AJAY MT staff

Gabrielle Eklund Rowley
Executive Director

Gabrielle was raised on a wheat farm in central Montana. After she earned a B.A. from Tufts University, she worked for fifteen years in nonprofit organizations (from Alaska to the Mid-Atlantic) focused on experiential education, leadership development, and college access. She 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, Gabe stays busy raising two young children and enjoys playing outside in all seasons.

You can contact her at gerowley@americanjobs4youth.org or 406-490-4954.

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Michaela Wolfinger
Program & Research Assistant

Michaela was raised in Helena, MT.  She is currently a graduate student in the dual MPA, MPH program at the University of Montana.  Before graduate school, Michaela served in the Peace Corps (Benin, West Africa), focusing on community economic development, youth development, and food security.  She brings over 10 years of state government economic development work as well.  When she's not working or studying, Michaela can be found trail running or playing tennis.  

You can contact her at mwolfinger@americanjobs4youth.org.

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Sara D. Whittle

Sara D. Whittle grew up in the Little Snake River Valley along the Wyoming and Colorado border.  She attended Cottey Women’s College in Nevada, Missouri and finished her B.A. in Communication at the University of Wyoming.  After a brief break in corporate event planning, Sara returned to graduate school where she earned her M.A. in Communication with an emphasis in education. Sara has worked for over ten years in higher education focused on college access, success, and retention. During her tenure as the GEAR UP Wyoming Professional Development Coordinator, Sara presented A Framework for Understanding Poverty to dozens of audiences affiliated with middle school, high school, and college. She was the Academic Resource Center Director for Rocky Mountain College in Billings where she administered programs and provided services to assist at-risk students and now is the Director of Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search at Montana State University Billings. Sara is an avid outdoor runner, whose primary role is chasing around her two teenage daughters.