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.
Motivator, Calming Force, Chief herder of some very eccentric cats.
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. Ashley is passionate about working for Headwaters Foundation because it allows her to work alongside and support some incredibly inspirational change makers in western Montana. Solid and unflappable, Ashley enjoys taking care of 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, Maker, 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 one wayward puppy named Josephine.
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.
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.