Meet Our Thrive Team

Thrive currently employs 30 Montana residents, and benefits from the expertise of 12 dedicated Board Members.

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Senior Leadership Team

  • Portrait of Carrie Gilbertson

    Carrie Gilbertson

    Executive Director

  • Portrait of Brittany Peters

    Brittany Peters

    Director of Operations

Management Team

  • Portrait of Cindy Ballew

    Cindy Ballew

    Parent Programs Manager

  • Portrait of Maria Malloy

    Maria Malloy

    Youth Programs Manager

Administrative Team

  • Portrait of Merrilee Glover

    Merrilee Glover

    Staff Accountant

  • Portrait of Chris Gianuario

    Chris Gianuario

    Office Coordinator

Marketing and Development

  • Portrait of Vanessa Skelton

    Vanessa Skelton

    Major Gifts Officer

  • Portrait of Brittany Eilers

    Brittany Eilers

    Business Partnerships Officer

  • Portrait of Sara Bradford

    Sara Bradford

    Grants Officer

  • Portrait of Chris Cisneros

    Chris Cisneros

    Development & Events Assistant

  • Portrait of Sara White

    Sara White

    Events & Marketing Coordinator

School-Based Staff

CAP Program Team

Coordinating and supporting Thrive's CAP Mentoring program in Bozeman and Big Sky Public Schools

  • Portrait of Lindsey Herring

    Lindsey Herring

    CAP Coordinator - Big Sky School District

  • Portrait of Andrea Lawrence

    Andrea Lawrence

    CAP Coordinator - CJMS & GHS

  • Portrait of Ashley Myers

    Ashley Myers

    CAP Coordinator - SMS & BHS

Parent Liaison Team

Supporting parents in Bozeman public middle schools and high school

  • Portrait of Betsy Pufahl

    Betsy Pufahl

    Parent Liaison - Chief Joseph Middle School

  • Portrait of Isabela Romero

    Isabela Romero

    Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison

  • Portrait of Ashley Mares Jones

    Ashley Mares Jones

    Parent Liaison - Sacajawea Middle School

Thrive Liaison Team

Coordinating Thrive's CAP Mentoring program and supporting parents in all Bozeman public elementary schools

  • Portrait of Debra DeBode

    Debra DeBode

    Thrive Liaison - Irving Elementary School

  • Portrait of Rachel Brown

    Rachel Brown

    Thrive Liaison - Emily Dickinson Elementary School

  • Portrait of Melissa Steinhauer

    Melissa Steinhauer

    Thrive Liaison - Longfellow Elementary School

  • Portrait of Ann Swann

    Ann Swann

    Thrive Liaison - Meadowlark Elementary School

  • Portrait of Katie Arnold

    Katie Arnold

    Thrive Liaison - Whittier Elementary School

  • Portrait of Libby Hansen

    Libby Hansen

    Thrive Liaison - Hyalite Elementary School

Girls on the Run® & Girls for a Change

  • Portrait of Maura Riley

    Maura Riley

    Youth Programs Coordinator

Parent Programs

Parent Place

  • Portrait of Lacey Bertram

    Lacey Bertram

    Parent Educator

Partnership Project Team

  • Portrait of Shaina Chepulis

    Shaina Chepulis

    Family Support Worker

  • Portrait of Stephanie Hill

    Stephanie Hill

    Family Support Worker

Board of Directors

Thrive's Board of Directors bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization. Each board member is a volunteer and commits to serve a 3-year term.

  • Portrait of Bruce Jacobs

    Bruce Jacobs


  • Portrait of Jeff Lusin

    Jeff Lusin

    Board Member

  • Portrait of Gordon Grissom

    Gordon Grissom

    Board Member

  • Portrait of Mark Lasswell

    Mark Lasswell

    Board Member

  • Portrait of Peg Rifleman

    Peg Rifleman

    Board Member

  • Portrait of Bailey Evans

    Bailey Evans

    Board Member

  • Portrait of Trish Preheim

    Trish Preheim

    Board Member

  • Portrait of Robin Patterson

    Robin Patterson

    Board Member

  • Portrait of Shann Scott

    Shann Scott


  • Portrait of Michael Redburn

    Michael Redburn

    Board Member

  • Portrait of Lauren Brendel

    Lauren Brendel

    Vice Chair

  • Portrait of Scott Harris

    Scott Harris


Thrive Volunteers

Thrive would not exist without the support of our outstanding volunteers. Volunteers work within programs coordinating events, helping participants and providing community outreach.

Volunteer in an orange blazer assists girl at Summit with project.

CAP Mentors

Mentors with the Child Advancement Project commit to working one-on-one with school aged children.

Girls for a Change

Girls for a Change volunteers help with, and run workshops for, our annual Summit.

Girls on the Run

GOTR coaches and running buddies volunteer to help a child achieve their fitness goals in preparation for our annual 5K run.