Staff Directory

The Humane Society of Western Montana staff consists of 16 dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate employees. We help for over 1,300 animals at the shelter each year and maintain an adoption rate of 98%+. Our animal family at home consists of many dogs and cats, a ferret, rabbits, horses and birds.

Our management team oversees all aspects about Humane Society of Western Montana, working in conjunction with the HSWM Board of Directors to drive the long-term strategy and viability of the organization.

  • Marta Pierpoint

  • Executive Director
  • Emily Adamson

  • Director of Organizational Advancement
  • Nicole Nolte

  • Director of Operations
  • Mariah Scheskie, CPDT-KA

  • Director of Programs, Dog Trainer
  • Jean Biggins, CPDT-KA

  • Behaviorist, Dog Trainer
  • Kayla Beal

  • PAWS Supervisor
  • Shannon Hawthorne

  • Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Sophia Proler

  • Development Coordinator

PAWS are responsible for ensuring the pets and people we serve receive exceptional and enriching care. The duties of this position include providing daily pet care (enriching, cleaning, feeding, monitoring and medicating), match-making and performing pet adoptions, performing pet intake interviews and exams, placing special needs pets and, above all, practicing the humane treatment of all animals.

  • Ryan Jette

  • Sitka Tran

  • Tara Stefaniuk

  • Isabel Presse

  • Caitlin Barber

  • Sarah Mueller

  • Kohl Maplethorpe

  • Kayla Beal

  • PAWS Supervisor
  • Sophia Proler

  • Development Coordinator

Our dog trainers use positive, dog-friendly training methods and will show you how to teach your dog to respond to voice cues and hand signals. Our qualified instructors have experience in everything from puppy socialization and basic manners training to behavior modification for reactive and fearful dogs. Our trainers are required to complete a formal training process and many go on to become Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDTs), requiring documented experience in hands-on training, passing a written exam and maintaining annual continued education credits.

  • Tiff Shao, CPDT-KA

  • Mariah Scheskie, CPDT-KA

  • Director of Programs, Dog Trainer
  • Jean Biggins, CPDT-KA

  • Behaviorist, Dog Trainer