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.

Shelby is a people-person who is excited to continue her community development work as the Community Navigator for Montana Child Care Business Connect.

After graduating from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in psychology specializing in family and human development, Shelby worked in several roles within Zero to Five Butte-Silver Bow. In these positions, she helped develop and implement community-led projects related to children and families, facilitated a handful of early childhood coalitions and committees, received the 2022 Moving Mountains award, and became invested in the need for early childhood systems change in Montana.

Shelby has always loved the Montana landscape wherever she found herself. Growing up in Columbia Falls, right outside Glacier National Park, you could find Shelby swimming or paddle boarding on any body of water, camping, hiking, or just appreciating the beauty of the woods. When she moved to Butte with her husband, Connor, her instincts never changed, and she still makes time to get out into the wild.

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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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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