Habitat Staff and Board of Directors

Staff –

Administrative Office –

Jacob Kuntz – Executive Director

email: jacobk@helenahabitat.org, phone: 406-449-4663 ext 1010

Jacob brings his experiences and training as an educator, mediator, home builder, and community organizer to the work of housing. He holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Trinity College Dublin and spent several years working as a mediator on education for reconciliation projects in the Middle East and Northern Ireland. Jacob loves that he is able to combine his love of carpentry and non-profit management in his role as Executive Director of the affiliate. Jacob is married to Jessica; they love living and working in Montana communities. Together, they enjoy exploring Montana’s historical sites with their two collies, Rainier and Lambert, named for the cherries raised on his family’s farm in the Flathead valley.


Morgan Marks – Program Manager

email: morganm@helenahabitat.org, phone: 406-449-4663 ext  1009

Morgan is originally from Pennsylvania and since 2008 has considered Montana “home”. Her background and education has been focused on service work, human rights, conflict resolution and peace building. Morgan is an alumni of AmeriCorps and spent some time living, learning and working abroad through the United States Peace Corps in Zambia as a Peace Corps Volunteer and also through Rotary International as a Peace Fellow in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. When she’s not working you will likely find her near water with a fly rod in hand in summer or with x-country skis on her feet in winter. Morgan began working with Habitat in October 2019, and she’s really excited to work with families, engage with communities and work to support affordable and sustainable housing in Montana.


Ben Hein – Finance Administrator

email: benh@helenahabitat.org, phone: 406-449-4663 ext 1007

Ben is a graduate of Washington State University and a Certified Public Accountant.  He was first introduced to Habitat for Humanity in 2007, when he and his family volunteered in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  As an accountant he has since spent most of his career in the public sector doing tax preparation.  He moved to Helena in 2018 along with his wife, Gwen and now works full time with Helena Area Habitat for Humanity as the Finance Administrator.


Jordyn Hedberg (AmeriCorps Member) – Volunteer Coordinator

email: volunteer@helenahabitat.org 406-449-4663 ext. 1008

Jordyn is a Midwestern native who grew up in the small town of Waseca, MN. She attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she graduated with a Psychology degree and a double minor in At-Risk-Child and Youth Care and Interpersonal Communication. After college, Jordyn applied to AmeriCorps and was accepted into the program as Volunteer Services Coordinator for Helena Area Habitat for Humanity. In her free time, she loves to hike, camp, kayak and snowboard (basically enjoying any outdoor activity imaginable). Jordyn also loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, work on her adult paint-by-numbers and go to concerts.


Julia Pharmer – Administrative Associate

email: juliap@helenahabitat.org, 406-449-4663 ext.1006

Julia grew up in Northeast Ohio and graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Nonprofit Studies.  After graduation, she moved to Helena and is so excited to be working for Helena Habitat. In her spare time Julia loves hanging out with her dog, Ozzy, and going on hikes together.  She also loves to read, paint, listen to podcasts, and spend time outside soaking up the sunshine.

Construction –

Mark Leland – Construction Manager

email: markl@helenahabitat.org, phone: 406-449-4663 ext 1004

Mark is the Construction Manager at Helena Area Habitat for Humanity.  Since he was three years old, he has always loved to tear things apart, see how they work, and then put them back together again.  Mark has spent most of his life in Helena and enjoys wasting time away with his wife and 11-year-old daughter.  He loves music and occasionally attempts to play some every so often.  Working for Habitat affords him the luxury of combing his two strongest interests – building homes while being a part of tangible change in the lives of others.


Nathan Welch – Construction Supervisor

nathanw@helenahabitat.org, phone: 406-449-4663 ext 1005


Giacomo Sartorelli  (AmeriCorps Member) – Construction Crew Leader


ReStore –

Kristen Kessler – ReStore Manager

email: kristenk@helenahabitat.org, phone: 406-449-4663 ext 1003

Kristen grew up in Oregon and received a bachelor’s degrees at Portland State University . She moved to Montana in 2016 and now lives with her partner, Matt, and their two dogs. Kristen enjoys hiking, running, baking, puzzles, garage sales, and crossword puzzles. She is basically a grandma in training.


Raymond Bixby – ReStore Associate


Linda Higham – ReStore Associate

Linda has been working at the ReStore since 2016 and is the cashier.  She has lived in Helena for seven years and is the mother of three grown boys.  She has one grandson and one great granddaughter! In her spare time she enjoys being with her two dogs, Sweetpea and Dixie.


Shawn Carlson – ReStore Associate


Cody Zabriskie – ReStore Associate


Front Desk 406-449-4663 ext 1001

DONATIONS – 406-204-7307

Board of Directors –

Greg Wirth – Stahly Engineering, Board Chair

Erik Schweitzer – Keller Williams, Board Co-Chair

Kacie Tollefson – Montana Community Foundation, Treasurer

Sarah Mazanec – Drake Law Firm, Secretary

Christopher Abbott – Montana Department of Justice

Tracy Egeline – Bjerke Architects

Kevin Wall – Power Townsend

Gail Whitney – Valley Bank of Helena

Reagan Worm – Helena Abstract and Title

Stephen Walter – Wells Fargo Bank

Mark Runkle – Mountain View Meadows

Kelley Moody – Rocky Mountain Development Center