Eric Halverson

Episode 13: Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC)

Executive Director Kia Liszak comes on the show to talk about some of ZACC’s programs like Girls Rock Camp, why access to the arts is so stinkin’ important, and the ZACC’s exciting progress in their campaign for a bigger, better and more accessible home for their programs – and much more!

Learn more about the ZACC at or learn more about the ZACC’s future home at!

Episode 12: Child Protection Specialist / Miss Montana USA 2019

Grace Zitzer, Child Protection Specialist and Miss Montana USA 2019, comes on the show to talk about her work investigating reports of child abuse and neglect in Missoula, her involvement with the Missoula Human Trafficking Task Force, and how she is using her platform as Miss Montana USA 2019 to promote her passions which include promoting kindness and human connection.

Check Grace’s Miss Montana USA Facebook page here.

Other great resources mentioned in the show include The Missoula Human Trafficking Task Force Webpage, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website, and

Thanks so much for listening in!



Episode 11: Oula

Kali Lindner, CEO and Founder of OULA Fitness, comes on the show to talk about her passion for connecting mind and body, how she created a now emerging global company right here in Missoula, and how Oula’s mission often takes priority over profits.

Check out Oula and the scientific proof of its mental health effects here:

Also be sure to check out the Mind-Body Stuff podcast co-hosted by Kali here!


Episode 10: Leadership Montana

Chantel Schieffer, CEO and President of Leadership Montana, talks about why Leadership Montana was created in the wake of a very contentious 2001 Montana legislative session, how this organization promotes civility and collaboration across our state, and even offers listeners some tools for having difficult but necessary conversations.

Learn more about Leadership Montana at  Check out the Seat at the Table concept at Also, Living Room Conversations ( is a great tool for having challenging conversations in your community, and finally, check out Women Leading Montana’s facebook page here!  (

Episode 9: Reaching Home – Missoula’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

Theresa Williams, Coordinator of Reaching Home, Missoula’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness, comes on the show to talk about why Reaching Home was created, the nuts and bolts of the plan itself, along with the successes and challenges she has seen while coordinating this ambitious plan, and much more!

Check out the the Reaching Home plan here. 

Also check out the City of Missoula’s Department of Housing and Community Development here.

As always, thanks for listening!

Episode 8: Forward Montana

Deputy Director Kiah abbey comes on the show to talk about her work to engage Montana youth in the political process, some of her thoughts on the upcoming midterm election, and why folks (like me!) shouldn’t be afraid to voice their beliefs in the political arena.

Check out or to read Forward Montana’s voter guide for the upcoming election.

Finally, check out to make sure YOU are ready to go for Election Day on November 6th.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 7: Soft Landing Missoula

This week’s episode features Mary Poole, Executive Director of Soft Landing Missoula.  (

Mary talks about the rapid process of creating Soft Landing and welcoming refugees to Missoula, how she approaches folks who see refugee issues far differently than she does, and what it was like to start a non-profit as a newcomer to the field.

Be sure to check out this this awesome video about Soft Landing produced by Starbucks!

Episode 6: The Poverello Center

This week’s episode features Amy Allison Thompson, the Executive Director of The Poverello Center, Missoula’s homeless shelter.  Amy talks about why she often describes homeless folks as being ‘invisible’ in our community, what it’s like to run a large non-profit as a young person, and how she suggests we should act when we run into homeless people in Missoula.  Amy also responds to a question about investing ‘upstream’ vs. ‘downstream’ in community services, and much more.

Check out the Poverello Center’s website and their upcoming event, Pumpkins for the Pov.

A special thanks to Sam Copeland and John Kratz for their musical contributions to this episode!

Episode 5: Watson Children’s Shelter

On this week’s Episode of Insight on Impact we feature Mike Boehm, CEO of Watson Children’s Shelter.  Mike talks about the mission of Watson’s, who they work closely with in Missoula to promote the well-being of the children they serve, the complex issue of deciding when children should be in out-of-home care (and when they shouldn’t be), their exciting new program called Healthy Foundations, and how Montana state budget cuts affected their organization.

Additional Resources:

TED Talk on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Study by Nadine Burke-Harris

The Center for Disease Control webpage on ACEs

And finally, visit for more information about this organization.  Thanks for listening!


Episode 4: United Way of Missoula County

Susan Hay Patrick, CEO of United Way of Missoula County, comes on the show to talk about the evolution of United Way as an organization, their new efforts to learn from similar communities facing similar challenges, as well as their collaborative efforts to address suicide rates and homelessness in Missoula.  We wrap things up with a fascinating conversation about the Overhead Myth and even chat briefly about millennials’ role in the non-profit sector.

As promised, here are some excellent resources for learning about the overhead myth:

Finally, please visit to learn more about the work being done by Susan and her team. Thanks for listening!