has been actively involved in the three Montana communities she has lived in. As a board member for Thrive, a non-profit in Bozeman, MT; as a board member for the Center for Mental Health out of Great Falls, MT; as the Chair, Chair-Elect, Past-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of the Association of MT Public Health Officials, as a Governor-appointed member of the MT Public Health Services Task Force, as the Chair of the Public Health Workforce Development Task Force, as a member on the Lewis and Clark County Local Advisory Council for Mental Health, and as a volunteer in her son’s elementary school.
Jill enjoys cooking, skiing, fly fishing, and spending time with her son enjoying all there is to do in Helena, MT.
Rebekah is a Montana native and grew up here in Helena. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business: Accounting from Montana State University.
Rebekah left her career in public accounting to follow her passion for non-profit work and has been working in non-profit accounting for the past seven years. She spent six years with Student Assistance Foundation, where she enjoyed being part of an organization that helped Montanans reach their higher education goals.
Currently, Rebekah serves as the Office Manager for Montana Business Assistance Connection (MBAC), a private non-profit corporation that provides economic and community development services in Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, and Meagher counties.
In her free time, Rebekah enjoys traveling, reading, baking, and enjoying everything beautiful about living in Montana.
Katy is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for St. Peter's hospital. She comes to the hospital from the Montana Office of Tourism where she served as Chief of Marketing and Consumer Marketing Manager for seven years. She also has three years experience as Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator for Great Harvest Franchising in Dillon.
A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York with a degree in advertising and economics, she also studied at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
In her current position, Katy is responsible for St. Peter’s annual strategic marketing and communications plan including research, market planning, service promotion, external and internal communications, advertising and publicity, hospital image, and community relations.
Jessica McManus, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carroll College in Helena, MT. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio and began the study of psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She later earned a master’s and a doctorate degree in psychology from Kansas State University. Her research focuses on the social and cognitive processes that lead to the discrimination of stigmatized groups (e.g., racial minorities, individuals with intellectual disabilities). Courses she teaches at Carroll College include Social Psychology, Prejudice and Discrimination, and the Psychology of Women. When not teaching or researching, she enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, reading, and watching reality television.
JESSICA McMANUS, Ph.D.
Stacey Anderson joined the Montana Primary Care Association in 2015 as its Communication and Public Affairs Manager. She has expertise in both internal and external communication and extensive knowledge of health care policy and the legislative process. Prior to arriving at MPCA, Stacey served such roles as the Deputy State Director for Senator Jon Tester and Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Montana. Stacey has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana and earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
Stacey Anderson is MPCA’s Communication and Public Affairs Manager. She develops and implements MPCA’s internal and external communication programs, acts as one of the organization’s spokespeople, develops relationships with the organization’s members and varied stakeholders, and advises the organization on its official actions with regard to administrative and legislative policy. Stacey has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana and earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
Abbie Nordhagen Cziok grew up in Butte, Montana, and is an Associate Attorney at Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry, and Hoven. Abbie is dedicated to women's issues, having volunteered in he past for a variety of organizations focused on the safety and promotion of women. In her free time, Abbie enjoys doing anything outside: rock climbing, skiing, and hiking. She also loves baking bread. She is thrilled to be a part of the YWCA to ensure it continues to positively impacts the community.