About Us

Our Story

Who We Are and How We Got Started

Peace Place was created in 2011 by two moms who understood firsthand the need, rarity, and benefit of respite care. When the community expressed an interest in the idea, and similar organizations offered supprt to help it get started, Michelle Patterson (pictured third from left) and Elaine Hundley (pictured fourth from right) made Peace Place a reality in 2012.

Peace Place Respite Care is a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, and is housed in the East wing of the church, facing 14th St. and the Paris Gibson Art Museum. The space was graciously donated by the church, and volunteers donated labor and time to turn it into a kid-friendly space. In 2018, a sensory room was added. Peace Place also has access to the preschool rooms in the basement, including a large gym as well as an indoor playscape.

Because Peace Place is FREE to all its families, it relies heavily on donations, grants, and external funding. United Way of Cascade County has invested in Peace Place every year. We also are honored to receive funding from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, The Davidson Family Foundation, the Marshall and Mary Brondum Family Foundation and the Herb Waltermire Community Enhancement Foundation.

Learn How to Volunteer

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? 

Meet the Staff

July 10, 2021
Louisa Libertelli-Dunn
Director of Operrations Louisa Libertelli-Dunn is our new Director of Operrations. She also provides support for parents over the summer related to school readiness and social […]
July 10, 2021
Fay Schwieger
Morning Supervisor Fay joined our staff in June 2019. She also is an administrative assistant for the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind – […]
July 10, 2021
Barbara McCaa
Administrative Assistant Barbara joined Peace Place in April 2018. Originally from Germany, she married an airman and moved to America over a decade ago. She […]
July 13, 2021
Kaitlyn Harmon
Program Coordinator Kaitlyn Harmon joined our staff in October of 2020 as our Program Coordinator. She helps run both the morning and after school programs […]
July 13, 2021
Olivia Doran
Caregiver Olivia joined our staff in August 2020. She is originally from California but moved to Great Falls when her husband was stationed here. Olivia […]
July 13, 2021
Linda Blew
Caregiver I have three children and four grandchildren.  I like to read, crafting, and singing at my church. I was a volunteer at Peace Place […]
July 13, 2021
Payton Christiansen
Caregiver HI, my name is Payton Christiansen. I am pretty new to Great Falls. We have lived in the area for a year plus. I […]

Meet the Board

July 10, 2021
Jan Brown
Chair A native of Van Nuys, CA, Jan Brown spent her 43-year career conserving natural resources and advancing cooperative, sustainable enterprise across the Northern Rockies. […]
July 10, 2021
Kitty Cornwell
Vice Chair Kitty Cornwell was born in Dayton, Ohio and attended the College of William and Mary, majoring in elementary education. She worked as a nanny for […]
July 10, 2021
Sara Buley
Secretary Sara Buley  was born in Salina, Kansas, but grew up in Southern California. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, she spent […]
July 10, 2021
Kathy Keel
Member and PAC Liaison Katherine Keel was born in San Rafael, California, but grew up here in Great Falls.  (Go Bison!)  She earned a B.S. […]
July 10, 2021
Kaycee Beall
Treasurer Kaycee Beall was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. A Bobcat through and through, she has a B.S. in Sociology from MSU. She worked […]