Board of Directors

GGWC is governed by a Board of Directors broadly representative of our watershed community. Members represent agricultural producers, irrigators, non-governmental organizations, sub-watershed groups, recreationists, local government, natural resource managers, business, and other watershed interests. Board business meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am at the DNRC conference room on Boothill Court (unless otherwise noticed). All are welcome. Directors serve 3-year terms; vacancies are filled by election at the annual meeting in January.

Board members are asked to serve on at least one of GGWC’s four Committees – Executive (Officers), Development, Education & Outreach, and Water Resources. Non-Board members may also serve on committees upon the invitation of the committee chair(s).

2017 Leadership Team

BradBrad Bauer  Chair. Development Committee, Co-Chair.  Brad is the Montana State University Natural Resource Extension Agent for Gallatin, Meagher, and Park Counties.  Brad provides landowner outreach and education for forestry and forest health, noxious weeds, and stream restoration.  Additionally, Brad works on aquatic invasive species and wetland condition monitoring. Prior to joining Extension, Brad worked for The Nature Conservancy in Montana for eight years. During his time as a Scientist and Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy, Brad worked across the western half of Montana but especially the area south of Dillon and near Malta. Originally from Iowa, Brad moved to Montana to attend graduate school at Montana State University.  Brad and his wife are enjoying the move back to Gallatin County and spend their days exploring their new home.

Peter-1-210x300Peter BrownVice Chair. Water Resources Committee, Co-Chair.  Peter grew up on a family ranch in the Helena Valley. Those formative years instilled in him a deep respect for the contribution that Montana farmers and ranchers make to our rural communities and our collective heritage of Montana’s wide open spaces. This has led to a career in private land conservation and his most recent position with Gallatin Valley Land Trust, where he helps farmers and ranchers protect their family ranch by establishing and stewarding conservation easements. Through his work, it has become apparent that water is a very hot topic in Montana; where having not enough can turn into too much with one mid-summer thunder storm. Peter received his MS in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana. He currently lives in Bozeman with his wife, and regularly travels back home to Helena to visit family and help out on the family ranch.  

Meryl Storb –  Treasurer.  Development Committee, Co-Chair.  Meryl is a Ph.D. student at MSU in the Land Resources and Environmental Science Department – working in the Payn Watershed Hydrology Lab. She started her Ph.D. during the fall semester of 2014. Her dissertation research is focused on understanding how water quality and quantity may change in the Big Sky watershed with ongoing development and impacts from climate change. Prior to returning to graduate school, Meryl spent six years working for an environmental consulting firm in Missoula, MT. She worked on a range of projects that were focused on groundwater, in the western US, Canada and West Africa.  Before she entered the world of consulting Meryl obtained a B.S. from the University of Montana (UM), in Environmental Geology (2008). While at UM she worked as a research assistant and an environmental health technician (Missoula Dept. of Water Quality), working on several aspects of the Milltown Dam Removal Superfund Project in Bonner, Montana. Meryl is passionate about understanding water resources and is excited to serve on the board of GGWC.

Alice Bualiceredrocksckley – Alice couldn’t be happier to be stepping onto the GGWC board and diving into water issues in the Gallatin Valley. Alice first came to Bozeman two summers ago to study grizzly bear management and returned last summer to work for marketing firm MercuryCSC. She graduated this past spring from Yale University with a degree in Environmental Studies and came straight back to Bozeman to work for Future West, a local non-profit focused on community development and conservation. At Future West, Alice is developing a payment for ecosystem services program in the Big Hole watershed, facilitating a forest collaborative, and working on organizational capacity-building development with nonprofits across the state. Alice is particularly excited to discuss local water issues over a pint of Watershed Pale Ale (brewed specially for GGWC by Bozeman Brewing Company). As everyone knows, you need plenty of good, clean water to make good beer.

Susan Duncan Education & Outreach Committee, Co-Chair.  Since 1976, Susan and her husband have built a 76-acre irrigated farm in the Gallatin Valley from a fallow grain field, raising registered Targhee sheep and now Dexter cattle, a rare half-sized breed from Ireland. Susan is a University of Montana forestry graduate and has worked for the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and the California State Parks in natural resource management. Since 1973 she has taught in nontraditional education programs for youth and adults. Susan is a published author with articles in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle,, and Zone 4 Magazine. She is also on the board of the Association of Gallatin Agricultural Irrigators.

Lain Leoniak – Education & Outreach, CoLeoniak_Lain-Chair.  Lain has been a water professional for fourteen years. After graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law specializing in Western Water Law, she was appointed to serve as Water Referee for Water Division 5 and adjudicated water rights for the Colorado and White River Basins in Colorado. Lain also worked for The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Program developing watershed management plans and implementing best water demand and storm water management practices in the Eastern Caribbean. In her current role as Water Conservation Program Manager for the City of Bozeman, Lain is tasked with generating additional water supplies through the development of a Water Conservation Program that is focused on voluntary measures, outreach and education and developing non-potable supplies for municipal irrigation. Ms. Leoniak is also a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor through the Irrigation Association.

Chris Mahony Water Resources ComChrismittee, Co-Chair.  Chris is a Soil Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He is co-chair of GGWC’s Water Resources Committee and has helped develop stream improvement projects on agricultural properties. Chris lives in Livingston with his son. 

