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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.

Lara Anderson

Family Case Manager

Lara came to Montana from Mendocino County in Northern California, where she worked for many years in the social service field. She oversaw and administered group homes and day programs for individuals with developmental disabilities for over ten years before becoming a Social Worker for Adult Protective Services and In Home Supportive Services for the County of Mendocino. She ran a forty bed homeless shelter serving single men and women as well as families before coming to Montana to take a position doing fundraising and other administrative work for a small nonprofit in West Yellowstone. She brings a wealth of experience in working with families and individuals experiencing homelessness and other challenging situations. Lara is passionate about and dedicated to facilitating real change in the lives of people in need and believes fundamentally in the human capacity for healing and growth.

Lara is the proud mother of three grown children and grandmother to two grandchildren, who are the light of her life. She loves nature and animals and finds peace and rejuvenation in the outdoors.

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.

Desirea Rees


Desirea is currently a student at Arizona State University studying to get her Masters in Social Work and works at HAVEN as a Survivor Advocate. She is originally from Billings and moved to Bozeman a few years ago to attend MSU where she earned two B.S. degrees in psychology and community health. Her professional experiences include positions in office management, childhood development, and crisis stabilization. She is a huge animal lover and currently has two dogs, one cat, and two turtles. In her free time, she likes to spoil her furbabies and spend time outdoors with my husband.

Rachel Kepl


Rachel is from Seattle Washington and came to Bozeman four years ago to attend Montana State University. Rachel is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education and Child development. Rachel has been working with children for the past six years. Her professional experience has had the focus of working with children on the Autism Spectrum and other developmental disabilities. Rachel has worked as a Student Teacher for a Special Education Preschool in Bozeman as well as the Summer Camp Manager for an Autism Clinic in Washington. Her hobbies include working with children, skiing, hiking, and taking care of her plants.

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.

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