For workforce support, please contact Beth.

Beth has always had a heart for helping others. She joins Zero to Five Montana as Workforce Business Consultant with a strong background in the human services field. She has worked in Human Services for more than 11 years, with many of those years focused on early childhood in a Head Start and Early Head Start program. Her formal education includes an associate’s degree in Art in Education and a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology with a concentration in Organizations.

Beth loves working with local communities to drive change. She has been fortunate to do the work she loves throughout her career, ranging from providing educational opportunities for families, chairing a local early childhood coalition, supporting the roll-out of early childhood programming and contributing to the important work of building a strong early childhood system in Montana. She is excited to use her experience in early childhood and her passion for tackling hard issues and finding innovative solutions to support childcare businesses throughout the state.

In her free time, Beth loves to spend time with her husband, Shawn, and her daughter. She also enjoys reading, drinking coffee and going camping. Her family recently moved from Great Falls to Helena and she is really enjoying all of the outdoor beauty Helena has to offer and explore.

Our Team

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COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Heide Borgonovo

For marketing, social media, website and outreach support, please contact Heide.
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WORKFORCE BUSINESS CONSULTANT

Beth Branam

For workforce support, please contact Beth.
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POLICY AND ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Alex Dubois

For questions related to early childhood community and state advocacy, other local early childhood efforts around the state, systems building, and Family Forward Montana please ...
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CHILD CARE BUSINESS ADVISOR

Kendra Edlin

For assistance starting, growing, expanding, stabilizing, exiting, hiring, or financing your childcare business, contact Kendra.
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PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Richard Heitstuman

For general support, please contact Richard.
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Caitlin Jensen

For overarching questions about the work of our organization, the Montana early childhood system, policy strategy, as well as general questions pertaining to government relations, ...
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SENIOR CHILD CARE BUSINESS ADVISOR

Jason Nitschke

For assistance starting, growing, expanding, stabilizing, exiting, hiring, or financing your childcare business, contact Jason.
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PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Rhonda Schwenke

For general questions regarding MT Child Care Business Connect, specific questions related to the Mentorship program, trainings and special events, or if you don’t know ...
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COMMUNITY NAVIGATOR

Shelby Whelan

For community capacity building support, community development, 1:1 support, and general questions about how to convene community efforts around child care please contact Shelby.
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