Christel Chvilicek, CFRE
Christel is a Bozeman native and graduate of Montana State University. Upon graduating, Christel received her Masters of Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University. After a decade of experience in the nonprofit industry, Christel went on to receive her CFRE, which is an internationally recognized fundraising certification. She has served as Program Coordinator for HRDC Head Start, Early Learning Director for the Gallatin Valley YMCA, Development Director for Central Asia Institute, and Executive Director of Befrienders. Christel and her husband were married in 2008, and are the parents of two wonderful boys aged 8 and 10. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring individuals who are just starting their nonprofit careers, serving on local nonprofit boards, having fun in the outdoors, and spending her weekends cheering on her two sons who swim competitively from the pool deck.
Development and Volunteer Manager
Jill is a long-time resident of Bozeman and brings with her a diverse skill set and a wealth of experience. During her graduate studies at Montana State University, Jill taught writing, tutored at the Writing Center, and volunteered as a writing tutor at the American Indian Center. Since finishing her MA in English, Jill has worked at The Gallatin Mental Health Center, was self-employed as a contract editor/writer, and was a marketing assistant at a small locally owned business. Jill enjoys developing and nurturing relationships within the community, new and old. On weekends and days off you can find Jill fishing, backpacking, taking her dog Scarlet for a walk around town, and gardening. She generally just enjoys being outdoors.
Early Learning Center Director
In constant work towards being an extraordinary mom, avid leader, outspoken advocate and positive motivator, I am always learning and growing. I pride myself on being a strong learner, open to any constructive guidance and knowledge. My proficiency in early childhood education and development has led me into this wonderful career opportunity with Family Promise. I look forward to applying my extensive experience working with children alongside my educational background in Early Childhood Education to enhance this amazing opportunity.
I have dabbled in many career prospects, but find myself always being drawn back into the early childhood world. It’s my calling, my natural propensity. Not only have I enjoyed watching and assisting young children to grow in many environments and over a course of 15 years, I have also explored the various realms of early childhood. From part-time preschool teaching to directing a self-developed preschool program, I am well versed in the many aspects that early childhood education and development provides.
I moved to Montana almost 20 years ago from West Virginia to continue my education in psychology. Unaware that I would find a different path, I landed a preschool teaching job in Big Sky, MT. From the very first touchdown, I enjoyed fly fishing and exploring so much of what Montana is about. From small creeks to the large Missouri river, I gained a vast appreciation for this wonderful state we live in. My first real MT experience was camping in the great Yankee Jim Canyon (with a kitten…lesson learned) and touring Gardiner, which got me hooked.
Two kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat and 7 chickens later….I have made this place my home. Seeing the desperate desire for families to keep MT's values strong (as do I), along with experiencing a short 9 months of homelessness myself, I am here to stay. I am here to help. I am here to make a difference. And we will bring back the amazing values, genuine kindness and strength that is MONTANA.
Hanna grew up in Rochester, NY and attended SUNY Fredonia, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Since graduating she has spent her time traveling and exploring the beauty of this wonderful world. She is new to Bozeman and looking forward to engaging with the community as she builds new relationships . Hanna has many passions, some of which include, yoga, sustainability, and whitewater rafting. Some of her favorite experiences are those spent enjoying the simplicities of life with kindred spirits.
Family Case Manager
Zak spent most of his life in North Carolina, where he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 2016. During his time in undergraduate studies, Zak developed a passion for civic engagement and social justice. In 2018, he moved across the country to Bozeman, Montana in order to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the HRDC’s Community Development Department. Following his term of service with AmeriCorps, Zak began pursuing his Masters of Public Administration at Montana State University and working with the HRDC’s Warming Center. When he is not volunteering through Bozeman United Methodist Church, Zak can typically be found kayaking, camping or just generally enjoying the mountain air.
Program Support Specialist
Kylie grew up in Helena, Montana and came to Bozeman to attend Montana State University where she has recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Community Health. She started with Family Promise for an undergraduate internship where her passion for the organization began. In her free time, she enjoys working on crafts, exploring outdoors and being around her friends and family.
Development and Office Assistant
Michelle grew up all over the Midwest before moving to the Gallatin Valley in September 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Michelle has a diverse background that included working in a group home, in the fields of advertising, communications, and human resources, and in the Belgrade Schools. She’s also volunteered at non-profits around the valley, such as HAVEN and the HRDC. Her husband and her have three kids (one at Montana State and two at Belgrade High School.) She enjoys going to group fitness classes at The Ridge, cooking, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.