Board of Directors

Last year, more than 1,000 individuals in Southeastern Montana received independent living services because of LIFTT’s commitment to its vision and mission. This year, our nonprofit organization is on track to exceed the number of persons we served last year.

If you are a person with a disability living in our service area, LIFTT invites you to consider applying to become a member of its Board of Directors. As a board member, you will attend quarterly meetings, participate in strategic planning, work on fundraising initiatives and resource development, or serve on committees. Sometimes, board members are expected to recruit donors or consumers. Board members can serve up to three consecutive terms of one year each.

The position is volunteer, nonpaid, and does not offer compensation except reimbursement of authorized expenses. These aspects of the role are non-negotiable.

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact LIFTT’s Executive Director, Carlos Ramalho, at or 406-294-5190

LIFTT Board Members

Chair: Vacant 

Vice Chair: Vacent

Treasurer: Paula McMahon

Dr. Paula McMahon is an Assistant Professor of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Montana State University Billings. She teaches courses for students in rehabilitation and mental health counseling related to medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, individual and family response to disability, ethics, and human growth and development. She is an E-Learning fellow, working with faculty to develop and refine their online teaching methods. She has presented numerous times at the national, state, and local level on topics related to rehabilitation counseling and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her research interests include transition services for students with disabilities, social justice and advocacy, professional development and identity, community accessibility, and integrated employment practices.

Secretary: Karen Anderson

 Director: Katie Day

Director: Carlos Ramalho 

Director: Debra Acosta

Upcoming Meetings of the LIFTT Board of Directors

The LIFTT board of directors meets quarterly (March, June, September, and December). All meetings are open to the public and are held via Zoom unless otherwise noted. All times Mountain Time (MT). This schedule is subject to change. Meeting Agendas will be posted when available.

    • Thursday, September 14, 2023, 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 7, 2023, 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 7, 2024, 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 6, 2024, 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 5, 2024, 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 5, 2024, 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 5, 2025, 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 4, 2025, 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 3, 2025, 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 4, 2025, 4 p.m.

Man and Child hiking in the mountains