"Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep going” – Mary Oliver
Catherine has been with CRYJ since 2008, in a variety of roles, and has learned much along the way. She is currently enjoying her position of Director of Community Engagement as an opportunity to share the story of CRYJ and finding the many ways we overlap and make connections. Her favorite part of it all is being able to have an endless curiosity–about how things work, about how people feel and things they believe and the fact that there’s always another good question waiting to be asked.
Youth program director
"I long, as does every human being, to be home wherever I find myself." -- Maya Angelou
As Youth Program Director at CRYJ, Andrea co-coordinates positive youth development workshops including job/life skills, understanding the role teens play in our world, and mind-body awareness. Andrea began volunteering with CRYJ as a Yoga Instructor, and has experience working with young people through Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center as well as multiple years working on farms, facilitating creative-arts workshops, and coordinating non-profit programs. She holds a degree in Youth Empowerment Studies from the University of Michigan.
Outside of CRYJ, Andrea hosts a podcast and wellness retreats when not wondering the woods and waterways with her dog, Porter.
Youth program director
"Gah I don't know if I even have a favorite quote" -Ben Johnson
Ben joined the CRYJ staff in the spring of 2019 after many years working in a field-based education capacity. His passion for education and empowerment stems from the thought that everyone has something to be passionate about, and some way to work toward being their better self. Ben was once an awkward and gangly teenager, so he fits right in with the participants at CRYJ. He thinks (hopes?) his dry and self-deprecating humor, along with his likeness to Ron Burgundy, helps him build rapport with CRYJ participants. Outside of CRYJ, Ben enjoys tinkering on bikes (and riding them too!), poking around new backcountry ski zones in the Flathead Valley, crushing crossword puzzles, an whipping up extravagant meals in his teeny kitchen.
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." – derived from Xunzi by Xun Kuang
Mara enjoys her time at CRYJ up in Frontlandia answering the phone and emails, among other things. Her favorite part about being at CRYJ is being involved with a strong group of community members and learning more about restorative justice. Before landing at CRYJ, she worked at a few other non-profits in the Missoula area and the Flathead Valley.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CLAUDINE JOHNSON- President
DAVE BAILON - Vice President
MARJ DEZORT - Secretary/ Treasurer