The Team

Meet the team that is radically committed to hope and healing for our participants. We love what we do and who we do it for.

Christa
Executive Director

Pronouns:  She, Her, Hers

Christa has been with Open Aid Alliance since 2008 when she began as an HIV Prevention Coordinator. She became the Executive Director in 2010 and has been dedicated to the evolution and growth of the organization ever since. She is passionate about providing leadership to address challenging and complex human conditions and Open Aid Alliance is a part of her heart. When the concept of harm reduction was introduced to her she could feel it ignite every cell of her body and knew that there could be no other right way for her.

Christa is a work in progress and she is humbly reminded of that daily as she navigates life both professionally as a leader and personally as a mother. Messy and Wildly Fulfilling are adjectives she might use to describe her life. 

From Logging to Leading: Meet Christa Weathers of the Open Aid Alliance

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Amy
Clinical Director

Amy grew up in eastern Montana and is the Clinical Director at Open Aid Alliance. Amy cares deeply about social justice and harm reduction. She graduated from the University of Montana, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work.  Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Poverello Center and the National Association of Social Workers Montana Chapter.  She also worked as a psychotherapist and specializes in issues related to domestic violence,  LGBTQIA+ issues, and homelessness. In addition, she served on the board of directors for the YWCA of Great Falls. 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, skis, or mountain bike.

Tomiko
Harm Reduction Therapist, Uncovery

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Tomi has lived in the glorious state of Montana since 2012 and has worked for the amazing Open Aid Alliance Team since 2019. Tomi is passionate about harm reduction and the human potential for positive change and healing through connection and dignity. She studied Human and Family Development and has a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health in support of this purpose.

Harm Reduction Therapy is a commonsense and humane approach to healing. A client does not need to be abstinent or even be seeking abstinence in order to receive counseling services. Instead, this risk reduction counseling honors and supports your right to choose what works best for you in your life. It's an honor to get to walk through the darkness and the light together.

When Tomi is not with all the cool folks at OAA, she's in the backcountry of the mountains, at a concert, or in a hammock or hot spring with the loving humans (and animals) in her life, and a good book.

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Kristen
Housing Program Director

Pronouns:  She, Her, Hers

Kristen grew up in a small town in Montana, and after spending 12 years in Atlanta she moved back to this beautiful state that has always been home to her.

With a Masters Degree in Community Counseling, Kristen’s passion lies in helping individuals realize their own unique potential.  Kristen believes that through the Housing First philosophy she can successfully support participants in becoming the best versions of themselves.

During her downtime, Kristen loves to get creative in the kitchen, and enjoys sharing a great meal with family and friends.  She has fun by staying active, whether that be meeting friends for a gym class, running a race, or hitting the slopes with her family.

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Chantz
Housing Navigator

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A Montana lifer, Chantz is ecstatic to be returning to his homebase after 4 years away exploring Denver and Portland. He’s extremely thankful to be starting a position with OAA that will allow him to continue giving back to the great state that raised him and impressed upon him the importance of community and togetherness. Outside of work Chantz enjoys all forms of travel, live music and theatre, bowling, and winning all the board games.

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Amanda
Director of Operations

Pronouns:  She, Her, Hers

Born and raised in Montana, Amanda has always had a passion for helping. After years in other helping positions, Amanda found her home and calling in harm reduction at Open Aid Alliance. Amanda is particularly passionate about supporting participants to become self-advocates and experts in their own lives. She fiercely believes in the right to self-determination.  To her, harm reduction means love and empowerment. She plans to continue to fight for the rights of people facing stigma and to amplify their voices and stories whenever possible.

Amanda also loves spending time with her loved ones and her furbabies, reading, cooking and getting outdoors.

Amanda Reese: People who Use Drugs Deserve Compassionate Care

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Rebecca
Offsite Services Coordinator

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Rebecca is a neurodivergent harm reduction geek with a passion for coordinating creative projects and connecting people. She believes every individual has the right to feel worthy of self-respect. It is an honor for Rebecca to be a part of Open Aid Alliance and to gratefully serve the people of Missoula and Lake Counties. She is an amateur horticulturist/meteorologist/food scientist and would love to see cute pictures of your dog(s). 

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Dessilynn
Harm Reduction Program Specialist
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Craig
IT Specialist

We made a quick little time-lapse of everyone preparing the meal from our 2019  World AIDS Day Dinner. It was hectic due to a tight timeline, but everything fell into place like we planned and everyone had a good time. The food was excellent and it was a great staff experience. We have a great group here at OAA (if I do say so myself… and I do) and it was fun to do something different together.