Changes as the Montana Innocence Project

As a supporter of the Montana Innocence Project, I truly value your interest in our organization. I wanted to let you know that for the past year I’ve been coping with a worsening autoimmune health condition; and after careful consideration, I have decided to leave the Project to prioritize regaining my health. 


We have made some important impacts in Montana, but the best is yet to come.  We have an exciting year on the horizon, and as founding director I believe the Project needs a leader who is healthy and actively engaged on all levels. We are hopeful that 2014 may be the year we free our first innocent client.  In addition, we are moving steadily ahead in six innocence litigation cases, we have an office packed with enthusiastic University of Montana students tackling vital projects, and a new statewide Advisory Council that brings a new level of expertise and engagement to the Project.

The Executive Committee of the Board and staff have already met and asked Director of Operations Keegan Flaherty to step into the role of Executive Director on April 1st. With her strong background in nonprofit and bar foundation operations and program management and evaluation, Keegan will be an excellent successor.

For my part, I will continue to volunteer for the organization I love and believe in so strongly. I will be at the upcoming events featuring Peter Neufeld in Whitefish and Missoula – I would love to see you there!


Jessie McQuillan, Founding Executive Director