Change doesn’t happen alone.  That’s why United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area is dedicated to building partnerships and collaborations that take on the big issues in Jefferson, Broadwater, and Lewis and Clark counties.  We work with nonprofits, businesses, cities, counties, and community members like you to study the issues our neighbors face and come up with innovative solutions to help them lead their best lives.

No matter what community you visit, United Way is dedicated to four areas of focus: health, education, financial stability, and meeting basic needs of every person.  The priorities set by our communities determine how we tackle the issues that cause our neighbors hardship.

Meet our Team

Emily McVey, Executive Director

Emily has lived in Montana her whole life.  She and her husband, Mike, raised their children in Helena, participating in a number of extracurricular activities such as Boy Scouts and sports. Emily’s background includes formal education in culinary arts, sociology, and public relations, and she’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration.  Her nonprofit experience includes working at Montana Youth Homes, Rocky Mountain Development Council and Florence Crittenton as well as volunteering for other nonprofit organizations.  Though she enjoyed her last position with the State of Montana, Emily is glad to return to the nonprofit sector and work with other nonprofits to make meaningful change happen in the tri-county area.  When she is out of the office, Emily enjoys learning and trying out new hobbies by taking classes.  Email Emily

Tasa Beatty, Executive Assistant Tasa 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. Email Tasa
Brittany Rooze, Director of Finance 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. Email Brittany
Mariah Ramirez, MATL, Director of Community Impact

Mariah is a Helena local.  She earned her undergraduate degree at Carroll College before completing her Master’s of Arts in Transformational Leadership at Seattle University.  She comes to United Way from Intermountain Children’s Home, where she worked with clients and trained staff to create a strong, positve culture for the organization.  Community development and volunteerism are featured strongly in Mariah’s life.  She enjoys spending time with her family and attending local events that celebrate our community on a regular basis.  Email Mariah

Dana Friede, Director of Development and Marketing

Dana discovered her passion for helping others while volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America and translated it into her career.  She spent several years working at a regional steel and recycling company, but came to UWLCA from Helena Food Share, where she utilized her skills in marketing and communications to build understanding and inspire action to end hunger in the community.  Dana enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, hiking, cooking, and reading.  Email Dana

Jeff Buscher, Local Collaboration Coordinator (Zero to Five Initiative, Headwaters Foundation)

Jeff is a native of Iowa and was a first-generation college student, completing degrees in religion and philosophy from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and his Master of Divinity degree at Midwestern Seminary.  Never one to shy from adventure, Jeff spent a lot of time backpacking across the country.  Jeff met and married his wife, Kayle, in Montrose Colorado.  He’s dedicated his life and career to helping others, even spending time in Honduras, Thailand, Kenya, Zambia and India. Jeff enjoys all that Montana’s scenic beauty offers, from hiking and floating in the summer to cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter months. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his 3 year old grandson, Jonah.  Email Jeff

Our Board

The United Way Board of Directors is made up of a diverse group of community leaders from the public (government), nonprofit, and private sectors. These dedicated volunteers bring a wealth of knowledge, talents, and skills to the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area, helping to govern and guide the organization.

To learn about the time and location of the next monthly board meeting, call (406) 442-4360.

Steve Rock, President, Northwestern Energy

Drenda Niemann, Immediate Past President, Lewis and Clark County Health

Angie Murdo, TreasurerAnderson Zurmuehlen

Nancy Granger CormierSecretary, Morrison-Maierle, Inc.

Wilmot Collins, Montana Development Center

Andy Fjeseth, State of Montana

Riley Kurtz, TSYS

Collin Brown, CB Perspective

Lanessa Littrell, Headstart

Liz Campbell, Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation

McKenzie McCarthy, Montana Association of Counties

Somer Gauthier, McDonald’s