Change maker, believer in the power of community, driver of innovation and learning and always makes time for play. Brenda has spent her career working for good in the philanthropic world on issues related to health policy, the health care safety net and community health issues affecting vulnerable populations. She is a strategy, evaluation, program and grant making guru with an eye toward local collaboration and a keen sense that change happens when communities come together to engage in good work. She is invested in the work of the Headwaters Foundation because she believes every child deserves a healthy start to life. She left her beloved San Francisco to move to Montana to re-invent philanthropic practices at Headwaters and live in Big Sky Country with its slower pace of life and stunning beauty. Brenda holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science, a juris doctorate, is a member of the California state bar association and is a Terrance Keenan Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Fellow. Living in Montana, Brenda is learning to be an avid lover of nature and the great outdoors, along with her husband and two children.
Networker, broker, spreadsheets guru and finder of best prices on anything, anywhere. Mynor (AKA Alejandro) brings more than a decade of progressive experience in financial stewardship, accounting leadership and operations management within the health and medical services sector. He has been consistently recognized not only for his financial acumen but also for his ability to apply a collaborative, modern leadership style to get employees fired up about their mission and working together in new and collaborative ways. Originally from Guatemala, Mynor holds a bachelor’s degree in business finance, a master’s degree in business administration and he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Leadership Development Program. An avid long-distance runner and world traveler, Mynor lives in Missoula with his wife, daughter, and son.
Organizer, collaborator, believer in the power of great teams to achieve the impossible together. Erin brings more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, organizing and mobilizing for progressive change in Montana and nationally. She has worked in the fields of human rights, affordable housing and environmental health, with an eye toward creating just, inclusive and thriving communities for all people and the planet. Erin is thrilled to bring her skills to Headwaters, where she gets to work side-by-side with Montana’s vital non-profit organizations to collectively build a healthy and thriving Montana. Erin holds a very under-used bachelor’s degree in Spanish. In her free time, she can be found wandering the mountains of Montana with her husband and two young daughters, preferably with skis on.
Motivator, calming force, compassionate adviser to grantees everywhere. As a life-long Montanan, Ashley’s career has been rooted in local community and the state’s higher education system. Her marketing, community outreach, advertising and networking skills speak to how well versed she is in connecting and supporting strong organizations. Now she is taking those skills on the road to listen to and support our grant partners from Sula to Eureka. Ashley is passionate about working for Headwaters Foundation because it allows her to work alongside some incredibly inspirational change makers in Western Montana. Solid and unflappable, Ashley enjoys working with people and ironing out life’s kinks so others don’t have to. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time in the mountains, traveling to new places, reading and finding things to organize (preferably in a color-coded fashion).
Doer, information-lover, wrangler of all the tiny details. Stephanie has a diverse set of experiences and a career that could most easily be summarized as helping busy people and places operate smoothly. Originally from the Sonoran desert of Arizona, her passion for the natural world and sense of adventure has led her to work in a variety of roles ranging from studying bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota, FL, to organizing farmer’s markets in food deserts in Tucson, to supervising at a luxury hotel in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. She holds a bachelor’s of science in environmental science. Stephanie believes in standing up for the most vulnerable among us and is excited to learn from Headwaters’ staff and partners. In her time off, you can probably find her in the mountains, at the farmer’s market or glued to a good book.
Convener, quiet force, behind-the-scenes virtuoso — Robyn is a born-and-raised Montanan who has been securing resources to power social services and advocacy for women, families and the environment since 2010. A former fundraising professional, Robyn is excited to bring her passion, skills and ‘let’s try it’ attitude to Headwaters Foundation to help democratize philanthropy and fund vital work in her state. Robyn has a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Administration. In her free time, you can find her sewing, playing ice hockey (badly) or exploring Montana with her husband in their ’86 Volkswagen.
Pragmatic idealist, data nerd, thought partner. Cari brings years of state government experience in health and human service policy development and service delivery to the Headwaters team. She has worked with a range of federal programs spanning Medicaid, child welfare, mental health and substance abuse, early childhood, and, more recently, coronavirus response and housing. Cari is thrilled to join Headwaters and the communities of Western Montana in their work to ensure healthy, thriving communities for all. She holds a bachelors in anthropology and political science and a masters in population health sciences. Outside of work you’ll find her hiking, running, skiing, or backpacking in the mountains with her husband or hanging out with her (very spoiled) flock of backyard chickens.
Go-getter, connector, planner of all projects big and small. Ruth brings a lifelong joy of connecting through conversation, and enthusiasm for projects that create positive community change. Originally from the Bay Area of California, she moved to Missoula in 2010 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. Since then, she has gathered over ten years of nonprofit experience ranging from outdoor education outreach to food security fund development, as well as her MBA, which was motivated by wanting to close the gap between two traditionally opposing fields. When she’s not in the office, you can find her in her community garden plot, running through the mountain trails, or hanging out with her two bunnies.