Meet Our Staff
Kristen McGuire, Executive Director
Kristen McGuire joined the Peace Place team in February 2018...so she could come play with the kids! She has been a research associate, a children's autism trainer at QLC, a fundraiser (friend-raiser), an event planner, and even a chaplain at a mental institution! Yes, it's a little disjointed. But, amid all the work, she and her husband Dan have raised eight wonderful children. Multi-tasking is her middle name, and she is lean and mean with a budget. Several of her children have special needs, and she is an IEP veteran...and still smiling. So, sure, motherhood might not count much on a resume. But... how else do you become the Queen of the Possible?
Louisa Libertelli-Dunn, After School Program Supervisor and Director of Parent Engagement
Louisa Libertelli-Dunn supervises our NEW after school program for Ages 6 - 14. She also provided support for parents over the summer related to school readiness and social skills acquisition. She comes to us from New York City - Queens Borough, where she was born and raised. Louisa joined our staff in January 2019, and helped develop our new training programs.
Louisa graduated from St. John's University with both bachelors and masters degrees in special education, and has thirty years of experience working with babies, children and adults with differences, most recently at Life's WORC in Long Island, NY. She has extensive experience with behavior plans and IEP preparation and implementation.
Barbara joined Peace Place in April 2018. Originally from Germany, she married an airman and moved to America over a decade ago. Her two children, Sarah and Nikolas, join in the fun at Peace Place. She is studying Criminal Justice through Chaminade University of Hawaii, and has a legal background. Her ability to blaze through even the most complicated paperwork has endeared her to staff - and her ability to connect and have fun with your kids will endear her to YOU!
Fay Schwieger, Morning Caregiver
Fay joined our staff in June 2019. She also is an administrative assistant for the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind - we are glad to have someone with some sign language experience on staff! Fay is from Germany and had lived all over the United States as a VISTA volunteer. She has a bachelors degree from the University of Central Florida and is AMAZING at art - perfect for our art camp and craft times.
We are so very lucky to have some amazing volunteers! MSU Bozeman College of Nursing and GFC-MSU students visit us every week during the school year. And several volunteers join us weekly! These helpers allow us to provide one on one care for little ones most days of the week.
Do you enjoy playing with or reading to children? Are you crafty? Do you have a skill to share with the children? CLICK HERE to submit a volunteer application! Playing with small children is a joy!
Elaine Hundley, Founder & Board Member, ex officio
Elaine retired as the director of Peace Place in early 2018, but still plays a vital role in advising the board and staff on this project so close to her heart! She has been a mom at heart since she was a little girl playing house. After many years of trying to conceive, she and her husband were blessed with a joyful, curly-topped cherub, who it turns out, was deaf. Their vivacious son arrived some years later, completing the family (if you don't count spoiled pups!) She poses in this picture with her grandson, Ezra.
Her passion for children and commitment to making a difference eventually brought her to the idea of what became Peace Place in early 2012. The joyful response of the community, and especially from our families, reinforces the value of this vital service to Great Falls. Thank you Elaine!