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Ben Gabriel
Executive Director

Ben leads and oversees MWA staff and guides the organization's strategy. He enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, and kayaking, as well as hiking and camping with his wife Christa and their daughter Neko.
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Gabriel Furshong
Deputy Executive Director

Gabe works closely with the executive director and staff to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization, and to ensure effective implementation and administration of daily programs and operations. He supports the executive and development directors to meet fundraising goals, serves on the organization’s senior management team, and performs the duties of the ED in his absence.
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Administration

Carl Deitchman
Finance Director

Carl manages the financial aspects of the organization, working closely with staff, chapters, and the board. He and his partner enjoy hiking and traveling around the state.
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Laura Parr
Business Manager

Laura provides administrative, human resource, and business support to MWA staff and State Council. In her spare time she can be found hiking, canoeing, gardening, and enjoying life with her husband and two kids.
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Courtney Wantink
Executive Assistant

Courtney provides administrative support to the executive director and development team. She works closely with staff, board, and chapter members to facilitate communication and organize meetings and retreats. When not at work, she is most likely on the water, out on a hike, or trying to improve her skiing skills.
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Development

Heather Greene
Development Director

Heather leads MWA's development team and oversees its donor stewardship program, membership program and grants, and its planned giving program and special appeals. Having been born in Montana and raised exploring Montana's wild places, Heather seeks to instill her passion for all things outdoor into her three kids.
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Kassia Randzio
Development Manager

Kassia develops strategies and implements programs that elevate MWA's profile statewide and nationally. She's a lifelong backpacker, canoeist, and cross-country skier and enjoys exploring Montana's wild backcountry.
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Bob Ronan
Database Manager

Bob supports the development and communications departments by maintaining the MWA database and providing quality data for all mailings and reports. He enjoys backpacking, fishing, and hunting throughout Montana with his wife and two children.
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Mike Rooney
Development Coordinator

Mike manages MWA's major donors, corporate partners, and fundraising events through close coordination with the development and executive directors. An avid hiker, camper, skier, and trail runner, Mike traded the rolling Appalachian hills of Pennsylvania for the rugged mountains of Montana and hasn't looked back.
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Communications

Ted Brewer
Communications Director

Ted develops and implements MWA's communications and manages its media relations. He and his wife Beth enjoy hiking with their two dogs, backpacking, Nordic skiing, and fly fishing.
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Alex Blackmer
Communications Coordinator

Alex supports MWA's communications strategy and creates content to raise awareness about the organization's work and programs across the state. You can find him exploring Montana's best skiing, biking, climbing, and backpacking.
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Denny Lester
IT Manager

Denny is responsible for providing IT support and managing the organization's website and microsites. He enjoys traveling around the state with his wife and two children.
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Programs

Kayje Booker
State Policy Director

Kayje mobilizes grassroots efforts and works with partner organizations and state elected officals to protect and enhance our public lands. She enjoys camping, slow runs with her dog, and traveling both near and far.
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Matt Bowser
Stewardship Director

Matt oversees our stewardship program with an aim of providing opportunities for volunteers to engage with wild landscapes in meaningful ways. He enjoys backpacking, hunting, and Nordic skiing.
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Grete Gansauer
Northwest Montana Field Coordinator

Grete builds community support for Wilderness in the Flathead and Kootenai National Forests. She loves horseback riding, travelling, and trying to identify wildflowers.
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John Gatchell
Senior Conservation Advisor

John oversees MWA’s Quiet Trails program and assists in multi-year work to conserve Montana‘s outstanding wildlands and Wilderness Study Areas. John enjoys backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, sea kayaking, trail work, dancing, and swimming. 
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Mark Good
Central Montana Field Director

Mark develops and implements community education programs; recruits, trains and manages volunteers; and performs organizing and outreach activities in central and eastern Montana. He works in our Great Falls field office. He enjoys hiking and skiing.
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Amanda Hagerty
Education and Outreach Manager

Amanda manages our education and engagement programs, including Wilderness Walks, the annual photo contest, and citizen science. She also coordinates the annual gathering and serves as the staff representative for the Chapter Relations Collaborative. She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, playing music, and cooking.
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Noah Marion
Public Lands Field Organizer

Noah works directly with communities to protect and enhance our public lands, works with students to cultivate the next generation of conservation advocates, and works to promote and expand Montana's outdoor recreation economy. He enjoys rafting, backcountry skiing, hiking, camping, and road trips with his wife and two dogs.
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Sonny Mazzullo
Stewardship Coordinator

Sonny mobilizes MWA's world-class trail volunteers and organizes our trail stewardship volunteer projects. He spends his time outdoors fishing, hiking, skiing, and biking.
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Casey Perkins
Rocky Mountain Front Field Director

Casey works with communities along the Rocky Mountain Front and throughout the Island Range area to protect important wild landscapes. She also works with Tribal and conservation partners to find long-term protection for the Badger-Two Medicine area. She lives on a farm north of Conrad.
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Zack Porter
Western Montana Field Director

Based in Missoula, Zack works with communities in western Montana to build local support for wild public lands on the Lolo, Bitterroot, and Beaverhead-Deerlodge national forests. When not working for Wilderness, Zack is guaranteed to be exploring Montana’s backcountry by foot, ski and canoe with his wife Kassia and dog Stella.
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Amy Robinson
Northwest Montana Field Director

Amy works with communities in northwest Montana on collaborative land management efforts on a range of landscapes, including the Whitefish Range, Cabinet Mountains, and Scotchman Peaks. Among other things, she enjoys exploring rivers and climbing high into remote mountains.
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John Todd
Conservation Director

John is responsible for leading and managing field directors in the development and implementation of grassroots campaigns and programs. When he’s not working for more wilderness, you can (or can’t) find John with his wife, daughters and faithful bird dog in some of Montana’s last best places.
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Cedron Jones
GIS Specialist

Cedron performs GIS mapping services for MWA on a volunteer basis. He is the author of Peakbagging Montana: A Guide to Montana's Major Peaks.
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