BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jennifer Massey

President

Jennifer Massey, MT (ASCP), BMS (IBMS) is a native of Montana.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Montana State University. Jennifer attended the Medical Technologist Program at Rapid City Regional Hospital and is a certified Medical Technologist- ASCP and Biomedical Scientist-IBMS, United Kingdom.   Jen worked as a BMS in the Chemistry/Hematology department for 3 years at West Suffolk Hospital in England. She was the Hematology Department Training Officer.

Jen relocated to Billings with her family and joined the Junior League of Billings to network with like-minded women in the community wanting to build leadership skills and make a difference in the community.  This is Jennifer’s sixth year serving on the Board of Directors. Her past offices in the League include Membership Chair, Communications Chair, President Elect-Elect, and President Elect. In addition to the Junior League of Billings, Jennifer loves to volunteer as a family with other nonprofits to include Poly Drive PTA, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Jobs Daughters, and DeMolay.

Jennifer is currently a busy mother of four girls and proud wife to her husband Dan, an Air Force Veteran.  Jen loves books and the power of literacy and currently works as an Usborne Books and More Educational Consultant serving local schools, libraries and families.  Jen enjoys crocheting, knitting, chalk, and paper crafting when time allows.

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Helen Laferriere

President Elect

Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Helen moved to Montana in 2002. She graduated from Billings Central High School and went on to receive a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Presentation College and Masters in Nursing from the University of North Dakota.  Helen works as a Nurse Practitioner at St Vincent Healthcare. She enjoys working with her patients to help them achieve their optimum health.

Helen has also had a passion for helping others which drew her to the Junior League of Billings. Helen joined Junior League of Billings in 2016 and enjoys working together with the women of JLB to better serve the impoverished in our community. Helen has served two years as a Fund Development Chair.

Helen remains active in her community by volunteering at her church, St. Thomas the Apostle. She participates in providing meals for those in need, teaching high school youth group and Family Promise.  

Helen is married to her husband Clint, a native Montanan. Helen enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. She enjoys all outdoor activities that Montana has to offer including camping, hiking and rafting.

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Executive Secretary

Amber joined the Junior League of Billings in 2015 to spend some time out of her house.  She is a wife to Steve and mother to three children, Kyle, Abby, and Sophia. Amber was raised on a ranch in Garfield County in Eastern Montana.  Her cowgirl roots and work ethic prove time and again that she is willing to do what it takes to get the job done.  Amber graduated from MSU- Billings in 2003 with a BS in Elementary Education and a Minor in Mathematics.  Amber loves to teach and is constantly challenging herself to learn new things.  She taught religious education at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for 10+ years and serves on the St. Vincent Healthcare NICU Family and Staff Advisory Council.  One of her proudest achievements was being a NICU SPROUTS Cuddler, cuddling premature infants who didn’t have a parent available to hold them.  Amber has been an active member of the Poly Drive Elementary PTA for ten years and enjoys volunteering in the school.  She is also a substitute teacher and an instructional paraprofessional at Poly Drive Elementary.  Teaching virtually during a pandemic is a newly developed skill that Amber is able to add to her growing resume.  Amber loves to craft, crochet, knit, rock hound, and read in her spare time.  While she initially joined the Junior League of Billings to spend time outside her home, she remains a member to learn new skills, become an even stronger woman, and to use those skills to help our community.  Amber has served on the Membership Council for two years, was on the first Communications Council, and most recently lead the Communications Council for two years.  Amber will serve as Executive Secretary this year. 

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Treasurer

Tani McKeever

Tani McKeever joined the Junior League of Billings in 2018, shortly after moving to Billings, wanting to build leadership in herself and other women as well as embrace opportunities for volunteering in the community. 

Tani came to Montana from Geneseo, Illinois to attend Eastern Montana College.   She earned her B.S.Ed in Elementary Education and moved to Lavina, Montana to teach and raise her family.  Tani later earned her Masters Degree in Special Education and continued teaching and volunteering in Lavina until her youngest graduated.  In 2017, Tani moved to Billings to teach at Lewis and Clark Middle School where she enjoys learning and growing with her students.

