Board of Directors

James Hedges

President

Prior to relocating to Bozeman, James worked at REI Reno for 7 years. While in Reno, as a founding board member, he helped start a chapter of Slow Food, an international group focus on food sustainability. He worked in Yosemite National Park for the Yosemite Association supporting all of the visitor centers and climbing his way around the park. Prior to Yosemite he lived and worked in Chico for 9 years attending California State University Chico. James supports MCC’s mission because he believes MCC is a model corp building trails, lasting memories, and most importantly people. The stories he’s heard and seen have changed peoples lives and inspire him to give back into the community. His hope is to add value in furthering MCC’s mission ensuring its growth and continued service to our communities.

Member Since

2012

Hometown

Bozeman, MT

Steve Doherty

Board Member

Born and raised in Great Falls, Steve’s long career in law and environmental stewardship has led to a 2015 governor’s appointment to the Montana Tax Appeal Board.  Steve received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Lewis and Clark in Oregon. His legal career includes private practice with membership in the Montana and Oregon State Bars for over twenty five years, as well as membership in numerous Tribal Bars, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Claims Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He served three terms In the Montana State Senate from Great Falls. As a legislator, he served on the Senate Taxation and numerous other committees and in leadership positions.  He was appointed by the governor then served as Chairman of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.  He has also served as the Senior Adviser for the Northwest for the United States Secretary of the Interior.  He has received many awards for his diligent work in law and the environment such as the Public Service Award from Montana Trial Lawyers Association in 2001 and the Conservationist of the Year award from Montana Wildlife Federation in 2009.

Member Since

2016

Hometown

Missoula, MT

Jim Burchfield

Board Member

Jim is a devoted forester and sociologist. For many years he has researched how people interact with the forest, and is always cultivating better ways for humans and nature to act harmoniously together. He began his journey in environmental stewardship in 1973 by joining the Peace Corps in Guatemala, where he started school gardens in over 30 rural schools in Mayan and Indian communities. He received his PhD in natural resources from the University of Michigan in 1991, and recently retired from the University of Montana as Dean of the College of Forestry and Conservation. Jim’s son served as a crew member with MCC in 2006.  In his spare time Jim enjoys volunteering in his community and going on adventures with his wife. 

Member Since

2016

Hometown

Missoula, MT

Tim Ryan

Board Member

Tim Ryan has been traipsing round his ancestor’s aboriginal territory for most of his life. So much so, that his parents thought he would become a hobo. Tim was born of American Indian and Irish descent, and has learned to navigate in both worlds. A big influence for him was his work with the Cultural Preservation Department of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and especially the tribal elders. This work was extensive in archaeological surveying, mapping and over all management of cultural resources. A highlight of Tim’s career is interviews with his elders, and documentation on “place” and how it has been culturally used in the past. 

Tim is majority owner and managing member of EthnoTech, an archaeological firm addressing the National Historic Preservation Act. One of Tim’s specialties with EthnoTech is his Heritage Education outreach to the public, bringing the histories and culture of local Montana tribes into the public school systems throughout the Northwest.

Most of Tim’s life has been exploring the natural world around him.  This has led him in developing interactive courses on the subjects of indigenous ways of life and Traditional Ecological Knowledge, focusing on tool making, fire building, cordage, hides, bark and indigenous foods, as well as wilderness habitation and survival.  All courses have solid foundations in archaeology, botany, geology, wildlife biology and ecology. Most importantly, Tim Ryan teaches the participants to reflect on their own hunter-gather ancestors and their relationship with the environment around them.

Member Since

2015

Hometown

Polson, MT

Carol Bibler

Board Member

Carol is a retired geologist who worked in oil and gas exploration in Montana, and coal mine methane recovery in the U.S. and internationally. Since returning to her hometown of Kalispell in 2001 she has served on the board of directors of the Montana Land Reliance, Flathead Community Foundation, and Foy’s to Blacktail Trails.  She is also active in a local chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization).

Carol and her husband Jim Watson raise bison and Tibetan yak on their ranch near Kalispell. They were introduced to MCC through their volunteer efforts with Foy’s to Blacktail Trails, a grassroots trails project near their ranch, that has extensively utilized MCC crews for trail building and maintenance.  

MCC has been a valuable asset to this popular community endeavor that includes trails on Flathead County, U.S. Forest Service, and private lands.

Carol has a B.S. degree in Geology from University of Puget Sound and an M.S. in Earth Science from Montana State University.  In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and skiing.

Member Since

2016

Hometown

Kalispell, MT

Tom Pedersen

Board Member

For nearly four decades, Tom Pedersen has lived in Helena, Montana, teaching, coaching, mentoring and leading youth. Tom currently teaches at Capital High School and was named Montana Teacher of the Year for 2012. With a focus on science education that uses nature as a classroom, he designed a Senior Science Seminar program that takes students on learning adventures to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Tom enjoys taking students into the forest to learn about water quality, forestry and stewardship. He currently spends summers working for the United States Forest Service Youth Forest Monitoring Program (YFMP) as a crew leader, taking crews of high school students into stream sites to monitor water quality and to share their findings and concerns with the Forest Service. 

Tom’s son, Tyler, after graduating in 2006 from UM with a degree in Ecology, served as a MCC crewmember and credits this valuable experience for launching his career as a riparian restoration manager in Oregon. Tom is pleased to be carrying on the tradition as an MCC Board member today. 

