Western Wildlands

Our Team

Dylan Barbash

Field Coordinator

Dylan grew up on the east coast right outside of DC in a quiet suburb.  But suburbia drove Dylan out from the east and into a NOLS course in Alaska.  This is where he fell in love with being in the outdoors.  After NOLS he traveled to Billings, MT to work with the Montana Conservation Corps as a youth crew leader.  He had a great season and found a passion both for conservation work and personal development.  Since MCC, he has worked with the Forest Service and several non profit conservation organizations.  He is excited to be back with MCC as a Field Coordinator, being able to share technical and interpersonal skills.  On his off time he can be found playing in the woods around Montana hiking, biking, skiing, and canoeing.

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Nick Ehlers

Youth Program Manager

Nick grew up in Oregon and spent his youth playing baseball, basketball and exploring Oregon’s beautiful Cascades and coastline. He did his undergraduate degree in biology at Oregon State University and his Master’s in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. He is proud to call himself an ecologist and educator! As an ecologist, Nick has conducted research on coral reefs and mangrove forests in Panama and the Bahamas, impacts related to sea turtle ecotourism in Costa Rica, and wolves and ungulates in Yellowstone National Park and British Columbia Canada. As an educator, Nick is a credentialed teacher who for five years taught 11th grade biology and environmental science at High Tech High Chula Vista (a Title 1 Project Based Learning high school). As a Youth Program Manager with MCC, he looks forward to continuing his mission to get youth outdoors doing meaningful hands-on projects to better connect with themselves, the natural world and their communities. Outside of work, Nick is honored to call Missoula home and spends much of his time with his wife Libby, son Bechler and two dogs Takla/Anza hiking, biking, skiing and exploring Montana’s endless life-changing outdoor experiences!

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Bobby Grillo

Regional Director

Bobby Grillo spent his early years in Long island, NY. He attended Notre Dame where he met his sweetheart, Joellen. After college he moved to Portland, Oregon where he served two years for the NW Service Academy and then put in two years for the Environmental Middle School as a naturalist. Bobby headed to Missoula to get an MS in Environmental Studies. He started working for the Corps in 2002. You can find him climbing and mountain biking around Missoula when he is not simply enjoying life as a dad.

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Mario Colucci

Wildlands Restoration Coordinator

Mario is a native of Minnesota, where he received a degree in Geography at the University of Minnesota in 2000. His love affair with Montana began during his college summer breaks, which he spent slinging burgers and hiking in Glacier National Park. He first came to MCC in 2001 as a corpsmember and led a crew in 2002. Before returning to MCC in the fall of 2006, Mario was in the Big Hole Valley where he worked trails, wilderness, and recreation for the Wisdom Ranger District, and thoroughly enjoyed his off-seasons making turns, working a variety of jobs, acquiring hobbies, and traveling both near and far. He is more than excited to be back in Missoula, where he can be found living the good life.

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Jess Harrell

Program Manager

Jess was born and raised in the Nutmeg State. She attended Curry College where she studied Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Upon college graduation Jess served a term with Americorps National Civilian Community Corps which eventually lead her to now home of Missoula, Montana. From her first stint with  NCCC Jess has continued to work with Americorps members in the MCC where she first started as a Field Crew Leader in 2008. Montana had always been a mystery for Jess, growing up in small town New England, and she spends her free time uncovering the mystery of the beautiful county the west has to offer. When not backpacking or enjoying natural hot springs you can find Jess spending time in her garden, floating the river, and enjoying good tunes, great food, with fantastic community. 

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Renee Morley

Field Coordinator

Renee is a transplant from Vermont, land of foliage, cheddar cheese and maple syrup. Growing up, she developed a deep love for forests, meadows, and wild places. Renee graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Resource Conservation in 2010. In 2006, she served with the VYCC and she was hooked.  Renee moved out west in 2007, and in 2009 served as a crew leader for the MCC. She has worked in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona and Washington with RYMC, SCC and the forest service. The mountains of Montana and the MCC drew her back, and she now considers Missoula home. She is ever thankful for continuing opportunities in life to learn and grow, and considers herself a lifelong learner. When Renee isn’t working for the MCC, you can find her running, skiing, mountain biking, attempting to fish, enjoying baked goods with strong coffee, and taking a dip in high alpine lakes.  

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