INTERNS

CASA of Missoula is fortunate to work with several students interested in learning more and furthering their college careers by interning. Each year in the fall, CASA of Missoula welcomes students to apply to intern throughout the year. Each intern position is a non-compensated and requires the individual to attend the Fall or Spring CASA Pre-Service training (30 hours) to gain a well-rounded perspective of the program, abuse and neglect cases and the social welfare system.

Katie DidierIntern

Katie is a graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in criminal justice, currently completing her internship and research project through the University of Colorado Denver online. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at the University of Colorado Denver as well, graduating in May of 2016. In her time spent at CU Denver, she has participated in the Miss Colorado Collegiate pageant, cheerleading (serving as Co-Captain), student government – as a representative of the School of Public Affairs, and working as a TA for undergraduate criminal justice courses. Katie has also volunteered as a helpline advocate with the interpersonal violence center on the CU campus, The Phoenix Center. Additionally, she served as a volunteer legal assistant for Colorado Legal Services, an organization that provides legal assistance to those who fall under the federal poverty guidelines. In her time spent in Montana, Katie volunteers as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula. Katie is interested in a career in victim services, which inspired her to volunteer for CASA as an intern and court-appointed special advocate. 

Annie MeyersIntern

Annie is a senior at the University of Montana and will be graduating with a bachelor’s in social work and a minor in psychology. She’s excited to start making a difference in her community and influencing children’s lives through her practicum. She writes, “I chose CASA as my practicum because I wanted to gain experience in law and policy while also working with children. In my spare time I like to hike, read, or binge watch Netflix in my bed surrounded by snacks.” Thank you, Annie, for being a part of the CASA team through your internship!

STAFF

CASA of Missoula employs a dynamic team of individuals who are all passionate about empowering children and families in our community. Each member of our staff team dedicates their time to furthering the mission of CASA of Missoula and are committed to supporting the CASA volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Missoula and Mineral County.

Charity Stubb, Executive Director

Charity initially began her work with CASA as a volunteer in the spring of 2012 and has since held the position of Volunteer Coordinator and Program Coordinator with CASA of Missoula. Through her past roles, Charity has done a tremendous amount of work towards CASA’s mission of advocating for abused and neglected children in Missoula and Mineral counties. Her deep understanding of the program, along with her incredible devotion to the work that we do, are just some of the attributes that suit her in her role. 

A proud Grizzly, Charity is a graduate of the University of Montana. Prior to her employment at CASA of Missoula, her leadership role as a contractor with the Montana National Guard consisted of working alongside commanders to ensure military service members and their families in Montana were supported. She has served as a volunteer for many organizations and events in Missoula and has volunteered her time on several boards and committees.

Charity and her husband are the proud parents of three busy boys and their puppy who keep them enjoying life’s many adventures! They enjoy their time spent together traveling, camping, playing rowdy games of Chutes and Ladders, and sporting events.

Kirsten Pulito, Program Coordinator

Kirsten has worked for CASA of Missoula for over 6 years in various capacities. She started out as an Americorps Vista and eventually became the Interim Director. In August, 2015 Kirsten left CASA and moved to San Francisco, California. She was there just long enough to get hooked on real ramen and the nice weather but being away from home also helped her to fully appreciate what an amazing place Montana is. Kirsten happily returned to Missoula the summer of 2016 and is delighted to be back at CASA as CASA’s Program Coordinator. 
Kirsten is a Montana native, she grew up in a house in the woods with her parents and sister right outside of Helena, MT. She received her B.A. from the University of Montana in Communication Studies and Human Relations. Kirsten has always been passionate about children and believes in the good of people and in people’s ability to change. The mission of CASA speaks to her and in her time working with CASA she has seen what a difference having an active volunteer on a case can make.
Kirsten lives with her husband, Steve, and their dog Jayne, an 80lb male lab (Steve named him, she says.) Kirsten loves her family and friends, bringing people together, and getting outside to hike, mountain bike and try her hand at skiing.

Rachel Malinak, Education & Training Coordinator

Rachel comes to CASA from her former position as a Mental Health Case Manager at Western MT Mental Health. She is currently the president of the Missoula Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Chapter and brings her experience working with CASA as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta (CASA’s philanthropy partner) while in college. Rachel grew up in north central Montana and earned her degree at the University of Montana. 
Rachel and her Miniature Schnauzer, Max, like to spend as much time outside as they can and she also loves to read. 

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Carol LarsonVolunteer Coordinator

Carol joined CASA of Missoula in 2014 as a CASA volunteer completing the first pre-service online Flex Training. Carol and her husband have lived in beautiful western Montana for over 30 years after moving from eastern Montana.  Missoula has been their hometown for the last 2 1/2 years with the majority of the remaining time in Plains where they owned and ran the Drug store.  Carol worked for several years as a RN at the local hospital and had the privilege of being home with her children for a few years before going back to school to get her Master’s in Social Work.  She had the privilege of being the therapist for an in school mental health program for five years before moving to Missoula.  Providing support and guidance to children and families has been a consistent motivator for Carol.
Carol’s son and daughter in law, Nate and Cindy, live in Belgrade with her two grand dogs, Ace and Gary.  Her daughter and son in law, Tessa and Jeremy, live in Missoula with her granddaughter, Madeline and grand dog Buckley.

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Shawn Gray, Volunteer Coordinator

Shawn Gray is passionate about being involved in our community whether it’s volunteering, working hard or playing harder! Her volunteerism has been recognized and she has been rewarded by receiving the Missoula Business Women’s Flying High Award in 2007 and the YWCA Salute to Women Community Award in 2009, the Celtic Fest Volunteer of the Year in 2013, as well as being the Key Note Speaker for the Soroptimist Spirit of Excellence Banquet in 2015. She is passionate about Relay for Life, is an accomplished speaker in Toastmasters, and has been involved with the Suicide Prevention Task Force.

Shawn graduated from U of M with a BA in Social Work in 1985 and her MA in Guidance and Counseling in 1987. She has a wonderful 23 yr old son Marcus, who is a fellow devoted Griz fan! Before joining the team at CASA,Shawn worked for Missoula Youth Homes for over 29 years and enjoyed her career as a program director in the therapeutic Homes.

Katie Jo HankinsFiscal Assistant

Katie joined CASA of Missoula in 2008 as a Fiscal Assistant.  She received her Associates of Applied Science degree in Accounting in May 2005.  She has great ties with-in the community as she also works as a full time Fiscal Assistant II at Youth Homes and Partnership for Children since 2007. She has been involved with and worked around abused and neglected children for 11 years including serving as a Mental Health Aide. She enjoys floating the river, boating, kayaking, camping, snowboarding, scrap booking, crafting, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog.