American Jobs for America’s Youth
P.O. Box 923 • Helena, Montana 59624​

Tel: (406) 207-8727​

© 2018 by American Jobs for America's Youth

AJAY MT staff

Kristin Tessman
Executive Director

As the Executive Director for AJAY MT, Kristin  works with communities across the state to build life and work skills programming from cradle to career. Tessman was born and raised in the Southeast and attended the University of Georgia (magna cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa). After graduating from law school (cum laude), Tessman went directly into higher education administration where she worked in several positions at the University of Georgia, including in career counseling, job placement, and international education. In 2015, Tessman and her husband moved to Montana with their two daughters. Outside of work and kids, Tessman loves many things, but especially horses, cooking, hiking and travel.

Gabrielle Eklund Rowley
Program and Research Assistant

Gabrielle was raised on a wheat farm in central Montana. After she earned a B.A. from Tufts University, she worked for over ten years in nonprofit organizations (from Alaska to the Mid-Atlantic) focused on experiential education, leadership development, and college access. She recently earned her MPA from the University of Montana, with a focus in nonprofit administration. She is particularly interested in youth development and working to help individuals and communities thrive. Currently living in Helena, Gabrielle stays busy raising two children, 3 and  5 years old, and enjoys playing outside in all seasons.

Brian Moody
Program and Research Assistant

Brian grew up in Wyoming and recently moved to Helena from Flagstaff, Arizona.  He studied sociology and Spanish at Linfield College in Oregon and holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University.  Having worked with nonprofits and cooperative extension, he has led diverse community-driven projects ranging from farmers market development to job training for incarcerated youth.