Arts Missoula GLOBAL Advisory Committee

Formed in 2020, this advisory committee is an all-volunteer group, formed to give advice and support to the director of the Arts Missoula GLOBAL program. The group meets monthly to provide strategic direction, guide programming efforts, assess program effectiveness, and offer recommendations. This page is intended to inform the public and acknowledge the AMGAC and its valuable members

Jordan Hess, Committee Member

Jordan Hess serves as the 51st mayor of Missoula. He moved to Missoula in 2005 to attend the University of Montana, where he studied Geography with emphases in Community & Environmental Planning and Cartography & GIS. He most recently worked for more than eight years as Director of Transportation at the University of Montana, where he led UM to be the first college campus in the nation to operate modern, fast-charging-battery electric buses. During his service on the City Council, Mayor Hess held several leadership roles, including chair of the Public Works Committee, chair of the Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee, chair of the Land Use and Planning Committee and Vice President of the Council. He has been a champion of the City’s zero-waste and clean energy goals, expansion of Missoula’s trail network and conservation lands and growth in the diversity of the city’s transportation options. He was instrumental in the City’s acquisition of the citywide water system, now Missoula Water. He is steeped in the City of Missoula’s mission, strategic vision and culture. He is committed to promoting livability and equity in new development. He believes the best decisions are made in an atmosphere of collaboration with equity and sustainability in mind

Mirtha Becerra, Committee Member

Mirtha currently serves on the Missoula City Council representing Ward 2.  She moved to Missoula in 2002 and for 10 years worked as a land use and transportation planner for the City of Missoula and Missoula County. Mirtha was born and raised in Chile and moved to Ithaca, NY with her family where she attended school. She holds a B.A in environmental studies and a master’s in urban planning degree from the State University of New York. As the daughter of an architect and landscape architect, she grew up with a strong appreciation for both the built and natural environment. Mirtha has called Missoula home for more than 20 years and serves on several boards and commissions such as the Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee, Spark! Arts Ignite Learning, and the City of Missoula Public Art Committee. Mirtha and her family appreciate much of what Missoula has to offer from skiing to hiking to the arts and cultural events around town.

Erika Fredrickson, Committee Member

Erika Fredrickson is a journalist and the former arts editor of the alt-weekly newspaper the Missoula Independent, where she worked for 10 years before it was closed down in September 2018. She is now a freelance writer and editor, and a co-producer for Death in the West – a crime/history podcast about the West’s unsolved crimes and intrigues. She is a speaker for Humanities Montana and travels the state to talk about the importance of independent journalism and the free press, and is currently working with other former Indy staff to create a new source of independent news for Western Montana. She also is the lead singer in longtime Missoula punk band VTO and does backup vocals for another band called P.E.S.T.

Trevor Laboski, Committee Member

Trevor Laboski currently works as the Executive Director of Human Resources for Missoula County Public Schools. A career educator and leader, Trevor recently returned to Missoula after spending 6 years as the Head of School at an international school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In addition to living in the multi-cultural landscape of Malaysia, the school’s population represented nearly 60 different nationalities. Whether it is living or traveling overseas, Trevor is an advocate for global understanding and supports growing this appreciation within the community.

Sarah Howerton, Committee Member

Sarah Howerton is currently the Development Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Missoula, Montana’s only refugee resettlement agency, where she previously held volunteer and intern roles. She manages the organization’s volunteer programs and in-kind donations while also identifying funding opportunities and conducting community outreach. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado where she studied mental health interventions in refugee camps and spent a winter term in Uganda and Rwanda studying International Development. She thrives on experiencing new cultures and is eager to foster opportunities for cultural experiences right here in Missoula.

