Associate Executive Director of Operations
B.A. Political Science - Macalester College
"Not everything that can be faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin
Phone: (406) 758-8114
Where did you grow up? I spent my first 12 years in Long Island, New York. My family made a big move to South Charleston, West Virginia as I was about to enter the 7th grade. The culture shock was huge but the experience ultimately provided a good balance.
Tell us about your family. I'm married to John Eck (History Teacher) and we have a son Will born on St. Patrick's Day, 2000. John has two grown daughters, Erin and Jenny. Jenny and her husband Brian have two children, Sage and Owen. My mom lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan close to my older sister and her family. My older brother and his family live in New York and my younger brother and family are in Northern Virginia. I have six nieces and one nephew whom I wish lived next door to me.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. I was voted most athletic in both my Junior High and High School.
Briefly describe your work experience. A couple of years out of college I went to work in Tokyo for three years with a Japanese ecumenical organization focusing mainly on peace and human rights issues in Japan and the region. Upon returning to the states I did religious outreach and coalition building work around workers rights issues in the US. I then shifted to work with unions at a national level with the AFL-CIO in Washington DC where I stayed for many years working in a number of different capacities. I then moved to New York City where I spent a few years working with the leadership of a large local union prior to moving to Montana.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?In the dead of a Montana winter I dream about the Virgin Islands. In the summer I think about all the places I have yet to visit: Greece, Spain, Budapest, Alaska, Tibet, Austin, Africa. And I would always love a chance to return to Japan and Korea.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I like to hang out with my family, enjoy the outdoors, cook and bake, read great novels, keep up with the news, travel when I get the chance and watch cooking shows.
What draws you most to this type of work? In the fifth grade I read a book about a family's experience during the holocaust written from a child's perspective. I can't remember the name of the book but it had a profound affect on me as it introduced the universal issues of injustice and suffering.