Governance: The Foundation is managed by a professional, paid staff which is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is made up of selected members from a variety of backgrounds expected to enhance the Foundation’s operation. Board members are asked to serve for one successive three-year term, after which they can be reappointed to serve another term.


Debra Jones, Executive Director

As the Executive Director of the Missoula Catholic Schools Foundation (MCSF), Deb is responsible for the efficient operation of the Foundation. She is responsible for overseeing the Foundation's fundraisers and business operations. She creates and implements the Development Plan, managing all aspects of capital campaigns and overseeing Annual Fund and Endowment asks. She also works directly with Lisa VanCanagan, the Controller, and the MCSF Board on budget and financial matters.

As part of MCS Leadership, she brings an extensive Marketing and PR background to the team. Deb manages Missoula Catholic Schools' advertising and social media campaigns, creates video and print content, while assisting both schools with their PR.

Deb has two children attending St. Joseph Elementary and Middle School. She is from Spokane, Washington and has a long family history of attending Catholic schools. She graduated from Eastern Washington University (EWU) where she majored in marketing, business management, and human resource management. Prior to EWU, Deb was a Gonzaga Prep Bullpup!

Her passion for the mission of Catholic schools combined with her non-profit knowledge and marketing expertise is an excellent combination for leading the Missoula Catholic Schools Foundation. She took the Foundation Director Job in 2016 and looks forward to all the things we can accomplish as a community in the very near future.



Emily (Naylor LSH '93) Hargis, Administrative Assistant and Alumni Coordinator

Emily assists with marketing, fundraising, event planning, and public relations. In her role as Alumni Coordinator, she will be building and maintaining relationships with alumni both locally and nationally.

Emily has experience working in the Catholic school system for the Catholic Diocese of Utah and is thrilled to be back in her hometown. She graduated from Loyola Sacred Heart High School in 1993, graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Social Work, and left Montana. Emily has 3 children, one attending LSH and another at St. Joseph's Middle School. Her oldest daughter is a freshman at the University of Utah.



  • Martin Lecholat, Board Chair
  • Andy Anderson (LSH Class of ‘00), Vice Chair Treasurer
  • Stephanie Topp, Secretary
  • John Haffey
  • Fr. Kirby Longo
  • Karl Jacobson
  • David Wolter
  • Justin Johnston
  • Breanna Caras

St. Joseph Elementary and Middle School

503 Edith Street
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 549-1290
Fax: (406) 543-4034

Loyola Sacred Heart High School

320 Edith Street
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 549-6101
Fax: (406) 542-1432

Missoula Catholic Schools Foundation

300 Edith Street
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 728-2367
Fax: (406) 542-9900

Missoula Catholic Schools Athletic Complex

Sister Rita Mudd Activity Center & Rollin Field
1040 S. 1st Street W.
Missoula, MT 59801