Member Bios

Brandi Bergreen
Missoula Conservation District & Missoula Weed District; Missoula, MT
Brandi grew up in Southern California and earned a BS in Biology, with a concentration in field and wildlife biology from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. After moving to Missoula in 2017, she served as a Youth Crew Leader with the Montana Conservation Corps. She is excited to continue serving the communities in and around Missoula, this time as a BSWC member, by sharing her passion for conservation through education and outreach while expanding her knowledge of watershed health, protection and management.
Maggie Burnham
Crown Managers Partnership; Polson, MT
I am originally from Anchorage, Alaska, but have been in Missoula for the past five years. I'm serving at the Flathead Lake Bio Station as part of the Crown Managers Partnership. I'm very excited to be doing something close to what I got my Bachelor's in, which is Ecosystem Science and Restoration.
Abby Cutting-Smith
Lolo Watershed Group & Lolo National Forest; Missoula, MT
Abby Cutting-Smith grew up in the high desert of west Texas. She moved to Montana in 2009 to serve as an MCC trail crew member, and then interned on an organic farm in Northern Washington. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus on soil and water from Montana State University. After graduating in 2016, she did another term of service with MCC as a conservation intern for the Gallatin National Forest in Bozeman. Most recently, she worked as a seasonal hydrologic technician for the Nez Perce National Forest. Abby is very excited to continue her professional development journey by working with the Lolo National Forest and the Lolo Watershed group. When she is not working she loves to dance, spend time outdoors- mainly hiking and camping, and cook for herself and others.
Angela Davis
Montana Conservation Corps
Angela holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Florida. After graduation, she worked on surface water quality projects as an Environmental Scientist for the St. Johns River Water Management in north Florida. Angela recently completed a term of service through BSWC with Montana Aquatic Resource Services. She is excited to be providing support to other program members and helping to further the longevity and overall success of Big Sky Watershed Corps. If she’s not in the office, you can usually find Angela playing outside. She enjoys exploring all that Montana’s natural beauty has to offer, often through climbing, backpacking, and snow sports.
Kierra Davis
Montana Watershed Coordination Council & the Clark Fork and Kootenai River Basins Council; Helena, MT
Kierra Davis is a recent graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Management and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. She will be working with the Montana Watershed Coordination Council in the Clark Fork and Kootenai River Basins. Kierra is active in professional organizations such The Wildlife Society and passionate about the outdoors. She has served two terms of service with the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Montana and ready to serve another to better the community! Originally from Kentucky, she is hoping to bring her positivity, passion, and perseverance to the Montana Watershed Coordination Council.
Tess Dube
Madison River Foundation
Originally from Albany, New York, Tess attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York for a degree in Mathematics. Since her graduation in 2015 she has worked in a multitude of settings throughout the United States including an environmental summer camp in the Adirondack mountains of New York, as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) member working with the Tucson Village Farm, the Oklahoma United Methodist Church Disaster Response Corps, and El Rancho Cima, Boy Scout Camp. She recently moved to Ennis, MT after a spending a year working for the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. In her spare time, you can typically find Tess outside running, hiking, skiing or kayaking.
Graham Gaither
Blackfeet Tribe, ARMP; Browning, MT
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Graham finished his BS in San Marcos, Texas in 2017. He has been utilizing his knowledge of Texas geography and biology to empower young students for years. He is expanding his knowledge base and is now utilizing those skills in serving with MCC and BSWC to empower the Blackfeet Tribe in Browning, MT. Graham enjoys hiking, reading science fiction, and listening and moving to the sounds of drum 'n bass music.
Casey Gallagher
Milk River Watershed Alliance; Malta, MT
Casey is a returning Big Sky Watershed Corps member to the Milk River Watershed Alliance and is located in Malta, MT. Casey leads education and outreach activities within the Milk River watershed, which spans from Glacier National Park to Glasgow, MT. Casey became invested in the Milk River, Hi-Line communities, and the rehabilitation of the St. Mary diversion system, and is eager to continue education efforts. Casey grew up in New Jersey, where she discovered her enthusiasm for environmental education working in a state forest. Casey grew her appreciation for agriculture while directing a farm-to-table luncheon at Siena College. If she's not in the office, Casey enjoys hiking, biking, mushroom foraging, and staying away from mosquitos in the Milk River Valley.
