Tracey Neighbor Johnson

Board President

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 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."

Jacob Wright

Board Vice-President

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 an art class were she was pursuing her BFA. After they graduated from college they got married and moved to Missoula where they 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 ensures children live in healthy environments were they can thrive. This is why I am thrilled to be board member for this outstanding organization. Life experiences 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 firsthand 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 and advocate 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."

Matt Gehr

Treasurer

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."

Paige Pavalone

Board Secretary

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."

Meghan Morris

Board Member

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."

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?:
"I previously served on the board of Child Start, Inc., which is the local Head Start. I served as a board member for Head Start for a number of years, but no longer sit 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."

Kim Klages Johns

Board Member

Ann Douglas

Board Member

Dr. Ann Douglas is a psychologist and director of the Missoula Native Connections youth suicide prevention program with the All Nations Health Center. She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribe located in Northern Montana. Dr. Douglas is passionate about working with youth and their families. She has been an advocate, therapist, and mentor to Native youth for over 15 years. Dr. Douglas holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Montana. She has experience working with tribal communities as well as urban Native communities. Dr. Douglas has taught parenting classes with Families First. She has also worked as a school counselor for the Missoula County Public Schools. Dr. Douglas enjoys spending time with her four children, touring Montana ghost towns, and she is an avid reader.

Why did you decide to join CASA's Board of Directors?
"I decided to join the CASA board because I support CASA's mission and would like to be an advocate for youth in Missoula."

Adam Pummill

Board Member

Adam was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. Adam attended the University of Montana: School of Business and now works at Professional Consultants Inc. of Missoula. As a civil engineering and construction professional for over two decades, Adam enjoys helping others build their futures and realize their dreams. As a father, husband, and local business professional, Adam is thankful to live and work in beautiful western Montana.

Adam and his wife Janna are both CASA volunteers themselves and enjoy working together on CASA cases. Adam’s experience as a CASA volunteer provides him with a unique perspective in his role on the Board of Directors.

Adam and Janna have two teenage children of their own and a large extended family in the Missoula community. As a family, they love to travel and seeing new places. They also enjoy spending time on the river in Thompson Falls, and supporting their extended family at various athletic events. Adam is an avid outdoorsman and loves snowmobiling, hunting, shooting, and recreating outdoors in western Montana.

Why did you decide to join CASA's Board of Directors?
I was introduce to CASA by my wife Janna Pummill some years ago through her work and community outreach participation with Clearwater Federal Credit Union.. Soon after we became involved with CASA of Missoula, she decided to volunteer as a CASA herself. The good that CASA of Missoula and each CASA volunteer provides is immeasurable. Many children and families in western Montana need a little guiding light in their time of struggle, and CASA of Missoula is the light and hope. I can see no greater opportunity to help my community than to serve as a friendly, helping hand to our children. I became a CASA Volunteer myself, and together as a team working with my wife Janna, we get to provide that light of hope for the youth of our great community!

Jennifer M. Buckley

Board Member

Jennifer is an enrolled Member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe in Rocky Boy, Montana. She has a double Bachelor's degree in Communication and Community Service from MSU-Northern. She is also on the Board for Missoula Works, and she is a CASA volunteer herself.

In her personal time, Jennifer is a photographer who focuses on real issues through the power of picture. Currently, she is working on getting up billboards for Murdered Missing Indigenous Women across Montana.

Jennifer is married to an amazing husband named Michael, has three beautiful daughters, two spunky cats, and two crazy dogs. She believes in the good in people and tries to laugh more than most.

Why did you decide to join CASA's Board of Directors?
"I spent almost five years as a child protection worker, which made me a strong advocate for Montana's most vulnerable. CASA was a huge part of my time in child protection and I couldn’t have done my job without them."

Lisa Eiler

Board Member

Dr. Lisa Eiler is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Montana. She grew up in Minnesota where she earned her undergraduate degree in accounting and worked in the areas of multinational tax consulting and compliance. After moving to Oregon, she earned both her Master of Accounting and Doctorate of Philosophy in Accounting. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and running.

Why did you decide to join CASA's Board of Directors?
"I joined the CASA of Missoula Board of Directors because I believe strongly in the mission of the organization. I hope my past board experience and knowledge in accounting and finance will provide a meaningful contribution to the CASA of Missoula board which will help contribute to the sustained success of the organization."

Erika McGowan

Board Member

Erika is a fourth-generation Montanan, mother of five (and grandma of two), and the principal of Missoula-based advertising agency, Windfall. She loves yoga, traveling, cooking, and all the adventures that come with having a large, close-knit family. It doesn’t matter if she’s playing board games with her family at home or brainstorming a new campaign at work—Erika is all heart, and she meets every adventure with unmatched optimism.

Why did you decide to join CASA's Board of Directors?
"I graduated from the University of Montana with my Bachelor’s in Education and taught elementary school prior to my life in advertising. That time in the classroom made me abundantly aware of the struggles students face every day, and the impact an unstable home can have on a child’s friendships, learning, development and overall quality of life. On the other end, it also showed me how life-altering it can be when a caring individual steps up, and acts as a positive force in a child’s life. I’m incredibly proud to play my part at CASA and help match those caring individuals with the children who need them."

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