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Ben Gabriel
Executive Director

Ben develops MWA's organizational strategy and works with our grassroots community, partners, and board of directors to achieve MWA's mission and ensure our long-term health and effectiveness. He spends his time connecting to Montana's wild places and rivers by hiking, kayaking, and skiing with his wife, daughter, and dogs.
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John Todd
Deputy Director

John is responsible for leading and managing our conservation, policy and advocacy, communications, and stewardship teams in the development and implementation of campaigns and programs. When he's not working to protect Montana's public lands, 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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Zach Angstead
Field Director

Zach works with communities in central Montana to protect island ranges like the Little Belt and Big Snowy Mountains, prairie wildlands, and the Rocky Mountain Front. When he isn’t working you can find Zach hiking, fishing, camping with his family, and caving to explore Montana underground.
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Aubrey Bertram
Staff Attorney

Aubrey monitors activities by the Department of the Interior throughout Montana and leads our proactive strategies and responses to Bureau of Land Management projects. 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 Manager

Alex supports MWA's communications strategy, campaigns, and programs across the state. You can find him exploring Montana's best skiing, biking, climbing, and backpacking.
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Kayje Booker
Advocacy and Engagement 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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Erin Clark
Senior Field Director

Erin supports our work to protect landscapes across western Montana, from the Yaak's forests in the north to the Centennial Mountains in the south. She enjoys backpacking, trail time with her dog, good books, nature journaling, and anything involving snow.
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Emily Cleveland
Conservation Director

Emily is responsible for guiding and supporting our program work to protect more wilderness and defend our wild areas in Montana. In her free time she enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, camping and exploring new places.
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Keely Damara
Digital Communications Manager

Keely manages our website,, and social media channels in addition to providing communications support for our chapters, programs, and campaigns. In her free time, she enjoys fly fishing on Montana’s scenic rivers, hiking, camping, and exploring public lands in her home state.
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Carl Deitchman
Senior Accountant

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
Development Manager

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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Kate Geranios
Development Manager

Kate develops and implements our individual donor program, connecting people who love Montana's wild places with opportunities to invest in MWA's mission to protect those places. She enjoys hiking and camping with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
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Darlene Hill
Executive Assistant

Darlene serves as the main support to the executive director and is a valuable contributor to the leadership team. She also supports the executive and board meetings as well as oversees projects and office operations. As a new Montanan, she enjoys the outdoors and exploring Montana's lakes and trails with her husband, daughter, son, and her fur baby Vizsla.
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Allie Maloney
Field Director

Allie finds common ground with communities and individuals in northwest Montana to protect this wild and wet corner of our state. In her free time, she bakes pies, carves spoons, and plans her dream garden. She also likes to ski and hike.
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Noah Marion
State Policy Director

Noah works to develop state-level policies to protect and enhance our public lands, waters, wildlife, and access to outdoor recreation. He works with elected officials and partners as MWA’s lobbyist in order to advance conservation priorities at the state legislature. He enjoys rafting, fly fishing, backcountry skiing, hiking, and road trips with his wife and two dogs.
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Sonny Mazzullo
Stewardship Manager

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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Laura Parr
Operations Director

Laura is responsible for managing human resources and business operations for the organization. As a native Montanan, she enjoys exploring our great state with her husband, two kids, and two dogs.
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Kassia Randzio
Interim Development Director

Kassia leads MWA's grant portfolio and supports donor stewardship. She writes reports and proposals, identifies new funding sources, and helps develop strategies to generate support for our programs. She's a backpacker, canoeist, and cross-country skier, and enjoys exploring Montana's wild backcountry.
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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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