Meet The Board of Directors


Diane Arkava, MSW, LCSWDiane

Current Employment: Social Worker III, Billings Clinic, Billings.
NASW Participation: Member since 2000.
Other Activities/Community Involvement: Let’s Talk Billings Advisory Board, Casting for Recovery.
Vision Statement/Goals: NASW is a place to come together and share fellowship with other BSW and MSW Social Workers. It is a place where we can explore together what it means to be a Social Worker. We can find inspiration, advice and encouragement from one another. As Social Workers, we advocate for our clients. NASW is a place where we can advocate for our profession.



Malcolm Horn, LCSW, LAC

Current Employment: Rimrock Foundation, Director of Learning & Clinical Supervision

NASW Participation: Member for many years; graduated from the Missoula campus Walla Walla program

Other Activities/Community Involvement: Current president of the Montana Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors; Regional Vice President of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors; teach two courses at MSU-B; engage in speaking engagements at regional conferences

Vision Statement/Goals: Passionate about advocacy and systems change on a macro level, particularly in regards to the prevalence of mental health and substance abuse in the criminal justice population; I believe that it is our responsibility as social advocates to work on changing the system to effectively treat addiction and mental health from a preventative stance rather than a “crisis management” stance.



Vice President/SecretaryKelly
Kelly Downing, MSW, LCSW

Current Employment: Sterling Medical  Corporation, Case Manager, MT Army National Guard, Ft. Harrison and part-time therapist in Association with Adult and Child Counseling Services, Helena.
NASW Participation: Member since 2007. Serves on NASW MT Executive & Finance Committees.
Other Activities/Community Involvement: Helena Symphony Chorale, MT State Memorial Day Service Volunteer, Army community Services Volunteer Coordinator in Germany.
Vision Statement/Goals: My vision is to assist the Board in identifying, addressing and meeting goals that support the NASW mission. I hope to see NASW-MT increase in membership and continue to provide information for social workers to help them be better practitioners, direct care service workers, case managers and activists.

Vice President/Treasurer

Leah McLaughlin, LCSW

Current Employment:
NASW Participation:
Other Activities/Community Involvement:
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University of Montana Student Representative

Jill Bonny

Jill BonnyCurrent Employment:  Housing Montana Heroes Program Manager at the Poverello Center

NASW Participation:  Member since February, 2015

Other Activities/Community Involvement:  Joining Community Forces, At Risk Housing Coalition, Project Homeless Connect

Vision Statement/Goals:   My vision is to continue to advocate for access to justice for individuals facing oppression.  I also believe strongly in serving individuals with dignity and worth under all circumstances.  I also hope to encourage my colleagues and fellow students to become involved in the NASW  and realize the power of their own voice.


Walla Walla University Student Representative
This position is currently vacant.

Salish Kootenai College Student Representative
This position is currently vacant.


Northwest Region Representative
Abby Harnett, LCSW

Current Employment:
NASW Participation:
Other Activities/Community Involvement:
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Eastern Region Representative

Kiva Kust, MSWKiva Kust

Current Employment: Vet Center

NASW Participation: Member since 2015

Other Activities/Community Involvement: Numerous and countless events related to Veterans

Vision Statement/Goals: My vision for NASW-MT is of a centralizing force that facilitates the Social Work profession unity of growth throughout the state by means of recruiting for increased membership. Similarly, each chapter within the state are the vital link to a national perspective which is articulated in mainstream by NASW national. In Montana, with current changes to the board’s title and supervision requirements, it is imperative that the Montana chapter of NASW provide even more leadership and professional awareness in terms of social work practice, ethics and direction.

North Central Region Representative

Lisa Lysne2_2.12.15Lisa Lysne, MSW, LCSW

Current Employment: Private practice in Great Falls for over ten years.
NASW Participation:
Member since 1993.
Other Activities/Community Involvement: Mental Health Association of Great Falls, captain of local biking team, and fundraiser for AIDS research.
Vision Statement/Goals:
I hope for an association that demonstrates leadership in supporting and promoting well-being of our professionals. Being leaders in health and well-being will facilitate the best possible care for those we serve. Support can be demonstrated through consistent educational opportunities involving health and well-being for providers.

Southwestern Region Representative
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Current Employment: Assistant Professor of Social Work, Walla Walla University, Missoula.
NASW Participation: Member since 1983. Served on Nominations & Leadership Committee, NASW-Washington.
Other Activities/Community Involvement: Christian Family Adoption, Portland, OR; NASW Lobby Day, Olympia, WA; wrote article for the Missoulian newspaper re Walla Walla University.

South Central Region Representative

Ann Truesdell, MSWAnn Truesdell

Current Employment: Therapist at Youth Homes Jan Shaw Home for Girls therapeutic group home

NASW Participation: I first got involved with NASW as the UM student through  the student sponsorship program. I was then the UM Student Representative during the 2013-2014 year. I then continued to participate through the Social Policy Committee and the Behavioral Health Practioners Network. I am not the South Central Representative.

Other Activities/Community Involvement: I am also currently on the YWCA of Helena Social and Racial Justice Committee. I have participated in various volunteer activities in the Helena area.

Vision Statement/Goals: NASW-MT will continuously work to gather social workers and similar professionals in our state to act as a united body to uphold the core values of the social work profession: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. 

At Large MemberT_Smith
Terry Smith, MSW, LCSW
Current Employment: Social Worker/Therapist, Billings Clinic, Billings.
NASW Participation: Member since 1989. Currently a member of the Social Action & Policy Committee, as well as serving on the Board.
Other Activities/Community Involvement: NAMI –Montana, NAMI-Billings; Big Sky Critical Incident Stress Management, Steering Committee.
Vision Statement/Goals: Maintain high standard of ethical behavior for myself and other members. Maintain my membership and encourage all BSWs and MSWs to become NASW members. Work with other NASW-MT members to identify and access resources critical to the continued functioning of the Association.