Installation view of Terry Karson: Commons, photo courtesy of MAM.

Staff & Board

Laura Millin

Laura Millin (she/her)

Executive Director

For over 30 years, Laura has dedicated herself to MAM and its vision, doing everything from steering the direction of the museum, raising money, and maintaining and expanding the museum facilities, to making soup for crowds of guests. As Executive Director, Laura has taken MAM from a small county agency living in a converted Carnegie library to an independent, thriving nonprofit in a beautiful, renovated and expanded facility. Laura moved to Missoula after spending a decade in contemporary art in Seattle, where she co-founded the International Festival of Films by Women and the Center on Contemporary Art. She has served on the board of directors or advisors for at least a dozen nonprofits, and has received seven awards for her leadership, fundraising, and community service achievements. MAM is a labor of love for Laura and represents her life’s work. She is continually rewarded by the “MAMily” of staff and board members who make it all possible, and by the artists who enrich our lives, and says she still has plenty more to do at MAM. Laura graduated from Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies.

Brandon Reintjes

Brandon Reintjes (he/him)

Senior Curator

At MAM, Brandon oversees strategic planning for programming initiatives, which is a technical way of describing the pleasurable task of working closely with artists to help them realize their creative visions. Brandon has worked as curator for a number of institutions throughout the state. He previously worked at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana-Missoula, Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio, and the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana. Recent publications include Phoebe Knapp: Rough Cuts; Cathy Weber: Understory/Overstory (2018); Our Side: Elisa Harkins, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Marianne Nicolson, and Tanis Maria S’eiltin (2018); and Shape of Things: New Approaches to Indigenous Abstraction (2018). In addition, Brandon regularly contributes articles to the Journal of Modern Craft, Ceramics Art & Perception, and Ceramics Monthly. He received a bachelor’s in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his master’s in curatorial and critical studies from the University of Louisville.

John Calsbeek

John Calsbeek (he/him)

Associate Curator

While at the University of Montana, John had his first taste of working in the arts with a work-study job at MAM and then as the University Center Gallery student coordinator. After earning a bachelor’s in fine arts, John worked as the director of a small, commercial photography gallery in Missoula. John was hired at MAM during its 2006 expansion. As Associate Curator, John now works together with Senior Curator Brandon Reintjes and directly with artists to develop, design, and install all of MAM’s exhibits. He also works with the programming team to develop interpretation and create public programs centered on the exhibition schedule. John has been co-chair of MAM’s auction committee since 2006, working with volunteers and staff to coordinate the annual benefit art auction. His favorite part of the job, in addition to hands-on work in the gallery, is meeting artists—going to an artist’s studio to look at new work and engaging in meaningful dialogue about art and art-making.

Margo GeddesMargo Geddes (she/her)


Margo is an artist and holds an MFA in photography from the University of Oregon. Her photographic practice often revolves around the interactions between people and the natural world, from the impact of wildfire on the landscape to river corridors as mediators between the wild and the domesticated. Margo earned her MA in Museum Studies and a certificate in Digital Curation from Johns Hopkins University. She is passionate about creating equitable spaces that build community through technology. Most recently she worked at the Mansfield Library to digitize materials from the archives and special collections and make them more discoverable on the Montana Memory Project. As registrar, she’s passionate about finding innovative paths to sharing MAM’s collection.

Kay Grissom-Kiely

Kay Grissom-Kiely (she/her)

Curator of Education

Grissom-Kiely has worked in various capacities at the Missoula Art Museum, Montana Museum of Art and Culture, the Montana Arts Council, homeWORD, the St. James Guide to Latin American Art (co-editor), and as a freelance grant-writer and researcher. While in Chicago, she worked as director of education at the Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 37 and Marwen Foundation—all inner-city arts organizations that provide art and exhibition programming. She completed a curatorial internship for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, as well as full-time summer internships in museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN. She is committed to art and arts education and has an extensive background in community-based arts education, with a master’s degree in modern/contemporary art history, theory, and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she focused on contemporary women artists of Cuba, and a bachelor’s degree in art and art history from DePauw University. She currently teaches museum education at University of Montana’s Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program.

Janaína Vieira-MarquesJanaína Vieira-Marques (she/her)

Educator and Outreach Coordinator

Janaína is a Brazilian-American art director and educator who has called Missoula home since 2008, after immigrating from Brazil. In both roles, she has created art encounters and education programs that incorporate public art pieces, performances, sets, and costumes. Janaína served as Artist in Residence at the Holter Museum of Art and at MAM, and as K-8 art teacher at Sussex School. She has created arts projects for most of the elementary schools in Missoula through the Spark Ignite Learning program. Janaína trained in Visual Thinking Strategies and Arts Integration at the Kennedy Center for the Arts and earned a BFA with high honors from the University of Montana. As an artist she seeks to facilitate collaborative interactions while beautifying the places we share. Her pieces include collaborations with dancers, choreographers, engineers, and light designers. Janaína is trained in graphic design and knows a lot about coloring sawdust for public art.