Liam Goolic
Montana Aquatic Resource Services; Bozeman, MT
Liam has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies from The College of New Jersey, where he specialized in researching invasive plant biology in suburban forests. Since graduating in May 2017, he has served two AmeriCorps terms with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. His first term was with the Invasives Strike Force, where he sharpened his invasive plant knowledge to educate the public and manage emerging and widespread invasives. His second term was as a Trail Builder - a novel and unique experience that tested his physical limits and fostered self-growth. Now, serving with MARS, he hopes to further his goals of conservation, restoration, and education by expanding knowledge of the environmental field and developing professional skills. When he’s not in the office, Liam loves to hike and explore, find cool insects, photograph the wonders of the natural world, ski, and cook
Andrew Horvath
Musselshell Watershed Coalition, Missouri River Conservation Districts Council & Petroleum County Conservation District; Winnett, MT
Originally from New York, Andrew left for Virginia to attend Lynchburg College where he earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Spanish. After graduating, he moved to Austin, Texas where he worked for the Hill Country Conservancy as an Environmental Scientist and Pedal Hard Training as a cycling coach. Andrew began a M.S. in Environmental Management with a focus in Ecology at St. Edward’s University. For his thesis project, he collaborated with Dr. Lindsey Albertson at Montana State University and The Nature Conservancy to research the use of beaver mimicry structures to restore incised streams. Andrew’s study site was located on Long Creek and Alkali Creek in The Centennial Valley. After exploring Southwest Montana, he fell in love with the mountains and the lifestyle (oh and the fishing!) so he decided to stick around after graduating as a research technician in a Freshwater Ecology lab at Montana State University. He is very excited to begin his new adventure in Winnett and to revel in more of the beautiful state of Montana. Andrew enjoys traveling and all things outdoors including; reading, cycling, mountain biking, skiing, backpacking, and all types of fishing. However, sometimes a good tv binge happens...
Quincey Johnson
Wildlife Conservation Society; Ennis, MT
Originally from New Hampshire, Quincey attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the Finger Lakes of New York where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. She has worked as a research technician studying forest ecology in Pennsylvania and Italy, and has studied amphibians and reptiles in New York and New Mexico. Most recently, Quincey worked as a naturalist for the Glacier Institute in Glacier National Park teaching environmental education to elementary and middle school students. At the Wildlife Conservation Society, Quincey will be planning the Wildlife Speaker Series, assisting with the website and social media, and will continue to engage southwestern Montana’s communities in conservation efforts.
Aaron Kolb
Yellowstone River Conservation District Council; Miles City, MT
Aaron comes to Montana from the high deserts of northern Arizona. The dependence of his home region on the Colorado River, and the fragile state of that river, sparked Aaron’s interests in developing watershed management strategies that meet human needs without compromising ecological health. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University. During school he helped lead volunteers on river restoration projects with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and worked with Larimer County to create new floodplain maps of the Cache La Poudre River. After a stint in the trail-building world, Aaron is excited about working to restore the largest free-flowing river in the Lower 48 and experiencing all that Montana has to offer. Outside of work, his many interests include hiking, rock climbing, playing bass guitar, baking bread, and homebrewing.
Andrew Kretschmer
Richland & Sheridan County Conservation Districts; Sidney & Plentywood, MT
Andrew grew up in central Iowa, finding a passion for natural resources at a young age. When the time to came to enter the “real world” after graduating from Iowa State with a degree in Forest Ecosystem Management he decided that he didn’t want to grow up quite yet. This led him to take a field job with the Conservation Corps in Iowa. When that position came to an end he knew it was time for a change of scenery leading him to Montana. There he looks forward to examining the impacts of fracking and other oil industry practices on the North Eastern portion of the state. Andrew is also excited to start exploring the state from his bicycle and hopes to spend some time on the Yellowstone River if he can find a kayak. Lastly he is determined to finally put in the time he needs to begin mastering the art of the banjo.
