Episode 26: Kelly Cresswell - Leadership Montana
Episode 25: Bruce Whittenberg
April 6, 2022
Episode 27: Amy Kellogg
June 1, 2022


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Episode 26: Kelly Cresswell

In this episode, Eric speaks with Kelly Cresswell, executive director of Reach Higher Montana and current chair of the Leadership Montana Board of Governors.  Kelly tells us about the amazing work of Reach Higher Montana and describes their work to empower youth across Montana to find and succeed in career paths that fit their interests and lives. We also hear why Kelly loves working with the young adults as they approach and enter the critical life stage following high school.  Kelly also tells us about being a “card-iologist” and why she loves telling people positive things she notices about them, and much more.

Eric Halverson co-host of listen first montana

Eric Halverson


Eric, a graduate of Leadership Montana Class of 2016 and Masters Class 2019, leads this project with an unmatched curiosity and thirst for learning how each interviewee leans into leading. Eric magically brings to life the story underneath the words and weaves together a series that perfectly illustrates the meaning and value of listening deeply. Originally from Billings, Eric currently resides in Missoula where he serves as the Communications and Development Administrator for Partnership Health Center.


Kelly Cresswell


Curious, creative, and collaborative, Kelly is focused on supporting Montana’s students as they prepare for their futures and pursue their aspirations. In her role as Executive Director of Reach Higher Montana, she leads a talented team of student advocates whose mission is to help students strategically pursue educational opportunities. Outside of work, Kelly’s curiosity and creativity are nurtured by time spent outdoors with her husband, Don, and her two Corgis, Cooper and Sherman. A recent empty-nester, Kelly is tremendously proud of her three children: Rex, Lane, and Sloane; and head over heels in love with her grandson, Owen.