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. Ashley has spent the last nine years keeping organizations running smoothly. Her marketing, community outreach, advertising and executive support skills speak to how well versed she is in all aspects of managing a dynamic office. 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 and is grateful to call Missoula home.
Writer, lover of typefaces and esoteric conversations on the use (or not) of the serial comma. Jennifer has worked in marketing, communications and philanthropy for more than a decade. Originally from North Carolina, she learned about the art of telling good stories in her grandmother’s kitchen. Jennifer is grateful every day to tell the world about the Headwaters Foundation and the communities we serve because stories are powerful and place matters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in literary nonfiction. Jennifer lives in Missoula with her husband, two daughters and two wayward puppies.
Designer, creator, keeper of the databases and systems that make the world go round. Zia has spent her career creating and running data management systems, and tracking results and accomplishments. She enjoys grant making and implementing efficient and transparent systems that turn data into stories and learning opportunities. She is thrilled to be a part of the Headwaters Foundation because wellness and helping others is her passion. Zia holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in geography. She grew up in the Appalachian hills of southwestern Pennsylvania and now calls Montana home with her husband and two sons.
Adventurer, helper of busy people, 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 allowed her to work in a variety of roles ranging from studying bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota, FL, to organizing farmer’s markets in food deserts, to supervising a luxury hotel in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. 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.
Compassionate, community connector, bridge builder. As a physical therapist for the past three years in Ronan, Montana, Aly has been on the front lines of health disparities in western Montana. As a former trustee of the Headwaters Foundation Board of Trustees, Aly was part of the original board that set strategy for the work of the foundation. She believes in working upstream with communities to address the problems facing our region. She believes in this work so much that she recently left her therapy practice and her trustee seat to work in philanthropy full time.
In her new role as program officer for the Headwaters Foundation, she hopes to promote collaboration to benefit rural areas and underserved Montanans with an emphasis on American Indians living on and off reservation.
Aly was born and raised in the heart of the Flathead Indian Reservation in St. Ignatius, Montana. She is Salish with tribal affiliation with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She is a wife and mother of two teenagers that keep life busy. She loves to travel, creatively cook and promote healthy lifestyle choices through example.