5th House Consulting, based in Missoula, Montana, prides itself in helping clients create positive change. We help organizations with a social purpose understand, measure, communicate and improve their outcomes. We help teams work together more effectively, and we empower individuals to discover their unique paths. At 5th House, our soft skills are also hard skills. We harness the power of building supportive systems and asking the right questions, as well as the power of good data. We listen, and we help you listen as well.
In the end, it’s really about bringing all of our knowledge bases together to create a stronger community. Change is never easy—and we work to help move people towards change, whether it’s through effective meetings, designing effective assessments or evaluations, running focus groups, collecting data through surveys, or implementing processes for group or personal transformation.
RACHEL GOOEN, FOUNDER
Rachel Gooen, founder of 5th House Consulting, works with organizations and individuals committed to social change. Clients turn to Rachel for her ability to ask the right questions and identify the processes that will make a difference for them.
As a consultant, Rachel understands the language of both environmentalism and social work and has the ability to think about people in their environment as well as how the environment affects the individual.
Rachel earned dual master degrees—a Masters of Science in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School and a Masters of Social Work, with a social change focus, from the University of Montana. The tools she uses today are informed by theoretical knowledge as well as her on-the-ground experience.
Previously, Rachel has worked as a licensed clinical social worker and for organizations including the National Audubon Society, RESTORE: The North Woods, Women’s Voice for the Earth and Adventure Cycling. With 20 years of experience in nonprofits, including fundraising, she understands capacity needs, messaging, organizational structure, and the importance of delivering the mission in order to have the optimum social/environmental impact.
Rachel’s social justice and clinical social worker training set the foundation for strong skills in team building, meeting facilitation, and community assessments. Her acute people skills help her evaluate group dynamics and enhance individuals’ effectiveness.
An avid learner, she keeps up to date on the latest trainings that support public health issues, program development, and professional/personal development, including coalition effectiveness, logic model development, capacity building, and other topics.
Rachel’s experience in health prevention, treatment, and care of people makes her keenly aware of the needs of diverse populations. Her work in program development and human interactions has set the stage for mobilizing strategic growth partnerships through community engagement. It means she knows how to set up the right questions, listen, and help you lead toward a stronger future.
KRISSY FERRITER, PROJECT MANAGER
Krissy Ferriter, Project Manager at 5th House Consulting, has over over a decade of experience in the nonprofit world. Krissy is skilled at program planning and assessment, research and evaluation, skill building and leadership training, and community outreach and education. She enjoys applying her diverse skill set to initiatives seeking to improve community health and enact social change.
Krissy earned a Master of Science in Forest Resources from the University of Washington, with a focus in the social sciences on how individual and organizational perspectives and behavior can inform policy and practice. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, with a focus on community engagement and resource conservation.
Previously, Krissy worked for organizations including Adventure Life, the City of Missoula’s Urban Forestry Division, Montana Campus Compact, Great Basin Institute, and Southeast Alaska Guidance Association. In her spare time, Krissy enjoys cooking, reading, practicing yoga, and exploring wild places with her husband, daughter, and dog Clyde.