Andy grew up in Culbertson, a small town in Eastern Montana. He moved to Missoula in 2011 to attend school at UM where he fell in love with the people and community here. After coming out his senior year of college, a friend recommended that he attend the weekly men's group hosted at the Center as a way to meet folks with similar lived experiences and to find a community. Shortly after attending this first meeting, Andy quickly found himself singing with the Missoula Gay Men's Chorus, serving on the Center's board of directors, and later working for the organization itself. Andy loves being active in his local community and when he's not working at the Center, he can frequently be found performing in local theater, coordinating service events for our local Partnership for Children youth home kids in conjunction with the Missoula Sunrise Rotary as well as serving on the board of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center and Run Wild Missoula.
Kera is the Operations Administrator for The Center and Site Ops Manager for Missoula Pride. They are passionate about creating a comfortable and safe space for their community while focusing on accessibility, safety and inclusivity. Kera has been a part of the Missoula community for over 10 years, moving to Missoula from Chicago in 2012. Kera came out in their mid 20s and has worked hard to create a fulfilling life with a chosen family and amazing friends, while wishing the same for everyone in this community.
Kera is on the IDEA committee for MCT, Inc. Accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusivity are major focuses that they try to include in everything they do at The Center as well as throughout Missoula. In their free time, they can be found napping on water vessels, training their cat to walk on a leash or doing theater in the local scene from MCT to Rocky at The Wilma. Kera loves Missoula and can't imagine a better place to let their freak flag fly.
Micaela grew up in Spokane, Washington and moved to Missoula four years ago to pursue and education in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Political Science. When she has free time she enjoys taking hikes with her partner and their two dogs or hitting the mountains and going snowboarding for the day. Micaela decided to do her practicum at the center because she is passionate about LGBTQIA+ issues and wants to pursue a career in nonprofit work after she graduates this spring.
Kateena grew up in Brady, Montana and moved to Missoula in 2003 to study psychology at the University of Montana. She spends her free time with her amazing family and friends. She also takes part in the local music scene and has recently started performing in local theater. As the newest member of the Center staff, she hopes to support and assist the community in a purposeful and meaningful way.
River is the newest addition to The Center. He is an out and proud transmasculine nonbinary person, and is committed to the fight for transgender rights. He comes to us from the University of Montana School of Social Work, and is currently in his senior year of the Bachelors of Social Work program. River chose The Center for his practicum location in order to learn new ways to make western Montana a richer and safer environment for LGBTQIA2S+ people. In their free time, River can be found spending time with friends at The Center’s T.I.N. group, playing The Sims with his cat, Saoirse, or at the local dog parks with his dog, Ghost.