JANELL ARNESON –Development and Outreach Manager
Janell Arneson - Development Coordinator
Janell Arneson is CAI’s Development Coordinator. She is originally from Orfordville, Wisconsin. Before coming to CAI Janellhas worked in Human Resources for three years as a Generalist, Recruiter, and Global Trainer. In 2011 she earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin Whitewater in Liberal Studies and a minor in Human Resources. She resides in beautiful Bozeman, MT.
Janell has traveled to seventeen countries and her favorite two hobbies are snowboarding and fishing.
HANNAH DENYS – Communications Director
Hannah Denys - Communications Director
Hannah Denys is CAI’s communications director. She came to Bozeman by way of Dubois, Wyo., where she worked for two seasons as a wrangler at the Bitterroot Ranch. Before coming out West, she was communications coordinator for The Constitution Project, a bipartisan policy organization in Washington, D.C., and communications and development associate at Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights in Washington, D.C.
Denys holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Chicago (2009), and a bachelor’s in anthropology, sociology, and archaeology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2007). She lives in Bozeman.
KRISTINA KLAAS – Donor Relations Manager
Kristina Klaas - Donor Relations Manager
Kristina Klaas is CAI’s Donor Relations Manager. Originally from Florida, she came to Bozeman by way of College Station, Texas, where she worked for a local child advocacy center, Scotty’s House. Before her move West, she served as Individual Giving Officer for Palm Beach Opera in South Florida.
Kristina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.
In her spare time, Kristina enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and dog.
TERRI LARSON – Executive Assistant
Terri Larson - Executive Assistant
Terri Larson is CAI’s Executive Assistant. She came to Bozeman by way of Honolulu, HI where she worked as the Mental Health Administrator for military members at Hickam AFB. Before coming to Bozeman she was also the Assistant to the Director for the Center for Excellence, DMHA a US government agency assisting with humanitarian aid in the SE Pacific.
Larson has settled in Bozeman next to 3 of her 4 children and enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping and family get-togethers.
JENNIFER PEARSON – Development Manager
Jennifer Pearson - Development Manager
Jennifer Pearson started with CAI as their Donor Relations Manager in August of 2015. Before coming to CAI Jennifer has worked for the past 7 years for non-profit organizations including Gallatin Mental Health Center and AWARE Inc. She holds a Master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Human Services with a specialization in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Jennifer is originally from Minnesota and moved to the Missoula area with her family in 1993 and then to Bozeman in 2002. Jennifer currently lives in Belgrade with her husband Myles, two children Maverick and Finley, and two dogs Wynston and Bella.
JAMES THADEN – Executive Director
James Thaden - Executive Director
Jim also recently volunteered as development director for the Shae Foundation in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he developed a social enterprise strategy for the foundation. He is the volunteer Vice Chair of the Fellowship Hall Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing support services for individuals and families impacted by chronic- progressive diseases.
Prior to his social enterprise work, which he calls his “second career,” Thaden was a successful entrepreneur. He was founder and CEO of Magnolia Health Services, a national provider of direct to patient delivery supplies and support services for chronic-progressive diseases. He was the President and founder of Rand McNally Media Services and Rand McNally International. Earlier in his career was vice president of operations of Chase Packaging and a founder and Executive Vice President of Graphic Packaging (NYSE). He holds a B.A. & M.A, from Gonzaga University and has participated in additional graduate programs at the University of Southern California and George Washington University.