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

Christa Weathers 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

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.

Amanda Reese: People who Use Drugs Deserve Compassionate Care

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
Peer Support Program Director
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.

Recovering addict says Open Aid Alliance of Missoula saved his life

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.