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Brian Sybert
Executive Director

Brian leads and oversees MWA staff and guides the organization's strategy. He and his wife Vanessa enjoy hiking, kayak, fly fishing, and camping throughout Montana.
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Gabriel Furshong
Deputy Director

Gabe helps maintain operational cohesion between organizational departments. He manages the communications, marketing, and policy staff, as well as the conservation director. He also supports the executive director and development director in fundraising efforts. He and his wife Lauren enjoy hunting, hiking, and dancing.
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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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Amanda Hagerty
Special Projects Coordinator

Amanda manages our Wilderness Walks program and the Picture Wild Montana photo contest. She also serves as a staff rep for the Wild Divide Chapter and provides support to the executive director. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend hiking, camping, fly fishing, caving, and playing music.
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Laura Parr
Business Manager

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.
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Heather Greene
Development Director

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.
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Annie McLaughlin
Development Manager

Annie assists the executive director and development director in the coordination of MWA’s corporate support program, fundraising events, donor cultivation events, and MWA’s Wild Montana Steward program. In her free time, Annie enjoys fly fishing and gardening.
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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 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..
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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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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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Kassia Randzio
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.
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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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Sally Cathey
Southwest Montana Field Director

Sally works with communities in southwest Montana to build local support for Wilderness designation on the Gallatin National Forest. She enjoys trail running, hiking, and backpacking with her pup.
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Grete Gansauer
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.
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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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Noah Marion
Wilderness Fellow

Noah works directly with Montana State University students on keeping public lands in public hands and on protecting special places in the Gallatin Range. Noah enjoys paddling, hiking, camping, and road trips with his fiancée and two dogs.
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Casey Perkins
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.
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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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Charlie Smillie
Eastern Montana Field Director

Charlie works with communities in eastern Montana to build local support for issues and campaigns across Montana's Prairie Wildlands. He prefers the pace of foot travel in wild places, absorbing everything from wildflowers at his feet to the rich tapestry of landscapes that stretches to the horizon.
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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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