Jim Hajny- Executive Director
Jim has been in recovery for 21 years from a dual diagnosis in which he was hospitalized three times and has survived two suicide attempts. He believes recovery is not only possible, but it should be a part of the process when someone is given a diagnosis. “Without the message of hope or recovery we have nothing…and peer support should be part of that message.” Jim is the author of Into Recovery, his screen play Misunderstood has been performed live on stage and he wrote and directed the documentary Dandelion, chronicling early childhood trauma . Jim is also the former program coordinator for Peer Solutions Drop In Center in Livingston, Montana and a trained Peer Supporter. Jim chairs the Montana Peer Support Task Force and serves as a Governor appointee to the Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors.
Andi Daniel – Social Media Coordinator
Andi brings several years of experience in non-profit work including Head Start and Early Head Start, employment and training programs, economic development programs, and mental health. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Montana State University-Bozeman and has extensive education and training in mental health, child development, and family systems. Andi has been in stable recovery from Bipolar Disorder for several years and has a passion for helping others navigate systems and start and maintain their recovery.
Ashley Mclean – Peer Supporter
Ashley Mclean has been in recovery for 7 years. On May 14, 2011, she found out that a new way of life was possible. She grew up in Reno, Nevada and moved to Montana in 2005. She has a beautiful daughter and a wonderful husband who have supported her recovery. Sometimes begrudgingly. She says that because she has to put her recovery first. Over the years she found balance with both her recovery and family. Ashley has had many great teachers along the way who supported her through the good and bad spots in life. Today she has hope, serenity, and compassion for others. Both those on this path with her and those just finding it. “I love my life today and recovery made that possible. Over time with practice it just keeps getting better.”
Nick Martin – Peer Supporter
Nick Martin has been in recovery from depression and anxiety for almost 3 years now. The moment that changed his life forever was when he lost his wife to suicide. Nick decided that some things needed to change in the mental health field. He felt that it needed a different approach. He joined the Local Advisory Council for suicide prevention in Butte. It was there that he found out about peer support. Nick decided that he never wanted anyone to feel alone through their struggles, much like he and his wife felt. He went out on his own providing peer support to people who reached out to him. Peer support has become his passion. He became a certified Behavioral Peer Support Specialist. He continues to live and preach by his motto, “We are all in this together.”
Katie Sorenson – Peer Services Coordinator
Katie Sorenson has been in recovery from co-occurring disorders for 6 years. Her recovery journey started in 2005 and has been peppered with adversity. Her greatest achievements have been on the other side of her most painful setbacks. She believes her greatest strength in recovery is her ability to see the value in her struggles. She feels the most important thing she can give to another person is hope that if you can just hold on, for one more day, one more hour, one more minute, you can recover. Katie believes recovery is about gaining access to opportunities and her passion to help others do so is fueled by her own struggle. Katie obtained her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from the University of Montana, Missoula, where she resides. Her experience in a chemical dependency treatment program and work at the homeless shelter reinforced her conviction in her purpose at Montana’s Peer Network. She is grateful to be a part of the team.