Youth Program Manager
Kelsie is excited to be back to live and work in her home state. She grew up in Kalispell, MT, exploring Glacier, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and the Mission Mountains with her family. Kelsie quickly fell in love with being outside and ventured to Tacoma, WA to study Biology and Environmental Studies. After leading backcountry trips for middle school and high school students in the North Cascades and Northwest Montana, Kelsie realized she wanted to combine her love of science, being outside, and working with youth. She then moved to Jackson, WY to serve as an AmeriCorps member with Teton Science Schools. She fell in love with the work and stayed on as an instructor for a couple of years, teaching science, leadership development, and connection to place to people of all ages. Kelsie later worked with their AmeriCorps program in training and mentoring individuals. She is now excited to move to the other side of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and continue to live out her personal mission of connecting youth to the outdoors.
Chris picked up the AmeriCorps bug in 1995 in Denver, Colo., where she served two years as a member and then a leader with the National Civilian Community Corps. From there she headed west to the Washington coast, where for three years she taught environmental education for youth ages 10 - 17. For a six-month hiatus, she explored the South America countries of Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil by bicycle and canoe before getting drawn to Montana for an opportunity to serve again, this time with Montana Conservation Corps as a Senior Crew Leader in Kalispell. After enjoying the beauty of Glacier National Park and northwest Montana, she moved to Durango, Colo., to spend 12 years in various management positions with Southwest Conservation Corps. In 2013, Chris returned to Montana and MCC as the Regional Supervisor for the Greater Yellowstone Region. When she is not in the office or out in the field, you can find her outdoors where she enjoys spending time with her husband (Jan) and two girls (Silva and Leksi) on whatever outdoor adventure may present itself.
Born and raised in Pontiac, Illinois, Amanda found her way to the corps world in 2008 as a member of NCCC. After falling in love with service and travel, fate sent her west where she spent a life-changing season working as a Crew Leader for MCC in Bozeman. Not ready to ditch the hard hat and leave her tent (or the “A”) behind, she went on to work with the Nevada Conservation Corps as a supervisor, then to New Mexico with RMYC to do the same, eventually making her way back to Nevada, as their Training and Education Coordinator. Though loving her job, Amanda simply could not deny her desire to return to Montana, the place where she fell in love with the wild and the world of conservation. Now, happy and home, (and after spending five years in the desert) Amanda can most likely be found near the water or beneath the trees taking in all of the sights, sounds, smells, and adventures that the Big Sky Country has to offer.