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Our Board of Directors

New board members are selected by the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors annually. Board members serve three year terms and can be reelected. The NeighborWorks Montana Board of Directors has been selected to participate in the NeighborWorks America Excellence in Governance Program, designed to help responsible boards become exceptional. Participants explore characteristics of effective board governance and the board’s role in improving organizational health, performance and sustainability. Using a proven, performance based framework, boards define success and measure effectiveness in the context of their organization and their community.


President

Michael O'Neil
Michael O'Neil is the Executive Director of the Helena Housing Authority (HHA) which provides safe and affordable housing and related services to eligible low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled in the Helena, MT area. HHA housing programs include public housing, housing choice vouchers, tax credit affordable housing, and Permanent Supporting Housing for persons who are homeless. Michael has an extensive background in developing affordable housing, community facilities, and services across the state of Montana. He founded and led the Montana Home Choice Coalition, a statewide coalition bringing together the housing and disability communities to create better housing choices for Montanans with disabilities and seniors. Michael strongly advocates the view that quality, safe, accessible and affordable housing is the cornerstone of stable community living and a life of greater independence and dignity for all. 

Vice President
Mike Smith
Mike Smith has been in banking industry since 1986. He is currently Senior Vice President/Real Estate Manager for Glacier Bank in Kalispell. Glacier Bank has branches in Kalispell, Whitefish, Bigfork, Columbia Falls, Polson, Eureka, Libby and Butte. Mike and his family relocated to Flathead Valley in 2006 from Colorado. He was branch manager and Senior Loan Officer for Cherry Creek Mortgage in Boulder, Co., from 1992 to 2006.
2nd Vice President


Burt Hurwitz
Burt was raised on his family’s ranch in Meagher County. He attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. He graduated with a bachelor's in Political Science and completed a National Outdoor Leadership School semester in the Rockies. Having no other options after graduation, Burt went to the University of Montana School of Law. He was elected by his peers to serve on the Student Bar Association for all three years of Law School. His proudest accomplishment in law school was co-founding the Rural Advocacy League, a student group dedicated to raising awareness of legal issues affecting rural Montanans. After cutting off 12 inches of his hair and graduating in 2007 he was hired by the Great Falls firm of Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams, P.C., where he practiced civil litigation until 2011 when he moved to Billings and joined the firm of Felt, Martin, Frazier & Weldon, P.C. continuing his civil litigation practice.
Secretary


Julie Graham
Julie Graham is the Vice President of Valley Bank in Helena. A Butte native, she has been in the banking industry in Montana for 32 years and has been involved in all aspects of the industry. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Florence Chrittenton Home and Services in Helena and has worked with the Carroll College Impact drive for the past five years
Treasurer


Jack Prothero
Jack Prothero, retired in 2001, sits on a number of public-service boards of directors. He served for three years as the president of the board of directors for the Montana HomeOwnership Network (dba NeighborWorks Montana). Jack served as a loan officer for Norwest Bank in Great Falls from 1977-1979, vice president of Great Falls Federal Savings and Loan from 1979-1989, and vice president at Western Security Bank in Great Falls from 1990-2001. His knowledge of investment policy and practice and his deep financial knowledge helps guide the board in related decisions.
Immediate Past President
 
