Board of Directors

GGWC is governed by a Board of Directors broadly representative of our watershed community. Board business meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of each month at 5:15pm – 7:15pm, check our calendar to find out the location of the next meeting. All are welcome. Directors serve 3-year terms; vacancies are filled by election at the annual meeting in January. Board meeting agendas can be found HERE.

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).

2019 Leadership Team

Tom Michalek – Chair, Executive Committee, Water Resources Committee. Tom is a consulting hydrogeologist with RESPEC, Inc. in Bozeman who has spent 27 years evaluating and characterizing water resources.  In his previous role as a researcher with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, he spent 10 years managing two large-scale groundwater/surface water projects. These projects involved examining the relationship between irrigation, surface water, and groundwater, and how these resources are affected by changing land use in the Gallatin Valley. This work taught him the importance of dialogue, cooperation, collaboration, and public awareness as the Valley adapts and manages the effects of growth. GGWC is instrumental in these efforts. Tom grew up in Nebraska and has geology degrees from the Universities of Wyoming and Montana. He has lived in Billings, Missoula, Bozeman, and now Butte. Tom enjoys all that Montana has to offer but especially cycling and beer.

Lilly Deford – Vice Chair, Executive Committee, Water Resources Committee. 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 currently working in construction, both helping run a small roofing and siding company, as well as rebuilding her own house in downtown Bozeman.

Leanne Roulson – Treasurer, Executive Committee. 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.

Peter-1-210x300Peter BrownExecutive Committee, Water Resources Committee.  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.

John Nehring – Development Committee. John grew up on the backroads of North Dakota where the lakes and grasslands helped to cultivate his love and appreciate for the outdoors. In the early 2000’s John moved to Bozeman for more vertical scenery and to attend Montana State University where he earned a degree in English Literature. John currently works for Simms Fishing Products in the Gallatin Valley. John is passionate about his community and the varying uses water has and forms it takes throughout the valley. In 2014, he worked with the Montana FWP and MSU Extension Services to adopt a fishing access site on the Yellowstone River and is a participating member of the Bozeman Sunrise Rotary club. He spends his free time on the water or in the mountains with his lovely wife and two kids, Mabel and Marshal. 

Hannah Jaicks  Development Committee, Education & Outreach Committee. Hannah wears multiple hats in the Gallatin Valley, all of which rely on a healthy watershed.  During the workweek, Hannah spends her time working to advance the mission of Future West, a small community-based nonprofit that helps western communities design and secure the future they want.  Hannah received her Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and she received her B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Swarthmore College.  In her position as Program Manager, Hannah‘s work entails developing stronger avenues of dialogue and building capacity amongst the public, decision-makers, and scientists to ensure healthy ecosystems (and communities!) are maintained.  Her training in organizational evaluation and monitoring is something she looks forward to bringing to GGWC as a way to strengthen and enhance GGWC’s development as well as its outreach and education efforts. In the evenings and on the weekends, you’ll find her on the sidelines coaching her (back-to-back) state champions, the Bozeman High School Girls Lacrosse Team.  A Bozeman resident, Hannah‘s passion is around place identity and place attachment, and serving on the Board is an opportunity for her to bring this passion to GGWC and help retain the resources, health, and amenities of this invaluable watershed.

Jamie McEvoyEducation & Outreach Committee. Jamie grew up in northern Utah where she enjoyed canoeing on the Bear River and other water-related activities. She is now an Assistant Professor of Geography at Montana State University. She teaches GPHY 402: Water and Society, among other classes. As a human-environment geographer, she is interested in: 1) how people value and use water resources 2) the policies that govern water use and management and 3) how people and communities plan to adapt to changing water availability in the context of climate change.  She is excited to work with GGWC where she can bridge her academic interests with her desire to be more involved in local water issues.

Contracted Watershed Coordinator

Holly Hill –  Holly grew up on a cattle ranch in Southwestern Montana where her passion for the natural world began. It was after leaving home and living in some of the country’s largest cities that she quickly realized the true treasures of her home state and returned to help work towards protecting them. Holly has over ten years of experience working with non-profit organizations in clean energy, climate change, land conservation and sustainable communities on both regional and national levels. She holds a B.A. from Carleton College. Holly lives near the Gallatin River in the Gallatin Canyon with her husband and their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, mountain biking, trail running, and sharing her love for wild places with her children.

Big Sky Watershed Corps Member

Zane Ashford – Zane is originally from Upstate New York but has made Montana her home for the past 5 years. Although she misses the green, rolling hills of the Northeast, she enjoys exploring the vast and diverse landscapes across the West. She attended Montana State University and received a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and geospatial analysis, along with a minor in English writing. During this time, Zane pursued research on stream restoration, invasive weeds, cover crops and their legacy effects on soil quality, and wetlands. These projects led to her strong passions for ecological restoration and conservation of Montana’s natural resources. Zane is excited to join the GGWC team as its Big Sky Watershed Corps member for 2019. When she’s not working, you can find her skiing up at Bridger Bowl, hiking, climbing, or hanging out with her cat.

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

Chris Mahony – Susan Duncan – Libby Mohr – Tammy Swinney – Mark Story – Meryl Storb – Alice Buckley – Marcia Youngman – Kyle Mehrens – Brad Bauer – Lain Leoniak – Kendra Callantine – Lynn Bacon – Purcie Bennett – Michael Bertrand – Karin Boyd – Sharon Brodie – 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