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.

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Alison Munson is the 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:

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Trina Filan is the Community Impact Coordinator 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 gendered issues in agriculture, environmental justice and water policy, and college student success. For two years in Lethbridge, Alberta,she collaborated with food security, poverty alleviation, and early childhood development coalitions to improve community access to resources and services. She holds a doctorate in geography from the University of California, Davis. In her spare time, Trina loves to travel and garden with her fiancee. 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 blue heeler, hiking, cooking, and reading.  Contact Dana via email:


Brittany is the Associate Director 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: