Activities and Volunteers

Adrienne Bombelles, MSW
Week-long Frank Church Wilderness Backcountry hike

AdrienneAdrienne earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and currently works as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Helena-based Montana Budget & Policy Center. In her role with MBPC, Adrienne studies affordable housing issues in Montana and how housing insecurity impacts families involved in the child protection system. She loves being able to apply her social work education to public policy and advance social change on a macro policy level.

In July, Adrienne will be joining the Idaho Trail’s Association on a week-long backcountry project in the Frank Church Wilderness. The Forest Service will fly the all-women volunteer crew to the Chamberland Basin Area, located deep in the Frank Church, where they will spend their week cleaning trails and completing other maintenance work as needed.

Adrienne is grateful to be able to connect the social work profession and its values to conservation work. There is a natural connection between the work of social workers— protecting, restoring, and preserving a healthy community system, with that of conservationists— protecting, restoring, and preserving healthy forests and wildlife systems. As social workers, we must empower people to get a better understanding of and respect for the interconnected relationships among ourselves and our communities, including the natural environment and its nonhuman inhabitants.

Jack Holt, Clinical MSW student at Baylor University
Hike 350 miles in the summer months

JackJack Holt has spent the start of his social work career in Livingston, helping youth and adults. He has worked in case management, adult and youth day treatment services, and finally, as a behavioral specialist for the local comprehensive school and community treatment program (CSCT) within the school district. He will finish with his MSW from Baylor University in August and plans on continuing his work with youth as a CSCT therapist.

Throughout the summer, Jack will spend his time working with youth of various ages. As they spend time in the great outdoors, Jack has set a personal goal of 350 miles hiked through daily hiking, fishing, and walking trips by August 31. So far, Jack has hiked 140 miles while fishing the Yellowstone, exploring the Paradise Valley, and searching for the next great trail.

Jack Holt has only recently made his interest in advocacy known, pursuing a chance to work with the Montana state chapter for the NASW. Jack hopes to use his role as a clinical social worker to promote equity and inclusion, while also challenging social injustice.

Adrian Sagan MS, LCSW, LAC, CMHP
Summit Pursuit of Mount Powell

JackAdrian Sagan has worked in various social service fields that include victim services, juvenile and criminal justice, mediation and conflict management, and substance use and mental health treatment within non-profit and government agencies. He offered direct care through in-home based services, hospitals, and outpatient settings before entering private practice where he presently provides individual and couples therapy to the Helena community.

In August, Adrian will be hiking Mount Powell (10,168 feet). Mount Powell is located between Deer Lodge and Anaconda and is the highest mountain peak in the Flint Creek Range. The ascent consists of approximately 4,000 feet of elevation gain during the 13.5-mile traverse. Once on the summit there will be access to great views of a glacial cirque and the surrounding mountain range. A 1.5-mile hike across a ridge line to summit Mount Lowell’s neighboring mountain, Deer Lodge Mountain (9,770 feet), is also an option if he has the energy.

Adrian Sagan was the South-Central Regional Representative for NASW-MT until June 2021 and is passionate about social work practice. Social Workers often play a silent role in all their pursuits. The gains that social work has made in Montana in recent years deserve to be screamed from the mountain tops. Please sponsor Adrian as he works to celebrate social work and achieve his own goal!

Ann Truesdell MSW, LCSW
Biking the Hiawatha Trail

AnnAnn Truesdell has served in many sectors of social work including domestic and sexual violence, voter registration, mental health and trauma therapy and in policy and advocacy. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers Montana Chapter.

Ann will be stepping out of her comfort zone and trying mountain biking for the first time on the Hiawatha Trail. The ride is about 15 miles long down a slight grade. The trail is most famous for the St. Paul Pass Tunnel which burrows underneath the Rocky Mountains for 1.66 miles.

Ann is passionate about the social workers and the valuable work they are doing across the state of Montana to make our communities stronger. From helping individuals struggling with mental health, supporting families trying to make ends meet, advocating at the capitol and so much more! NASW-MT is the only organization in the state that is here to solely serve social workers and counselors. Please sponsor Ann as she works to celebrate and recognize social workers across the state!

Gavin Wisdom MSW, SWLC, ACLC
Ch-paa-qn Peak Climb

GavinGavin Wisdom is a recent graduate of the University of Montana’s Master of Social Work program and began working at Partnership for Children in Missoula this past spring. Gavin is a candidate for both his clinical social work and addiction counselor licensures. Gavin formerly worked at the Poverello Center as a Grant Writer and Development Associate and is passionate about working across the micro/mezzo/macro social work spectrum.

In August, Gavin and some of his colleagues from the UM MSW 2021 cohort will be hiking Ch-paa-qn peak (7,989 feet). On a clear day, this iconic peak can be seen from throughout Missoula and the Mission Valley.

Gavin has been the UM student representative to the NASW-MT board for the last two years and will be running for the secretary position in the upcoming board elections. Gavin believes in the power of people in community, and that when social workers can facilitate bringing individuals together, no matter how great the divide, amazing things can happen.