Meet the Team

Amy Sings In The Timber, Executive Director

Amy Sings In The Timber came to MTIP with over a dozen years of non-profit leadership experience and more than 20 years of professional commitment to advancing social and racial justice and human rights issues.

As a practicing attorney, Amy directly represented formerly incarcerated, trafficked women to reunite them with their children. Over the past two decades, she has developed and supported access to justice and legal aid programs designed to address disparities in our justice system and promote the rule of law, worked with communities to break down barriers and identify and develop solutions to complex societal and institutional challenges, and advocated for a trauma informed continuum of care, sustainable stable housing models, and economic and educational advancement opportunities for marginalized and disenfranchised peoples.

Before joining the Montana Innocence Project, Amy served as the Executive Director of the Montana Justice Foundation, and in senior leadership roles with The Chicago Bar Foundation and Covenant House Illinois.

Amy received her law degree from the University of Montana School of Law (now Alexander Blewett III School of Law).

Caiti Carpenter, Legal Director

Caiti Carpenter is Legal Director for the Montana Innocence Project. Caiti brings experience as a solo practitioner in private practice to the Montana Innocence Project. As a criminal defense attorney she represented clients in post conviction relief cases, misdemeanor and felony criminal matters, as well as dependency neglect, contract disputes, and other civil matters. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Colorado in Boulder before earning her law degree from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in Washington D.C. Caiti is overjoyed to return to the work that first struck her passion for practicing law. She is excited to represent MTIP’s clients as well as engage with students, volunteers, donors, and staff in furtherance of this organization’s righteous mission: to exonerate the innocent.

Alyssa Rabil, Web Manager

Alyssa graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism in 2011. She spent her college years volunteering on American Indian reservations and reporting for the journalism school’s Native News Project and the Montana Kaimin. In her post-college years, she honed her web design skills and did contract work as a designer and editor for mobile and online sites.

Rich Buley, Investigator

Rich has been practicing law in Montana for 35 years at the firm Tipp and Buley. Rich’s legal career involved a wide range of cases but he concentrated primarily in the areas of representing plaintiffs in personal injuries and worker’s compensation, and representing defendants in criminal cases. He was one of the founding members of the Montana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 1997 and have been a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Rich was licensed by the State of Montana as a Private Investigator in 2014 and has engaged in that business since he retired from the active practice of law in 2015.