Staff

Gloria Edwards, MSW
Executive Director
406.582.7388
gedwards@familypromisegv.org

Gloria Edwards brings to Family Promise the gifts of extraordinary experience, dedication to social justice, and commitment to advocacy. Upon receiving her Masters of Social Work from the University of Nebraska, Gloria began working in Bozeman that same year as a Community Social Worker for the Department of Family Services working with children and families on issues from abuse and neglect to special needs adoptions and home studies.  After five years, she was asked to develop and implement the Victim Assistance Program for Gallatin County where she managed all aspects the program, including overcoming initial resistance and eventually assisting over 650 victims of violent crime each year.

Gloria has worked with nearly all of the social services agencies and non-governmental organizations in Gallatin County, bringing to her role in Family Promise well-developed personal relationships within the social welfare community as well as the sensitivity and personal concern that is needed to truly engage and help our homeless families.

 

Laura Prindiville
Volunteer & Marketing Director
406.582.7388
lprindiville@familypromisegv.org

Laura Prindiville brings to Family Promise over 20 years experience in nonprofit administration with an emphasis on program development, community outreach and education.  She has has contributed to the work of such venerable institutions as the Bozeman Public Library Foundation, Children’s Museum of Bozeman, and Women’s Voices for the Earth and has been recognized for her ability to build community support and create creative, mutually beneficial partnerships.  A native of Wisconsin, she was instilled with the values of volunteerism and community involvement at a young age by her wannabe hippie parents and is an active community volunteer.  She holds a degree from Marquette University in English Literature and Business Administration.  An avid gardener and arm-chair travel junkie, Laura has lived in Bozeman since 2002 with her husband and two teenage sons who are both handsome and clever.

Kara Meier
Family Case Manager
406.582-7388
kmeier@familypromisegv.org

Kara Meier has lived in Bozeman since 2000 and brings to the job over 15 years experience in mental health, developmental disabilities, and most recently, nonprofit work with adult felons. Her exhaustive knowledge of community resources combined with her sharp wit and passion for advocacy make her a natural for the job. Kara has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Help Center, and Big Sky Youth Empowerment, and loves anything to do with the outdoors. She is a graduate of MSU and the proud mom to 5-year old Stella who just happens to be the bee’s knees. Stop by to say hello or send her an email at kmeier@familypromisegv.org.

Debbie & Larry King
Sunday Coordinators
406.582-7388

Larry and Debbie King are active members of the Mount Ellis Seventh Day Adventist Church. Larry is a native of Bozeman and Debbie is from Massachusetts. They have been married 28 years and have three children, all in college. Larry is a certified nurse’s aid and bus driver. Debbie is a registered nurse, but much prefers her home-based career in medical transcription. Since they have been volunteering through their church for all of their lives, Family Promise was a natural place for them to become involved.

Katelyn Sanders
2014 Summer Intern
406.582-7388

Summer Intern Katelyn Sanders is gearing up to graduate from Montana State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Services this August. Over the past few years, Katelyn has worked with Thrive’s CAP program, Bozeman Befrienders, Family Outreach, recreational soccer and rugby, and making coffee as a barista at Brewed Awakenings. In the future, she hopes to work for a non-profit and own a Saint Bernard but for the time being she is helping us coordinate resources for our families.

Board of Directors

Lisa Price, Community Volunteer
Board President

Lisa was born and raised in Colorado and graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a BS in Criminal Justice. She has 26 years in law enforcement and retired in 2013 as a lieutenant with the Kent Police Department in Washington State. During her career she had various responsibilities to include command of the SWAT and K9 teams and supervision of the Training and Community Education Units. In addition, she managed all departmental recruiting and hiring and was the media representative. While in Washington, Lisa was an active member of Rotary and served on the board of the African American Culture Center. Now that she is in Bozeman she has joined the Family Promise board, is active with Bozeman Business and Professional Women and holds office with Gallatin Valley Toastmasters. Since moving to Bozeman, Lisa and her husband are enjoying all the activities and opportunities Montana has to offer including biking, hiking, running, snowshoeing and skiing. They have a beautiful daughter who lives in Washington with their two wonderful grandchildren.

