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 since 2004. Jill is the CEO 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.
ABBIE NORDHAGEN CZIOK
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.
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.
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.
Kim Mangold is currently serving as Policy Director for Montana Farmers Union. She spent 15 years working for the Montana Department of Agriculture where she served as Bureau Chief and the Deputy Director. This work was an opportunity to travel the world promoting agriculture commodities grown in this state. Kim also served as Field Director for Senator Max Baucus where she worked on issues related to trade, agriculture, and rural projects. She is originally from the Hi-Line region, growing up in Chinook and Havre.
Kim has three grandchildren that keep her very busy with various sporting and music activities. Her daughter, Autumn Coleman, lives and works in Helena along with her husband, Edward Coleman. Her son, Ian Bahr, lives and works in Great Falls. Kim has a wide range and a long history of volunteer service to the community and the state.
Kelly is a Native Montanan, born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley. From a young age, Kelly became involved in community work. As Kelly ventured into her young adult years, she moved to Helena where she attended Carroll College. Kelly then moved to Beaverhead County where she was quickly identified as a community leader and served the community of Dillon for more than 15 years. During her time in Dillon, Kelly created a restoration plan for the struggling domestic violence shelter, of which she eventually became the Executive Director.
In 2015, Kelly relocated back to Helena and took her first position working for the State of Montana. Kelly has dedicated much of her professional career to the helping professions field; specifically working with victims of crime, including women and children experiencing domestic violence. Kelly is relied upon as an expert in victimology, including domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, and neglect.
Kelly has worked in and with our Montana criminal justice system for more than 15 years. Her vast experience serving on National and State Boards has helped her develop the expertise to serve local boards well. Kelly enjoys working with entities that serve our most vulnerable populations. Kelly believes strongly that all people deserve access to services that enhance and impact lives positively.
Melinda is currently working with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services after serving as the Interim City Manager for Helena in 2020. From 2013-2017, Melinda was the Executive Director of The Friendship Center in Helena. During her time at The Friendship Center, Ms. Reed helped to establish Montana’s first High Risk Offender Task Force and worked with partners to improve the community’s response to domestic and sexual violence.
Prior to moving to Montana, Melinda worked in emergency response, relief and development for over 15 years. Melinda has led emergency response teams in conflict zones and natural disasters and managed programs in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East. Melinda worked on projects and programs focused on conflict mitigation, livelihoods development, psychosocial support, shelter, and logistics. Melinda's experience includes both short term emergency deployments and long term project assignments in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lebanon and Iraq.
Melinda holds a Masters degree in International Affairs with a focus on Human Rights from Columbia University.
Becky Lawson is a licensed architect with SMA Architects, P.C. Her love of history, buildings, and art lead her from Butte, Montana, to the field of architecture, graduating from Montana State University (go Bobcats!) with a Masters in Architecture.
Becky’s experience includes designing and managing projects with nonprofits, behavioral healthcare/healthcare entities, grant funded projects, and multiple cities and counties around Montana. Her YWCA experience includes the preliminary architectural report, various studies, and recent renovation of the historic YWCA Helena building.
As a working mom of two daughters, with her husband Devon, she is passionate about supporting YWCA Helena’s mission in the Helena and surrounding community.