Meet the Staff
Alison Richardson is a Community and Economic Development Agent serving the residents of Jefferson County. She also manages the Jefferson Local Development Corporation (JLDC). Prior to joining Montana State University in 2017, Alison served as a faculty associate in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. She earned her Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Urban Management from Arizona State University and holds an undergraduate degree in Family and Human Development. Alison enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children, reading historical fiction, and fly-fishing.
Tom is the Economic and Community Development Agent and JLDC Co-Manager. He has worked at the Madison Jefferson County Extension office since 2002. Tom is retired from the military and has a degree in finance. When he isn't supporting community endeavors all over the county, you can find Tom panning for gold, hunting in the mountains, or spending time with his granddaughters.
Kaleena is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent and started work with the Madison Jefferson County Extension office in February of 2019. Since moving to Butte from New York state in 2011, Kaleena has served as an AmeriCorps member, worked for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and most recently, worked for the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO). She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy from Bard College. Kaleena lives with her husband Dave in Butte and in her free time, you can find her doing something active such as hiking, skiing, or playing roller derby. She also enjoys the challenge of gardening in Butte's short growing season.
Katherine is the 4-H and Agriculture Program Assistant. She has worked at the Madison Jefferson County Extension office since December of 2014. Katherine grew up in the Whitehall area and received her degree in Family Science from Montana State University. When she isn't working on keeping our 4-H program up and running, you can find Katherine working on her family's genealogy, playing with her red heeler Wrangler, or taking care of her flock of sheep.
Aubrie is the Administrative Financial Specialist. She has worked at the Madison Jefferson County Extension office since November of 2017. Aubrie grew up in the mountains of Colorado, and she received a degree in Equine Management from the University of Montana Western in Dillon. When she isn't keeping track of the finances in the office, you can find Aubrie working on her fiancee's ranch, riding horses, or playing with her silver lab Bailey.