It is the goal of the Help Center to provide information, outreach, direct services, advocacy, crisis counseling and therapy to clientele in a safe, confidential environment. The intent is to assist clients in gaining insight, clarity, empowerment, client centered solutions and life improvement in the wake of life’s difficulties and in the aftermath of traumatic events.
Board of Directors
The Help Center, Inc. Board of Directors oversee the Help Center, Hearts & Homes, Sexual Assault Counseling Center and Sacks Thrift stores.
Current Board of Directors for Help Center, Inc.:
Billy first saw Montana as a Boy Scout in 1973, almost drowning in the Clark Fork at Deer Lodge. He's lived in Bozeman since 1979, his first job here was dishwashing at Rose's Cantina. He's has owned Erotique since 2007. He's a long term volunteer and Board Member at the Help Center, dabbles in politics, and has nineteen thousand miles into a goal of walking 24,900 miles around the world, not missing a day since Dec 6th 2003, averaging 4.73 miles a day.
The Help Center taught me how to listen and communicate. The Help Center taught me that giving is its own reward. I'm eternally grateful.
Flora McCormick is a professional counselor and parenting coach in her own private practice in Bozeman mt. She completed her masters in counseling in 2009. She is an experienced parent educator who has taught parenting workshops for the past 4 years. She has worked with teens and families for 15 years in various capacities. She is an adjunct professor for the university of montana, and was selected as Bozeman's 2012 "young careerist" by Bozeman Business and Professional Women.
Carol Townsend retired as President and CEO of Greater Gallatin United Way in 2014, after 18 years. She has decades of experience in both non-profit and for-profit environments. Although not living her whole life in Bozeman, she is proud to be a native of Bozeman and her family ties to Gallatin County began in 1861. Drawing on her professional and personal experiences, she found that the Help Center was an 'unsung hero organization' in the community, one for which she holds profound respect. She joined the board of directors to give back.
Dr. Cristen Wathen
Dr. Cristen Wathen is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program in the Department of Health and Human Development at MSU. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Montana, a licensed professional counselor in Idaho and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Cristen earned her Ph.D. from Idaho State University in Counselor Education and Counseling, her master's degree in Community Counseling from Baylor University in Waco, TX, and her BA from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. She loves qualitative research, teaching, dance, yoga, the Razorbacks, and working with clients who have experienced trauma. Professionally, Cristen has experience training and supervising counselors, writing and presenting in her field, and working with sexual abuse survivors, college students, and a wide variety of other clients. Between her master's and doctoral work, Wathen worked clinically as a counselor specializing in sexual abuse and assault. She also led the Support and Empowerment Program for Single Parents at McLennan Community College in Waco, TX, and was an Academic Advisor for the Teacher Development Center at the University of Texas at Dallas. Cristen mentored and counseled college students at Baylor University's Career Counseling Center and Academic Support Program as well. She worked as a counselor at Idaho State University's Counseling and Testing Center during her doctoral work.
Rachel Hey-Flattum is a devoted wife and mother, a native Montanan, a crafter, and a small business owner. She has been involved with the Help Center Inc. since 2007 and has worked nearly every job in the agency. She graduated MSU in 2008 with a Bachelors in Health Promotion and loves to help her family, friends and community grow and prosper.
Kyla Quintero is a CPA and office vice-president for Anderson Zurmuehlen in Bozeman. Kyla is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Montana Society of CPAs, and the Bozeman Chapter of CPAs. She holds three degrees from Montana State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages―Spanish, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and a Master of Science in Accountancy. Kyla loves to read and hike and especially loves to enjoy time with her new grandson.
Alanna had been the coordinator for the MSU VOICE center for 8 years. The VOICE Center is a confidential resource for students, faculty, and staff at the university to come receive support and resources for cases of sexual assault and relationship violence. Before she moved to Bozeman, she worked at a rape center in Fort Collins, Colorado, for 10 years. She is a also an amazing snow boarder and loves the Montana outdoors.
Jeri Norris, a Montana native, grew up in the Bitterroot and moved to Bozeman in 1976. She grew up in a large family and is devoted to family (wife, mother& grandmother). Jeri, is a Branch President at First Security Bank’s South 19th Branch with over thirty years combined Banking and Lending experience @ First Security Bank. She is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking, University of Colorado.
She has been active in the community, serving on boards& committees and partnering with various organizations & non-profits throughout the years; Prospera Business Network &Women’s Business Center, Habitat for Humanity, SW MT Building Industry Association, Gallatin Association of Realtors & local track & field organizations as well as volunteering at various community activities/events and other organizations. She recently joined the Help Center Board in 2016 to be an active partner in providing support to children, youth, adults and families and outreach within our communities.
Katie was first trained as a volunteer at the Help Center in 2001. Since that time, she has served as a hotline volunteer, crisis counselor, staff member, sexual assault advocate/counselor and board member for the organization. Katie graduated from Montana State University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2005 and currently has a private practice in Bozeman. Katie credits the Help Center with being an integral part of her training as a counselor and hopes to give back to this organization and community that has given her so much.