Montana Wilderness Association is governed by a Board of Directors, a group of elected volunteers from around the state. The Board of Directors sets policy and strategy and works to ensure the organization is financially sound.
If you would like information about joining the MWA board, please contact Debo Powers at email@example.com.
Board meetings are open to members of MWA. If you would like more information, please contact Darlene Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 443-7350, ext. 111.
Debo is a retired school principal who lives off-the-grid in a solar-powered cabin north of Polebridge on the western edge of Glacier National Park. She fell in love with the North Fork of the Flathead River Valley in 1979 because of its rugged scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and remoteness guaranteed by the long, gravel North Fork Road. Debo has been hiking the trails in the northern part of the Whitefish Range for 40 years and is an advocate for wilderness. She was a member of the Whitefish Range Partnership (WRP), a diverse citizen-initiated collaborative group that worked to include 80,000 acres of recommended wilderness – now "proposed wilderness" in the final Flathead Forest Plan – in the northern Whitefish Range. Debo recently became MWA's President-Elect, after serving three years on the State Council. She is the chair of the Environmental Ethics Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.
Tim Lynch is the manager and buyer of a Montana-owned business in Helena, MT. He fell in love with public lands and wild places working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska many moons ago. Tim and his wife are raising two daughters in Helena and are fortunate to call Montana home for the last 20 years. He has served on the Downtown Helena Board of Directors, Helena Education Foundation Board of Directors, as Grants Coordinator with the Last Chance Nordic Ski Club and volunteers in local public schools. He enjoys river travel, skiing and wanders with his daughters on local trails. The opportunity to ensure long-term protection and accessibility for Montana’s wild places inspires him every day.
Missoula and Seeley Lake, MT
Addrien is a newly retired business owner, and is involved in local and statewide organizations. She raised four children in Seeley Lake and Montana’s wild places, and now spends her time introducing her grandchildren to the unique gift of wilderness. She and her husband, Jim, are obsessive backpackers, hikers, and Nordic skiers who are committed to preserving the legacy of public lands, public access, and wilderness for today and the tomorrows we will leave behind us.
Helena and Essex, MT
Larry is a 4th generation Montanan and a Cut Bank native who graduated from the University of Montana and has been married to Callie for nearly five decades. Larry retired from law practice and the Glacier County Attorney office, as well as from lobbying for Montana Law Enforcement and County Attorneys. Larry lives in Essex near Glacier National Park in the summer and Helena in the winter. He enjoys traveling, rafting, kayaking, bicycling, backpacking, fly fishing, reading, and is an avid Lewis and Clark amateur scholar and lecturer. Larry is known for his tours of the Lewis and Clark encounter site on the Two-Medicine River on the Blackfeet Reservation. He has served on several history and conservation boards, is an active participant in Montana politics and public service, and is very fond of good bourbon and craft beers.
Patti is a nutrition educator and an avid hiker, cyclist, and cross country and backcountry skier. In addition to being a member of MWA, she is a member of several other conservation organizations which work on issues in the Gallatin Range. She enjoys vegetable gardening and consuming local foods. Patti and her husband stay active by keeping up with their lively dog.
Mark recently retired after nearly four decades of practicing law in Missoula. His practice included a number of significant public interest cases creating or defending important rights for Montana citizens. Mark and his wife chose Montana as their home immediately after college because of the state’s unrivaled wealth of wild places and wild rivers. His recreational interests include hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and bird hunting – doing just about anything to spend time in the backcountry. In retirement, he is investing time, energy, and focus advocating for and protecting the wilderness and roadless lands in our state. Mark and his wife divide the year between their home in Missoula and cabin on Flathead Lake.
Great Falls, MT
After 30 years spent working in student services in public higher education in six states, Camille retired from Great Falls College MSU and calls Great Falls home. A member of the Island Range Chapter Board, she loves to hike, cross-country ski, backpack, canoe, run, and generally spend time outdoors. Along with being an active MWA member, she also serves on the boards of Silver Crest Trails Association and Get Fit Great Falls.
Jeanette has been a Bozeman resident for more than 30 years. She treasures the beauty and wildness that Montana has to offer. Hiking and skiing in our mountains, leading MWA Wilderness Walks, and organizing Wild Winter activities are her greatest joys. Jeanette is an advocate for maintaining our public lands and wilderness and sees this as an increasingly important issue as our local and state populations continue to grow. As a local chapter board member, trail steward, and Chapter Representative to the Chapter Collaborative and Board of Directors, Jeanette shares her understanding that Montana’s landscapes have great diversity and deserve to be respected, valued, and protected.
Missoula, MT and Washington D.C.
After completing her undergraduate education at Harvard College, Nora raised three sons with her husband, graduated law school, and worked first for a law firm and then for the National Geographic Society. She has served on several boards, including American Rivers, Radcliffe College, Montana History Foundation, and the Lewis and Clark County Community Foundation. She and her husband each have several generations of family connections in Montana. Their ranch property north of Helena, which they had owned for 26 years, was sold in 2016 after placing conservation easements on the land with the Montana Land Reliance. Nora has supported MWA for many years.
John Larson is a retired environmental scientist from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He has worked as the EPA agricultural liaison for the six-state Rocky Mountain region and has managed cooperative agreements with the Montana Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Quality. John now works as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician for a local ambulance crew and as a volunteer firefighter. Originally from Denver, Colorado, John has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University and has attended graduate school at the University of Montana. He enjoys outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, skiing, and canoeing.
Andrew is a longtime reporter, magazine editor, and freelance writer primarily covering the outdoors and public-land recreation and management. He has been active in BLM land use planning and most recently delivered a series of talks, co-sponsored by Montana Wildlife Federation, around eastern Montana on conservation of cherished landscapes. He has been an advocate for the continued designation of Wilderness Study Areas in eastern Montana and for the designation of “areas with wilderness characteristics” to be given higher priority in land-use planning. Andrew is a former information officer for Fish, Wildlife & Parks and editor-in-chief of Outdoor Life magazine. Andrew is an avid hiker and runner and public land bird and big-game hunter, he lives outside Glasgow with his family.