Ethan joined MWCC as Executive Director in November 2019, and has since enjoyed the many opportunities to support community-based conservation work throughout the state. Prior to this, he worked on collaborative conservation and community planning efforts in Montana’s Madison Valley – witnessing firsthand the numerous resource management and development challenges facing many parts the Rocky Mountain West. Growing up amidst the privately owned lands that dominate the Midwest, he enjoys the abundant public land recreation opportunities available across the Big Sky country. Ethan is passionate about building partnerships that provide financial, technical, and human resources to conservation partners throughout the state, and feels grateful to be a part of the collaborative efforts to maintain healthy natural resource conditions for all who enjoy Montana’s treasured landscapes and waterways.
Terri has been engaged in community-based watershed health since her time as a volunteer citizen scientist in central California in the early 2000s. Originally from Detroit, she moved to the Flathead Valley to work on a small farm in 2007 and has since travelled throughout Montana as a stream and wetland technician for the U.S. Forest Service and Montana Natural Heritage Program. Prior to joining MWCC, Terri worked with Clark Fork River stakeholders to ensure community input in the cleanup of hazardous wastes at the former Smurfit-Stone Mill site in Frenchtown. She also helped farmers in rural Northern Zambia to protect soil, water, and forest resources during her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Terri studied Natural Resources Conflict Resolution at the University of Montana and also has extensive communications experience. She is passionate about providing communities with the resources they need to preserve and protect watershed and community health.