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Our team

Sherrie Arey
Executive Director

Sherrie leads our team in all aspects of our work - development, fundraising, and neighborhood revitalization. 

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Keith Nelson
Director of Construction

Keith is a long time NeighborWorks employee. Keith oversees all of our single-family construction, including Owner Built.

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Jenel Figarelle
Deputy Director

Jenel handles operational duties and human resources. She coordinates with the executive director in leading our team with the organization's strategic goals.

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Tammy Michelotti
Housing & Financial Counselor

Tammy works with neighbors wherever they are in their homeownership journey - from pre-purchase prep to homeowner help.


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Ashley Benefiet
Accounting Specialist

Ashley assist the team with day-to-day accounting duties including payroll and financial reporting.


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Karen Cleveland
Mortgage Loan Officer

Karen leads our lending program, guiding homeowners through the loan process.



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Emma nelson
Community Engagement &
Marketing Coordinator 

Emma assists with increasing our visibility in the community and implements our marketing efforts.


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Kevin Mellinger
Construction Project Supervisor 

Kevin helps oversee the construction projects for Owner Built Homes.



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Nathan Enochs
Construction Crew Member

Nathan is responsible for helping out with construction projects at the Owner Built Homes site.


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Christine Phelps
Accounting Specialist

Christine works to ensure that accounting records are accurate and procedures are followed.


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Machelle Murphy
Education Coordinator

Machelle coordinates Homebuyer Education and works with our Preferred Partners. dkjfdkdj


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Don herigon
Maintenance Technician 

Don keeps up with maintenance and repairs at our rental properties and senior living. dkddfkjkdjfkldjfkldjfk                    fdfd j


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Celeste Hardy
Community Specialist at Quiet Day

Celeste looks after our senior living in Cascade, MT and is the first point of contact for the residents. dkddfkjkdjfkldjfkldjf                 

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Jeff Neiffer
Chief Finance Officer

Jeff has a long background in the financial world and oversees all finance and accounting responsibilities for NWGF. 

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Rosie Kiernan
Homeownership Director

Rosie leads our homeownership team, including all pre- and post-purchase education, counseling, and lending.


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Brenda Kukay
Owner Built Homes Coordinator

Brenda coordinates all the moving pieces in our Owner Built Homes program. From application to move in, she's your gal.


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Ashly Graham
Housing & Financial Counselor 

Ashly leads our Homebuyer Education courses and assists with homebuyer counseling. 

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Beverly Talbert
Administrative Assistant

Beverly is the first person you'll meet when you stop in or give us a call. She keeps the communication at the front desk efficient!  

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Jensen Lundy
Loan Processor


Jensen helps prepare loan documentation for our lending program.


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Teran Sowers
Construction Supervisor for
Self-Help Build

Teran helps oversee the construction projects for Owner Built Homes.



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Casey Pecina
Director of Real Estate Development

Casey leads real estate development projects and oversees project budgets and schedules.


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Jared Anderson
IT & Salesforce Administrator

Jared leads the team with technology organization and strategies.



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Leza Beattie
Director of Resource Development

Leza leads our fundraising efforts and resource development projects.



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Kara Van Horn
Real Estate Specialist

Kara oversees all of our rental properties and senior living. dkddfkjkdjfkldjfkldjfk                      fdfd j


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Jessica wakeford
Community Specialist at Golden Valley

Jessica looks after our senior living in Belt, MT and is the first point of contact for the residents. dkddfkjkdjfkldjfkldjfk                    j


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Meet Our Board of Directors

Steve King
Board President

Steve is our past Board President and President of Montana Credit Union. Steve brings many years of experience in banking and finance.

Jack Prothero
Target Neighborhood Resident

Jack is a long time board member and supporter of NeighborWorks Great Falls, serving as a board president for two different terms.

Sean Sturges
D.A. Davidson Companies

Sean is our Board President and brings great financial knowledge to our board meetings and endowment committee meetings. 

Susan Humble
Retired, Anderson Steel

Susan is our board Secretary, and she brings with her an array of business knowledge as President of Anderson Steel. 

Kristi Pollard
D.A. Davidson Companies

Kristi has several years of experience in the finance industry. She recently purchased a home & is passionate about homeownership.

Healy Lyons

Healy is native to Great Falls and brings years of marketing experience to our board. She also used NeighborWorks to purchase a home!

Tim lightbourne
Cogswell Insurance Agency

Tim is a bond manager and owner of Cogswell Insurance Agency. He is an active member in the Great Falls community.

Mike Parchen
Target Neighborhood Resident

Mike was a member of the original founding board for what is now NeighborWorks Great Falls. Mike and his wife have lived in their neighborhood for 46 years. 

Kari Young

Kari is our Treasurer and has 9+ years of experience in accounting, taxation, and consulting. She is the newest member of our board and is happy to get involved.

Susan Crocker
The Good Wood Guys

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Terry Miller
Black Eagle Resident

Terry is a long time board member and engaged community activist - she is chair of the neighborhood advisory committee.

Pam Blackwell
Benefis Health System

Pam is the Human Resource Manager at Benefis and brings years of HR experience to the NeighborWorks Board of Directors.

Troy Lane
Target Neighborhood Resident

Troy has experience in the construction industry and is active with his neighborhood council, living in the downtown target neighborhood.

Rose Schuster
Target Neighborhood Resident

Rose, along with her husband, operate Wadman Construction. She brings a plethora of business management knowledge to our board. 

Jim Dea
ERA Advantage Realty

Jim is our 1st Vice President and a local Realtor and broker. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge to our real estate decisions. Jim is co-chair of our real estate committee.

Steve L'heureux
Target Neighborhood Resident

Steve is a long time supporter and board member. Steve is a local architect and co-chairs our real estate development committee.

Allison Tangen
Southside Resident

Allison lives in a NeighborWorks property and is committed to improving the lives of those in Great Falls through business and job creation through her position as a Human Resource Manager. 

Celia Blewett
Slate Law PLLC

Celia is our 2nd Vice President and joined our team in 2017. She brings a wealth of information from the legal world as an attorney with Slate Law PLLC.

Morgan Yegerlehner
Southside Resident

Morgan is passionate about affordable housing and is also a founding board member for Housed Great Falls. 

Carley Tuss
St. Vincent de Paul Society

Carley is originally from Black Eagle, and provides a wealth of knowledge about the community. 

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