Member Since

2015

Joe McCarty

Board Member

Joe lives in Bozeman. He was in private law practice before joining FedEx. He served as FedEx President, Asia, Pacific and Middle East and President, Latin America. Joe was President and CEO of FedEx Logistics, Inc. After leaving FedEx, Joe became a lecturer and adjunct professor. He has taught at Montana State University College of Business, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Law School. Joe teaches business strategy and negotiation. Joe has served on the boards of several conservation non-profit organizations. Joe served as the interim Executive Director of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust. Joe is an avid hiker and mountain biker. He has spent over 30 years exploring and enjoying the northern Rockies.

Member Since

2015

Robert A. Hermes

Board Member

Bob spent most of his career with an employee owned international oil and gas consulting firm, Purvin & Gertz, Inc. He was president and chairman the last 20 years with the firm. Prior to becoming president he lived in London as head of the firm’s Eastern Hemisphere business. Since retirement he has served on the board of directors of two NYSE listed companies: Murphy Oil Corporation and Murphy USA. He is also on the board of Urban Harvest, a non-profit in Houston, Texas that encourages local food and on the Advisory Board for the University of Texas School of Engineering.

Bob and his wife Carol spend the summer months in Lakeside, MT and the winters in Houston.  He was introduced to MCC in the process of developing a hiking trail in the Island Unit of Flathead National Forest near Lakeside. The trail was completed in the fall of 2014 with most of the field work done by MCC.

He has a BS degree in chemical engineering from The University of Texas and a PhD in chemical engineering/mathematics from the University of Minnesota. He was named a Distinguished Graduate of the UT School of Engineering in 2006.

Hometown

Lakeside, MT

Jan Lombardi

Board Member

Jan has 35 years of experience working in government, nonprofit and the business sectors. As a third generation Montanan, she started her career in banking and finance on the east coast before returning to the Big Sky state in 1988 with her husband and two young children to care for her grandmother. Lombardi previously served as the Education Policy Advisor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service for Governor Schweitzer and as an appointee for the State Superintendent in the Office of Public Instruction. Jan now serves on the leadership teams for the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative and Afterschool Alliance. Her work in Montana’s nonprofit and public sectors has resulted in lasting change in service delivery and education policy for families in early childhood, K-12, higher education, workforce education and training. Jan received her B.A. from Newcomb College of Tulane University. 

Member Since

2014

Hometown

Helena, MT

Heather Grenier

Board Member

Heather is responsible for the operational success of HRDC IX in Bozeman, ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, quality control, and evaluation. She develops, implements, and manages the operational aspects of the annual budget. Heather is one of 200 nationally certified Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) instructors. Additionally, she has more than 12 years experience in the Non-Profit and Community Action arena, ranging from prevention of domestic violence to emergency food to community development. Heather was born and raised in Missoula, Montana and is an alumni of Montana State University. 

Member Since

2013

Hometown

Bozeman, MT

Swep Davis

Board Member

Swep has lived in Bozeman, Montana since early 2007. He is active in the conservation community, serving on the Board and Executive Committee of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and actively supporting other conservation groups in the Rocky Mountain region. He also is a member of the American Rivers Board, based in Washington, D.C.  Swep manages the family cattle ranch in Mississippi. Mr. Davis’ career spans over thirty years of work in the environmental and energy sectors where he has served as a regulator with the EPA, business founder and leader and investment banker. Swep received a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is married to Brenda Davis and they have two daughters and one granddaughter. They are lifetime avid outdoors enthusiasts and conservationists.

Member Since

2013

Hometown

Bozeman, MT

Karen Walsh

Board Member

After a career in marketing and advertising in Los Angeles and New York, Karen and her family relocated to Bozeman, Montana with the acquisition of Simms Fishing Products.  Her daughter, Mackenzie was a YES volunteer with MCC in 2008. Karen has seen the positive impact and sense of service to community that MCC fosters in youth.  Karen recognizes the value of developing kids who are genuinely interested in making Montana a better place, both in terms of conservation and public service.  MCC offers a place for kids from diverse backgrounds to work together for the common good

Karen has worked from the sidelines, developing the Simms brand.  She was active with the Bozeman Library Friends Board, as well as fundraising and recruiting for her children’s schools. She has lived in Montana for 19 years and enjoys Nordic skiing, fly-fishing, hiking, and backpacking.

Member Since

2012

Hometown

Bozeman, MT

Chris Pope

Board Member

Chris joins the MCC board with nearly three decades of business and non-profit management experience. He presently works as a Licensed Commercial Realtor with NAI Landmark. For fourteen years prior, he owned the Great Rocky Mountain Toy Company in downtown Bozeman. Since 1991, he has served on numerous boards including the Bozeman Downtown Association, Eagle Mount, Yellowstone Business Partnership, Bozeman Parking Commission, and Clean Air-Cool Planet. He often envisions the redevelopment of historic downtown Bozeman. Chris received a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University. He is married to Maddy Pope and has two children, Jess and Ben.

Member Since

2012

Hometown

Bozeman, MT

Steve Kratville

Board Member

Steve recently retired from the U.S. Forest Service following a 35 year federal career that included assignments on several national forests across the Northern Rockies, the Service’s Northern Region Office in Missoula and a 2 ½ year hitch in Chile as an extension forester.  During his career, Steve worked with MCC’s staff and experienced the quality work of MCC crews and alumni first-hand.  He has served on many advisory boards, facilitated and participated in forest stewardship and watershed restoration collaborative efforts, and is member of the cadre of the Forest for Every Classroom Place-Based Professional Teacher Training Program.  Steve is a graduate of the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation, a member of the Society of American Foresters, and lives in Missoula with his wife Sandy, a wildlife biologist.

Member Since

2012