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Benjamin Gabriel
Executive Director

Benjamin 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.
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John Todd
Deputy 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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Aubrey Bertram
Eastern Montana Field Director

Aubrey works with communities to protect eastern Montana’s prairies, badlands, and island mountain ranges. She spends her time skiing, hiking, and running, volunteering with civic organizations in Billings, exploring public lands with her two dogs, and napping on the couch with her two cats.
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Alex Blackmer
Communications Coordinator

Alex supports MWA's communications strategy and creates content to raise awareness about the organization's work and programs across the state. You can find him exploring Montana's best skiing, biking, climbing, and backpacking.
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Kayje Booker
Policy and Advocacy Director

Kayje mobilizes grassroots efforts and works with partner organizations and state elected officials 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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Matt Bowser
Stewardship Director

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.
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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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Emily Cleveland
Southwest Montana Field Director

Emily works on developing collaborative land management efforts and building grassroots support and partnerships in the Gallatin and Madison Ranges, the Snowcrest Mountains, the Ruby Valley, the Crazies, and the Beaverheads. She enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, camping and exploring new places.
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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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Jacob Foster
Public Lands Field Organizer

Jacob lifts up voices from communities around the state to protect and preserve public lands. While not taking on new engagement challenges, he enjoys beekeeping, skiing, and hiking with loved ones.
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Grete Gansauer
Northwest Montana Field Director

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
Senior Conservation Advisor

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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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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Denny Lester
IT Manager

Denny is responsible for providing IT support and managing the organization's website. He enjoys traveling around the state with his wife and two children.
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Noah Marion
Policy and Advocacy Manager

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.
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Sonny Mazzullo
Stewardship Coordinator

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.
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Anson Nygaard
Public Lands Field Organizer

Anson works across the state to involve military veterans in our wilderness advocacy campaigns and trail stewardship projects. He enjoys adventures on- and off-trail, hunting, fishing, and chasing the incredible views Montana has to offer.

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Laura Parr
Operations Director

Laura provides administrative, human resource, and business support to MWA staff. In her spare time she can be found hiking, canoeing, gardening, and enjoying life with her husband and two kids.
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Casey Perkins
Central Montana 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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Kassia Randzio
Development 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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Amy Robinson
Conservation Director

Amy is responsible for guiding and supporting our program work to protect more wilderness and defend our wild areas in Montana. Among other things, she enjoys exploring rivers and climbing high into remote mountains.
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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 Manager

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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Courtney Wantink
Executive Assistant

Courtney provides administrative support to the executive director and development team. She works closely with staff, board, and chapter members to facilitate communication and organize meetings and retreats. When not at work, she is most likely on the water, out on a hike, or trying to improve her skiing skills.
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