Mitch Lassa
One Montana/MSU Extension; Bozeman, MT
Originally from Wisconsin, Mitch graduated with a B.S. in Geology in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Since then, he has interned as a hydrologist with the USGS in New York, traveled to New Zealand to volunteer on organic farms, and has served on a field crew with the Montana Conservation Corps. While in Montana, he will be helping create infrastructure for statewide conversations on water, agriculture, and climate as well as working for Extension’s Climate Science Team. In his off-time, Mitch enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, and cooking
Jacob LeVitus
The Center for Large Landscape Conservation; Browning & Bozeman, MT
After growing up in Austin, Texas Jacob LeVitus went to the University of Kansas to pursue his degree in environmental studies. After graduation, he completed an internship with the Natural Resources department for the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments in Fort Yukon, Alaska. In 2017, he served on a Field Crew with Texas Conservation Corps at American YouthWorks. This year, he will be working on a beaver mimicry project with Blackfeet Nation Fish & Wildlife. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys camping, playing disc golf, and seeing live music.
Claudia Macfarlane
Ruby Valley Conservation District; Sheridan, MT
Claudia is from California's Central Valley and is excited to be a Big Sky Watershed Corp member serving her term with the Ruby Valley Conservation District. She comes to the program from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Environmental Earth Science, a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies, and an enthusiasm for learning, ecology, and conservation. She is excited to be able to join the Sheridan community and explore Montana's beautiful landscape. In her free time you can find Claudia hiking, mushroom hunting, reading, or trying new local eateries!
Colin McClure
Musselshell Watershed Coalition, Missouri River Conservation Districts Council & Petroleum County Conservation District; Winnett, MT
Colin McClure grew up on his family farm in Walla Walla, WA. After graduating from Montana State University with a BS in Soil and Water Science, he traveled to South America to “improve his Spanish”—but mostly to ski and trek around the Patagonia region. His affinity for water and conservation started on the farm and blossomed in the mountains. He loves to snowboard, mountain bike, kayak, whitewater raft, fish, and work with wood—his prize project being a strip built cedar kayak.
Taylor Mudford
Friends of the Missouri Breaks; Helena, MT
Taylor is a New York native and alumnus of the University of Hartford. Though he majored in history, a semester abroad in Australia inspired him to pursue a minor in environmental studies, which soon became his academic and personal focus. While serving with the Americorps program and working directly with the Friends, Taylor looks forward to applying his passion and zeal for the environment, conservation, and history to his work in spreading awareness of, and participating in hands-on conservation efforts in, the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument. When not working, Taylor can be found in a hammock in the woods with a book, climbing, watching tennis, or binge watching Netflix.
Jack Murray
Gallatin River Task Force; Big Sky, MT
Jack was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources, as well as a Watershed Science Certificate which he received from Sewanee: University of the South last May. After his sophomore year of undergraduate studies, Jack spent a few months interning for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority in Seguin, TX where he was exposed to water quality testing and water policy, sparking his interest in watershed science and conservation. He then spent a gap year skiing and exploring the Western US living at the ski towns of Alta, Mammoth Lakes, and Jackson giving him a taste of life west of the Mississippi. Following his junior year, Jack worked in his backyard for the Center for Natural Capital in Orange, VA for their Stream Sweepers program cleaning trash and manmade debris from multiple rivers in Orange county and performing river/ riverbank health assessments. Following graduation Jack worked as a Stream Survey Technician for the BLM/ USFS Aquatic Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Program (AREMP) in the Pacific Northwest based out of Corvallis, OR. When he isn’t working, you can find him skiing (or building jumps), fly fishing, bouldering and mountain biking.
Lauren Odom
Lake County Conservation District; Ronan, MT
Raised in Oklahoma, Lauren attended Oklahoma State University to complete her undergraduate degree. In her senior year, Lauren was selected as an Undergraduate Researcher. She worked alongside OSU and the Oklahoma DEQ to find a better standard for water percolation testing to determine septic system type. Lauren then graduated May 2017, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Focus in Water Resources. With a heart for conservation and service, and a longing for the mountains, she jumped on the opportunity to serve with AmeriCorps as a Big Sky Watershed Corps Member for the Lake County Conservation District. Lauren’s conservation interests extend beyond her professional life. She is an active advocate for National Parks and protected lands. Coincidently, her hero is Theodore Roosevelt. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys travelling and exploring as much as possible. You may catch her fishing, hiking, backpacking, camping, hammocking, or just about any activity that gets her outside.
