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Christel Chvilicek, CFRE

Executive Director

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.


Jill Yoder

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.


Zachary Wangler

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.


Emy Ketterer

Family Case Manager

There's one thing Emy does really well, and that's meeting people where they're at. With a Bachelor's degree in Human Geography from MSU and years of professional experience working at HRDC's Warming Center and L'esprit's CSCT program, she is committed to assisting families gain stable housing in the Gallatin Valley. Emy operates with intention, providing an empathetic and trauma-informed approach while encouraging guests to advocate for themselves. When she's not case managing, her dogs enjoy taking her for walks along rivers and in the mountains.


Kylie Kaufman

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.


Hanna Vergo

Shelter Manager

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.


Shelly Frye

Saturday Coordinator

Shelly is a Montana native, growing up in the small town of Hinsdale. Since graduating from the Montana State University with a degree in Health and Human Development, Bozeman has been her home. Shelly has worked in the field of human services for over 30 years. She has been employed full-time by Reach Inc. for 20+ years, where she currently serves as the Intensive Work Services Supervisor, and also helps coordinate the Special Olympics program. Actively involved with her church, the Bozeman Church of Christ, Shelly has been involved with Family Promise for over ten years, including serving as Coordinator multiple times. Since 2015, she has worked for Family Promise as the Saturday Coordinator. Shelly loves animals, especially her two “fur babies” Inky and Lucy, and maintains an active pet-sitting business.