 
Jon Ayers, Bank President
Board Vice President

With over sixteen years of experience in all aspects of community banking, Jon relocated to Big Sky from Wyoming in 2008 to join First Security Bank, and during the summer 2010, transitioned to Bozeman. He is currently the Branch President for the Cottonwood First Security Bank location.  He is currently the Chair of the Big Sky Community Corporation, active with the Bozeman Sunrise Rotary Club, and past Treasurer/President Elect Nominee for the Rotary Club of Big Sky. Other community with which he has worked include the Cheyenne-Laramie County Regional Planning Commission, United Way, Junior Achievement, Ducks Unlimited, March of Dimes and the Chamber of Commerce.  Jon received his BS in Finance from the University of Wyoming in 1997, a Commercial Lending Degree in 2000, and an Advanced Banking Degree from the Pacific Coast School of Banking in 2005.

 
Betsy Crabs, Community Volunteer
Board Secretary

Betsy Crabs moved to Bozeman in 1984 from Denver, CO.  She began her career as a teacher in Oklahoma City, OK, and later earned an educational specialist degree in library media from the University of Colorado.  She and her husband purchased Charlie’s restaurant on Main Street in Bozeman in 1985.  They later co-managed a private fly fishing club in Island Park, Idaho.  Active in her church, First Presbyterian, she is the elder in charge of Mission and Outreach.  She has also served as the Family Promise Volunteer Coordinator for her church and joins the Board as Secretary.

Becky Turner, Certified Public Accountant
Board Treasurer

Becky is a native Montanan, having grown up on a ranch outside Helena.  She moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University, and graduated in 2005 with Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance and then again in 2008 with Masters of Professional Accountancy.  She maintains a Certified Public Accountant license within the State of Montana and recently completed the Pacific Coast Banking School program.  Becky has been with Glacier Bancorp, Inc. for the past 8 years and is the Internal Auditor for their Bozeman division, Big Sky Western Bank.  She is active in Four Corners Toastmasters, Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever, and the MT Society of CPAs.  Becky, along with her husband of 5 years, enjoys anything outdoors skiing, hiking, camping, gardening and spending time with their springer spaniel puppies.

Kim Dickerson, Community Volunteer
Member at Large

Kim Dickerson is a relative newcomer to Montana.  With her husband, Logan and their two children Avery and Mason, Kim arrived in June 2013 from Charlotte, North Carolina, and are thoroughly enjoying all of the outdoor fun that the Big Sky state has to offer. In Charlotte, Kim was a volunteer, Board Member, and eventually an employee for Freedom School Partners, an independent  non-profit that provides quality summer Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® programs for students in grades K-8 throughout Charlotte’s low-income neighborhoods. Through her work with Freedom School Partners she learned to work in partnership with corporations, faith-based institutes and dedicated volunteers. During Kim’s tenure with the organization it grew from serving 300 students to 1600. Kim is a passionate advocate for disadvantaged children and their families. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and graduate school at Queens University in Charlotte. 

Mary McMakin, Community Volunteer
Member at Large

Mary McMakin is a retired executive with Great Harvest Franchising and is an active volunteer in the public schools and First Presbyterian Church.  She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon and a graduate of Emory University. She and her husband Tom live in Bozeman with their two children.

 
 James Powell, Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank
Member at Large

Jim serves as the Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank in Bozeman.   Over the course of his 30 years in banking, 27 of those years have been with Wells Fargo Bank in both the Billings and Bozeman markets.  Since moving back to Bozeman in 2004, Jim has been involved with, and part of the leadership team for a variety of community service groups and organizations such as The Exchange Club of Bozeman, Greater Gallatin United Way, and Prospera Business Network.  Jim grew up in eastern Montana and graduated from Montana State University Bozeman in 1983 in Finance.   He has a wife Nancy who works at Montana State University and has two children.