Montana Matriarch Chairs

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Shannon Stober


Membership Engagement

Shannon was raised in Colorado and moved to Montana in 2002 join AmeriCorps after graduating from college. She went on to complete two-terms of service and spent the following decade working with National Service programs across the state in a variety of staff positions including Training Officer with the Governor’s Office of Community Service, Program Manager with the Montana Campus Compact, and Director of Programs with the Montana Conservation Corps.


Shannon is now the Principal and Owner of Verve Exchange, a consulting agency focused on leadership, change management, strategic planning, and volunteerism. She an accomplished community service entrepreneur and public speaker who engages thousands of people annually through a variety of service offerings and personal service endeavors.


Shannon and her husband Joe reside on Bozeman Pass with their two dogs, Kriket and Arrow, and their cat, Dude. They enjoy a variety of activities and adventuring, especially when it includes fly-fishing and live music.



Rachel Anderson


Membership Recruitment

Rachel grew up in Minnesota, but has a long rooted history in Montana. Her parents grew up in rural Eastern Montana and she has lots of extended family scattered throughout the state. She attended Montana State University and earned a B.S. in Psychology.


Rachel has worked in marketing and sales her entire career and owns two businesses in Livingston: Markouture, a boutique marketing agency based in Livingston that focuses on helping small businesses and non-profits, and Montana Brewery Shop, a company that works with Montana breweries to provide full merchandise management solutions as well as a brick and mortar store featuring merchandise from breweries around the state, craft beer and more.


She is the co-founder and organizer of Tap into Montana Craft Beer Week and Brew Fest and the co-founder and co-chair of Montana Matriarch, a community organization focused on manifesting women’s civic engagement.


Rachel resides in Livingston with her husband Brian, their two boys Liam and Gage and their dog Lewis. They love spending time camping and playing outdoors, seeing live music and exploring Montana and beyond.


Michal Leah DeChellis

Social Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Michal helped make the healthy choice the easy choice within Livingston Farm to School classes and cafeterias this year as the Program Director for Farm to School of Park County. She believes that food is the sustenance to which we thrive, and educating youth in particular will have a lasting impact. 


Brought to Livingston as a FoodCorps service member, she is a native Texan who felt the call of the mountains and is staying put.  Prior to moving to Livingston, Michal lived and worked in NYC, Austin, Prague, and St. Paul. Michal has a masters in Social Organizational psychology and spent much of her career in talent management and organizational development for a big 4 consulting firm.  Having children shifted many things in her life including her work focus. She has changed her career to promote healthy sustainable food systems within Park County schools and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health in Food Systems from Johns Hopkins.


Faye McNew


Faye has lived in Livingston with her husband and two children for five years.  They raise sheep and a menagerie of animals on their windy plot of land.  Faye is passionate about providing opportunities for the children of Park County.  A firm believer of community service, Faye has served her community as a Girl Scout troop leader, a baseball coach, and substitute teacher. A career as a wildlife biologist cemented her desire to conserve the environment and wild lands.  She is very excited to work with a group of like-minded women to strengthen our community.


Sarah Stands


Sarah was born in Livingston, graduated from Park High, and has family roots stemming from Polebridge, Paradise Valley and Mississippi. For the past 20 years, she has traveled extensively and resided long term in South Africa working within the international low-carbon development sectors across sub-Saharan Africa. A majority of her work has included working in the renewable energy sector, consulting to international market entrants and development institutions with special references to meaningful job creation, skills development, gender equality and rural development in the green economy. Sarah holds a degree in Fine Art and an MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, and aims to get involved across many platforms, encourage debate and contribute to the alignment between ideas, policies and practical initiatives.


Sarah serves as a Board Member/Secretary with Livingston Bike Club, is a mentor for Park High School Green Initiative, and is an Alternative Transport Coalition Member.