Eric Halverson

Podcast Finale: Missoula International School

For the final episode of Insight of on Impact, I’m thrilled to feature a Story of Impact from my work at the Missoula International School.  Featured is Ismara Partidas, a middle school teacher at MIS who came to Missoula from Venezuela just last summer.  Ismara speaks about what she misses most about Venezuela, what the opportunity to come to Missoula has meant to her, her husband, and her young daughter Diosa, and so much more. 

Episode 22: University of Montana President Seth Bodnar

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar comes on the show to talk about the challenges faced by UM, his view on UM’s role in the community of Missoula, and much more!  

Episode 21: Ecology Project International

Ecology Project International’s Co-Founder and Advancement Director, Julie Osborn, comes on the show to talk about EPI’s origin, their conservation efforts spanning from Costa Rica to Yellowstone National Park, and how they inspire youth to take an active role in conservation.  

Learn more about EPI here:

Learn more about their Connect4Climate Campaign here:

And finally, check out EPI’s upcoming First Friday event in Missoula here:

Episode 20: The Parenting Place

Executive Director Teresa Nygaard comes on the show to talk about the Parenting Place’s program offerings to families in Missoula, the remarkable science of Adverse Childhood Experiences, and so much more.  Check out the parenting place here

Check out Missoula’s community needs assessment here:

Finally, Check out Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ powerful Ted Talk on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) here:

Episode 19: Willard Alternative High School Counselor Tri Pham

You almost certainly know about Sentinel, Hellgate, Big Sky High schools here Missoula…but have you heard of Willard Alternative School?  Willard is often called a school choice, or a second chance school, and is doing amazing work for their students.  A key figure behind that amazing work is their school counselor, a man by the name of Tri Pham.

Tri and I sat down in his office at Willard to talk about the specific needs that Willard addresses in our community, what makes it different than the three large highs chools in Missoula, Tri’s thoughts on working with students who have trauma in their backgrounds, and so much more.

Check out Willard’s website here! 

Episode 18: Garden City Harvest

In an interview recorded in their beautiful new facility just west of the Russel Street Bridge, Garden City Harvest Executive Director Jean Zosel talks about the several programs that make up Garden City Harvest, how their reach extends as far as Vietnam and Thailand, and we even touch on how Garden City Harvest made Kale chips cool for kids in Missoula County Public Schools (and so much more!)  Folks, Garden city harvest is doing amazing work with more positive benefits than I could cover in this short interview, so I hope you’ll visit to learn more!

Episode 17: Missoula Interfaith Collaborative

On this week’s episode Casey Dunning, Founder and Executive Director of the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative, comes on the show to talk about leveraging strengths of diverse congregations and community organizations, MIC’s focus on affordable housing, and so much more! – Missoula Interfaith Collaborative Website

Episode 16: Stellar Community Member – Svein Newman

Episode 16 features stellar community member Svein Newman!  Of the many things Svein has done, we talk about a just a few including his effort to keep 31 Missoulians from being evicted from their homes, his volunteering to help start Soft Landing Missoula, his work for Northern Plains Resource Council, and so much more. 

Check out more about Svein’s good work at the following links! 

Svein’s work to keep Missoulians in their homes.

Northern Plains Resource Council

Episode 15: Headwaters Foundation

Change work is hard. Finding funding for that change work can be daunting.  Good news! The Headwaters Foundation has a $100,000,000 endowment and is ready and eager to support positive change in Western Montana

For Episode 15 of Insight on Impact, Brenda Solorzano, CEO of the Headwaters Foundation, comes on the show to talk about how Headwaters approaches philanthropy much differently than traditional organizations, what she learned from drinking 500 cups of coffee with folks across Western Montana, and why Headwaters has chosen to put so much of their time, effort, and resources behind a new 0-5 Early Childhood initiative.

Visit to learn more!


Episode 14: Missoula Police Department’s Sgt. Stonesifer

Episode 14 Featuring the Missoula Police Department’s own Sergeant Matt Stonesifer is now available!  We discuss innovations that MPD has implemented to address emerging issues in our community, his thoughts on the notion that police are the last line of defense for many social ills, how he personally copes with the many challenges of his job, and much more!

Check out MPD’s website here:

Also, learn about MPD’s Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy here!