Sky House Team

Transitional living staff support students as they expand their journey into the local community. Sky House staff provide encouragement for positive risk taking and provide instruction for the necessary life-skills allowing students to live more confidently and independently.

Adam Hannigan Sky House Program Director Montana Academy

Adam Hannigan


Adam Hannigan

Sky House Program Director

BA, English, University of Iowa
Licensure & Certifications: Secondary Teaching Certification (6-12)

After earning his degree in 1998, Adam spent time travelling and working in the mountain west.  After settling in the Flathead Valley he spent 3 years working at a therapeutic wilderness program in the summers and at a rural public school with youth at risk throughout the school year.  In 2003, Adam joined the Montana Academy team and worked on campus as a team leader for 8 years.  In 2012, he moved to the Sky Houses to support families in transition and has been the Program Director since 2014.

Getting to know our staff

What makes you happy about working at Montana Academy?

I work at Montana Academy because I believe in what we do, day in and day out.  At every graduation, I am reminded how amazing our staff team and the families are and I feel privileged to be a part of the greater MA community.

What are your interests outside of work?

I fell in love with Northwest Montana after college and have called Whitefish home since 1998.  My wife and I have two beautiful daughters and we try to get outside as much as possible.  Skiing runs deep my family roots and I love rafting and hiking in the summer. I also have the privilege of sharing my passions for soccer, mountain biking, and rock climbing with students at work!

Erin Murray


Erin Murray

Sky House Assistant Program Director

BA, Environmental Science & Psychology,
Flagler College First Aid/CPR Leave No Trace Instructor PADI Dive Master Wilderness First Aid

Erin has worked for Montana Academy since 2017. Before Montana Academy, Erin worked in wilderness therapy for two years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Erin spent the majority of her time working with adolescent females while in the field and then transitioned into a field support role. Before working in wilderness therapy, Erin completed two terms of service in AmeriCorps as a Field Leader for Montana Conservation Corps. 

Getting to know our staff

What makes you happy about working at Montana Academy?

Growth happens when we step out of our comfort zone. This line of work is both challenging and fulfilling! 

What are your interests outside of work?

Anything to get outdoors and a good suntan! Mostly, spending time with my husband and our two dogs. I enjoy rafting, hiking, biking, snowboarding, and fishing.  When I’m not adventuring around the beautiful wilderness, you can find me creating something new for my home or in the kitchen cooking up a fun meal for my loved ones. 

Mara Schradle Team Leader Montana Academy

Mara Schradle


Mara Schradle

Sky House Program Coordinator

BA, P-12 Art Education, Woodring College of Education, Western Washington University

After graduating from school with a teaching license, Mara has worked in a variety of capacities in the education world. Some of which include teaching art in a Costa Rican Liceo, working with a non-profit to teach gardening and food education in the Bellingham Public Schools, and working in a Communication-Behavior classroom in a Portland Public Schools elementary. Mara initially moved to Montana to work as a seasonal employee in Glacier National Park. Fortunately, her desire to live full time in the Flathead valley brought her to Montana Academy, also fulfilling her desire to work in the field of education.

Getting to know our staff

What makes you happy about working at Montana Academy?

I work at Montana Academy because I get to spend every day with great staff and students alike, that are willing to learn from each other.

What are your interests outside of work?

When I’m not at work, I spend as much time outside and enjoying northwest Montana as possible. I love to hike, boat, bike, climb, ski, and eat snacks on top of mountains.

Jeff Garretson


Jeff Garretson

Sky House Team Leader

BA, Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture, Colorado State University
Wilderness First Responder, CPR, Aegis Training, PSIA Certified Ski Instructor

Jeff has worked at the Sky House since August of 2017, and prior to that, his background was in education. Jeff taught Spanish in Philadelphia for two years before returning to his roots in the west and began working as an outdoor educator in Olympic National Park and as a backpacking and rafting guide in Glacier National Park.

Getting to know our staff

What makes you happy about working at Montana Academy?

I work here because I find it rewarding to build relationships and to support the students as they explore who they are and how to be the best and most genuine versions of themselves.

What are your interests outside of work?

In my free time, I like to play guitar/bass/mandolin with friends and I love to explore the beautiful public lands that surround us by hiking, biking, skiing, and paddling. I have been very lucky to have been able to do a fair amount of traveling, and whenever I have a chance I try to leave the valley to get to know other parts of the world.  


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Stefan Beattie


Stefan Beattie

Sky House Team Leader

Plymouth State College:  four years as an English Major.

Stefan started working in the post wilderness therapeutic field in 2007 at Gateway Academy a residential therapy center for boys after wilderness.    He worked on their outdoor experiential team which specialized in adventure programming on the weekends in Utah.  After moving to Montana in 2013 he started working at Summit Preparatory School a coed therapeutic bordering school in Kalispell, Montana. 

Getting to know our staff

What makes you happy about working at Montana Academy?

Working with young people keeps me connected with my youth, and reminds me to laugh every day—especially at work.

What are your interests outside of work?

I like to spend time outside: skiing, climbing, biking, running, and occasional farming & house projects.  I prefer activities in the mountains and cooking good food with good friends.  

Jenny Schouppe


Jenny Schouppe

Team Leader, Photographer

Bachelor of Arts – Journalism and Electronic Media – Waynesburg University, 2016
Licensure & Certifications:
CPR and First Aid Certified Lifeguard

Prior to coming to Montana Academy, Jenny’s work experience has been a combination of working with youth and adolescents as well as prior experience in photography and journalism. Jenny has worked with youth at the YMCA, has been a swim instructor and has volunteered as a small group leader for high school-age young women. Jenny also was the chief photographer for the Waynesburg University Yellow Jacket and a journalist and photographer for the Effingham & Teutopolois News Report.

