Amy Allison Thompson: Executive Director
Amy Allison Thompson, LCSW, is the Executive Director of the Poverello Center. She graduated from the University of Montana twice, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers Montana Chapter. She also worked as a psychotherapist for the past five years and specializes in issues related to domestic violence, the LGBTQ community, and homelessness. Her most notable accomplishment is the development and implementation of an integrated behavioral health program in a primary care setting at the Northwest Community Health Center in Libby, MT. In addition, she served on the board of directors for the YWCA of Great Falls as President Elect. She was instrumental in the creation and development of the Great Falls LGBTQ Center. When she is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with family and going on adventures in remote corners of Montana on foot and mountain bike.
Kristen Border Patton: Director of Operations
Kristen Patton is the Director of Operations at the Poverello Center. She graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in political science and began working at the Pov in 2009 as the Administrative Assistant. Kristen has completed graduate courses in Human Resource Management, Technical Writing and Non-Profit Management while working at the Pov. In her spare time Kristen enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time with her rabbit and husband.
Jesse Jaeger: Director of Development & Advocacy
Jesse Jaeger is the Director of Development & Advocacy for the Poverello Center. Jesse has over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector working most recently as the Operations Director for Empower Montana. He is a graduate of the University of Montana and has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. As the Director of Development & Advocacy Jesse leads the Poverello Centers fundraising efforts, works to empower voices of the Poverello Center’s clients and staff on policy issues impacting them and helps tell the story of the Poverello Center to the wider community. When not at work you can find Jesse hanging out with his wife and two kids in Montana’s beautiful outdoors, riding his motorcycle on twisty back roads and volunteering with many different community groups in Missoula.
Jill Bonny: Director of Veteran Services
Jill Bonny is the Director of Veteran Services, supervising the Poverello Center’s programs for veterans including Housing Montana Heroes and Valor House transitional housing programs. Jill earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Montana. In addition to program supervision, Jill is providing therapy to veterans at the Poverello Center in both individual and group capacities. As the daughter of a veteran, Jill enjoys her work and is honored to give back to those who have sacrificed for our country. Growing up in Montana, Jill has always been involved as a volunteer in hospitals, nursing homes, fire departments, local coalitions, and currently is the Vice President of the NASW-MT Board of Directors. Jill joined the Poverello in the fall of 2014 as a practicum student while earning her social work degree. She has also been a Certified Pharmacy Technician since 2004, which she finds excellent knowledge to have in her current role with veteran transitional housing. When she is not working, Jill enjoys spending time with her husband and children on their “little farm” in the Bitterroot Valley.
Clair Bopp: Shelter Manager
Clair Bopp is the Shelter Manager at the Poverello Center. She started at the Poverello Center in 2015 as a practicum student, has worked as a full time case manager, and more recently took over as the Shelter Manager. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Kalamazoo College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Montana. If she could start all over, she would be an art collector with a condo in Miami.
Jared Bell: Food Programs Manager
Jared Michael Bell is the Food Programs Manager at the Poverello Center. He has been with the Pov since early 2018, starting as the Food Rescue Truck Driver. He strives to provide nutritious and delicious meals to those in need, fighting food insecurity. In his free time he writes and produces music, fishes, hunts, spends time with buddies, and “kicks out the jams”.
Alena Gostnell: Veteran Programs Manager
Alena is the Veteran Programs Manager, working with Housing Montana Heroes, the Veteran Shelter Program and Valor House. Alena served in the Air Force during Operation Desert Storm which plays a large part in why she works with this population. Alena started with The Poverello Center as a practicum student from 2017-2019. She started as a case manager after graduating with her Master’s in Social Work degree from the University of Montana. Alena currently is working toward her LCSW to provide clinical services for the veterans she serves. She has lived in Montana most of her life and still enjoys the beauty of the state. In her free time, she enjoys camping, photography and spending time with family.
Zac Mauldin: Volunteer Coordinator
Zac Mauldin is originally from Oklahoma City, OK, and has a diverse background in health education, hunger, and volunteerism. In 2015, he spent the majority of the year working in Whitefish, MT and fell in love with sustainable agriculture and local food systems. After working at Meals on Wheels People in Portland, OR for three years he moved back to the Big Sky Country where he now enjoys trail running, eclectic reading and listening, snuggling his dog Volta, and imbibing over a home-cooked meal of local ingredients.
Quinn Mawhinney: Medical Respite Care Coordinator
Quinn Mawhinney is the Medical Respite Care Coordinator at the Poverello Center. She completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Montana. Before joining the Poverello team, she worked at the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center and Youth Homes. She is passionate about building relationships and collaborations in the community that benefit people experiencing medical vulnerability. In her spare time, you can find her skiing and adventuring in the mountains or visiting her family in the Gallatin Valley.