Northern Rockies

Our Team

Samantha McKeachnie

Youth Program Assistant

Samantha McKeachnie grew up on a farm in northeastern Utah, where her admiration for the outdoors and land management began. She went on to study Anthropology in Portland, Oregon, exploring the western coastline, mountain ranges, and coffeehouses in her spare time. Having daydreamed of reaching Montana for many years, she excitedly joined the MCC as a Youth Crew Leader in 2015. The following year she moved into a Roving Youth Crew Leader position, and in 2017 became the Youth Program Assistant. She believes that tremendous growth and happiness occurs out there in the wild and finds herself constantly inspired by all of the natural wonders and dedicated community members that fill the state of Montana. 

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Carolan Coughlin

Youth Program Manager

Carolan grew up in beautiful Northeast Ohio and received a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  Post graduation, she lived and worked in many scenic and wonderful places around Ohio, Colorado, and Montana, leading Environmental Education school year programs and summer camps, as well as clubs that focused on service and getting kids outside.  She found her way to Northwest Montana in 2010, when she served as a Field Crew Leader with MCC.  A full season in the backcountry of the Bob Marshall Wilderness stoked her passion for crew-based conservation work, physical labor, mountains, Wilderness, hand tools, and service to one's community.  Carolan explored on to Colorado the following year, for another season in the Wilderness. working for Southwest Conservation Corps in the Sangre de Cristo, Weminuche, and La Garita Wilderness areas.  As they say, all trails lead back to the Flathead Valley, and that's where Carolan found herself in 2012, stepping into the Field Coordinator position for 3 years. As Youth Program Manager, Carolan proudly continues to serve MCC, our awesome leaders, strong kids, vibrant community, and unbelievable public lands.  In her spare time, Carolan enjoys adventure of all forms including skiing, hiking, backpacking, camping, packrafting, daydreaming, and reading by the wood stove.  She is thankful for her wonderful family and friends, and for the opportunity to work a meaningful job in a beautiful place. 

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Cliff Kipp

Regional Director

Originally hailing from Colorado, Cliff spent two years with MCC as a Crew Leader and Senior Crew Leader in Great Falls before crossing the continental divide and assuming the RS position for the Northern Rockies region in Nov. 2003. His BA in Philosophy and experience in defense contract administration, as well as his passion for the opportunities afforded through a corps experience, fuel Cliff’s approach to this position. When not busy filling project schedules or volunteering on trails-related boards, Cliff can be found trying hard to soak up all the goodness the Flathead Valley has to offer.

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Lauren Jarrold

Program Manager

Originally from Ohio, Lauren grew up exploring the creek behind her house and building tree forts with her brother and sister. After graduating from Xavier University with a degree in photography she embarked upon her MCC journey, serving as a youth crew leader in 2008 and senior youth crew leader in 2009. With an MCC toolbox of skills in tow she set out to further explore the world of non-profits and at-risk youth. She returned to MCC as a regional program coordinator in 2012. Lauren can often be found exploring nature with camera in tow.

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Caleb Stewart

Field Coordinator

Caleb began his love for the outdoors at a young age in his home state of Tennessee canoeing and camping. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in History in 2008 and immediately left for the Big Sky Country to serve as a crew member with the MCC on a field crew in the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho. He returned to lead a crew in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of northwest Montana in 2009. It's here where Caleb fell in love with wilderness and developed a passion for public lands. He spent the next five years working for the Forest Service in the Bob Marshall at a backcountry ranger station called Big Prairie, where he served as a trail crew leader and a liaison to MCC crews. After working with the MCC crews for several years, Caleb decided he wanted to return to the MCC and help foster a similar passion and experience for other young people. In his free time, Caleb enjoys biking, boating, and exploring new areas of western Montana.

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Helen Birk

Field Coordinator

Born and raised in Maine, Helen has always had a keen interest in the outdoors. She was inspired by an Alaskan Outward Bound experience in high school to follow a career connecting people to the world around them. At the University of Vermont she went on to study Environmental Science and Sustainable Development and struggled to find a way to get people to excited to solve environmental issues. However, after signing up as a member for MCC when she graduated college in 2012, she found everything she was looking for. She found that MCC inspired and challenged folks to not only connect, but also find purpose in the environment and their community. Realizing she stumbled upon her dream job, she went on to be a Field Crew Leader with MCC in 2013, a Field Crew Leader with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in 2014, a Roving Crew Leader with MCC in 2015, and finally a Field Coordinator with MCC in 2016. Her words of advise are to stop thinking about it and get out here already!

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