WORD Staff

Get to know your Women’s Opportunity and Resource Development advocates, program staff, and administration!

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Administration & Development

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Suzin Kratina

Executive Director 

Suzin, the Executive Director at WORD, has experience bringing together professionals and community members to collaborate on issues important to women, youth, and families. She comes to WORD from Montana GEAR UP as the Senior Project Director, and from the YWCA Missoula where she was the director of a supervised visitation center for families who had experienced domestic violence. Previous experience includes working as the coordinator for the KMA, bringing together agencies who worked with youth with serious emotional disturbance; providing statewide technical assistance for afterschool programs with the Montana Afterschool Network; working with Families First to provide parent education and as the coordinator of the Seasons Bereavement Program for youth who had lost a loved one. Suzin also spent 3 terms with AmeriCorps in Miles City and Missoula, starting a community computer lab in Miles City, and working as a Family Resource Specialist with WORD in Missoula Public Schools. Finally, as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she supported literacy opportunities and training for families, and education for professionals. While living in Miles City Suzin started a health food store and has a lifelong interest in herbs and natural healing. Suzin has a BS in Film & TV from MSU Bozeman, and earned her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from UM. Suzin and her husband Mike have two daughters.

Amy

Amy Chapman – Administrative Assistant

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Families in Transition (FIT)

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Tara Goettle

F.I.T. Family Advocate

Jenea

Jenea Buhler

F.I.T. Family Advocate

 

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Parents as Teachers

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Kim Hope

P.A.T Parent Educator

Kim graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A.  in Psychology and has been engaged in social work for over 20 years. She has been a Family Advocate with WORD for since 2002, working with homeless families.  Kim is married and a mother of two boys; her family loves living in Montana and taking advantage of the beautiful outdoors.

Regina Colomeda – P.A.T Program Coordinator

 Katie 

Katie Neher – Data and Outreach Administrator 

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