2014 NLC Fellows: Montana

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Nancy de Pastino, Regional Manager, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Nancy de PastinoNancy de Pastino is a mom, activist and photographer living in Missoula, Montana. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School changed her world, and she decided to work full force on reducing gun violence in America. She started the Montana Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in January of 2013.

For five months last spring and summer, she worked as the Regional Organizing Director for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, after which she returned to Moms Demand Action as a Regional Manager. Nancy has lobbied U.S. Senators Tester and Baucus, Governor Bullock, Representative Daines, Mayor Engen and others. She has organized hundreds of volunteers, and is successfully building up a chapter of committed volunteers in a state where many people are still afraid to speak truth to the power of the gun lobby.

Nancy came to Missoula in 1993 to study photojournalism at the University of Montana. She lives with her husband, two children and hound/mutt Louis Armstrong.

Jake Lapke, Case Manager, 3 Rivers Mental Health Solutions

I am a proud Montana native that has lived and worked in this wonderful town of Missoula for over 10 years.

I currently provide case management services for disabled adults that suffer from sever mental illness and drug addiction issues. I have worked in the mental health industry for 3+ years with a variety of age groups, settings and therapeutic models. From working with at risk, highly affluent youth in residential treatment facilities, to homeless, abused and neglected children in group homes, to severely mentally disabled adults that with poly-substance addictions, helping others has been my passion and pursuit for several years.

As time moves on, so do our goals and ambitions. I too, am determined to move on to the next chapter of my professional and personal life. Along with case management I also have two service industry jobs that helps me supplement saving for graduate school which I plan on attending in the near future. I would love to serve those in need within my community eventually at my own practice after graduate school. Years following I plan on obtaining a psy D culminating in consulting for a major ski resort (Alta, wink!).

I hold dearest my family, friends and of course my mutt of dog, Jackson! I am honest, straight forward and look for the humor and positive in everything, no matter how bleak or mundane. I value honesty, humility, mutual respect and admire those that I may learn new perspectives and insights.

Being in nature is something that is very important to me and is one of the things that has defined my behavior, outlook and goals. As I am an avid skier, hiker, climber, hunter, biker, runner and everything outdoors, I continue to search and find new ways to reconnect with the environment around me and thus refresh my motivation and outlook on the world.

Emily Likins, Deputy Director of Development, Outreach, and Communications, Blue Mountain Clinic Family Practice

Emily Likins is the Deputy Director of Development, Outreach, and Communications at Blue Mountain Clinic Family Practice in Missoula, MT. Her activism seeks to overturn the status quo by increasing access to health care, breaking the gender binary, and examining the intersections of issues that lead to systematic oppression and inequality.

As an abortion counselor at BMC and a lobbyist with the Montana Reproductive Rights Coalition, Emily provides support for individual choices in reproduction and hopes to promote BMC’s theory of integrated care throughout the Northwest region (and beyond). Emily also works at Biga Pizza serving Missoula’s hungry masses. Emily loves social media, her cat, and novelist David Foster Wallace. Emily also advocates for Unions, gun control, education reform, and the environment.

Lilly Matti

Lilly is an MPA graduate student at the University of Montana in Missoula. She previously received a master degree in Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2011. Lilly is looking for a new path to empower her and others in her community, and decided that NLC would be the right step towards a great path in serving others in best possible ways. Lilly enjoys traveling and meeting new friends from different parts of the world, as well as, the various activities that Missoula has to offer throughout the year.

Maggie Moran, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Montana

Maggie MoranMaggie Moran grew up in a household that held public service in very high esteem. Both her parents and two sisters were in the Air Force and lauded volunteerism as an essential part of responsible and kind living. She has been involved in volunteer efforts from Habitat for Humanity, to food banks and youth leadership.

This mind-set eventually led her to the Peace Corps and community activism. Maggie is now the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Montana, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.

Maggie moved to Helena from Laramie, where she graduated from the University of Wyoming with a MasterÍs degree in Public Administration and a minor in Gender and WomenÍs Studies. Prior to her graduate degree, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania, seeing the devastating effects of restrictive policies related to reproductive health.

Aside from (yet always connected to) reproductive justice, she is passionate about LGBTQ issues, addressing domestic and sexual violence, and increasing womenÍs political participation.

Shanna Ungate, Executive Director, The Girls Way

 	Shanna	Ungate	After graduating from King’s College, Shanna relocated to Missoula to serve two terms of service with AmeriCorps. She has worked as an advocate for healthy development and healthy lifestyles throughout her life.

Currently, she is the Executive Director for The Girls Way, a non-profit that focuses on developing healthy girls through exercise, movement and education. She loves to explore land and life with her partner and two happy dogs.

Topher Williams, Assistant Director, Student Involvement Network

Topher is currently studying Community and Environmental Planning at the University of Montana and is employed as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement. He works with directly with students and administrators to enrich the collegiate experience by developing leadership and diversity programming.

Topher is also the the Board Chair for ASUM Transportation which provides daily rapid transit to the University of Montana as well as bicycle sharing and pedestrian programs. Through his leadership at ASUM OT, he has participated in a variety of local transportation projects. Most recently, he worked to pass a mill levy asking voters to fund expansion of public transportation services in Missoula which passed with 57% of the vote. On the state level, Topher’s past campaigns have been both candidate and issue-based focusing on diverse topics such as campaign finance, LGBT equality and conservation.

As a board member for the Missoula Chapter of Montana Conservation Voters, Topher values clean water and wild places. He strives to spend as much time enjoying the outdoors as he does working to protect it by skiing, rock climbing, and kayaking.