Marianne Smith, Executive Director

Marianne Smith is a founder of Code Girls United and created and taught the Code Girls United program. She was an adjunct Computer Science Professor at Flathead Valley Community College.  She is an engineer with BS and MS degrees and has over 25 years of technology and business experience including NASA engineering experience. 

Brenda Reiter, Program Director

Brenda Reiter joined Code Girls United as Program Director after a successful career in technology management. She is responsible for In-Person, Online, Advanced, Tribal, and Competition Programs throughout Montana. Brenda has extensive management experience, nonprofit background, and a desire to advance girls’ confidence and technical and business education in Montana.

Jennifer Turcotte, Operations Director

Jennifer was born and raised in the state of Montana.  A graduate of both the University of Montana – Missoula and Montana State University – Bozeman, she is a self-identified hybrid Cat-Griz fan and takes great pride in cheering for all things Montana!

Formerly a high school English teacher, purchasing manager, banker, and tiny home builder, she is excited to join the executive team of Code Girls United as they advance their mission to empower young girls and teach them the skills necessary for success!

In her spare time Jennifer enjoys hiking, hot yoga, reading, puzzling, and hanging out with friends and family.  She is hoping that she might even learn how to program code herself and add that to her list of new favorite pastimes.  

Catherine Dyson, Executive Administrator

Catherine is the Technical Administrator for Code Girls United. She is responsible for providing technical support for all programs and for our organization in general.  She is a lifelong Montana resident and loves all things outdoors, gardening, cooking and exercise and mom to two wonderful boys. As part of Code Girls United, she brings her diverse background in bringing innovative ideas and fun to the team.

Kathy Eckhart, Program Coordinator

Kathy was born and raised in Helena and currently a 16-year resident of Billings.  She has had a very successful career of 30 years in management and recently made the decision to follow her passions.  She is a mom of 2, a daughter and son, and like all of us is a dog lover.

She enjoys using her creativity for crafting and event planning and is the go-to gal for any fun event.

Kathy is a fantastic addition to the Code Girls United team as she is a passionate lifelong learner who loves sharing what she knows with younger generations.

Nicole Moon, Program Coordinator

Nicole was born and raised in Western Montana and is a nature girl to the core. Nicole and her husband have raised 3 incredible daughters.  She is a self-professed book nerd with incurable curiosity. Nicole is passionate about girl power and helping future generations of Montana girls get exposure to STEM.

With 20+ years of retail management experience, Nicole is looking forward to using all that she’s learned as a Program Coordinator for CGU.

Makayla Davenport, Intern

Makayla Davenport is a homeschooler entering her sophomore year of high school. She first joined Code Girls United as a participant in fourth grade and is now enjoying a summer internship with the program. She hopes to use her experience with Code Girls United to help pursue a future degree in computer science.