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Biography of Frank R. Sennett


Biography of Frank R. Sennett






Area Manager: Snowy Mountain Industries/a subsidiary of RSD headquartered in Billings (2007-2014).

Director/Social Services Coordinator: Head Start Program Director, Lewistown, Montana. Administered all components of the program in a six county area; supervised 23 staff members; developed and implemented the program’s financial plans and budget.


Case Manager: Missoula Youth Homes Counselor, Missoula, Montana. Worked with youth in short-term crisis intervention facility; performed case planning and coordination with service agencies such as, Social Services, Job Services, Human Resources Council, Youth Court Probation, Job Corp, private doctors and dentists, alcohol and drug treatment programs, and schools. Supervised University of Montana social work, psychology and nursing students.


Administrative Analyst: Lane County Department of Community Health and Social Services, Eugene, Oregon. Designed and implemented Needs Assessment of community health and social services programs to determine unmet needs; taught workshops on management by objectives and time management; administrative aide to department director.


Chief, Bureau of Policy and Planning: Division of Management, Department of Health and Welfare, Boise, Idaho. Supervised staff; designed and implemented Idaho’s Title XX Needs Assessment Program; performed an administrative audit of state Medicaid Program; performed various administrative duties.


Director, Human Services Planning and Research Project: Montana State Governor’s Office, Helena, Montana. Organized, coordinated, and implemented projects; developed and presented yearly budget to Governor’s Office; developed and coordinated state-wide needs assessment; researched one-stop service center concept and multiple agency intake forms; performed various administrative duties.


Deputy Director: Montana Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services, Helena, Montana. Coordinated legislative programs; served on numerous human services committees, including Montana Advisory Council on Children and Youth; developed and administered budget for Aging Services Program and Community Services Division; assisted in developing and was acting director of Community Services Division for nine months; acting chief of Aging Services for three months; also served as acting director of SRS.


Administrative Assistant: Montana Governor’s Office, Helena, Montana. Administrative assistant to Montana Governor Forrest H. Anderson. Wrote releases, speeches; dealt with public; coordinated relations between Governor’s Office and the state’s human services programs; coordinated Governor’s appointments to boards, bureaus, and commissions; assisted in development and implementation of executive reorganization of state agencies from over 160 down to 20.


Assistant Secretary: Montana State Senate, Helena, Montana.



Substitute Teacher/Home-Bound Tutor: Lewistown School Systems, Lewistown, Montana. Worked with individual K-12 students who were unable to attend regular school; worked with Developmentally Delayed students on class work and adult living skills; worked closely with teachers, parents, special education providers, and treatment team.


Home-Bound Tutor: Missoula school system, Missoula, Montana. Individual, short-term tutoring with K-12 students who were unable to attend school in regular classrooms for emotional and/or physical reasons. Worked closely with classroom teachers.


Presenter/Guest Lecturer: Missoula, Montana. Taught seminars on stress management, relaxation techniques, time management, and setting objectives and goals to organizations for displaced homemakers and single parents, human service agency employees, and to high school and college classes.


Classroom Teacher: Myrtle Creek Public School System, Myrtle Creek, Oregon. Taught a Second grade class of twenty eight students, all areas of education.


Teaching Assistant: University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. Taught five quiz sections of the Introduction to American History course.



Counselor and Private Therapist: Lewistown, Montana. Worked with a sex offender program counseling on an individual and group basis.


Counselor: Missoula Youth Homes, Missoula, Montana. Arranged for therapy with appropriate counselors and psychologists; counseled troubled youth about family issues, suicide/depression, anger, stress, health issues including family planning, and job searches; wrote diagnostic functional assessments for individual youth; facilitated group process meetings.


School and Employment Counselor: Missoula Youth Homes, Missoula, Montana. Worked with elementary and high schools placing youth ages 10 to 17 in appropriate educational and employment settings. Arranged tutoring; tutored students; requested special counselors, Educational Child Study Team reviews, etc. Worked with individual youth and group home parents on developing long-term case plans, including emancipation planning for those nearing age 18; worked with public and private employment programs, including public sector Youth Employment Program, Job Corps, and private business.


Working with Adults with Developmental Disabilities:

Supported Living Program Supervisor: Snowy Mountain Industries, Resource Support and Development Incorporated, Lewistown, Montana. Individual work on living issues: teaching skills such as budgeting, shopping, hygiene, meeting medical and dental appointments, etc.; individual counseling; coordinating with S.M.I. team and families.


Supported Employment Supervisor: Snowy Mountain Industries, Resource Support and Development Incorporated, Lewistown, Montana. Worked individually with adults with developmental disabilities; performed assessments, job development, job placement, and job coaching; supervised one staff and coordinated with Snowy Mountain Industries’ team and families.


Tutor: Lewistown Public Schools, Lewistown, Montana. Worked with an individual with multiple disabilities. Worked on life skills and general educational needs until the student successfully graduated from high school.



1978-2007: Continuing education through classes and workshops in the Human Service field.

1984-1988: Continuing education through workshops and seminars on counseling issues, Neuro-Linguistics Programming, and Ericksonian Therapy.

1977-1978: Southern Oregon State College, Elementary Education Teaching Certification Program. 4.00 G.P.A.

1965-1968: University of Montana, BA degree, History major with English minor. Graduated with High Honors.


Ability to listen and work well with people. Love and respect for and patience with people. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to plan, coordinate, implement ideas, plans, and programs. Flexible. Eager to learn new ideas and skills. Knowledge of and extensive successful experiences in legislative process and issues. Ability to assist others in learning new skills and creative problem solving.

Publication Date

Fall 2015

Biography of Frank R. Sennett