"My work is grounded in my own experiences as an immigrant, a teaching artist, a mother, a wife and a part of the BIPOC community. I believe that the arts are a fundamental right that can transform communities and shape the way we think about humanity. My approach to education is towards collaboration, where we all bring to the table different skill sets to enhance learning and our sense of place and belonging."

Jessica Noe

Jessica Noe (she/her)

Advancement Officer

Jessica joined MAM in 2022 as Advancement Officer. Previously, she was in Denver where she held positions at two of Colorado’s largest cultural institutions, the Denver Zoo and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Jessica graduated from the University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in studio arts.


Anna Wilson (she/her)

Marketing and Communications Manager

Anna is excited to share MAM’s story and the vision of the artists at the heart of the museum.  She has taught writing, literature, and art history at Louisiana State University and University of Montana and has published poetry, non-fiction, and hybrid works in journals such as Gulf Coast, The Volta, and Pool. Her art practice ranges from printmaking and book arts to video and handmade paper installations. Before working in academia, Anna worked as an acquisitions editor for a trade history publisher and in various roles in museums and galleries in Chicago. She has served as a volunteer editor for literary magazines and as an organizer and fundraiser for arts events and festivals. Anna earned a B.A. at Middlebury College and M.F.A. in creative writing from LSU. Her master's thesis in literature and ecology at UM focused on the West, the Western, Indigenous futurism, and apocalypticism.


Nicolle Hamm (she/her)

Administrator and Community Programmer

Nicolle began working with MAM in 2019 as an education intern, then served as a Visitor Engagement and Security Officer and Operations Assistant  before moving into her current position. Nicolle earned an associate’s degree at Spokane Falls Community College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Montana. Nicolle is a practicing studio potter and serves on the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Green Task Force (NCECA GTF), which focuses on sustainability in the ceramics field. She has presented her research on the sustainability of mining and refining at NCECA 2021, NCECA Clay Week 2021, and NCECA 2023.

Megan Kleen (she/her)

Visitor Educator

Megan served at MAM as an education intern in 2021, and is now a full-time Visitor Educator. She earned her B.A. with a K-12 Teaching Certificate at University of Montana and looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of art. Megan is a creative jack-of-all-trades, working in printmaking, painting, photography, drawing, and sculpture. Her artwork typically uses humor to address otherwise serious topics, and commonly depicts the natural world and ongoing environmental issues.

Cam Jarman (they/them)

Visitor Educator

Cam joined MAM as a visitor educator after moving from California to Montana in the summer of 2023. Their love for the arts began in high school, when they attended a visual arts school and later led their AP Studio class as senior art curator for two consecutive years. Their favorite art styles include Fauvism and Art Nouveau with a special fondness for contemporary pieces focusing on feminism. Cam paints acrylic portraits in their free time and they are currently writing their first novel.

Otis Aiello (they/them)

American Association of Museum Directors Education Intern

Otis is a transfemme non-binary artist creating out of the Northwest United States. They served at MAM as an Americorps Intern in 2023 and are excited to be back working with the museum. Their artwork combinines digital and physical media together while embodying transgender thought and craft. Their works embrace noise, ugliness, and dissonance to reframe conversations of both gender politics and our relationships to our physical bodies and environments.

Colton Rothwell (he/him)

Collections and Digitization Intern

After completing his BFA in photography at the University of Montana, Colton first joined the staff at MAM in 2022 as a Visitor Engagement Security Officer. After taking some time away to pursue his own studio practice, he is excited to return to a new role, as the Collections and Digitization intern, to further explore his interests in archives and to help make MAM's extensive history more accessible. Colton is a practicing artist and within the last year, he completed a residency at the Banff Centre in Banff, Canada, was a recipient of Google and Aperture’s Creator Lab Photo Fund, was an exhibited artist at the Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard in New York, and a finalist for the Hopper Prize. He regularly shows work in and around Montana and is a forthcoming MFA candidate at the University of Oregon.

Amare Swierc (she/her)

AmeriCorps Education Service Intern

Born and raised in Missoula, Amare is now a Duke University undergraduate (class of 2027). Her love for the arts started as a child and continues in both personal and professional landscapes. She has over 12 years of dance experience and frequently performs in international cultural exchanges, working to connect diverse cultures beyond political boundaries. At Duke, Amare currently occupies roles such as the Communication Chair for Borderless Magazine, Costume Director in Devils en Pointe, and photographer for the Chronicle Newspaper. She is earning a double major in International Comparative Studies and Dance, and minoring in Journalism and Media Studies. Amare aspires to blend international relations with cultural connectivity through the arts, and to redefine the role of art in diplomacy.

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Board of Directors

Matt Gibson, President

Stephanie Christensen, Vice President

Josh Gimpelson, Treasurer

Libby Addington

Colin Boyle

Paul Filicetti

Montana James

Margaret Kingsland

Amy Leary

Fran Legon

Kate Shanley

Amy Sings in the Timber

Kate Sutherland