Michelle Pond
Gallatin Local Water Quality District & the Gallatin City-County Health Department; Bozeman, MT
Originally from the California central coast, Michelle attended UC Berkeley, studying Environmental Engineering Science with a minor in Conservation and Resource Studies. After graduation, she spent a year with the Watershed Stewards Program, placed at the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she worked on surface water monitoring, creek restoration, watershed education in classrooms and facilitating community workshops. She is excited to serve a second year with AmeriCorps, explore Montana and continue connecting communities with their watersheds to create solutions that benefit both.
Valerie Stacey
Lewis and Clark Water Quality Protection District & Lake Helena Watershed Group; Helena, MT
Originally from the Midwest, Valerie grew up in the state of Michigan and attended college in Indiana where she focused on ecological research in a wide variety of environments, from the northern region of Wisconsin to an island off the coast of Panama. Striving to find a confluence between society and environmental science, her interest in natural resource management grew. Upon graduation, she moved to Wyoming where she worked intimately with river and stream systems as a technician for the Bureau of Land Management. After the seasonal position ended, she applied to the Big Sky Watershed Corps program and found herself in Helena, Montana as of January 2017, where she serves for the Lewis and Clark County’s Water Quality Protection District and Lake Helena Watershed Group. When she’s not in the office or the field, you can find her hiking in the mountains, birding, or reading a book. Laughing, spending time with friends, learning new things, and GIS are some of her favorite things.
Riley Stiljes
Montana Trout Unlimited & U.S. Forest Service; Missoula, MT
Riley grew up in Wisconsin and is a cheesehead through and through. He graduated with an Environmental Geoscience degree from Northland College on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior. After graduation he worked for the Washington Conservation Corps for 11 months in Yakima and Ellensburg. There he completed multiple projects including riparian restoration, forest thinning and salmon habitat restoration. In his spare time Riley loves to ski, snowboard, longboard, kayak, disc golf, golf and much more.
Samantha Strable
Friends of the Missouri Breaks; Helena, MT
Samantha Strable is a Montana native and a graduate of the University of Providence (formerly known as the University of Great Falls). She currently is working on a Master's of Science in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management. Her past experience includes working with the Wildlife and State Park branches of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. In her spare time you can find Samantha hunting, fishing, skiing, and enjoying Montana's outdoors. Now living in Helena and working with the Friends of the Missouri Breaks, Samantha is excited to be embarking into watershed conservation work.
Paul Tran
Clark Fork Watershed Education Program; Missoula, MT
I graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Earth Science and Anthropology. Out of college, I worked as a well-logging geologists primarily at oil sites in the Great Valley of California and geothermal sites in the Nevada Basin and Range. It took some time to realize the industry wasn't for me. And since then, I've pursued my passion for working with youth. I've tutored kids, coached kids along the autism spectrum and taught Elementary math and Algebra and English in Thailand and Vietnam, respectively. I spent this past summer and Fall working with the Challis Bureau of Land Management as a Native Plant and Invasive Species Field tech, where I was involved with weed management, surveys, and habitat restoration. I'm looking to combine my love for the outdoors and working with youth into a meaningful career, promoting scientific thought, conservation, and stewardship. You can spot him ... I mean me, by the loud hyperventilating that constitutes my laugh.
Aissa Wise
Bitter Root Water Forum; Hamilton, MT
Aissa is originally from Washington State, but soon found her place in Montana while she was attending the University of Montana-Western, where she earned a BS in environmental science and geology. Passion for the natural world started at a young age and only grew deeper the more she learned through education, various environmental jobs and personal adventures throughout Montana and the Pacific Northwest. She most recently served as a Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader with MCC based out of the Flathead valley, that opportunity opened the door to BSWC. This year she will help lead education and outreach projects along with local restoration projects in the Bitterroot valley. If she’s not in the office, Aissa is probably floating down a river, fly fishing, practicing yoga, horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking or dancing to live music. If she’s not outside you might find her curled up with a book, tending to her kombucha, or researching her next adventure.