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.

Why do you work here

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.

Interests

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

Joe Hunter MS, LCPC


Joe Hunter MS, LCPC

Sky House Therapist

MS, Mental Health Counseling, Capella University
BS, Recreation & Resource Management, Northern Arizona University

Since 2003 Joe has worked @ Montana Academy in multiple capacities.  For four years he was a team leader with Team 7.  Since then, he has been a therapist both on campus and @ the Sky House.  Prior to Montana Academy, Joe was a wilderness instructor for multiple different wilderness programs both in West Virginia and Montana. 

Why do you work here

I have dedicated my career to Montana Academy as I have witnessed time and time again the profound gains that students and parents make that carry over to the rest of their lives.   

What are your interests?

During his off time Joe enjoys being with his wife and two boys partaking in a wide range of outdoor activities, from skiing to rafting.  He continues to engage in athletics where he plays on multiple different soccer teams.   One of the most enjoyable experiences is travelling around the northwest and visiting family members that are spread throughout the US. 


Brittni Funderburk PsyD


Brittni Funderburk PsyD

Therapist – Team 4

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
BS, Psychology, Montana State University

Brittni is a licensed clinical Psychologist in Montana and joined the clinical team at Montana Academy in 2014. She is a Montana native and has been working with adolescents and their families for over ten years. Brittni has worked in a variety of contexts including psychiatric residential facilities, outpatient community mental health, college/university counseling centers, and public high schools. Brittni’s areas of specialty are working with trauma, adolescents, family systems and anxiety. She also has extensive training and competency in administering and interpreting psychological assessments.

Why do I work here? 

I enjoy working with adolescents because they are curious and unique in their views of the world.  I find that I am always learning a thing or two from them (e.g. new apps and creative ideas) and their potential for change is refreshing and powerful as they navigate the concept of self-identify in figuring out who they are.

Interests 

Brittni thrives in connection and finds fulfillment in spending time with friends and family.  The mind-body connection is something she values and you can usually find her being physically active whether that is outside running/hiking/road biking, or finding solace at the gym.

Erin Murray


Erin Murray

Sky House Team Leader

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. 

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

Lastly, What are your interests? – Anything to get her outdoors and a good suntan! Mostly, spending time with her husband and two dogs. Erin enjoys Rafting, hiking, biking, snowboarding, fishing.  When she is not adventuring around the beautiful wilderness, you can find her 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 Team Leader

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.

Why do you work here?

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.

Interests

When  Mara is not at work, she spends as much time outside and enjoying northwest Montana as possible. She loves to hike, boat, bike, climb, ski, and eat snacks on top of mountains.

Emily Crawford Team Leader Montana Academy

Emily Crawford


Emily Crawford

Sky House Team Leader

MFA Media Arts-University of Montana
BS Curriculum and Instruction-Montana State University
BA Literature and Cultural Studies-George Mason University

Emily has worked in non-profit education, community outreach, and schools for 15 years prior to coming to Montana Academy, four years ago. Emily is currently attending a Masters in Counseling program through Adams State University in Colorado. She will be graduating in July 2022.

Why do you work here?

I work at Montana Academy because being a part of a community dedicated to young adult transformation and family healing is truly rewarding.

Interests

Emily loves yoga, mountain biking with her Chihuahua Hector, gardening, hiking, reading, and hanging out around the fire with good people.

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.

Why do you work here?

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.

Interests

In his free time, Jeff likes to play guitar/bass/mandolin with friends, and  loves to explore the beautiful public lands that surround us by hiking, biking, skiing, and paddling. Jeff has been very lucky to have been able to do a fair amount of traveling, and whenever he has a chance to, he tries to leave the valley to get to know other parts of the world.  


Derrick Moody Montana Academy Team Leader

Derrick Moody


Derrick Moody

Sky House Team Leader

MS Clinical Mental Health from Prescott College BA Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO

Derrick spent Ten years in the USMC as an intelligence analyst and fulfilling numbers roles as an instructor and mentor for a variety of military programs. After his time in the military, he spent the three summers  working at the Tahosa Boy Scout Camp outside of Boulder, CO. as the program director. After completing his undergraduate degree, he began working at the Wilderness Treatment Program in Marion, MT and started a Master’s program. After a year of working in Wilderness, he began working at Summit Preparatory School as a residential counselor and eventually as a therapeutic intern and weekend residential supervisor. 

Why do you work here

I started my journey into the therapeutic field wanting to work primarily with veterans. However, after working with this particular demographic and seeing the potential for positive change, I have a hard time imagining doing anything else.

What are your interests?

Derrick enjoys spending time with his amazing daughter. He enjoys multi-sport adventure races and loves to travel. He has completed a handful of marathons and ultras, a couple of century rides, and an Ironman.  He loves year round outdoor sports such as skiing/boarding, rock-climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, etc Around the house, he and his wife maintain a garden, remodel on fairly regular bases, and try to keep up on dog training.   

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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. 

Why do you work here?

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

Interests

Stefan likes to spend time outside: skiing, climbing, biking, running, and occasional farming & house projects.  He prefers activities in the mountains, and a close second is cooking good food with friends.  

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.

Why do you work here

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?

Cheyenne enjoys cooking, hiking, backpacking, and traveling when she is not working or focusing on her studies.

Joanne Marsh


Joanne Marsh

Sky House Night Staff

I have worked in daycare and cleaning. At MA, I have work 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.

I have been married for 29 years now. I have two children and three grandchildren. I fostered two of my grandchildren for a year and a half.

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.

Why do you work here?

Youth are our future and at times need a guiding hand so when I’m no longer able to carry on one of our youth with take my place and keep the torch moving forward to the next generation.

Interests

When Elizabeth is not working  she can be found spending time with her family and if she’s not with them then she’s in the great outdoors with her dog hiking, camping, and enjoying all the wildlife that Montana has to offer.