Meghan Morris

President

Meghan is a proud and lucky member of the Western Montana community for the past 26 years. With some brief excursions to other areas of the state (Helena and Havre), Meghan has felt fortunate to be able to return to Missoula, where she has been a nurse, a lawyer, an executive, and a musician. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Nursing from Montana State University in 1997, a Juris Doctor from the University of Montana School of Law in 2002, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Montana in 2010. Meghan likes to say, ``I am 2-parts Grizzly and 1-part Bobcat.``
In her own words, Meghan states, ``I am blessed to have three children in my life and a husband, who also sees the challenges children face in his law practice. When we are not busy with all that life throws at you, we try to escape to the outdoors for a nice camping trip or hit the open road for a good old American road-trip.``

Why did you join the CASA Board of Directors?:
``As a health care professional and an attorney, I have witnessed and worked directly with children caught in the middle of impossible situations and challenges. They are truly the most innocent of victims. CASA provides a voice to these children and can help them navigate through the system and their world, and turn seemingly impossible barriers into something that is surmountable. The resiliency of children is amazing, but the children CASA supports need every possible resource we can give them. I am also always amazed at the generosity and caring nature of our community members who volunteer and being part of the CASA Board of Directors reminds me to do the same. Spread love and kindness.``

Andrew Thorness

Board Vice President

Tom Kerr

Treasurer

Tom Kerr has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years.  Currently he is a Senior Investment Specialist at WestPac Wealth Partners in Missoula, MT. Prior to that he was Chief Investment Officer and Director of Research of SGL Investment Advisors. He was also a Portfolio Manager and Equity Analyst for a $4 billion investment firm in Los Angeles, CA.   There he was the co-manager of the Smallcap Value strategy and RCB Smallcap Value Mutual Fund as well an Equity Analyst covering consumer products, business services, retail and media industries.   At RCB he was instrumental in developing an innovative and original research process and investment philosophy for the firm.  Prior to that he was a financial analyst at a large international bank as well as at one of the world’s largest corporations.   Mr. Kerr has also been a contributing writer to TheStreet.com and RagingBull.com.  Mr. Kerr is a CFA charterholder and obtained a B.B.A in Finance from Texas Tech University.  He serves on the board of CASA of Missoula, the Montana State Parks Foundation and is also a member of the Montana Snowbowl Ski Patrol.

Sarah Nurse

Board Secretary

Matt Gehr

Board Member

Matt was born in Missoula, grew up in Spokane, but moved quickly back to Missoula as a young adult. Missoula is his home and his community - one that he is grateful every day to be a part of. By day, Matt works as a mortgage lender at First Security Bank, but when he's not at work you can find him at one of the many fun events around town.

In the past, he has done board work with Zootown Arts Community Center, committee work with United Way of Missoula County, and volunteered in a variety of roles. Matt believes that good communities don't happen on accident and they don't happen without hard work.

Why did you join CASA's Board of Directors?:
``I decided to join the CASA organization because good communities take a lot of work. Investing in the future of Missoula is important to me and I believe that providing resources to people in need can lift entire communities. CASA does a wonderful job of advocating for children in positions of great need. By showing children that we care about them and their future, CASA can help to provide hope. That hope can, in turn, provide children with a reason to invest in themselves and their futures.``

Tracey Neighbor Johnson

Board Member

Tracey is a shareholder at Boone Karlberg, P.C. where she represents municipalities around the state, along with other businesses and individuals in a variety of civil litigation matters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time traveling with her husband Will and playing with her two young children, Liam and Amelia. Over the years, she has enjoyed serving the community as a member of Kiwanis, Church at the Gates and on the Habitat for Humanity of Missoula Board of Directors. She is excited to serve on the Board of Directors for CASA of Missoula and help support CASA's important mission.

