Board of Directors
The Help Center, Inc. Board of Directors oversee Help Center 211, Hearts & Homes Family Resource Center, Sexual Assault Counseling Center, Gallatin County Child Advocacy Center, and Sacks Thrift store.
Stacey fell in love with Montana during fly fishing vacations to Big Sky country. She has called Bozeman home for the last 15 years. Stacey has been very involved in the local nonprofit community. She spent 7 years at HAVEN, holding many positions, including Executive Director. She then moved on to Greater Gallatin United Way before taking some time off for family. Stacey joined the Help Center board in 2016.
Dr. Arlis Wood is a semi-retired Psychologist, earning his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Oklahoma. He started his professional career in the US Navy & Marine Corps, providing psychological services to soldiers as they prepared to leave for the Vietnam war and as they returned from conflict zones. He continues that work in his “retirement” providing Veteran's Examinations for Veteran's Evaluation Services on a part-time basis. He has held numerous positions throughout his career, serving families and individuals of all ages, including serving as the Executive Director of a Child Advocacy Center in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to his involvement on the Help Center, Inc. board, he is involved in the Montana Psychological Association, serving as Chair of the Public Education Committee. Arlis moved to Bozeman in 2017 with his wife, Dr. Suzanne Wood, a retired Speech and Language Pathologist. Together, they have two children and five grandchildren. They are proud of the successful careers of their children and spouses, which includes two more Psychologists, an emergency room physician, computer app company owner and a movie screenwriter/director. In his free time, you can find him and Suzanne out walking or jogging and taking their three dogs to the park.
Todd has called Bozeman home since 1995 and joined the Help Center board in January 2018. As a community member, he's a former United Way and Big Brothers, Big Sisters board member, and Eagle Mount volunteer. Todd's employed at Hoplite Industries here in Bozeman and spent 19 years with RightNow/Oracle before that. Todd is committed to preserving these Help Center programs through action, fundraising, and providing guidance and oversight towards long-term success and stability.
Anna is an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Bozeman, graduating with her Law degree from the University of Montana. Before becoming an Assistant City Attorney in Bozeman, she was a domestic violence prosecutor for the City and then a prosecutor with the Prosecution Services Bureau of the Montana Attorney General's Office. Through her professional role she has seen both defendants and victims utilizing a variety of Help Center services and saw firsthand how invaluable the programs were to those engaging with the criminal justice system. Anna grew up in Montana and moved to Bozeman in 2011. She has a young child with her partner and enjoys hiking and camping with friends and family. She looks forward to travelling again hopefully soon!
Michãel (Michele) Palmer has a M.S. in neuroscience and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and currently teaches Intro to Psychology for the Bozeman Field School. She is also the General Manager of the Bozeman Dharma Center. She’s been a seamstress, amateur boxer, researcher, crisis counselor, printmaker, and is a Zen student. She began volunteering at the Help Center in 2000 as a crisis counselor and continues as a volunteer on the Finance Committee and Board. She’s visited India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, Scotland, and Mexico but is happiest at home with a book and a cup of tea. She lives near Hyalite with her partner, their two teenagers, two cats, and a dog. Pronouns: she, her, hers.
Jessie brings a wealth of knowledge to us with an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida. They work for the Bozeman Police Department, serve as an Adjunct Instructor at Montana State University and volunteers with a non-profit for First Responders. Their research and professional experience is centered around mental health and substance abuse, making the Help Center board a great place to give of their time. Jessie moved to Bozeman 3 years ago with their spouse and have two young children together. They enjoy spending time with their family and enjoying everything Montana has to offer.
Dr. Bruce Copeland has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced as a forensic and child psychologist in the Washington D.C. area until his retirement in Bozeman in 2007. Dr. Copeland had clinical appointments at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and the George Washington School of Medicine. He presented and published widely with a focus on training to judicial groups and bar associations, a variety of mental health audiences as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was very involved in the American Psychological Association (APA) and served as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Association for the Advancement of Psychology (AAP), a representative to the Joint Commission on Inter-Professional Affairs (JCIA) and as a 3 year member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Issues for the APA. Bruce is married and has two children and two grandchildren. He enjoys gardening, fly fishing, travel, golf, hiking and cross-country skiing. He is serving a second term on the Help Center board and is a member of the Finance Committee.