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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 daphne.herling@business.umt.edu or call (406) 531-8348. 


Lee Boman
Seeley Lake, MT

Lee worked in various leadership and marketing positions for JCPenney before moving to Montana. In addition to his work with MWA, Lee is one of four founding members of Seeley Lake ROCKS! which is working to create world class Nordic facilities in Seeley Lake. He enjoys hiking and skiing.

Mark Hanson
President Elect
Missoula, MT

Mark is a lecturer of liberal studies and philosophy at the University of Montana. He also serves on the ethics committees of St. Patrick Hospital and on the board of the Missoula Nordic Ski Club. He is an avid hiker, trail runner, and Nordic skier.

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. 

Len Kopec
Augusta, MT

Before retiring, Len was a supervisor of building projects at U.S. embassies around the world, and once ran his own outfitting and guide business. He also serves as president of MWA's Island Range chapter.

Allison Linville
Kalispell, MT

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

Addrien Marx
Seeley Lake, MT

Addrien is owner of Rovero's Ace Hardware and Conoco Gas in Seeley Lake. She serves as incorporator and past president of the Seeley Lake Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports and as vice chair at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. She is a member of Missoula County's Open Lands committee and a board member of Seeley Lake Community Foundation. She enjoys backpacking, hiking, and Nordic skiing.

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
Gallatin Gateway, MT

Patti is member of the Gallatin Community Collaborative, working on issues in the Gallatin Range, and an officer of Willing Workers Ladies Aid, Inc., a community charitable organization. She is an avid hiker, road cyclist, cross-country skier, and vegetable gardener.

Alan Weltzien
Dillon, MT

Alan teaches nature and environmental writing at the University of Montana Western. He’s an avid hiker who has spent time in nearly all of the proposed wilderness areas in southwest 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
Eastern Wildlands Chapter
Billings, MT

Jeff is a shareholder in Guthals, Hunnes and Reuss, a law firm in Billings, and is a former president of MWA's Eastern Wildlands Chapter. He is an avid backpacker and hiker.

John Larson
Flathead-Kootenai Chapter
Kalispell, MT

John is a retired environmental scientist with the EPA, the U.S. Forest Service and the Montana Department of Agriculture. 

Bonnie Warren
Island Range Chapter
Great Falls, MT


Ruth Kopec
Madison Gallatin Chapter
Bozeman, MT

Ruth is a retired insurance lawyer. She also volunteers for the Yellowstone Association, among other organizations. She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing.

Dan Harper
Shining Mountains Chapter
Missoula, MT

Dan is a retired pediatrician and has hiked, backpacked, snowshoed, rafted, and packed horses and mules throughout Montana.  

Wayne Chamberlin
Wild Divide Chapter
Helena, MT

Wayne is a retired anesthesiologist and enjoys hiking, kayaking, cycling and fishing. He also volunteers with the Prickly Pear Land Trust, Lewis and Clark Humane Society, and the Helena Bicycle Club.



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