Erin Farris-Olsen
Executive Director
Erin Farris-Olsen joined MWCC as Executive Director in June 2015. Erin is a graduate in Environmental Studies and Communication from Carroll College and Natural Resources Law at the University of Oregon. Erin’s passion for the Montana landscape evolved through spending her summers surveying wetlands for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and Natural Heritage Program. She later took her passion for environmental education and conservation abroad and worked on environmental awareness campaigns in Liberia and Belize. Erin enjoys actively promoting to role of community based conservation in ensuring the resiliency of Montana's landscape for future generations. In her spare time Erin likes to fly fish, camp, and hike around Helena with her husband Rob, son Tupper, and Duke, their chocolate Labrador.
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Jill Feldhusen
Watershed Outreach Coordinator
Jill grew up in Idaho, first on a small farm and ranch and then in Sun Valley. At an early age she developed a passion for social justice and the protection of our natural world. She moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana, and fell in love with Montana’s incredible peaks, rivers, and people. After graduating from UM, she moved to Helena to work with Montana Audubon in advocating for habitat protection and access during the 2015 Montana Legislature. After the legislative session, Jill realized she wanted to continue in the field of conservation, and took a position with the Montana Wildlife Federation involving outreach to hunters and anglers on climate change and support for clean energy policies. In her free time, she can be found on the trails with her mountain bike, at one of her favorite breweries, or beating her friends at Settlers of Catan. Most recently, Jill was recognized as one of Forward Montana’s Top 25 under 25.
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Kelsey Anderson
BSWC Member
A Midwestern native, Kelsey grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln receiving a dual BA in Anthropology and Women and Gender studies. Feeling passionately about issues concerning water and sanitation, social justice, and climate change, she pursued a dual Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology and Public Health at the University of South Florida in which her thesis research focused on local concerns of water quality and scarcity in two rural Peruvian communities. Galvanized by her studies, Kelsey shifted her focus to water concerns within the United States. She joins the MWCC as a Big Sky Watershed Corps member. When not working, Kelsey enjoys travelling, trivia, all-things-soccer, and watching an unreasonable amount of Law and Order: SVU. Her friends affectionately refer to her as the “Olivia Benson of watershed community injustices.”
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