About NAMI Montana

NAMI Montana is the Montana chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illnesses and their families.  Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

NAMI Montana  supports, educates, and advocates for Montanans with severe mental illnesses and their families.  NAMI Montana has has over 400 members and growing (join now).  Our affiliates are located in Billings, Bozeman, Bitterroot, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, , Lewistown, and Missoula.  We are a tax-exempt charity and you can find a copy of our most recent Form 990 Tax Statement here.

NAMI Montana is carried by our volunteers.  We also have two staff members, Matt Kuntz, Colleen Rahn and Quentin Schroeter.  Matt is NAMI Montana’s Executive Director.  Colleen is our Education Director. Quentin is our peer support and outreach specialist.   Quentin Schroeter

Our Team Cares About Montana

Executive Director

Matt Kuntz

Since June of 2008, Matt has led the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montana (NAMI Montana) to support, educate, and advocate for all Montanans suffering from serious mental illness and their families.

Matt Kuntz was born and raised in Helena, Montana. Matt received his bachelor’s degree from West Point and his law degree from the University of Oregon. Matt served as in infantry officer in the Army and was recognized as Distinguished Member of the Thirty Fifth Regiment for his service. Matt was practicing corporate law in Helena when his step-brother, a Montana National Guardsmen who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, committed suicide. Spurred on by his step-brother’s death, Matt began advocating for effective screening and treatment of post traumatic stress injuries of our returning service members. Senate Bill 711 was the culmination of these efforts. It required multiple, face-to-face mental health screenings throughout America’s fighting force. Senator Ted Kennedy attached the bill to the Defense Authorization Act of 2010 and was signed into law on October 8, 2009.

In June of 2008, Matt took on the role of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montana’s (NAMI Montana’s) Executive Director in order to support, educate, and advocate for all Montanans suffering from serious mental illness and their families. Matt’s advocacy efforts on behalf of Montana’s service members and their families were documented in the book, Faces of Combat: PTSD & TBI by Eric Newhouse. Matt was recognized by President Obama in his inauguration festivities as one of eighteen Ordinary Americans Who Have Made An Extraordinary Difference. Matt was also recognized as an Everyday All-Star by People Magazine and Major League Baseball.

Matt was instrumental in the development and the passage of S.785 – The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act which passed Congress unanimously in the early fall of 2020. Matt was particularly involved with the Precision Medicine and Emergency Room Care portions of the legislation. The bill is named for Commander John Scott Hannon, a dear friend and colleague of NAMI Montana.

Matt has helped lead the charge on a number of successful state advocacy efforts to establish mental health peer services in Montana, develop children’s mental health crisis beds, prevent the incarceration of offenders with serious mental illness, etc. Matt was also instrumental in the development of the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery at Montana State University and is a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Research Advisory Council.

Matt’s latest book is an Illustrated Journey Through Bipolar Disorder: Combining Analytics, Research and Personal Insights, which he co-wrote with Jason DeShaw.
When not at work, Matt can usually be found trying to keep up with his wife and three kids somewhere in the woods around Helena.

Education Director

Colleen Rahn

Since April 2015 Colleen has worked with NAMI Montana as the Education Director. As the Education Director, she is tasked with bringing NAMI‘s signature education programs for peers and families to communities across Montana.

Colleen Rahn was raised in Helena, Montana. She received her bachelor’s degree in Family Science, Health and Human Services from Montana State University in 1995. Colleen has spent more than two decades helping people with mental health conditions.

Colleen started her career at Intermountain Children’s Home helping children recover from traumatic experiences. She then worked in an adult mental health center in Alaska providing case management and care coordination services to clients. Colleen also helped clients access resources to ensure the maintenance of their mental health, financial, housing and overall care.

When she returned to Montana Colleen worked for the State of Montana as a social worker and advocated for the individuals she worked with to ensure their safety, care and well- being while in the State system. She worked again as a Recovery Coach for a mental health center in Missoula and for the Community Services Comprehensive Treatment program at an elementary school through Intermountain in Helena. Colleen has had training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and has experience in leading and co-facilitating groups for individuals of all ages needing group support.

Colleen started working for NAMI Montana in April 2015 as an Education Director. NAMI Montana is a grassroots organization that supports, educates and advocates for people with mental illness and their families. As the Education Director, she is tasked with bringing NAMI‘s signature education programs for peers and families to communities across Montana.

Consumer Support and Outreach Specialist

Quentin Schroeter

As person with Bipolar Disorder, he facilitates a "NAMI Connections" Support Group, Peer-to-Peer Seminars, and "In Our Own Voice" Presentations.

Quentin Schroeter is NAMI Montana's Consumer Support and Outreach Specialist graduated from Helena High School. He was further educated at the University of Chicago, Shimer College, the University of London, and Claremont School of Theology. Quentin holds a Bachelors of Arts in Humanities and a Masters degree in Religious Studies. As person with Bipolar Disorder, he facilitates a "NAMI Connections" Support Group, Peer-to-Peer Seminars, and "In Our Own Voice" Presentations. Quentin has been an active member of NAMI for eight years.

On March 31, 2010, Michael Fitzpatrick of NAMI National announced that Quentin had been chosen to receive the 2010 Lionel Aldridge Award. This prestigious award is given annually to someone with mental illness for their courage, leadership, and service on behalf of all people who live with mental illness. NAMI Montana is beyond proud of Quentin for this amazing accomplishment.

Contact info@namimt.org if you would like to have Quentin come meet with your community.