The Core of Impact Montana


Montana's service members, veterans, first responders and families THRIVE, during and after service. 


Help service members, veterans, first responders and their families define their purpose, connect with health and community solutions, and strive for what they value.


Service | Respect  |  Harmony | Growth-Minded | Community | Collaboration

It's Time to Invest in Montana.

Impact Montana was created to subsidize existing SMVFRF support with new and integrative solutions to promote one's ability to thrive. Our “Thrive Factors” have been developed based on personal service and professional work experience. Working through the scope of these factors allows opportunities to build individually and as a unit (family or peer group). Impact Montana understands that a strong peer-to-peer support network and a more knowledgeable community can address the existing challenges that those who serve or have served face. We also believe that there is not one organization that can take on the lone responsibility of this support.

Board Members


Gary Brewer

Vice President

Aaron Jones


Taralyn Fisher-DeCock


Currently Not Filled

Veteran Liaison to the Board

Thomas Parker

First Responder Liaison to the Board

Mike Hayes

Staff Members


Ryan Luchau

Ryan is the founder of Impact Montana and stands by its foundational principle of Montana needing to take care of our own through community based support and integrative solutions. Ryan brings a variety of experience and a wealth of knowledge to this role as it relates to military and veteran support. This includes serving as the Community Employment Coordinator in the Homeless Veteran Recovery Program for the VA Montana Healthcare System, leading a state grant with Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services dedicated to enhancing rural access to health services for vets, serving in the Montana National Guard's Deployment Cycle Support Program, and leading the Montana Army National Guard's State Resilience Training Program just to name a few. He currently leads the Montana Joining Community Forces Career Key Service Area and serves on the Montana Governor's Board of Veterans Affairs.

He is a native Montanan and retired in December 2020 from the Montana Army National Guard after 21 years of service, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 with the 639th Quartermaster Company and in 2018/19 as the Battalion Chaplain for the 495th CSSB. Ryan has worked in many military and veteran support capacities in the military, state government, private sector and in a faith-based context. Ryan has a BA from Washington State University and Masters in Divinity from Liberty University.  He resides in Helena, Montana with his wife and four children.

Physical Wellness Program Coordinator

Chantelle Russell

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