For most of the past 20 years, Todd has worked as an independent school educator. As a teacher, administrator, and program director, Todd has worked closely and extensively with students, families, schools, and community organizations. For several schools, Todd has helped create connections within and between communities here in the United States as well as in places like France, Mexico, Tibet, Nepal, Morocco, and Nicaragua.
Todd was drawn to BBBS for the vital role it plays here in Flathead Valley and for the power and influence, mentoring relationships have had in his own life.
When Todd is not finding new ways to create connections within the Flathead Valley he enjoys spending time with his family, fly-fishing, baking bread, reading Spanish literature and poetry, milking cows, driving tractors, and making cheese.
Erika is passionate about various forms of art, helping people and creatures. She's a big foodie who loves to cook and bake, and is known to hold quality roasted coffee and local pastries in high regard. She has an ardent connection with the ocean yet loves the stunning mountain views in the place she calls home.
Born in Washington, Erika grew up in a multicultural home, lived in Seattle for 3 1/2 years, and traveled independently around the states and Europe. Her experiences built confidence, broadened her cultural awareness and heightened her appreciation for diversity. She received a Bachelor's in Advertising Management and has worked with two Colorado nonprofit ministries.
Erika enjoys challenging her creativity and expanding her range of talents. When she's not working she's likely spending time with family, close friends, sketching out new projects, and looking for ways to help rescue dogs.
Thom is a Montana native and moved to the Flathead Valley circa 1985. He is married to a wonderful Whitefish girl, Kathy, and is gifted with two college-age daughters, Ava and Grace, and a Yorkie named after Tally Lake.
Thom attended Montana State University (B.A. in Sociology) and Washington State University (M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration). He currently teaches Juvenile Justice at FVCC. His work in the Flathead included 25 years as a juvenile probation officer where he served to provide for the varied needs of area youth and families.
In joining the team at Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Thom, who supports the notion that "no significant learning can take place without a significant relationship," looks forward to supporting a caring process for such relationships to begin and flourish. Thom enjoys the quality and beauty of the Flathead area rivers where he patiently practices fly fishing. He also takes advantage of the valley's mountain bike and hiking trails.
Maria originally hails from Butte and has lived in Missoula for the last 11 years. She came to Missoula to attend the University of Montana, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. Maria is deeply invested in the Missoula community and spent time in her youth volunteering for the YWCA, the Roxy, and the Poverello Center.
In her free time, Maria enjoys socializing with friends and loved ones, reading science fiction, riding her bike, going for walks, creating in the kitchen, playing with her cats, and tending to her growing family of house plants.
Maria worked for BBBS of Missoula for two years as a Match & Enrollment Specialist. She learned a great deal about the positive impacts of mentoring and how significant it is for a community to collectively recognize that “it takes a village”. Maria is poised and ready to facilitate Big Brothers Big Sisters programming in Missoula in order to keep the mentoring spirit alive and well in the community.
Rachel is originally from Arizona and moved to Kalispell at the beginning of 2019. She is drawn to nonprofit work and is passionate about building relationships within the community. Rachel enjoys being outdoors and exploring the mountains. She loves a good book and spending time with a quality puzzle. She also puts a lot of time into her relationships with family and friends.
After graduating with degrees in Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Spanish, Rachel relocated to California to work in a middle school with AmeriCorps. This led to her discovery of Conservation Corps which moved her to Colorado, and ultimately Montana to further serve with AmeriCorps. She values the importance of a mentoring relationship on youth and adult development, and thus found her way to Big Brothers Big Sisters.