Meet the Staff
Kaleena is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent and started work with the Madison Jefferson County Extension office in February of 2019. Since moving to Butte from New York state in 2011, Kaleena has served as an AmeriCorps member, worked for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and most recently, worked for the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO). She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy from Bard College. Kaleena lives with her husband Dave in Butte and in her free time, you can find her doing something active such as hiking, skiing, or playing volleyball. She also enjoys the challenge of gardening in Butte's short growing season.
Janine joins our team after having served as the Executive Director of Hearts and Homes Family Resource Center. She has spent over twenty years in the non-profit sector providing support services to families and children in the foster care and adoption system, women weaving through the domestic violence maze and working closely with the judicial system to provide children the opportunity to have safe supervised visits with non-custodial parents. Janine moved to Jefferson County after spending many years on a farm surrounded by black angus and golden retrievers. She still can’t help but agree with her late mother-in-law – nothing is as beautiful as a black cow on a green spring pasture. She has been known as ‘Ms. Janine” at the Whitehall Elementary School for several years as a Para and Substitute Teacher, doing what she loves, interacting again with children, seeing that light go on as the idea or concept connects. Janine looks forward to supporting the Madison-Jefferson 4-H program, watching as the next generation learns skills that may transition them into the next phase of their life.