Joshua Kendrick was born and raised in New Hampshire and earned his bachelor’s degree at Western State College in Gunnison, CO. After college he moved to Missoula and started his career with ORI in 1998. Joshua immediately realized that working with adults with disabilities was extremely fulfilling. He also realized that the people he worked with gave him far more than he would ever be able to give in return. Over the past 17 years Joshua has held many positions – from Special Olympic/Recreation Coordinator to Director of Vocational Services to his current position as Chief Executive Officer.
Linda Pearson is the Director of Human Resources for ORI. A Montana native, she attended Eastern Montana College and the University of Montana where she received a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is a member of Big Sky Society for Human Resources Management. Beginning in 1980, she has served ORI in a variety of positions, including Training Supervisor for Team II, Supported Living Coordinator, Furniture Refinishing Supervisor, Job Coach, Placement Specialist, Staff Trainer, and Medical Coordinator.
Ken Brown, a fourth generation Montanan, serves as ORI’s Director of Specialized Services. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from the University of Montana. His career includes teaching in the behavior modification project and deaf-blind program at the Montana Development Center and as a regional clinical trainer and training contractor for the Development Disabilities Division. In 1991 he developed ORI’s Case Management Program and ran residential programs, day services, and most recently developed and directs the Specialized Services program, for people with disabilities who have sexual problems/offending behavior.
Kurtis N. Mayne graduated from the University of Wisconsin Platteville with a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education, with a minor in health education and a certification in Adaptive Physical Education. He also received an associate degree in marketing and sales from Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. Kurtis started his ORI career in 1998 as an employment consultant and has since served in several different positions within the EmployAbilities Department. In his spare time, Kurtis does everything in his power to get out in the great outdoors of Montana and enjoy all it has to offer and thoroughly enjoys traveling the world with his wife.
Candace Erickson has held the position of CFO for Opportunity Resources since 1996. She earned a bachelor of science in business administration/accounting emphasis from the University of Montana, where she was a high honors graduate and received numerous awards for academic performance. Candace’s career began 30 years ago in the for-profit sector. She landed her first nonprofit accounting position in 1988 and now possesses more than 20 years of nonprofit accounting and auditing experience. She is a member of the Montana Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. She finds her position with ORI deeply rewarding as it allows her to use her accounting expertise to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
Rita E. Pastore brings more than 25 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector to her position as Director of Development. An expert in the field of large-scale fundraising, Rita served for 15 years as Vice President of Boston-based Biondolillo Associates, where she was responsible for managing the national fundraising efforts of many “blue chip” nonprofit organizations. Rita developed her expertise in strategic fundraising campaigns while managing the pilot project that grew into the American Cancer Society’s $90M annual breast cancer fundraising program. She is an honors graduate of Brandeis University, a National Endowment for the Humanities Journalism Fellow, and Past President of the Big Sky Film Institute Board of Directors.
Jessica Hageman has worked in Developmental Disability and Mental Health Services on and off since 2002, starting at two dual-diagnosis homes until 2004 and Program manager for about 2 years (2005-2007). She was a Case Manager (CM) for AWARE for about 4 years in Missoula and then with ORI as a CM for a little over one year in their Kalispell location. In 2015 Jessica moved back to Missoula for the position of Director of Remote Community Services with ORI. Jessica graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in Clinical Psychology emphasizing in Gerontology. She has received training from the Institute of Applied Behavioral Analysis. Jessica now heads the Remote Community Services Department which provides Supported Living in the Flathead Valley and State Wide Self-Directed Agency with Choice services.
Sheila Thompson has a BA degree in communication science and disorders, with a minor in psychology, from the University of Montana. She also has a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis on deafness from Western Oregon University and has received training from the Institute for Applied Behavioral Analysis. Sheila began her career at ORI in residential services in 1995 and has been the Assistant Director of both Congregate Living and Supported Living. In 2014, she was promoted to Director of Residential Services. Sheila’s community involvement includes a stint as the President of the Board of Directors for Missoula International School, where she was instrumental in purchasing the school’s first permanent building, and volunteer positions for Missoula Catholic Schools, Missoula Food Bank, and Family Promise Missoula.