Regina Griemsman – Executive Directoremail
Regina received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado. She has her Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She is the past Director of Public Relations for the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, where she was responsible for providing all testimonials, stories, and photographs for all fundraising and promotional materials as she worked closely with the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation. She advocated and communicated to all external stakeholders, while coordinating and promoting YBGR & YBGR Foundation fundraising efforts at tradeshows, conferences, and speaking engagements. She also spent three years as the Associated Director for the Bozeman Senior Center. While there, she directed all major fundraising projects, coordinated all volunteer needs, and organized programming and events for the center. Previously, she served at Eagle Mount of Bozeman and a few other nonprofits in Denver prior to her move to Montana in 2004. She has also served as a national board member for her sorority, Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. Her involvement in the community is evident as she has volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for abuse and neglected children) for Yellowstone County, is a coalition member of the March Against Drugs and Violence and is Vice President of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yellowstone County. Regina and her very supportive husband, Tyler, have one daughter together, Athena.
Nicole Orrantia – Administrative Coordinatoremail
Nicole was raised in Billings, MT and graduated from Skyview High School. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Montana. During her time in Missoula, she interned with two local grassroots nonprofit organizations to establish viable marketing and fundraising strategies. She believes that communication leads to understanding and trust, and that without it we cannot grow as individuals. Nicole is passionate about working alongside people in her community and has a demonstrated history of helping those in need. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, going on hikes with her dog, spending time with her daughter and fiancé, and cheering on the University of Montana Grizzlies.
Stefanie Gonzalez – Community Program Specialistemail
Stefanie is originally from the suburbs of Seattle, in the cloudy state of Washington. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Community, Environment & Planning from the University of Washington (UW), with a minor in Gender Women and Sexuality Studies. Through her interdisciplinary studies, Stefanie delved into her passions of social justice and equity, building strong communities, and how to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. She served as an intern for 10 months as a Legal Assistant in Immigration Law, and also served as a Program Coordinator for an undergraduate and graduate student mentorship program at the UW in the Department of Urban Design and Planning. Stefanie believes great communities are fostered through being engaged and intentional, building connections with others, and practicing active stewardship. In her spare time, Stefanie enjoys writing; cooking with her other half, Chris; and exploring new parks with her spunky and energetic Alaskan Malamute, Phoenix. She would describe herself as “a dog enthusiast just wandering through life, one cup of bold coffee at a time.” Stefanie will be the primary contact for all of our Community mentors as well as Lunch Buddy mentors.
Alyssa Duffner – Laurel School Program Specialistemail
Alyssa Duffner was born in Northeast Philadelphia, grew up in South Jersey, and recently graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a B.S. in Psychology. Her passions for social justice, adventures, and self-discovery are leading her half-way across the country to serve as a School Program Specialist with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County. In her free time, Alyssa loves to keep active and engaged by running and strength training, journaling, reading, taking photos, and exploring new places.
Katy Wills – Billings School Program Specialistemail
Katy Wills graduated from Whitman College in December 2016 where she studied Politics, focusing on feminist political economics, international relations, and activism. Since graduation she has been traveling and working in Mexico, learning about civic engagement, and eating plenty of conchas and elote. Katy will be serving as a School Program Specialist with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County.