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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.


Here at CCMW we are tasked with “leading the evolution of the engaged campus,” but what does that mean? What better way to tell the story of engagement than by looking at an example of an engaged student. We would like to introduce you to Melissa Tilleman, a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming (UW), to help tell the story of how CCMW supports a campus in creating opportunities to produce engaged students.

Behold the power of service.