Nicole Mitchell, Committee Member

Nicole is the current Executive Director of the Jeannete Rankin Peace Center. Since moving to Missoula in 2004, Nicole has worked in supporting youth development and advocacy. Nicole’s professional experiences have given her a valuable perspective on social justice and the importance of big-picture thinking and problem-solving. Her educational background in art education and anthropology provides a unique perspective on the world and how to approach tasks through a visionary lens. Throughout her career, Nicole has developed a strong passion for creating meaningful experiences, which has helped her to stay motivated and dedicated to her work. Nicole strongly believes in creativity and fun and strives to incorporate these values into her work daily. Nicole’s guiding principles include perseverance and humility, which have helped her achieve success and positively impact our community. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time with her two children, hiking, biking, skiing, gardening, traveling, and visiting museums. She finds that these activities help her maintain a healthy work-life balance while she continually looks for new opportunities to grow and learn.

Jake Kreilick, Committee Member

Jake Kreilick co-owns Lake Missoula Tea Company with his wife Heather and has lived in Missoula since 1985. I came here to attend the Univ. of Montana’s Environmental Studies Program and received an M.S. in 1990. I worked professionally in the environmental movement for over twenty years on forest and wildlands protection and remain active on these issues. In 2007, I went back to UM for a teaching degree and worked in Missoula County Public Schools for a number of years before going full-time at the tea company. These educational and work experiences exposed me to many facets of Missoula’s artistic and cultural communities and inspired me to join the Arts Missoula Board in 2017.
As a long-time member of the Missoula All-Maggots Rugby Football Club, he has traveled overseas extensively with the Maggots, for environmental activism, and for our tea company. I am a firm believer in learning about other cultures and the power and magic that comes from experiencing them firsthand. This is why I am so passionate about the Arts Missoula GLOBAL Program/Committee at Arts Missoula and our mission to bring the world closer by creating more global awareness and cooperation.

Donna Anderson, Committee Member

Dr. Anderson is an international education administrator with over 20 years of experience in international higher education. She serves as Senior International Officer and Executive Director of the Global Engagement Office at the University of Montana. Donna has provided leadership in the areas of Education Abroad, International Partnerships and Agreements, Intensive English Language Programs, and International Student Recruitment.  She has worked with administrators, faculty, and staff to create global opportunities; expand international components of teaching, research, and engagement activities; recruit / support international students and scholars; provide education abroad opportunities; and developed international partnerships important to the university’s strategic plan. Previously, she served as Director of International Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Study Abroad Coordinator at Loras College.  

Heather Adams, Committee Member

Since summer 2022, Heather Adams serves as the Executive Director of Arts Missoula. She has been in love with Missoula from the moment she stepped foot here in 1999.  She quickly became involved in the art scene and has never looked back. She continues to be inspired by Missoulians love for the arts, culture and community and has dedicated her professional career to arts education, performance and advocacy.  Missoula has allowed her numerous opportunities to thrive in the arts and she is so grateful to be a part of the Arts Missoula team.  She’s been a part of the arts scene in many ways from Directing and choreographing musical theatre locally and regionally, producing and volunteering for non-profit fundraisers, teaching many styles of dance at studios, in workshops and the University of Montana.  She founded and was Executive Director of the Downtown Dance Collective for 13 years.  

Udo Fluck, Director, Arts Missoula GLOBAL Program

Dr. Udo Fluck has served as the Director of Arts Missoula GLOBAL since 2018. He this capacity, he manages Missoula’s sister city partnerships, developing and teaching cultural and global competence-building seminars, for elementary, middle and high schools in four school districts, organizations and employees, as well as organizing, producing and hosting various community programming, such as the World View Film Series, the monthly International Voices Podcast Series, the annual Germanfest and New Zealand Day(s). He brings two decades of experience in international program development, as well as intercultural and global education to his position. He is an intercultural researcher, curriculum developer, instructor, keynote speaker, author, and podcaster. He has developed and directed intercultural and global-competence-building programs at the University of Montana between 2004 and 2016. Since 2014, Udo has designed and taught cultural and global-competence seminars for elementary, middle, and high schools in the Missoula school district and across the State of Montana. Udo was also the senior curriculum developer for the National Science Foundation’s Resilience through Intercultural Skill Enhancement (RISE), housed at the Salish Kootenai College campus on the Flathead Reservation. Born and raised in Wiesbaden, Germany, Udo came to Missoula in 1989 for his undergraduate and graduate education.


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