Getting to know our staff

What makes you happy about working at Montana Academy?

The relationships I’ve created here at Montana Academy are why I keep coming back every day. I love witnessing the students learn and grow. I feel honored to play a small part in helping them mature.  

What are your interests outside of work?

I love hiking mountains, backpacking and camping with friends, kayaking and swimming at the lake, playing fetch with my fur babies, and putting as much energy as I can into my photography.

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Olivia Kern


Olivia Kern

Sky House Team Leader

Education: BS, Community Health, Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Montana State University

Certifications:
Clinical First Responder
Motivational Interviewing
Leave No Trace Instructor

Olivia began working at Sky House at the end of 2020. Prior to working at Sky House, she was the Montana Chapter Director of a nonprofit called Foster the Earth- which provides therapeutic wilderness experiences to young adults transitioning out of the foster care system. She also worked as an adaptive ski instructor and volunteer trainer for a nonprofit that provides therapeutic recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and children with cancer called Eagle Mount. Olivia has enjoyed working with youth through her involvement with these nonprofits and through years of nannying and coaching numerous youth sports. 

Getting to know our staff

What makes you happy about working at Montana Academy?

I work at Montana Academy because witnessing growth and transformation within students is powerful, and I believe and observe that our approach works. I constantly feel honored to be a small part of people’s journey to wellness and maturity. 

What are your interests outside of work?

I love spending time outside skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and rafting. I also enjoy long walks in the mountains and mountain-top dance parties. I value bringing people together by cooking food and playing music. I love to travel and experience different cultures and ways of life. 

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Mark Mclean, MA


Mark Mclean, MA

Sky House Team Leader

MA in Philosophy & MPhil at KU Leuven in Leuven, Belgium
BA in Philosophy & French at Carroll College in Helena, MT

Certifications

RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance

After spending two years in Belgium earning his MPhil degree, Mark moved back to his hometown of Kalispell, MT and worked in a variety of capacities as a teacher: teaching as a substitute in schools (K-12), as a swim instructor, and as a yoga instructor. 

Getting to know our staff

What makes you happy about working at Montana Academy?

I love meeting people from many walks of life and giving them the space to share their stories. Working with youth, I am reminded everyday that life is for learning and shared wisdom is best understood while laughing.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy balancing my time with artistic, intellectual, and physical activities. I make music, I swim in any of our many lakes, I enjoy fly fishing, yoga, backpacking trips with friends, weight lifting, and writing—the list goes on. I love engaging with people and ideas that constantly challenge my own perspective. 

Joanne Marsh


Joanne Marsh

Sky House Night Staff

I have worked in daycare and cleaning. At MA, I have worked in both dorms on campus, filled in for third-night staff, and also worked as a floater during the day. I started with MA in 2005 and recently moved to a Sky House position. I have done some substituting at the Marion elementary school and tutored some young ones there.

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I’ve been married for 30 years. I have two children and three grandchildren. I fostered two of my grandchildren for a year and a half.

Cheyenne Middleton


Cheyenne Middleton

Sky House Night Staff

Cheyenne is currently a student at Flathead Valley Community College where she is working on completing her general education credits. Once completed Cheyenne will be transferring to the University of Montana to major in Wildlife Biology: terrestrial.

Cheyenne has worked with a variety of Conservation Corps and Non-Profits as a member, crew lead, and staff. She has worked with people between the ages of 15 to 75 completing a variety of projects regarding public lands improvement, community outreach, and spending extended periods of time in the backcountry maintaining trails.

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What makes you happy about working at Montana Academy?

I’ve always enjoyed working with organizations that had a sense of community as well as being able to see people develop over time and create a sense of personal growth.

What are your interests outside of work?

When I’m not focused on my studies, I enjoy cooking, hiking, backpacking, and traveling.

Elizabeth-Maxey

Elizabeth Maxey


Elizabeth Maxey

Sky House Night Staff

Elizabeth has worked with youth for just over 13 years in Montana. The first ten years plus, was with the Montana Youth Challenge Academy in Dillon, Montana and after deciding to move home to the Flathead Valley the last three have been with the Montana Academy.

Getting to know our staff

What makes you happy about working at Montana Academy?

Youth are our future and at times need a guiding hand and I’m happy to be that guide. When I’m no longer able to carry on, I hope one of our youth will take my place and keep the torch moving forward to the next generation.

What interests you outside of work?

My family and I love spending every minute we can in the beautiful Wilderness! We have a dog we take with us everywhere and we especially like hiking, camping, and viewing nature and wildlife.

John Attanasio Montana Academy

John Attanasio


John Attanasio

Sky House Night Staff

John prides himself on having been a hands-on Dad while raising his daughter and son who turned out to be amazing young adults. He balanced fatherhood with buying, selling, and recycling cars and trucks which he’s been doing for two decades.

Getting to know our staff

What makes you happy to work at Montana Academy?

I love working with teens. I have always been a positive influence on kids of every age. I enjoy helping them navigate life and helping deviate them from making bad choices.

What are your interests outside of work?

I’m a hunter and a fisherman. I also love to camp, shoot, travel, and do anything that involves enjoying Montana. I’m a pretty adventurous explorer so I make time to jump in my truck and see where the road will lead me.