Board of Directors

We appreciate the time and effort of our board members.  The members work hand-in-hand with the Executive Director to help fulfill the mission of Open Aid Alliance.  

We encourage people with applicable lived experience to apply- people living with HIV and/or those who have or currently use injection drugs.  The term commitment is two years and we meet monthly.

Lisa Smith, MA, MPA
President

Lisa moved to Missoula in 2004 to attend the University of Montana. She has a Master of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration. Lisa is currently employed at Missoula Housing Authority as a Licensed Property Manager, previously working in the Admissions and Occupancy department as a Program Specialist. She has worked and volunteered for various nonprofit organizations in Missoula since 2008 including the YWCA, CASA, and the Humane Society of Western Montana. She joined the Board of Directors in 2017.

Leisa Greene
Vice President

Leisa is the Department and Finance Manager for Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at her alma mater, University of Montana, where she holds a BA in creative writing [2011]; the editor-in-chief of an eZine, Indie It Press; and the author of a memoir manuscript-working title EARLY OUT. Her creative nonfiction piece WINDSHIELD is published in the anthology Bright Bones by Open Country Press [spring 2018]. Her other writing consists of the short online essays Brother Townsend and A Jamboree Family, and playwriting The Beckett Syndrome.

Colin Woodrow
Treasurer

Colin moved to Missoula in 2009 after studying political science, public policy, and geography at DePaul University in Chicago. Colin first became involved with HIV/AIDS advocacy in 1997 by being the youngest rider to participate and raise money through the AIDS Ride series following his family friend's diagnosis with AIDS. He is excited to rekindle that work by serving on the OAA Board. Colin works for the City of Missoula Office of Housing and Community Development where he manages Community Development Block Grant and HOME Partnership funding, is the Coordinator of the At-Risk Housing Coalition and works on Fair Housing. Prior to his position for the city, he worked in transitional housing, managed affordable housing and public housing. Colin believes housing is critical for the success of every person and community.

Hayley Blackburn
Secretary

Hayley is originally from the Missoula area and completed both her undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at the University of Montana. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Montana. Her interests in harm reduction arose from her experiences as a pharmacist providing treatment for hepatitis C in the Veteran population, and she is passionate about improving the health of underserved and vulnerable populations. An admirer of the work of OAA for many years, she was excited to join the Board of Directors in 2019.

Bryan Cochran

Bryan has lived in Missoula since 2003, having resided in Seattle for graduate school prior, and having grown up in South Carolina. His history of volunteering with HIV-related organizations started in 1994, with organizing a team of bakers to sell bread in fundraising for an AIDS Hospice in Greenville, SC. Since that time, he has earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and licensure as a psychologist, with both his research and his clinical work focused on LGBTIQ+ populations. He joined the board of OAA in 2019, and is excited to support the organization’s mission.

James Schiewek

Client, volunteer throughout the community. Background is construction! 

Kathi Olson

Kathi brings a 30+ year background in “for profit” /”not-for-profit” business management, sales, marketing, franchise development, and real estate sales/investment/development.

Kathi left “Minnesota’s tornado alley,” in the late 70’s and has called Missoula home ever since. A graduate of the University of Montana, Kathi has worked and consulted in business, history, and art related endeavors in the public and private sectors throughout the US. She has served and continues to serve on a variety of local and regional Boards.

Kathi is currently with Berkshire Hathaway Montana Properties specializing in commercial, residential, and development opportunities. Her commitment to the area is limitless . . . her commitment to OAA, its mission, and future are equally so.

Karin Schalm

Karin is the Program Coordinator for the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, an MA in Literature, and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She’s a writer with publications in CutBank, Epiphany and The Sun; an enthusiastic hiker; and a wildcrafter of herbal salves and teas. Having been involved with nonprofits in Missoula as a board member, donor, executive director, program manager and volunteer, she brings these experiences to Open Aid Alliance with the intention of amplifying the message of harm reduction. Karin has called Montana home for the past three decades and is proud to say her adventuresome daughters were both born and raised in Big Sky Country.