Robert Snizek graduated from MSU-Billings with a master's in rehabilitation counseling in 2000 and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). His passion and expertise are in the fields of customized job creation, job retention, and self-employment. During his career, he has helped and supported numerous persons with disabilities in finding and keeping employment with several of them becoming successfully self-employed throughout Montana. Prior to launching Montana Employment Consultants, LLC in 2017, he was the medical care manager of the Headway Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at St. Vincent Healthcare for 13 years. Before that, he was the director of MontanaWorks, a job placement agency he started in affiliation with the University of Montana in Missoula for people with disabilities. Robert has served as a board member of the Montana Brain Injury Alliance and as a board member and President of the Montana Association of Rehabilitation (MAR). Robert has spoken at numerous conferences on the subject of brain injury and employment facilitation for people with disabilities including the National APSE Conference in Washington D.C. and in Las Vegas, NV; and the Dallas Lone Star chapter of APSE. He has also presented at the Family and Professional’s Conference sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Utah; the Montana Association of Rehabilitation; North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation and Annual Native American Traumatic Brain Injury conferences.
Jenn Asher joined the Billings MEC team with a unique work history and skill set. Jenn brings with her a decade of experience as an art teacher in the public school system; she also taught Language Arts and technology classes. In addition to teaching, Jenn was a cheer coach, the art club sponsor, and the yearbook sponsor. After moving to Montana, Jenn embraced the public service path. She worked as a family support specialist, a PCA, and as an administrative assistant at a local non-profit. Jenn has decades of experience in assisting persons with disabilities to achieve their best quality of life.
Jenn and her husband, Darryl, have three grown children, one granddaughter, and three cats. In her spare time, she enjoys baking extreme cakes, teaching art lessons, reading, and learning to play the saxophone.
Isabelle Powell joined the Billings MEC team in April, 2023. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Walden University and is currently pursuing her Masters in the same field. Isabelle is passionate about empowering vulnerable individuals and helping them build confidence and independence. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, baking, and cooking. Isabelle also loves playing sports outdoors with her family. Recently, she and her partner relocated from the Bozeman area to Billings to be closer to their loved ones.
Kari Whitney joined the Billings MEC team in June of 2023. Kari has 25 years experience in managing and growing larger non-profit programs, facilitating systems change, and administration. Kari spent the breadth of her career in Eugene Oregon helping teens exit gangs. She has worked to bring services to many vulnerable populations throughout her career, including Youth and Family services, Addiction services, Crisis and Mental Health services and Domestic Violence services. Kari has a BSW from the University of Montana and is a Certified Mediator.
She and her husband have two daughters in college and two dogs. She loves cooking, gardening and coaching.
Megan White joined the Billings MEC team in Oct 2023. She has almost 10 years of experience working with people with disabilities at STEP Inc in Billings, MT in several direct service and management roles. Megan has been trained and certified in Crucial Conversations and Person-Centered coaching.
Megan shared: "At STEP I focused on helping our clients reach their life goals and live meaningful lives, while building personal connection and pushing the barriers of inclusion. I am a natural advocate, a strong supporter of those in my community, and strive to make a positive difference. I value my role as a first-time mom, and I spend most of my time with my family and friends. I love to be creative through art, and hope to own a business one day that is focused around suicide prevention and awareness."
Kimberly Garcia joined the MEC team in January 2023 and serves as the employment manager of our Butte branch. She has been successful in quickly growing our program's services beyond the boundaries of Butte, to those living in Whitehall and Anaconda. She has a decade of management and training experience, has worked in the tourism industry for 7 years, hospitality for 6 years, and has a background in accounting During her career, she has also worked for a nonprofit shelter helping individuals with a range of disabilities gain work experience and supporting them through restorative programs. Kimberly has volunteered for many events assisting individuals with disabilities and has a great passion for the Butte community. Every day she looks forward to discovering her client's passions and helping them succeed in their jobs.
She and her husband, Matthew, have two children and two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, photography, ice carving, playing piano, painting, and learning new skills.
Dani Holt, joined the Butte, Montana MEC team in March of 2023. Dani comes to us from the Western Montana Health Center where she assisted people with mental health barriers develop life skills. She is a strong advocate for people with disabilities, and skillfully understands how to best support those with disabilities on the job and how to be successful during he interview process. Dani has also worked with elderly populations at long-term care facilities in Idaho. Dani has many interests including: hiking, camping and rock hunting Dani is also a skilled artist and loves to create her own original digital artwork, painting, and canvass 3-D clay work. Dani comes to MEC from Salmon Idaho with her husband to be closer to family in Butte.
Travis Jackson joined the MEC team in October of 2023. He is a life-long resident of Butte and comes to our organization with over 16 years of experience in management, advocacy, and customer service. Travis also happens to be self-employed, is an incredible baker and is highly sought after for his amazing cookie creations! Travis is passionate about his advocacy work for people with disabilities as an organizer of the Butte Circle of Parents and runs a support group dedicated to children with mental health issues. Having raised a child with a significant disability, Travis brings this critical personal perspective to his work with MEC.
In addition to cooking he also enjoys working on building projects, watching football and spending time with his family.
Christina Jackson joined the MEC team in February of 2024 and will be helping us launch services in Bozeman, MT. Christina was born and raised in Washington and began her career at Western State Hospital in the Child Study Treatment Center, working with children of all ages in need of mentoring and counseling. Her primary focus was on maintaining community-based jobs. She obtained her Certified Nurses Assistant credentialing and worked for more than a decade with vulnerable individuals at assisted living facilities. Her enthusiasm and love for helping people led her to gain over 10 years of experience in account management and administration in the healthcare field.
In her personal life, her greatest passion and devotion is being a doting mother. She also loves art, the outdoors, and animals. She holds an Associate degree in Art from Spokane Falls Community College and worked at the Longview Humane Society before relocating to Montana and obtaining employment at the Stafford Animal Shelter in 2013. Montana has provided her and her family with the growth they needed to succeed and has become their forever home.