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Montana Wilderness Association is governed by a Board of Directors, a group of elected volunteers from around the state. The Board of Directors sets policy and strategy and works to ensure the organization is financially sound.

If you would like information about joining the MWA board, please contact Addrien Marx at addrienmarx@gmail.com.

Board Meetings shall be open to members of MWA.  If you would like more information, please contact Laura Parr at lparr@wildmontana.org or call (406) 443-7350, ext. 110.

Board Officers

Addrien Marx
President
Missoula and Seeley Lake, MT

Addrien is a newly retired business owner, and is involved in local and statewide organizations. She raised four children in Seeley Lake and Montana’s wild places, and now spends her time introducing her grandchildren to the unique gift of wilderness. She and her husband, Jim, are obsessive backpackers, hikers, and Nordic skiers who are committed to preserving the legacy of public lands, public access, and wilderness for today and the tomorrows we will leave behind us.

Debo Powers
President-elect
Polebridge, MT

Debo is a retired school principal who lives off-the-grid in a solar-powered cabin north of Polebridge on the western edge of Glacier National Park. She fell in love with the North Fork of the Flathead River Valley in 1979 because of its rugged scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and remoteness guaranteed by the long, gravel North Fork Road. Debo has been hiking the trails in the northern part of the Whitefish Range for 40 years and is an advocate for wilderness. She was a member of the Whitefish Range Partnership (WRP), a diverse citizen-initiated collaborative group that worked to include 80,000 acres of recommended wilderness – now "proposed wilderness" in the final Flathead Forest Plan  – in the northern Whitefish Range. Debo recently became MWA's President-Elect, after serving three years on the State Council. She is the chair of the Environmental Ethics Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.  

Mark Hanson
Immediate-Past President
Missoula, MT

Mark first discovered his love for wilderness while working a summer job in Glacier National Park at the age of 20. After graduate school, he returned to Montana and now writes and teaches courses in ethics and the humanities at the University of Montana in Missoula. He is an avid hiker, trail runner, and Nordic skier. He and his spouse Kara enjoy helping their daughter Lena discover the wonders of the wild world every day.

Wayne Gardella
Treasurer
Helena, MT

Wayne is the district director of the Small Business Administration in the Montana District Office. He enjoys fly fishing Montana's blue-ribbon rivers and hiking and camping in Montana's backcountry.

Patti Steinmuller
Secretary
Bozeman, MT

Patti is a nutrition educator and an avid hiker, cyclist, and cross country and backcountry skier. In addition to being a memeber of MWA, she is a member of several other conservation organizations which work on issues in the Gallatin Range. She enjoys vegetable gardening and consuming local foods. Patti and her husband stay active by keeping up with their lively dog.

Board Members

Barb Harris
Director
Helena, MT

Barb grew up in Helena and currently practices law for a nonprofit organization there. She started exploring the mountain ranges of Montana in college and has never stopped. She enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing, and believes the preservation of wild places is the most hopeful endeavor available in today's society.

John Larson
Director
Kalispell, MT

John Larson is a retired environmental scientist from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He has worked as the EPA agricultural liaison for the six-state Rocky Mountain region and has managed cooperative agreements with the Montana Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Quality. John now works as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician for a local ambulance crew and as a volunteer firefighter. Originally from Denver, Colorado, John has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University and has attended graduate school at the University of Montana. He enjoys outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, skiing, and canoeing.

Lisa Lenard
Director
Bozeman, MT

Lisa and her family happily call Bozeman home, and after a 20 year career in non-profit development (primarily in the conservation arena), she now does some independent work from home, also working in a local organic restaurant and teaching an indoor cycling class. Hiking, biking, traveling, and time spent with friends and family are Lisa's great passions!

Larry Epstein
Director
Helena and Essex, MT

Larry is a 4th generation Montanan and a Cut Bank native who graduated from the University of Montana and has been married to Callie for nearly five decades. Larry retired from law practice and the Glacier County Attorney office, as well as from lobbying for Montana Law Enforcement and County Attorneys. Larry lives in Essex near Glacier National Park in the summer and Helena in the winter. He enjoys traveling, rafting, kayaking, bicycling, backpacking, fly fishing, reading, and is an avid Lewis and Clark amateur scholar and lecturer. Larry is known for his tours of the Lewis and Clark encounter site on the Two-Medicine River on the Blackfeet Reservation. He has served on several history and conservation boards, is an active participant in Montana politics and public service, and is very fond of good bourbon and craft beers.

Camille Consolvo
Chapter Collaborative Representative
Great Falls, MT

After 30 years spent working in student services in public higher education in six states, Camille retired from Great Falls College MSU and calls Great Falls home. A member of the Island Range Chapter Board, she loves to hike, cross-country ski, backpack, canoe, run, and generally spend time outdoors. Along with being an active MWA member, she also serves on the boards of Silver Crest Trails Association and Get Fit Great Falls.

Jeanette Hall
Chapter Collaborative Representative
Bozeman, MT

Jeanette has been a Bozeman resident for more than 30 years. She treasures the beauty and wildness that Montana has to offer. Hiking and skiing in our mountains, leading MWA Wilderness Walks, and organizing Wild Winter activities are her greatest joys. Jeanette is an advocate for maintaining our public lands and wilderness and sees this as an increasingly important issue as our local and state populations continue to grow. As a local chapter board member, trail steward, and Chapter Representative to the Chapter Collaborative and Board of Directors, Jeanette shares her understanding that Montana’s landscapes have great diversity and deserve to be respected, valued, and protected.

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