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Montana Wilderness Association is governed by the State Council, a group of elected volunteers from around the state and representatives from each of our chapters. The State Council sets policy and strategy and works to ensure the organization is financially sound.

If you would like information about joining the MWA state council, please contact Daphne Herling at or call (406) 531-8348. 


Mark Hanson
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 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 almost-two- year-old daughter Lena discover the wonders of the wild world every day.

Addrien Marx
Seeley Lake, MT

Addrien recently sold her business of over 20 years, Rovero's Ace Hardware and Conoco Gas, in Seeley Lake. Having raised four children in Seeley Lake, she is now introducing her grandchildren to the unique gift of wilderness. She and her husband are obsessive backpackers, hikers, and Nordic skiers. She is committed to preserving the legacy of public lands, public access, and wilderness for the next generations, believing that the outdoors provide our strongest connection to the soul.

Wayne Gardella
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.

At-Large Members

Yve Bardwell
Choteau, MT

Yve is co-owner of Dropstone Outfitting in Choteau, catering to foot travel in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Barb Harris
Clancy, MT

Barb worked as an attorney in the Montana State Auditor's Office. She enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing.

Steve Holland
Bozeman, MT

Until his retirement in 2014, Steve led MSU's Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, a division of the College of Engineering. An avid backpacker and hiker, Steve serves on MWA's Finance Committee and on a variety of nonprofit boards and councils

Gerry Jennings
Great Falls, MT

Gerry is a retired university teacher of nursing. An inductee of the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame, she has served as president of MWA's Island Range Chapter twice and was president of the MWA State Council from 2002 to 2006. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, and canoeing. 

John Larson
Kalispell, MT

John worked as an environmental specialist at the Montana Department of Agriculture and for 22 years as an envirnomental scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Now retired, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking in northwest Montana.

Lisa Lenard
Bozeman & Missoula, MT

Having lived all over the American West, Lisa now makes her home in Missoula and Bozeman with her partner, their daughter, and their Yorkie. She has worked for non-profit conservation organizations for the majority of her 20-year fundraising career, helping preserve and protect wilderness and wildlife. She loves hiking Montana's trails, swimming in Montana’s lakes, and taking photos.

Allison Linville
Whitefish, MT

Allison is a writer and seasonal worker for the U.S. Forest Service. She serves as board secretary of MWA's Flathead-Kootenai Chapter Board.

Charlie O'Leary
Butte, MT

Charlie was a Butte-Silver Bow County Commissioner for 20 years. He is a past chairman and longtime director of Back Country Horsemen of Montana, and has served on various National Forest related committees and working groups. He is currently Chairman of the Butte-Silver Bow Urban Forest Board.

Rick Potts
Missoula, MT

Rick is founder and owner of WildCOR, providing wildland conservation and outdoor recreation support services to non-profit organizations. He retired from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 2013, having managed the 1.1 million-acre Charles M. Russell and UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Debo Powers
Polebridge, MT

An active hiker and wilderness enthusiast, Debo has been hiking the trails in the northern Whitefish Range since 1979 and backpacking in wild areas all over Montana. She volunteers as a fire lookout during the fire season, leads hikes for MWA and other organizations, and is active in the local MWA chapter.

Bernard Rose
Billings, MT

Bernie is an emeritus professor of economics at Rocky Mountain College in Billings and director of the One Book Billings program. He served as MWA treasurer from 2005 to 2008. He is actively involved in the Billings Public Library Board, the Billings Public Library Foundation Board, Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Foundation, and Yellowstone County Park Board. He is an avid hiker and voracious reader.

Greg Schatz
Columbia Falls, MT

Greg is a contractor and serves on the board of the Back Country Horsemen of the Flathead. He enjoys packing in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. 

Patti Steinmuller
Bozeman, MT

Patti is a nutrition educator and member of the Bozeman Women’s Activity Groups (BWAGs). She is a member of several organizations working on issues in the Gallatin Range. She is an avid hiker, road cyclist, cross-country skier, and vegetable gardener. Patti and her husband also stay active keeping up with their lively dog.

Keith Strong
Bozeman, MT

Keith is a retired federal magistrate judge. He presided over cases involving Glacier National Park, the Lewis and Clark National Forest, Helena National Forest, and the CM Russell National Wildlife Refuge Complex. He grew up next to the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness and has hiked, backpacked, climbed, skied, hunted, fished, and boated in wild places throughout Montana.

Jo Ann Wright
Great Falls, MT

Jo Ann is a retired accountant. She now volunteers as a teaching assistant in first grade at Longfellow Elementary School. She currently serves as treasurer of MWA's Island Range Chapter. She enjoys hiking, wildflower photography, and snowshoeing.

Chapter Representatives

Jeff Hunnes and Rita Harding
Eastern Wildlands Chapter
Billings, MT


Jen Fugatt
Flathead-Kootenai Chapter
Whitefish, MT


Bonnie Warren
Island Range Chapter
Great Falls, MT


Jeanette Hall
Madison Gallatin Chapter
Bozeman, MT


Julie Ellison
Shining Mountains Chapter
Missoula, MT


Jill Kolb
Southwest Wildlands Chapter
Butte, MT


position currently vacant
Wild Divide Chapter
Helena, MT



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