Our People

Executive Director

Ann | Our People

As we launch into the new calendar year, we want to pause for just a moment to reflect on the amazing year we’ve just concluded. We’ve been honored to be a small part of some very big moments in the lives of people we serve. We’ve seen one little boy who required intense supervision to get dressed, gradually acquire the skills to choose and put on his own outfits without assistance. We’ve had a role in encouraging one adolescent living in our Community Home to begin interacting with others rather than being isolated in his room; today he enjoys helping others, playing board games, and participating in community events. One little boy continually ran away from his parents in public; with consistent instruction and reinforcement, this little boy now stays with the parent when in public, which allows his family to shop and enjoy other activities together in the community.

Triumphs like these are occurring every day – every day, the life of a family or an individual is impacted in a positive way by the professionals of STEP. I continue to be impressed by our team at every turn. At STEP, the entirety of our work is dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to follow the desires of their heart. Often, we begin with helping families and individuals explore possibilities and options. Then, we help people to set a course, adjust when needed, make progress toward their goals, and celebrate their accomplishments. There have been countless reasons to celebrate this year!

We persist in reaching more lives as we expand our fee-for-service programs as well as traditional Medicaid and state-funded programs. Also, individuals, businesses, and other groups have given generously to STEP, allowing us to offer meaningful services to people who might not otherwise receive the supports they need to pursue their goals.

As always, our thanks go out to all of you who, in so many ways, have made this a remarkable year for the individuals and families we serve, and for STEP’s small team of energetic and committed staff. May your kindness be returned to you in abundance.

with deep gratitude,

Our Staff

We believe that our employees are our greatest assets and that, as we believe in fostering growth for the people that are receiving services, we also emphasize professional growth for our staff. We maintain relevancy in our profession by attending cutting edge training, obtaining pertinent certifications and licensures, and collaborating with other successful agencies on knowledge acquisition.

Program Administration

Tara | Our PeopleTara Williamson
Tara has worked in the field of services to people with disabilities for over 18 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education, and has earned many professional certifications and honors. Tara’s work in this field is fueled by her ardent belief that everyone’s life can be better, and can move closer to their cherished hopes and aspirations. Tara can be reached by email at taraw@step-inc.org or call 406-869-3008.

Family Services

Community Inclusion

Lela | Our PeopleLela Kennedy
Lela has worked at STEP since March 2015. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She wrote her Applied Research Project on social inclusion for everyone. Lela has managerial experience from several private sector positions. Lela supports the empowerment of people to grow, learn and become the very best version of themselves. To contact Lela call 406-861-0937 or email lelam@step-inc.org.

Residential Services

Alicia | Our PeopleAlicia Linder
Alicia manages the team who works at STEP’s community home and in supported living. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and extensive supervisory experience in the private sector. Alicia previously supervised the community home. She is dedicated to putting families and clients at the center of all we do at STEP, to ensure that we support them to reach the goals that are of value to them. If you would like to contact Alicia please call 406-855-4667 or email alicial@step-inc.org.


Maureen | Our PeopleMaureen Corkum
Maureen has worked in the fiscal department at STEP for over 16 years. She has a strong background and previous work experience in accounting, and currently heads our fiscal and administrative services as Senior Fiscal Manager. Maureen is passionate about keeping our services continually focused on our clients. Maureen can be contacted by calling 406-869-3002 or email maureenc@step-inc.org.


Jennifer | Our PeopleJennifer Spurlock
Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Special Education with an Applied Behavioral Analysis Emphasis. She has worked in the childcare field for over 12 years. She also worked in Community Inclusion centers in South Dakota and Montana serving children and adults with disabilities. She is passionate about making a difference by collaborating with community resources to meet the needs of people we serve. Jennifer can be reached at jennifers@step-inc.org or 406-220-2478.

Human Resources

Leslie | Our PeopleLeslie Chambers
Leslie joined the STEP team in 2016. Her broad experience includes benefits, employee relations, bookkeeping, payroll and management. She graduated with her BA in Music Management. Leslie enjoys meeting people who are compassionate and want to make a difference in the lives of others. Leslie and her family moved to Billings from the Washington D.C. area in 2006. To contact Leslie email lesliec@step-inc.org or call 406-869-3031.


Kori | Our PeopleKori O’Donnell
Kori has lived in Billings since 1992 and has over 20 years of customer service and Administrative support experience. As first point of contact, Kori enjoys welcoming and meeting people every day. Kori is an active member of the community and is looking forward to expanding working relationships with various community resources. Kori stays busy with her three children ranging from 3 to 20 years old. Contact Kori by calling 406-869-3001 or email korio@step-inc.org.