Council Members

Daniel Berkman, Council President

Serving since 2014
Dan graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a joint degree in Geology and Geography in February 2007. Right after graduating, he and some college friends moved to Bozeman, Montana looking for jobs (and larger mountains to play in). Dan stumbled upon the perfect job for him when he became a Youth Crew Leader for MCC that spring and summer. With new found experience working with teenagers, Dan ended up teaching ninth grade earth science in Washington DC. Dan left teaching to attend graduate school at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he focused on Wildland Fire and Emergency Preparedness (which really was an excuse to spend more summers in Montana). Since graduating Yale Forestry in 2012, Dan has worked in the field of emergency management dealing with disasters from Hurricane Sandy to helping K-12 Schools prepare for unforeseen emergencies. Currently, Dan works for the Montgomery County, MD Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. For fun, Dan likes long distance running, hiking, home brewing beer and staying connected with MCC through this alumni advisory council. 


Heather MacSlarrow, Council Member

Serving since 2014
Heather worked as a Crew Leader with MCC in 2005.  Most of her time was spent in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, doing cut'n'run projects. In addition to working with MCC, Heather has worked with the: Washington Conservation Corps, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Steamboat Springs, Youth Corps of Southern Arizona, Southwest Conservation Corps in Tucson (now the Arizona Conservation Corps), and Southwest Conservation Corps in Salida.  Heather loves corps because of their great ability to help people become their most successful selves. She loves MCC because it does this in a way that expertly promotes professionalism and community with leaders, members, agency staff, and regions. Heather earned her Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, is completing her Masters of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, and is currently working as the Managing Director at the Society for Wilderness Stewardship. Heather lives in Missoula, Montana, with her dog Yukon. When she's not working or trying desperately to finish her thesis, Heather can be found exploring the rivers, mountains, and live music of the mountain west.
 


Henri Foch, Council Member

Serving since 2014
Henri spent his childhood exploring the hills, streams, caves, and forests of the Ozarks.  These experiences strongly shaped his connection to and appreciation for nature and wild places.  After graduating with a degree in Architecture from Drury University in Springfield Missouri, Henri jumped at the opportunity presented by an MCC advertisement that promised a summer full of adventures and hard work in the mountains of Montana.  This became the first step in his move to Montana in 2002.  That summer of service was a truly life changing experience and one that is remembered often.  After completing his term of service, Henri began work with Intrinsik Architecture in Bozeman where he has worked as a designer, builder, steel fabricator, and architect.  Henri now enjoys exploring the wild places of Montana with his wife Jessie, their daughter Ensley and two dogs, Sady and Coco.      


Charlsey Thornton, Council Member

Serving since 2014
Charlsey studied psychology at Georgia College and State University, and once had dreams of pursuing a PhD in something that could help her save the world. She wasn’t sure where she could go to school for that, got tired of sitting in classrooms and finally followed up with that person who once told her that she reminded him of his sister who used to work for some cool place out in Montana. That cool place was MCC. She loaded up her Jeep with a backpack full of camping gear and her best friend, and joined the MCC as a crew member in 2008. MCC invited her back to be a Field Crew Leader in 2009, and that’s when life really sank in for her. She realized she had caught something. It wasn’t the flu or any kind of fish, it was the service bug. She tried her hand at ski resorts and the Forest Service, but the bug proved to be chronic. She found herself drafting her first cover letter, and typing MCC at the top. She was given the chance and returned to MCC as a Field Project Coordinator for 4 seasons where she finally felt at home and met her fiancé, Lisa. Before getting too settled in, they decided to make the move the Portland, OR where Charlsey is testing the skills MCC challenged her to gain to develop a volunteer program for a brand new museum and educational facility. MCC will always be her true love.


Paul Paradis, Council Member

Serving since 2015
Paul received his Bachelor's Degree in History and Native American Studies from the University of Montana in 2000. He then worked for the Montana Conservation Corps in Billings as a corpsmember then in Bozeman as a crew leader. After leaving MCC Paul worked a variety of short term jobs to finance travel in Ecuador and Mexico. From 2004-2007 Paul worked with the Southwest Conservation Corps, mostly in program development and recruitment. He moved to the Bay Area and has been with Civicorps since 2008; first as their Social Studies Instructor and more recently as Head of School. During this time he also earned his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.


Alex Villalta, Council Member

Serving since 2015
Alex Villalta is a nonprofit professional specializing in the environmental field. He began his passion for natural resource conservation in 2011 when he joined the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC). The opportunity to work with other recently separated veterans not only helped solidify his passion for conservation, but assisted with his transition from military to civilian life. Shortly after finishing his contract with the MCC, Alex joined the Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) as a crew supervisor. Working as a crew supervisor allowed Alex to refine his leadership, communication, and organizational skills. Looking to move into a management position, Alex joined TreePeople as their Forestry Operations Coordinator. Coming full circle, Alex came back to the LA Conservation Corps as a Program Coordinator. Currently he is responsible for coordinating the little green fingers collaborate, a part of first five LA which looks at food deserts throughout the city and creates a green space in which families can grow vegetables. As Alex continues his career, he looks for projects that provide both a challenge and environmental/social reward.


Claire Muller, Council Member

Serving since 2015
Claire grew up camping in the California Sierras, and went on a backpacking trip at age 16 that changed her life. During college, she participated in an outdoor leadership training program and guided fellow students on trips throughout California through her university's recreation department. She graduated with a B.A. in International Development Studies and a minor in Latin American Studies from UCLA in 2009, and soon after worked for a season as an MCC crew leader. She hasn't left Montana since! Claire led two Immersion Crews out of the Western Wildlands office for MCC in 2010 and 2011. Post-MCC, she started working for the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation (SBFC) in Missoula. She is currently the Field Stewardship Coordinator for SBFC, leading trail crews, volunteer projects, and mentoring Wilderness Ranger Interns. When not out working in the woods, Claire loves traveling, exploring, and wandering around Missoula.