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.

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 Erin Nuzzo

Development and Outreach Director 

Erin was born and raised in Missoula and is a graduate of the University of Montana with a B.A. in Political Science and a Nonprofit Administration Certification. She has worked for over ten years in the nonprofit sector both as a volunteer and as a professional. Her experience ranges from fundraising, volunteer management, event planning, marketing, and advocacy work. She is passionate about every cause and every organization she has worked for, and makes it her life’s mission to make the world a better place. When she’s not working, Erin spends time with her husband, two kiddos, and a sassy little cat. She is an avid runner and hiker, and loves all that Montana has to offer, specifically fishing, paddle boarding, gardening, and during the winter months, shredding down mountains!

 

Brit Clark

Executive Assistant 

Brit is the receptionist/administrative assistant at WORD. She grew up in Kalispell and graduated from the University of Montana in 2015 with a BA in History. In her free time, Brit can be found gallivanting through the Montana wilderness.

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Families in Transition (FIT)

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Kim Hope

F.I.T. – Housing Coordinator

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.

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Kaila Tamcke

F.I.T. Family Advocate

Kaila is a Family Advocate for the Families in Transition Program. She graduated from The University of Montana with a degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Community Health. Kaila joined WORD, Inc. in November 2015 and previously worked as an adult mental health case manager. Kaila has one daughter who is 2 years old. She enjoys living in Montana with her family, and spending the                                             summer months camping.

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Futures

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Becky Margolis

FUTURES Program Coordinator & Young Family Advocate

Becky joined WORD in April 2015 as the Program Coordinator for Parents as Leaders. She has recently been promoted to Futures Program Coordinator as well. She has degrees in English and Creative Writing, and brings with her experience in marketing, teaching, and human services. She is also a Circle of Security Parent Educator. Becky is the mother to a school-aged son, and she moonlights as a stand-up comic.

                                                               

  JJ Blood

 Young Father Advocate      

 JJ Blood joined our team as a Young Family Advocate.  He brings with him experience working with young people from diverse backgrounds. He graduated from the University of Montana in 2010 with a degree in history. JJ is married and has two boys, a 2.5 year old and a 3 month old. In his off time, he loves to play basketball and soccer. Summer time he loves to hike and backpack through the Montana mountains.

Tara Goettle

Young Family Advocate

Tara is a Young Family Advocate for the FUTURES program. She graduated from The University of Montana with degrees in Social Work and Psychology and has enjoyed working with parents and young children since then. Tara has one daughter and loves spending time with her family and friends and being outside as often as possible

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Parents as Teachers

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Diane Adami

P.A.T. Program Coordinator

Diane has a BA in Communications from Texas A&M University. She played collegiate basketball and volleyball, worked in the pharmaceutical industry and has returned to her passion of working with children and families. She has taught elementary students, coached middle school basketball and helped build a School Social Emotional Learning Program. Diane has three daughters ages 11, 13 & 15, a Bernese Mountain dog named Shep and a cat named Lily.   She spends as much time as possible with them in the Montana outdoors and returns to her family ranch in Texas every chance she gets.

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Kathy Higgins

P.A.T.  Parent Educator

Kathy is a Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers Program. She has degrees in Biology, Special Education and Elementary Education, with experience as a special education teacher, and in human services and business. She enjoys living in beautiful western Montana with all it has to offer.


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