 Mark T. StoryMark is a retired (2012) Forest Hydrologist on the Gallatin National Forest in Montana. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Management in 1972 from the University of Wyoming and his MS in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona in 1974. He has 38 years experience as a Forest Hydrologist with the Forest Service, serving in Arizona (Coconino NF), Wyoming (Shoshone NF), Colorado (San Juan NF) and Montana (Gallatin NF).  Primary areas of experience include providing water information for a wide variety of natural resource projects, water quality monitoring, sediment modeling, watershed rehabilitation, emergency watershed stabilization (forest fires), water rights, climate change watershed assessment, and preparing water resource sections of  NEPA documents.  Air quality experience has included air quality regulation, monitoring (lake chemistry, visibility, and acid deposition), smoke modeling, and preparing air quality sections of NEPA documents.  Mark has served as a wildfire rehabilitation consultant for the Forest Service after retiring in 2012 and as a contractor prepared the air quality monitoring plan for the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho.  Mark currently serves as a hydrology and air quality consultant for the Forest Service and private companies.

Tammy Swinney  is the District Manager at the Gallatin Local Water Quality District (GLWQD). She has conducted ground water and surface water monitoring and research in the Gallatin Valley for more than 14 years. Prior to moving to Montana, she conducted water quality assessments with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Milwaukee. Tammy serves on several statewide committees, is past-president of the Montana Section-American Water Resources Association, and is a founding member and former chair of GGWC. She established GGWC’s volunteer citizen stream monitoring program. in partnership with the GLWQD. Tammy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Marcia Youngman – Marcia has learned to love the area’s water resources through several decades of service on local boards and hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing local trails with her dog. She came to Bozeman as a Volunteer in Service to America (which evolved into AmeriCorps) community organizer. She directed several local and national projects for non-profit groups before serving 12 years in Bozeman as an elected City Commissioner, including one term as Mayor, and was honored as Montana Woman of the Year by the Federated Business and Professional Women’s Clubs in 1998. During that time she championed the city’s research into deep aquifer groundwater and development of a water conservation plan. Her water-related service has included the Gallatin Local Water Quality District Board, the Montana Outdoor Science School Board (vice president), the Wetlands Preserve Working Group (chair), the Gallatin City-County Board of Health (reviews septic system applications), the City of Bozeman Water Conservation Study Advisory Panel, and being a Watershed Festival volunteer. She currently works as a freelance editor, with a focus on science textbooks. She has edited K-12 curriculum for Project WET, textbooks on oceanography and hydrology, and Montana Watercourse publications on water rights and watershed resources.

Leah Bellus – Big Sky Watershed Corps Member, Leah grew up in Upstate New York spending time near the Great Lakes, Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid, the Finger Lakes, and Canada (Algonquin Provincial Park). While working for the Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council, she received her B.S. at Northern Michigan University in Environmental Studies and Sustainability with a focus on Biology, Resource Conservation and Native American Studies. She also spent time during her college years working with the Marquette and Alger County Conservation Districts with stream monitoring through the MiCorps Stream Monitoring Program and devoting time to community gardens in Marquette, Michigan. After graduating in April 2016, she joined Montana Conservation Corps on a Wildlands Restoration crew in the Greater Yellowstone Region. She has spent time working with vegetation management and mapping, as well as water quality monitoring/stream monitoring. When she is not working, she enjoys fly fishing and fly tying, canoeing, mountain biking, ice climbing, trail running, backcountry backpacking trips, and pretty much anything that can get her outside; even if it’s just reading a book or writing along a river or trail, or having a snack on a peak of a mountain!

Lilly Deford– Lilly comes from a big farming family in Maryland, where she grew up exercising race horses, bailing hay, and welding farm equipment. She has made a home in Bozeman after coming here for school in 2006, and has since graduated with her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering. Her studies focused on soil and water as they apply to agriculture, from irrigation and streams, to nutrient cycling and waste management. With her heart and roots in farming, and her technical background, Lilly looks forward to working with GGWC to create dialogue between different interest groups. She believes that we can all find common ground in our dependence on clean water, and that our efforts to protect the resources in the Gallatin watershed are stronger together. In addition to serving on the board, Lilly is currenty working in construction, both helping run a small roofing and siding company, as well as rebuilding her own house in downtown Bozeman.

Leanne Roulson– Leanne grew up in southern Louisiana and developed her love of waterways of all kinds by fishing and camping in and around the Pearl River and the Gulf of Mexico. She and her husband came to Montana in the early 1990s and now have two kids who keep them busy. Leanne has worked in science education and fish and wildlife management and currently focuses on environmental policy projects fro state and federal agencies as a consultant. Her projects have run the gamut from assessing impacts of solar array in Nevada to fish passage concerns on small creeks in Montana. She is a firm believer in building coalitions of interested folks as a way to conserve and protect water resources for the many uses we put them to. Leanne enjoys running, hiking, fishing, and exploring new places.

John Nehring





We express thanks to past board members who have served GGWC over the years:

Lynn Bacon – Purcie Bennett – Michael Bertrand – Karin Boyd – Chris Boyer – Jennifer Boyer – Pat Byorth – Patrick Costello – Robin Cunningham – Doug Fletcher – Candace Hamlin – Brian Heaston – Tom Hinz – Bart Manion – Mary Jane McGarity – Tom Milesnick – Jan Paul – JP Pomnichowski – Marye Virginia Sanctuary – Denine Schmitz – Mick Seeburg – Peter Skidmore – Patrick Underwood – Rose Vallor – Barbara Vaughn – Gary Weiner – Kathleen Williams