Staff

 

Our small but mighty NMCDC staff is committed to fulfilling our mission of building community strength through partnerships devoted to neighborhood revitalization. Our staff contributes to the creation and maintenance of our programs and events, actively fundraises for our causes, and manages the daily needs of the NMCDC. We are grateful for their dedication to the community members they serve.

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Bob Oaks, Executive Director

Bob was the founding president of the Northside Neighborhood Association in 1992, a founder of the North Missoula Housing Partnership in 1996, and the designer and coordinator of St. Patrick Hospital’s Healthy Neighborhood Project from 1996 to 1999.  He was the founding president of the NMCDC in 1996 and its E.D. since 1999.  He has been involved in all the organization’s projects and programs since it began.

Bob is dedicated to bringing resources to the NMCDC’s service area in order to help improve the quality of life of its residents.  For this work, the NMCDC was awarded an inaugural “Great Strides Award” from the Northwest Area Foundation in 2005.  The organization also currently works with NeighborWorks Montana to establish “Trust Montana,” a statewide Community Land Trust for responsible land stewardship.  Bob authored the feasibility study for Trust Montana in 2010 and serves on its board of directors. Email Bob.

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Hermina Harold, Community Organizer

Hermina grew up in the Flathead Valley. She graduated in 2009 from the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. After completing her practicum at the Missoula Food Co-op, she was hired on as the NMCDC’s Americorps VISTA, charged with beginning the early design process for a commercial kitchen. After Americorps, she was hired on as a staff person at NMCDC to manage the fundraising, design, and construction of the Burns Street kitchen that now houses the Burns St. Bistro as well as NMCDC-managed community food programs. She finished the final stages of construction in 2013. From early 2013- 2015 Hermina interned at a small organic vegetable farm, worked a brief stint as Assistant Director for an independent film, and helped bring baby cows into the world at an Eastern Montana cattle ranch. She returned to the NMCDC in August of 2015 to continue a focus on food accessibility, affordable housing, and farmland preservation.  Email Hermina.

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Heidi West, Community Organizer

Heidi West moved into Missoula’s Northside neighborhood in 2009 after a long drive from Stillwater, Oklahoma with her 14 month old daughter in tow, to join up with her husband Adam who had moved up earlier that year for an AmeriCorpe VISTA position in the Missoula community.   What was supposed to be a short term stay turned into home.  Over the past 5 years, she has been raising food and family, turning pots at the Clay Studio of Missoula, and making connections with the Missoula Community.   She can be found promoting all things North and Westside, as a member of the Northside/Westside Leadership team, and is committed to keeping Missoula a healthy, accessible and affordable place to live for all people.   Heidi has BAs in Political Science and Studio Art with minors in German and Horticulture as well as a MS in Plant and Soil Science, all from Oklahoma State University. Email Heidi.