When she’s not working or volunteering, Tani enjoys spending time with family and friends traveling, trying new restaurants, and taking in local events.  She spends her free time geocaching, camping,  hiking, crafting, and reading.  

 

 

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Community Council Leader

Beth Tobias

Beth was born and raised in Indiana, and proudly attended Purdue University graduating with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in Food and Agribusiness. Her roots growing up on a farm are strong but her desire to travel and experience new things is stronger, and that’s how she ended up in Billings in October 2016. Beth joined Junior League in August 2017 and has found rewarding opportunities to give to her community as well as incredible friends.

Since moving to Billings, Beth’s day job at a local hotel managing their convention services pays the bills but her passion is volunteering, and time spent exploring with friends. Outside of her day to day obligations, Beth enjoys exploring everything from the small towns of Montana to international travel. She lives her life with the simple goal of doing and seeing everything there is to experience.  Ultimately though, a good day is one spent with great friends and lots of laughs.

Membership Council Leader

Jessica Taylor

Jessica relocated to Billings in July 2017 and joined the Junior League of Billings to meet like-minded women and get to know her new community. Jessica has served on the Membership Council and is looking forward to the new challenge of Membership Council Leader. Jessica loves the social nature of Junior League and meeting so many dynamic, smart, and interesting women who are all committed to serving their community and developing the potential of women.

Jessica called Colorado home most of her life but loves living in Billings and is proud to call Montana home. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has worked in the financial services industry for almost 15 years. Since 2012, she has been the Director of Compliance and Operations for an independent wealth management firm.

When she’s not working or volunteering, Jessica happily balances her time as a wife to Matt, mother to Gabe and Charlee, and friend to many. She enjoys travel, trying new restaurants, making memories with her family, outdoor activities, fitness, and time with friends. Jessica strives to live every day with purpose and has found Junior League of Billings to be the perfect complement to her life.

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Communications Council Leader

Marisa Clark

Marisa Clark is thrilled to take on the role of Communications Council Leader with fresh ideas and a lot of energy! She joined Junior League of Billings in 2019 and immediately felt welcome among a group of women who want to make a difference in our community. Marisa is a 1996 graduate of Billings Central, and attended college at University of Montana and Montana State University-Billings.  Marisa’s career as a Realtor® at Meridian Real Estate LLC combines her love of paperwork, people, and her community, and she loves helping her clients buy and sell Billings area homes. She is happily married to the love of her life and is the proudly outnumbered mom to a house full of boys (and one very pampered German Shepherd.) Marisa has a strong drive to volunteer and devotes her time to both Junior League and CASA of Yellowstone County as a Peer Coordinator. Marisa also enjoys writing and is a frequent contributor to the CASA blog.

Elizabeth Williams
Fund Development Council Leader

Elizabeth Russell

Elizabeth Russell joined the Junior League of Billings in the fall of 2016 shortly after moving to Billings. Born and raised in Eastern Montana, Elizabeth went to college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota where she earned her bachelors degree in economics and finance. Elizabeth has worked in banking since she was in high school and currently works in the home loan department at Stockman Bank where she enjoys tackling everyday challenges and helping her customers with one of the biggest financial decision they will make in their life.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys keeping busy and staying active. She enjoys running, hiking, reading, and going on road trips with her husband.

Nominating Council Leader

Dana Paulson

Driven by her desire to improve the community and engage with like-minded women who are motivated to develop their potential, Dana joined the Junior League in 2013. Since joining the League, she has served on the Community Council and has led several impact projects. Motivated by a significant community need, Dana became one of the first co-chairs for the Laundry project in 2016. This project continues to provide economic relief to participants by allowing them the option to redirect funds otherwise spent on laundry towards food, medical, transportation cost, and/or everyday necessities.

Dana was born and raised in Montana and currently works as a Senior Director for Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain, Inc. Dana enjoys the little adventures life has to offer, traveling, and exchanging laughs with family and friends. If you ask those closest to her they would describe her as 1 part inspirational, 2 parts sincere, and 3 parts clever, with a bit of humor sprinkled in.

Michelle Breum

Parliamentarian

Laura Hopkins

Sustaining Advisor
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