Meet the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area’s Staff Team

We could not do what we do without our wonderful staff team. In their work, our staff strive to be humble, open, deliberate, and compassionate.

Alison Munson PicAlison Munson is the President and CEO of United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area.  After 7 years as the Corporate Giving Officer at Florence Crittenton Home, a United Way agency and local nonprofit organization, Alison found a passion for raising money for people in need.  Wanting to do more in our community and for multiple nonprofits she joined the UWLCA team in September of 2012. Being able to raise funds for 31 of UWLCA’s partner agencies, and for special community impact projects Alison feels she can make a difference in people’s lives. In Alison’s spare time she enjoys cooking, camping and hiking with her husband Darren and Bernese Mountain Dog Bodie. Contact Alison via email:



trina filan pic2Trina Filan is the Director of Community Impact of the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area. Trina brings two decades of public-, private- and academic-sector experience to UWLCA. She has worked on projects as diverse as housing and homelessness, early childhood education and intervention, collective impact, community resource mapping, gendered issues in agriculture, and environmental justice and water policy. Before coming to UWLCA, she lived and worked in Lethbridge, Alberta, collaborating with food security, poverty alleviation, and early childhood development coalitions to improve community access to resources and services. She grew up in in Helena and in Southern California (don’t judge!). She holds a doctorate in geography from the University of California, Davis. In her spare time, Trina loves to travel and garden with her spouse. Contact Trina via email:



Dana Friede is the Director of Development and Marketing for United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area.  She discovered her passion for helping others while volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America and translated it into her career.  She’s worked in the private sector, but came to UWLCA from Helena Food Share, where she utilized her skills in marketing and communications to boost fundraising efforts.  Dana enjoys spending time with her dogs, hiking, cooking, and reading.  Contact Dana via email:




Brittany is the Director of Finance of the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area. Brittany brings a unique perspective having worked “on the other side of the table” in the corporate finance world at Wabash National Corporation. While there, she was heavily involved in her workplace fundraising efforts for the United Way and other nonprofits. Having been passionately and actively involved with a variety of nonprofit organizations such as the United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Red Cross, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association since the age of 15 through volunteerism, internships, and fundraising, it was only a matter of time before she followed one of her heart’s biggest passions into a career. In her free time she loves to workout, play or watch any sport, go to rodeos, fish, and camp.  Contact Brittany via email:


Tasa is the Executive Assistant for United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area.  She grew up in Helena and has deep family roots in our community.  Tasa first became familiar with United Way when she worked at Enterprise Rent a Car.  She also spent time as a staff member for the Helena School District, sparking a love for children in education, particularly children with disabilities.  As a mother and a wife, she has been very involved in fundraising and charity for various organizations and efforts in the area.  In her spare time, Tasa enjoys camping, reading, skiing, and attending sports events for her children.  Contact Tasa via email at:



Christiane Rudmann is the Local Collaboration Coordinator for the Zero to Five Initiative to support school readiness for children in the Lewis and Clark Area. Christiane is originally from Germany, where she earned a BA/MA in Intercultural Studies. She conducted research into nonprofit organizations and how they support Native American artists in Alaska and along the Pacific Northwest and has spent much of her life as an outspoken and resourceful advocate for people who do not have – or dare to raise – a voice of their own: children, people with disabilities, and Indigenous people. Christiane comes to the UWLCA from Disability Rights Montana, where she utilized her research, advocacy, facilitation, and relationship-building skills to ensure civil rights of people with disabilities were honored and protected. She brings 15+ years of public-, private- and academic-sector experience to the UWLCA, from some of Germany’s most prestigious art museum to Wales’ smallest book shop.  She loves to spend time in her garden and to explore the trails around Helena together with her husband and their Border Collie Koa, and is dedicated to make more time to read all the books on her nightstand, and hopes to go kayaking on the Missouri. Contact Chris via email: .