Staff

For all general inquiries, please call us at (406) 443-3663 or email us at info@helenafoodshare.org

Bruce Day, Executive Director

Bruce Day

Executive Director

Email
443-3663 ext. 108
Biography

Bruce was born in Billings and has lived in three Montana cities: Helena, Great Falls and Billings. When he’s not at the helm of the Helena Food Share ship, Bruce can be found dancing barefoot, hiking or reading a good novel. Bruce’s favorite snack from childhood is his Grandma Amada’s Arroz con Pollo. “No one else can make it like she did,” Bruce says.

Kim Dale, Program Director

Kim Dale

Program Director

Email
443-3663 ext. 110
Biography

As Kim describes it, she grew up in “The land of plenty (East Helena), where the bounty of Montana has nourished me with food, family and friends.” Kim appreciates spending time outside in Montana’s stunning flora and fauna. The breweries in Montana also have a special place in her heart. The smiles, laughter, tears and joy that make up a day at Helena Food Share are what make Kim love her job so much. Kim has a sweet tooth for her mother’s Swedish toffee cookies.

Kara Snyder

Kara Snyder

Program Manager

Email
443-3663 ext. 113
Biography

Kara hails from “the great state of Oregon,” as she refers to her home state. When she’s not working at Helena Food Share, Kara enjoys biking, camping and basically “doin’ stuff outside.” Sometimes she reads a book (or more if she’s on vacation). Beware! Kara is a martial artist with a yellow belt in karate. Kara also loves hanging out with her massive Newfoundland dog Goose.

Rachael Howard, Executive Assistant

Rachael Howard

Executive Assistant

Email
443-3663 ext. 103
Biography

Rachael grew up in Bigfork and moved to Helena last summer from Butte. Rachael loves singing loudly in the shower, reading romance novels, camping by mountain lakes and thumb-wrestling with her two crazy-awesome young sons. Rachael has a huge heart for Helena Food Share customers and says seeing relief in customers’ eyes when they leave the pantry with groceries is the most rewarding aspect of her job.

Dave Anderson, Driver

Dave Anderson

Driver

Email
443-3663
Biography

Dave is a Montana boy, originally from Twin Bridges. Dave is wise enough to know that his favorite food comes from his wife’s kitchen; Mary Anderson’s coconut lemon cake. When Dave isn’t busy driving the Helena Food Share truck, he spends his time toiling in his raised bed gardens, scrapbooking and building stage sets. Dave especially loves hearing people’s stories as they come to Helena Food Share. He doesn’t mind his co-workers too much either.

John Dendy, Program Operations Assistant

John Dendy

Program Operations Assistant

Email
443-3663 ext. 107
Biography

John is a Huntsville, Alabama native. He lived in the state until he turned 18. Now that he resides in Helena, John enjoys playing music with his various bands, hiking and camping. John is also fond of breakfast for dinner, and his wife Claire. Working with volunteers is the highlight of John’s time at Helena Food Share.
Daneal Lightner, Development Director

Daneal Lightner

Development Director

Email
443-3663 ext. 104
Biography

Daneal hails from the small hamlet of Fairfield, Montana (the malt barley capital of the world). Daneal says her favorite meal from childhood includes anything with a side of artichoke. She also loves cheese and pickle sandwiches, specifically, sharp cheddar cheese, dill pickles and white bread. When she’s not at Helena Food Share, Daneal loves to go camping and fishing with her two adorable sons, her husband and friends. Daneal appreciates working at Helena Food Share because she likes the commitment to valuing each person who walks through the doors.

Hannah Stiff, Communications Manager

Hannah Stiff

Communications Manager

Email
443-3663 ext. 105
Biography

Hannah is from Bozeman and a University of Montana alumna, or confused Bobcat fan. Hannah is particularly fond of compressed air cans and her daughter, Scarlet. When she isn’t communicating about Helena Food Share, Hannah enjoys hiking, watching cheesy cop dramas, advocating for the international aid budget, eating copious amounts of pizza and doing just about anything with Scarlet.

Jami Kirksey, Volunteer Manager

Jami Kirksey

Volunteer Manager

Email
443-3663 ext. 106
Biography

Jami grew up in the south, where her earliest memories are food related. She has several iron skillets and still drinks tea out of mason jars. On the weekend she can be found snuggling with her husband and lab in their tiny vintage camper. She is obsessed with cookbooks and enjoys filling the recipe board with season recipes that use ingredients from the pantry. She is the happiest when sharing meals with her family (especially around campfires).

Jackie Hanson-Felber, Development Coordinator

Jackie Hanson-Felber

Development Coordinator

Email
443-3663 ext. 102
Biography

Jackie is a hometown girl. Being raised in Helena gives her an appreciation for the work Helena Food Share has been doing for 30 years. When she’s off the clock, Jackie loves crafting, watching movies, cooking, painting and hanging out with her family. Her momma Karleen makes the best meatballs and rice ever, Jackie says. Jackie also loves Trader Joe’s and her used copy of the book “Why Paint Cats” her husband bought her for their first Christmas together.

Steve Brewster, Driver

Steve Brewster

Driver

Email
443-3663
Biography

Steve says he is from both Bozeman and Billings. His favorite go to snack is dessert. If he had to rank his hobbies, his children would earn the #1 spot followed by travel and sports. When asked what he loves most about Helena Food Share, Steve’s answer is simple: “People. Staff, volunteers, customers.”

Teresa Asleson, Program Operations Assistant

Teresa Asleson

Program Operations Assistant

Email
443-3663 ext. 107
Biography

Teresa is from the Lake Woebegone region of Minnesota. When she’s not making sure things are running smoothly at the pantry, Teresa likes hiking, cycling, river rafting, quilting, crafts, photography, gardening. Her favorite food is her grandmother’s dumplings. Teresa has trekked through Nepal three times and made it to 18,500 feet.