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
  • McKenna Cramer

  • Advancement Officer
  • Nicole Nolte

  • Director of Operations
  • Mariah Scheskie, CPDT-KA

  • Director of Programs, Trainer and Behavior Consultant
  • Kayla Beal

  • PAWS Supervisor
  • Ryan Jette

  • PAWS Supervisor
  • Shannon Hawthorne

  • Community Engagement 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.

  • Matt Blassic

  • Corrine Ramstead

  • Employee of the Month!
  • Emma Zilber

  • Keasha Pray

  • Rebecca Ballard

  • Sarah Mueller

  • Caitlin Barber

  • Sitka Tran

  • Isabel Presse

  • Kohl Maplethorpe

  • Kayla Beal

  • PAWS Supervisor
  • Ryan Jette

  • PAWS Supervisor

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.

  • Heidi Kerr, CPDT-KA

  • Trainer and Behavior Consultant
  • Tiff Shao, CPDT-KA

  • Trainer and Behavior Consultant
  • Mariah Scheskie, CPDT-KA

  • Director of Programs, Trainer and Behavior Consultant
  • Jean Biggins, CPDT-KA

  • Trainer and Behavior Consultant