Staff Directory

The Humane Society of Western Montana staff consists of 22 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
  • Nicole Nolte

  • Director of Operations
  • Dr. Cathy Mikesell

  • Veterinarian
  • Twedt Hailes

  • Director of Advancement
  • Tiff Shao, CPDT-KA

  • Trainer & Behavior Manager
  • Sierra Lenox

  • Shelter Manager
  • Liz Bois

  • Foster & Intake Coordinator
  • Katie Hofschield

  • Development & Marketing Manager
  • Meredith Stewart

  • Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Ryan Jette

  • Clinic 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.

  • Sitka Tran

  • Dog Lead
  • Shannon Frizzell

  • Customer Care Coordinator
  • Ivy Nys

  • Sierra Donaldson

  • Cat Lead
  • Mason DeMedio

  • Mark Hartman

  • Maintenance Technician
  • Quinn Morrow

  • Jessie Maclay

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

  • Trainer & Behavior Manager
  • Rhonda Hamerslough

  • Megh O’Brien

  • Dr. Cathy Mikesell

  • Veterinarian
  • Sarah Mueller

  • Ryan Jette

  • Clinic Coordinator