Meet your new executive director!

Dear Families First Children’s Museum Supporters,

Yes, you have a new executive director!  I joined the organization in late April and have been hard at work learning about all of the people and programs that make our organization what it is today—24,000+ museum visitors and 455 community members served by our parenting classes in 2016 alone! My own family members have been patrons of the museum for years, and it is an honor to join you and lead this organization as it continues to grow and serve children and families.

Where did I come from?  Originally, from our sister mountains to the east.  I am a native East Tennessean but have lived in Missoula for nearly 12 years and now have my own roots here.  I care deeply about Western Montana and have been very fortunate to work for organizations that serve our people, our city, and our landscape.  Maybe our paths have crossed during my time with Missoula Food Bank, Community Medical Center Foundation, or the Flagship Program.  With a degree in anthropology and an entire professional life devoted to nonprofit and higher education leadership, I am eager to continue identifying community needs and shaping effective responses to those needs.  These efforts may or may not involve cheering on my son in little league baseball, watching my daughter ride her bike or paint pictures, or soak in live music whenever possible, but I’ll be doing these things, too.

I invite you to stop by the museum and be reminded how fun it is to immerse children in interactive play.  Or, if you need some help navigating your own ever-changing parenting waters, please give us a call and let us join you on your float.  We have programs and professionals ready, and we welcome all versions of “family!”   We are here to be of service to you, so please stay in touch.

Thank you for making us a part of your own family experience.  I’m grateful to have joined such an important organization and look forward to seeing you soon!  Feel free to track me down at 721-7690 or

Nick Roberts
Executive Director

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