Befrienders is pleased to announce Christel Chvilicek as its new Executive Director. Christel is a Bozeman native and graduate of Montana State University (MSU). Upon graduating from MSU, Christel received her Masters of Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University. After a decade of experience in the nonprofit industry, Christel went on to receive her CFRE, which is an internationally recognized fundraising certification that is renewed every three years.

Most recently, Christel held the position of Development Director at Central Asia Institute, fundraising globally to help ensure women and girls in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan had the opportunity to receive an education. Prior to this position, Christel worked locally at the Gallatin Valley YMCA and Human Resource Development Council in their Head Start program. In this new role, Christel is looking forward to working locally again, side by side with our neighbors to build a better community and ensure our aging population lives are enhanced through friendship.

Christel and her husband were married in 2008, and are the parents of two wonderful boys aged 7 and 9. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring individuals who are just starting their nonprofit careers, serving on local nonprofit boards, enjoying the outdoors, and spending her weekends cheering on her two sons on the pool deck.

Please join us in welcoming Christel to the Befriender community. Thank you!