Staff & Board


Executive Team

  • Carolyn

    Carolyn Prussen,
    Executive Director

    Meet Carolyn…

    Carolyn wants to live in a world where tolerance, acceptance, and inclusion are standard practice, and people are kinder than necessary. As the Executive Director, she’s responsible for guiding the agency with a mindful and cohesive vision. She strives to ensure that CDC is known for its staff expertise, consumer satisfaction, and community contributions.


    When she’s not in the office, you might find her getting lost in the wilds of Glacier National Park, summitting a peak in the Jewel Basin with her husband and kids, or roasting marshmallows over a fire at her backyard in Florence.

  • Catherine Hafliger

    Catherine Hafliger,
    Early Intervention and Family Education & Support Director

    Meet Catherine…

    Catherine Hafliger wants to live in a world where children are full of love, acceptance and bellies of good food. As the E&D Director, she oversees all new referrals as well as CDC’s evaluation clinics in Missoula, Kalispell and Bozeman. Catherine is passionate about connecting families with the education and supports they need to enhance their lives.


    When she’s not at CDC, you can find Catherine making snacks and chasing her two boys around!


    Greg Malone,
    Chief Financial Officer

    Meet Greg…

    Greg wants to live in a world where Debits and Credits can all get along, payroll always runs smoothly and insurance companies and providers coexist in obtaining the best possible outcomes! Seriously though, Greg came to CDC as the CFO to streamline business practices, so that staff could focus on CDC’s mission: helping children and families.


    When he’s not pouring over financial data and spreadsheets, you can find Greg in a gym or on a football field rooting on his sons.

  • Karlyn Gibbs

    Karlyn Gibbs, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
    Retired, Consultant

    Meet Karlyn…

    Karlyn wants to live in a world where mornings start a little later, square pegs aren’t required to fit into round holes and every child has at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her. Although she is now retired, she held the title as As the Autism & Behavioral Services Treatment Director, assuring that children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities received the support and training they needed to succeed. Karlyn is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has been instrumental in the pioneering of autism services in the state of Montana.


    When she’s not working, you can find Karlyn gardening meditatively in her flowerbeds, absorbed in a thick novel, sewing like a mad woman, searching for the best fare for her next trip to Seattle and reflecting dreamily on the perfection of her grandchildren.

  • Lea Shanks

    Lea Shanks,
    Life Skills Program Director

    Meet Lea…

    Lea Shanks wants to live in a world where kindness, dignity and respect are at the forefront of all interactions, and each of our unique strengths are celebrated.As a director, Lea oversees the implementation of policies, budgets and support plans that impact the children and families in her programs. She guides Family Support Specialists through the challenges and triumphs of their roles, providing assistance with crisis situations and developing and training on front-line behavior interventions.


    When she’s not multitasking at CDC, you can find Lea directing a local theatrical production, shuttling cub scouts, hosting friends and family around a backyard bonfire and rocking out to the 80’s in her minivan.


Board of Directors

Jean Curtiss,
Board Secretary/Treasurer
Community Representative
Jennifer McCully
Lincoln County Public Health,
Program Manager
Ryan Clevidence
Parent Representative

Chris Hoffman
Ravalli County Commissioner

Juanita Vero
Missoula County Commissioner

Gale Decker

Lake County Commissioner

Randy Brodehl
Flathead County Commissioner