MIC Staff

Casey Dunning

Executive Director

406-207-8228 ext. 307

Casey Dunning is the Executive Director and founder of the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative. Casey gets excited when he sees others living out their faith and values passionately. His hope for MIC is that it will continue to be a mechanism to empower people and congregations to do just this. Casey has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology and Engineering and graduated from the University of Montana in 2013 with a Master’s of Social Work. Casey and his wife Dayel have four children, Beaux, Blake, Clay, and Ayla. They love to be outside camping and hunting, having dance contests, and playing charades.

Marilyn Thorn

Housing Advocate Network Director

406-207-8228 ext. 305

Marilyn is originally from Cascade, MT. Marilyn came to us from Child and Family Services and is finalizing her Master’s in Social Work this spring at the University of Montana. Marilyn is a breath of fresh air, bringing so much joy and laughter wherever she goes. Stop by the MIC office to meet Marilyn, and to sign up for the Housing Advocate Trainings. You might be lucky and come at a time when Daisy, the new MIC mascot and Marilyn’s dog child, will be in the office.

Paige Pavalone

Missoula Works Director

406-926-3400 or 406-207-8228 ext. 304

Paige is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and moved to Missoula in 2004 to attend graduate school at the University of Montana. Paige has career backgrounds in law enforcement, public relations, and program development. Paige has a four-year-old daughter named Frankie who loves to swim and dance. Paige advocates for individuals that are seeking employment in Missoula and looks to build partnerships with the business community to strengthen opportunities.

Rebecca Pettit

Director of Development and Community Engagement

406-207-8228 ext. 301

Rebecca Pettit is the Director of Development and Community Engagement at MIC. Rebecca is a native Missoulian and is happy to be raising her children in the city she grew up in. When Rebecca is not at MIC, you may find her twisting balloons down at the farmer’s market, gardening, reading, and riding her bike.

Sarah Nesci

Americorps VISTA


Sarah is originally from Connecticut, but has come to Montana to work for MIC as an AmeriCorps VISTA member.  She joined MIC because she believes in the power of community and leveraging the strengths of the community to help make positive, sustainable changes.   At MIC, she will specifically be working to help create a glass recycling program.  This program will not only help Missoula’s Zero Waste Initiative, but also contribute to the job opportunities available for those within the Missoula Works program.

Jen Certa

Family Promise Director

406-207-8228 ext. 306

Jen Certa is a Program Director at MIC, overseeing the Family Promise program and network of congregations, as well as engaging in community organizing efforts to create a more just, inclusive Missoula community. Jen loves working at MIC for a variety of reasons, but the top two include: moments where she gets to witness people do things they didn’t think they could do, and getting to struggle, make mistakes, and occasionally get it right alongside the families, Volunteer Coordinators, and her coworkers, who are some of the most hilarious, hardworking, creative, and kind humans on the planet. Jen can frequently be found searching for her keys around the MIC office, hiking with her best pup pals Lu and Chewy, heading to Glacier National Park, talking to people (usually about how much she loves ice cream), and generally fawning over every dog she meets. She hopes to one day to form a band with other members of the MIC team.

Cat Driscoll

Americorps VISTA


Cat Driscoll is the Jesuit Volunteer Corp Northwest-Americorps member working as the Case Manager at Family Promise. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Cat is a recent graduate from Boston College (and unfortunately, no, she does not have a Boston accent). She came out to Missoula for the beautiful landscape, wonderful city, and to work with MIC. Cat is passionate about advocating for people, and working with them in an empowerment dynamic so that people can use their own voice and learn to advocate for themselves. When not in the office, you can find Cat hiking, practicing yoga, reading, or hanging out with her wonderful roommates.

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Melissa Richards

Past- President

Terry Burke


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John Daniels

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