Meet Our Staff


Kaia Peterson

Executive Director

Kaia, Executive Director of NeighborWorks Montana, is passionate about the power of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) creating opportunities for people and communities who wouldn’t otherwise have access to safe, quality homes they can afford. She uses that passion to drive her work in overseeing the education and counseling program, resident-ownership, and marketing and outreach efforts at NeighborWorks Montana. Kaia has a BA from Bates College and an MBA from the University of Washington, and is a member of the Missoula Housing Authority and the Providence St. Patrick Hospital Western Montana Service Area Community Ministry Boards. She lives in Missoula, Montana where she enjoys spending time outdoors in all seasons with her husband and two school-aged kids.

Executive Director
P: 406.604.4543
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Kevin Lee

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin is NeighborWorks Montana’s Acting Director of Finance. He oversees all day-to-day finance operations of NeighborWorks Montana. Kevin is inspired by people who put others needs before their own and it is what drives his work at NeighborWorks.

When Kevin isn’t in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and building his large collection of Hot Wheels cars.

Chief Financial Officer
P: 406.604.4542
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Mary Lou Affleck

Coordinator for Project Development

Bio coming soon!

Coordinator for Project Development
P: 406.670.9100
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Kristen Bernard

Administrative Assistant

Kristen works in our Great Falls office as an Administrative Assistant. She has an extensive customer service background and is excited to use her skills to offer support to the many programs and services provided by NeighborWorks Montana.

Outside of work, Kristen enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her cat.

Administrative Assistant
P: 406.604.4541
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Katie Biggs

Marketing & Resource Development Manager

Katie is NeighborWorks Montana’s Marketing & Resource Development Manager, overseeing all aspects of marketing and outreach for the different program areas within NeighborWorks Montana. Katie is passionate about making a difference in the lives of Montanans and that’s what drives her work every day.

When she’s not at work she enjoys spending time camping, fishing, hunting and hiking with her husband, daughter, son and their dogs.

Marketing & Resource Development Manager
P: 406.604.4546
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Kay Dellen

Loan Processor

Kay is a Loan Processor in our Lending Department and she is excited to assist individuals who might not otherwise be able to become a homeowner. The programs offered through NWMT are an amazing next step for prospective homebuyers.

When not at work, Kay enjoys time with her husband, children, grandchildren and “fur babies”!

Loan Processor
P: 406.604.4550
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Linda Grossman

Loan Servicing Specialist

Linda has been with NeighborWorks Montana as the Loan Servicing Specialist for over 10 years. She is responsible for all aspects of servicing the loans made by NeighborWorks Montana. Linda loves working for NeighborWorks Montana because she believes everyone at NeighborWorks is working for the same goal – providing successful homeownership opportunities to those who deeply need it.

When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two grown daughters and granddaughter. Knitting, hiking and church fill her spare time.

Loan Servicing Specialist
P: 406.604.4552
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Danielle Maiden

ROC Program Manager

Danielle is NeighborWorks Montana's ROC Program Manager. She works with our resident-owned communities (ROCs) and works toward promoting manufactured housing cooperatives that are affordable for Montanans. Danielle currently is serving on the board of Trust Montana and the Samaritan House in Kalispell. She is passionate about her work and has a deep desire to help the greater good by providing people with resources to better themselves and their families.

ROC Program Manager
P: 406.604.4553
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Kim Morisaki

Kim Morisaki

Executive Director of the Northwest Montana Community Land Trust

Kim Morisaki comes to NeighborWorks Montana as the Executive Director of the Northwest Montana Community Land Trust. Her family has been building homes in the Flathead Valley for three generations and understands that having a place to call your own is important. With 13 years of experience as an economic developer, she knows that owning your own home is good for individuals, families, the community and the economy.

Kim studied economics, politics and philosophy at Claremont McKenna College and serves at a board member for Samaritan House and several youth sports associations in Kalispell. She loves helping build the community in the Flathead Valley, working in her flower garden and chasing after her husband and boys with all of their hockey, baseball and outdoor fun.

Executive Director of the Northwest Montana Community Land Trust
P: 406.261.8831
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Larry Phillips

Compliance and Credit Analyst

Larry is NeighborWorks Montana’s Compliance and Credit Analyst. He works on underwriting loans for the Real Estate Development and Acquisition (REDA) lending program, as well as compliance reporting for our various grantors. What NeighborWorks Montana does for communities throughout the state brings him much joy, which feeds his dedication to finding good housing for hardworking Montanans.

In his free time, Larry loves traveling, photography, reading, art and music.

Compliance and Credit Analyst
P: 406.604.4551
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Michelle Rogers

Marketing & Program Specialist

Michelle works with our marketing department, as well as our partner network on marketing and communication. She loves working for NeighborWorks, in fact she began her time with NeighborWorks Great Falls before joining the NeighborWorks Montana team!

Michelle has had a long history of administrative work and customer service and has always been committed to having compassion and empathy for others. This position gives her the perfect opportunity to realize her dream of being in marketing while helping others. She is currently serving on the Montana Shares Board.

Away from work, Michelle and her husband enjoy a wonderful life together with their five fur-kitty-children. They also enjoy collecting vintage items, working on old cars, and camping.

Marketing & Program Specialist
P: 406.604.4547
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Mary Jo White

Accounting Specialist

Mary Jo is NeighborWorks Montana’s Accounting Specialist. She is responsible for employee payroll, accounts payable, and the posting of bank transactions. She also handles the employee credit card statements. Mary Jo came to work for NeighborWorks Montana believing in the work they do. Their dedication and commitment contribute to helping the low to moderate income individuals and families achieve the American dream; to own their own home.

In her spare time, Mary Jo enjoys camping and fishing with her dogs. She also enjoys gardening and crocheting.

Accounting Specialist
P: 406.604.4544
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Logan Smith

Housing Network Specialist

Logan Smith serves as a Housing Network Specialist, working our statewide network of counselors and educators, assisting customers with online education, and other special projects. She is located in Helena and is excited to be back working in the housing industry.

In her spare time, Logan works part-time for Special Olympics Montana as an Outreach Coordinator, is currently earning her Masters in Public Health, and loves spending time outdoors.

Housing Network Specialist
P: 406.604.4557
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Hanna Tester

Housing Network Manager

Hanna is NeighborWorks Montana’s Housing Network Manager. She manages the grant compliance for NeighborWorks Montana’s housing counseling grants and facilitates networking within the housing counseling partnership across the state. Hanna’s work is driven by the passion that safe, secure housing is the key for families to prosper.

When Hanna isn’t at work, she spends her time hiking, playing and gardening with her husband and two young sons and their dogs.

Housing Network Manager
P: 406.604.4548
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Autumn Tigart

ROC Program Specialist

Autumn is NeighborWorks Montana’s ROC Program Specialist. She offers support and assists with the ROC program. She is passionate about creating home ownership opportunities for families.

She has lived in Great Falls all her life and outside of work Autumn enjoys photography, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

ROC Program Specialist
P: 406.604.4555
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Lori Yurko

Loan Specialist

Lori has been with NeighborWorks Montana for 13 years working in the lending department as a Loan Specialist. Lori brings a vast amount of knowledge to the world of lending. She spends her days processing, underwriting and closing subordinate mortgage loan applications for closing cost assistance, down payment assistance and GAP financing. She’s known around the office to occasionally break out in random song and dance. Lori is highly motivated by finding purpose in her work and feeling like she’s part of a movement to help repair the world.

When she’s not at work, she loves spending time with her family, especially her grandson Ralston and her rescue cat, Adele.

Loan Specialist
P: 406.604.4549
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