Board of Directors
Disability Rights Montana is governed by a statewide, cross-disability, volunteer Board of Directors. Through personal and professional experiences, the directors represent people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and visual and hearing impairments.
The Board reviews the advocacy and legal needs of people with disabilities. It establishes priorities, policies, and the budget for our organization. Each year the Board determines the level of resources allocated to individual, systems, and policy advocacy to protect the legal, human, and civil rights of Montanans with disabilities.
The Board of Directors meets quarterly. The regular full board meetings are generally on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and are normally held in Helena, although on occasion are held in different parts of the state.
Click here to download an application for the Board of Directors and send completed applications to Bernie@DisabilityRightsMT.org.
Current Board of Directors
Donna Gleaves – President
Joel Peden – Vice President
Elden Reddig – Secretary/Treasurer
PAIMI Advisory Council
The PAIMI (Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Council advises Disability Rights Montana on priorities to be carried out in protecting and advocating the rights of people with mental illness. At least 60% of the Advisory Council members or their family members have received or are receiving mental health services. The members are responsible for educating the public regarding Disability Rights Montana’s purpose, priorities, and activities.
The Advisory Council meets four times per year and the meetings are generally on Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meetings usually occur in Helena, although on occasion are held in different parts of the state.
Current PAIMI Advisory Council members:
Kathie Waters, Chair, Shelby
Maryanne Silve, Recording Secretary, Helena
Suzanne Hopkins, Lewistown
Tammy Lincoln, Dillon
Wallace Arney, Dillon
Charles White, Warm Springs
Charlie McCarthy, Helena
Jean Strudthoff, Vice Chair, Dillon
Jennifer Smith, Dillon
We work hard to provide high quality services to individuals with disabilities. We follow professional ethics, laws regarding confidentiality, and are trained in disability etiquette.
Bernie Franks-Ongoy, Executive Director
Eva Belatski, Advocacy Specialist
Ryan Clouse, Advocacy Specialist
Teddi Everett, Advocacy Specialist
Kona Franks-Ongoy, Advocacy Specialist
Christa Gabriel, Advocacy Specialist
Tal Goldin, Attorney
Kathy Hampton, Advocacy Specialist
Mike Lahr, Attorney
Katherine Murfitt, Director of Finance and Administration
Casey Pallister, Investigator/Advocacy Specialist
Faun Pullin, Office Coordinator
Christiane Rudmann, Investigator/Advocacy Specialist
Ally Seneczko, Attorney
Christine Simonich, Advocacy Specialist
Jason Socci, Executive Assistant
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