Why did you join CASA's Board of Directors?:
``Having two small children myself, CASA's mission is dear to my heart. Serving children in a most difficult time in their young lives is very worthwhile and necessary work. The fact that CASA volunteers roll up their sleeves to do advocate for children in the community is inspiring and helps motivate me to do my share to fulfill CASA's mission to provide consistent, long-term advocacy until every child resides in a safe, permanent home.``

Kimberly Hannon

Board Member

Kim Klages Johns

Board Member

Paige Pavalone

Board Member

Originally from the Endless Mountain region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Paige attended East Stroudsburg University where she obtained bachelor's degrees in both Political Science and Communication Studies. Paige served as a research assistant in Ghana, West Africa at that time studying women grassroots political participation. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004. Paige then moved to Missoula Montana and attended graduate school at the University of Montana, studying International Relations. Between 2007 and 2015 Paige worked in law enforcement and focused on areas including Cadet training, Search and Rescue operations and Public Information. In 2015, Paige worked as a contractor for Missoula Economic Partnership and the Missoula Airline Revenue Guarantee. In 2016 Paige took a position of Executive Director at Missoula Works where she continues to test new lines of revenue and expand employment opportunities to marginalized Missoulians. Paige and her partner, Cody, enjoy spending time fishing and camping with their three awesome girls, Delaney, 13, Makenna, 12 and Francesca, 5.

Why did you join CASA's Board of Directors?:
``The health and safety of Missoula's youth is of paramount importance. I value an upstream approach to helping families thrive while valuing the best interest of a child.``

Reid Perkins

Board Member

In his professional life, Reid is external legal counsel for a number of business throughout the state. Similar to the role that in-house counsel would provide for a single company, Reid works with multiple companies, owners, managers, and human resource specialists in a variety of fields to resolve business, contractual, and employment related matters for those clients. In that capacity, Reid has a very wide breadth of knowledge and expertise. In addition, Reid also litigates a variety of cases and has litigated throughout the state of Montana.

Reid graduated from The University of Montana Law School (J.D. with Honors), and is admitted to practice in the State of Montana, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Reid has been recognized on numerous peer-reviewed lists, including ASLA – Recognized Top 100 Litigation Attorneys®, Best Lawyers in America®, and Super Lawyers.

Why did you join CASA's Board of Directors?:
``Reid previously served on the board of Child Start, Inc., which is the local Head Start. Reid served as a board member for Head Start for a number of years, but no longer sits on that board. By virtue of that experience, I recognize the need for organizations like CASA. As an attorney, I have also attended many hearings in which I have witnessed the impact that drug and/or alcohol addiction can have on children as their parents are going through the court system. I have also seen many dependent neglect cases. CASA of Missoula helps those kids, who are some of our most vulnerable children. In addition, CASA may make the difference between those kids following in their parent's footsteps or learning a different way to live in society. That is a noble cause that should be supported by everyone.``

Jaime Rauch

Board Member

Travis Wafstet

Board Member

Jacob Wright

Board Member

Jacob’s life began in 1982 in a small logging town in Oregon's Willamette Valley about half an hour from the coast. At the age of eleven Jacob’s family moved to Baker City on the far Eastern side of the state. Growing up in rural communities fostered a love for the outdoors where he spent most of his free time mountain biking, fishing, hunting, and exploring. From there, he attended college in Moscow, Idaho at the University of Idaho. As a freshman majoring in architecture he met his partner Kasey in a art class were she was pursuing her BFA. After they graduated from college we got married and moved to Missoula where we have been ever since.

As an intern Jacob’s career began in 2005 at OZ Architects where his most memorable project was the Missoula Readiness Center for the Montana National Guard. In 2013 he obtained his professional license and shortly after he and Kasey were blessed with their twins Abby and Gus. Two years later he transitioned to MMW Architects where he is now a Principal Architect. Here, Jacob has continued his passion for sustainable design which has lead to an emphasis in mass timber construction. Presently he is using mass timber on a project for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

When not at work Jacob and his family are continually exploring the outdoors and enjoying life. This last year has included their annual trips to the Oregon Coast, Eastern Oregon, and Sandpoint for the 4th, but they were also lucky enough to go on their first Smith River trip. Now with kids in first grade they are busy with gymnastics, ninja training, scouts and the occasional hunting trips on the weekend.

Why did you join CASA's Board of Directors?:
``CASA's mission ensure children live in healthy environments were they can thrive is why I am thrilled to be board member for this outstanding organization. Life experience define who we are and spending two months with our kids in the NICU has been a huge part of what has defined my life. Thankfully everything worked out for us but during our stay we saw first hand how some of these very vulnerable infants did not have the support of a loving family. The doctors and nurses were amazing and did everything they could to support these infants advocating for their welfare, but this only lasted while in their care. We do not know what happened to these babies, hopefully with a little luck they are happy little six year olds like ours. In some cases I am sure CASA advocates have touched their lives, giving a voice and protecting their best interests. This is what motivated me to join CASA and do everything I can as a board member to support this wonderful cause.``

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