Jim Morton
Jim is the Executive Director of the Human Resources Council in Missoula. He has been an energetic advocate for low-income residents in all arenas for more than 25 years. He leads a nonprofit agency that serves three Western counties in Montana. The purpose of the HRC is to alleviate poverty and enhance the public health and welfare by offering opportunities for people to better their conditions. He received the Montana Housing Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montana Housing Coalition in 2007.
Nicole Antoine
Nicole was born and raised in Pablo, Mont. She graduated in 1997 with a master's in social work from Eastern Washington University. She has been working with homeownership program for Salish Kootenai Housing Authority since 2004. Previously Nicole worked in the social work arena with various school districts and social services agencies. She is very dedicated to working with the tribal people on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
Bruce Brensdal
Bruce was born and raised in Plentywood, Mont. He graduated with a bachelor's in accounting from Eastern Montana College in Billings and is a CPA. He has been the Administrator for the Housing Division since July, 2000. This includes the Section 8 programs, HOME Investment Partnership and the Board of Housing. He was previously the Multifamily Program Manager with the Montana Board of Housing since June, 1995. During this time he managed the Low Income Housing Tax Credit programs, the Multi-Family Bond Programs and the Reverse Annuity Mortgage (RAM) Program. He previously worked for the Montana Department of Revenue as an auditor for 5.5 years. Bruce sits as an ex-officio member of the board, using his knowledge of the state’s housing and financial issues help broaden the board’s understanding. 
Andrea Davis
Andrea is the Executive Director of Homeword, which is headquartered in Missoula, has a satellite office in Billings and affordable housing across the state. She has been working to secure affordable housing in Montana since 2001 when she joined Homeword. From 2003–2008, Andrea led the development of five affordable housing projects ranging from housing for homeless veterans to new senior housing at the Missoula Housing Authority. Andrea is a native of the Flathead Valley, a University of Montana Alumni and cherishes the ability to contribute to a sustainably built environment in Montana by developing housing people are proud to call home and providing tools for people to be self-sufficient and achieve their full potential.
Tom Jacobson
Tom Jacobson joined Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Montana Rural Dynamics Incorporated (CCCS/RDI) as Executive Director in September of 2003. His responsibilities include working with the Board of Directors to provide strategic direction for the development and administration of CCCS initiatives, programs, policy agendas, and public relations efforts. CCCS/RDI is instrumental in helping individuals and communities across the Northern Plains region recognize a vision for personal and collective economic growth. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Great Falls and a master’s in public administration from the University of Wyoming. Most recently he is the incoming Chair of the Board of Directors for the Montana Nonprofit Association, serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a charter board member of the Montana Financial Education Coalition, and serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Cascade County, and the national debt management software company, CPR. Tom is also an adjunct faculty member in the graduate studies program at the University of Great Falls. 
Gina Marshall
Gina Marshall is the regional manager for Montana and Northern Wyoming for US Bank Home Mortgage. Gina, who graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, has been with US Bank since 2002, winning several regional awards, including Top Customer Service Award and 2010 Sales Manager of the Year. Gina lives in Bozeman, Mont., and serves on local and regional nonprofit boards.
Johnnie McClusky
Johnnie McClusky serves as the community development and Community Reinvestment Act officer at First Interstate Bank. McClusky previously worked for the bank from 2000-2002 in branch management. Most recently, he worked for Billings Public Schools in the Indian Education Department as the Title VII Home/School coordinator. McClusky will oversee First Interstate’s efforts relating to community development and be responsible for coordinating and implementing the Bank’s CRA outreach efforts. He is a graduate of Dickinson State University.
Heather O'Loughlin
Heather O’Loughlin is the co-director of research and development for the Montana Budget & Policy Center. She most recently served as legislative director and counsel for Sen. Max Baucus, managing the Senator’s legislative team. Previously, she served as legislative assistant for six years, handling a broad policy portfolio including education, judiciary, banking and economic issues. Heather also clerked for the Senate Finance Committee, specializing in tax policy. She received her JD at the University of Montana School of Law in 2007 and her B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Business Administration – Finance from University of Montana in 2003. While in law school, Heather was a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Regents, the entity that manages the Montana University System. Heather is originally from Great Falls, and now lives in Helena with her husband, Neal, and daughter, Madeline.
Jane Pavek
Jane Pavek is Vice President and Community Development Officer for Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Jane oversees the implementation of the Community Reinvestment Act by promoting Wells Fargo’s involvement in affordable housing, economic development, financial education, and community orientated programs and services. Pavek began her banking career in 1993 with First Security Bank (purchased by Wells Fargo in 2000) in the Management Trainee Program. She worked as a Mortgage Loan Officer until October 1996, at which time she began her current position as Community Development Officer. Jane also serves boards of the Idaho Partners for Home Buyer Education, Mercy Housing Idaho and the Idaho-Nevada CDFI. She serves on the City of Boise’s Fair Housing Advisory Task Force, appointed in 2008. Pavek holds a bachelor's in business with emphasis in finance from Boise State University. She is a 2002 graduate of the Northwest Community Development Institute.
Marilyn Rose
Marilyn K. Rose retired in 2003 from USBank as Regional President after 30 years with the bank, holding various managerial positions including President of Great Falls USBanks. Rose continues to serve community and state organizations including: NeighborWorks Montana, EasterSeals/Goodwill, Heisey Foundation Trustee, Montana State Board of Real Estate Appraisers, University of Great Falls Trustee and USBank Advisory Board.
Peggy Trenk
Peggy Trenk is the former CEO of the Montana Association of
REALTORS®( MAR), a trade association representing 3800 REALTOR® members throughout the state. Peggy spent two years on Fannie Mae’s Housing Impact Advisory Council and is currently a member of the Montana Home Choice Coalition. She has worked for several state and federal elected officials, including serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and State Director for former Montana Congressman Rick Hill just prior to accepting a position with MAR in April, 2000. Peggy is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Montana Society of Association Executives and serves on the Public Policy and Issues Mobilization Committees of the National Association of REALTORS®. 
Jim Weber
Jim Weber retired as an investigator for the Department of Labor in 2010. He has been a NeighborWorks supporter for more than 25 years, one of the earliest board members for NWMT’s sister organization, NeighborWorks Great Falls, still serving. He has served on the NWMT board in the past, and was recently re-appointed.  Jim and his wife, Cascade County Commissioner Jane Weber, live in a NeighborWorks target neighborhood in Great Falls. He brings a sophisticated knowledge of all the products and services the NeighborWorks programs offer, a sense of  history of the organization and a strong understanding of how board governance works and what a board’s responsibilities are.