Meet the individuals who make up the Families First Children’s Museum staff! These experienced and dedicated people bring their passion for enriching the lives of families to work every day. Whether you’re looking for advice for helping a teething toddler or a testing teen, or your family seeks fun experiences to learn through play – these are the people who are there to listen, teach and create programs that are helpful, safe and inclusive of all families.
Nick assumed leadership of Families First Children’s Museum in 2017. Having served as director of Missoula’s popular Flagship Program, he has an extensive history in fund development and community-based initiatives and has devoted his professional career to nonprofit management and higher education leadership. Previously, he has held positions with The University of Montana’s Office of Civic Engagement, Community Medical Center and the National Wildlife Federation. The father of two young children, Nick is a native of Tennessee. He has been happy to call Missoula home for more than a decade. Email Nick
Hannah just finished her first year as a graduate student at UM in the Master of Public Administration Program, with a focus in nonprofit administration. Currently, Hannah graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Sociology: Inequality and Social Justice, and minors in Nonprofit Administration, International Development Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She also has achieved her Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential from the National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Hannah loves being involved in the Missoula community and has particular interests in working with families, women empowerment, education, and reducing poverty. In her spare time, Hannah is with her dogs, Gunner and Bentley exploring Missoula or enjoying ice cream at Big Dipper. Email Hannah.
Katie joined Families First Children’s Museum in 2018. Before working for the organization, she volunteered on the Families First Board of Directors. Katie has been in Missoula working for Non-Profit Organizations for almost 20 years. Her biggest passion is spending time with kids and families, especially her own two children. Katie’s hidden talent is fort building or, so her son thinks. She loves the magic of play, especially when it comes from the minds of kiddos. Katie can’t wait to explore and dream up fun with you and your family. Be on the lookout for our our new mobile exhibits! Email Katie
Abby joined Families First Children’s Museum in August of 2018 when she moved to Missoula from Red Lodge, MT. She has spent the majority of her career in the nonprofit world previously working for Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation and the YMCA of Greater St. Louis. Abby has a passion for people and loves seeing caring and committed individuals pull together to make positive change happen in communities. She is grateful to call Missoula home and loves spending down time exploring the mountains and streams with her goofy chocolate lab, Hank. Abby’s favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree. Email Abby