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.
Deputy Executive Director
Gabe is responsible for ensuring overall organizational effectiveness while MWA searches for a new executive director. His duties include oversight of our strategic plan and management of our leadership team. He also ensures productive communication between MWA's staff and board of directors. He and his wife Lauren enjoy hunting, hiking, and dancing.
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.
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.
Laura provides administrative and business support to MWA staff and serves as the liaison for the State Council. She also manages MWA's Wild Fest. In her spare time she can be found hiking, canoeing, gardening, and enjoying life with her husband and two kids.
Heather leads MWA's development team and oversees our major donor program, membership, and grants, as well as our planned giving and special appeals. In her free time she can be found hiking, mountain biking, camping, or skiing with her three kids.
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.
Mike supports the executive director and development director in managing MWA's major donors, corporate sponsorships, and fundraising events. An avid hiker, camper, and trail runner, Mike is a newcomer to Montana and can't wait to explore more of its wild places.
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.
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.
Marketing and Grants 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.
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.
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.
Northwest Montana Field Coordinator
Grete works with the Flathead-Kootenai Chapter volunteers to build MWA's presence and partnerships in the Flathead Valley. She loves exploring new wild places and trying to identify wildflowers along the trail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rocky Mountain Front Field Director
Casey works with communities along the Front to implement the Heritage Act. She also works with Tribal and conservation partners to find long-term protection for the Badger-Two Medicine area. She enjoys floating, hiking, skiing, running, playing with her dog Hank, and digging in the garden with her cats.
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.
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.
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.
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.