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Katie Kleinhesselink

Katie Kleinhesselink

Director of Member Services

Katie was first formally introduced to the term “community engagement” as an AmeriCorps member with the Montana Technology Corps in 2001.  Not only did the phrase have a nice ring to it, but it described an aim she wanted to pursue and thought (believing as she still does today that we are all one another’s greatest resource) others should, too. To that end, she volunteered around issues she cared about, did some community organizing, and pursued a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Montana. Since 2005, she has worked on service-learning, national service, and community engagement initiatives throughout the Rocky Mountain West, thus nurturing a benevolent obsession with helping students of all ages get involved and make a difference.


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
----Viktor Frankl

From the podium situated at the front of the room to the tables set up in uniform rows to the individuals sitting in identical chairs, speckled throughout, this classroom could be any college classroom across the country.  The stories that emanated from this little, plain room...