The Team

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

Christa Weathers
Executive Director
Stephanie Cole
Prevention & Harm Reduction Programs Director
Amanda Reese
Harm Reduction Program Coordinator, Volunteer Intake Coordinator, Administrative Specialist

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.

Tomi Cook
Housing Navigator

Hello OAA Family! I'm a NY native whose soul fell in love with the mountains and people of Missoula and feel privileged to get to be here helping this incredible community.

I studied Human and Family Development and have a graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health, which is nerd-talk to say that I am passionate about the human potential for change, growth, healing, and connection. Housing First is the philosophy that without a stable home, none of of our other needs can ever be adequately addressed; it is the foundation of healing and an honor to get to support our clients on that endeavour.

When I'm not with the cool folks at OAA, I'm in the backcountry, at a concert, hiking or snowboarding in the mountains, or in a hammock or hot spring with the incredible humans in my life, and good book. Come on in and say hello!

Melissa Brooks
Outreach Services Coordinator
Sarah LaFont
Uncovery Clinical Director
Craig Flint
IT Specialist, Intake Coordinator

As a dad, punk rocker, and bicycle enthusiast.  I appreciate the services, compassion, and understanding Open Aid Alliance provides people like me.

In IT for over 25 years,  my work has mainly focused on the unique needs of small businesses and nonprofit organizations.  I've helped my clients with basic computer service and desktop support to complete network and infrastructure management.

I have been involved with Open Aid Alliance for about 6 years in different capacities. As an IV drug user, I was a client of the syringe exchange program.  As a volunteer, I assisted with various IT and program related matters.  I am now employed full-time with OAA as their IT Specialist.  At 49 years of age, I have found my passion.  Supporting OAA so they can support their participants brings me joy and satisfaction each day.

Natasha Popkin
AmeriCorps Homeless Youth VISTA

Natasha is an Americorps VISTA from North Carolina. They are serving a one year term working on alleviating youth homelessness in Missoula. They work very closely with the at risk housing coalition, co-facilitate the youth homelessness task force, and assist with volunteer management at Open Aid Alliance.

They are passionate about harm reduction and queer history and hope to one day live on a commune.


Join Us on August 29, 12-4 PM

Come together to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose.