Board of Directors

Carol Bibler

Chair

A native Montanan, Carol Bibler is a retired geologist who worked in the oil and gas exploration industry 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, the 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 nonprofit dedicated to providing access to trails and lands connecting Herron Park to the forest lands at Blacktail Mountain.  In their volunteer role, Carol and Jim have interacted extensively with MCC crews who have engaged in trail building and maintenance for the Foys to Blacktail Trails.  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.  Carol and Jim currently live in Kalispell.

Member Since

2016

Hometown

Kalispell, MT

David Weinstein

Vice Chair

David Weinstein rejoined The Trust for Public Land in 2020 as Western Conservation Finance Director. He advises local and state governments throughout the Western United States on how to design, pass, and implement legislative initiatives and ballot measures that create funding for land and water conservation and climate-smart solutions. A Wyss Foundation Fellow and Colorado native, David has been involved in conservation politics for more than a decade, most recently as Outdoor Industry Association’s State and Local Policy Director, and formerly with U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s Office and Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s first gubernatorial campaign. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Montana Conservation Corps and Alaska Wilderness League Action. David lives in Bozeman, MT and is an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker, boater, hunter, angler, runner, backpacker, birder, and packrafter.

Member Since

2018

Hometown

Bozeman, MT

Whitney Tilt

Secretary

Whitney Tilt is a principal at Conservation Benchmarks in Bozeman, Montana. Whitney has spent a career working in wildlife and natural resource conservation, addressing a wide range of challenges from Colorado River water allocations and black-footed ferret recovery to Asian tiger conservation and evaluation of federal fisheries programs. He earned a Masters of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and began his introduction to the Greater Yellowstone Region ranching in the Tetons of Idaho. Whitney is author of the Flora of the Yellowstone and a founder of High Country Apps LLC, developing interactive field guides for smart phones and tablets. 

Member Since

2017

Hometown

Emigrant, MT

Chris Pope

Treasurer

Chris Pope joined the MCC board after nearly three decades of business and non-profit management experience.  For fourteen years, he owned the Great Rocky Mountain Toy Company in downtown Bozeman. He presently works as a Licensed Commercial Realtor with NAI Landmark and serves as the Representative for House District 65 in the Montana Legislature.  Since 1991, Chris 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 Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University. He is married to Maddy Pope and has two children, Jess and Ben.  Chris currently lives in Bozeman.

Member Since

2012

Hometown

Bozeman, MT

Swep Davis

Officer At Large

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

Zachary Bashoor

Board Member

Zack’s passion for forestry and his love for Montana are grounded in his roots. Between family ties and bouncing around states as a child, Zack knew that when he had the choice, he’d find his way to Montana.  After spending his first year out of high school attaining firefighting certifications, Zack’s education was continued at the University of Montana in Forest Resource Management. During college, Zack spent his summers working seasonally on a fire crew with the U.S. Forest Service. In 2016, during his final semester at UM, Zack started a company, Bashoor Land Management, leveraging his experience in wildland fire and passion for forest restoration to rehabilitate forest landscapes. He’s also worked to engage the community in measures regarding the importance of sustainable forest management.

Zack is on the Board of Directors and the chair of the Forest Resources Committee for the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Montana Logging Association, and a member of REAL Montana Class IV through Montana State University Extension. As a young professional, Zack aspires to use his energy and knowledge as a tool to stimulate a seasoned industry. Zack currently works as a Resource Forester for Pyramid Mountain Lumber, and continues to strengthen relationships between forests and the community through Bashoor Land Management.

Member Since

2020

Hometown

Missoula, MT

Leif Peterson

Board Member

Leif grew up in Maryland, but soon packed his bags for the West. After graduating from Whitworth University, Spokane, WA, he spent a year traveling through Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii, mostly cycling and camping, eventually returning to the States to earn an MA in Literature and Creative Writing at CU Boulder. The next stop was the Bay Area where I worked as an Instructional Designer for Apple for several years.

When Apple went through a major reorganization, Leif took the opportunity to return to the Flathead Valley where he had family roots, and purchased a literary magazine. He published Kinesis for five years, before starting a freelance writing business that he’s sustained for the last twenty-five years.  Leif is a volunteer with the Flathead Food Bank and is the Senior Warden at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Whitefish/Columbia Falls. Both of these endeavors reflect his belief that “the best way (maybe the only way) to get below the surface and encounter the more meaningful is by committing to service to others.”

Leif reflects: “This is what MCC does; it gives kids the opportunity to serve others, get outside themselves, and realize that the world is a big place and that they inhabit only a small, albeit important, place within it. Kids grow when they spend a month with MCC. I saw it with my son and I’ve heard it from countless others. “

Member Since

2020

Hometown

Whitefish, MT

Mariah Gladstone

Board Member

Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet, Cherokee) grew up between the Flathead Valley and the Blackfeet Reservation. She graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with her B.S. in Environmental Engineering and returned home where she worked as a community organizer and completed a year of AmeriCorps national service with Energy Corps, helping the City of Whitefish develop a Climate Action Plan. In 2016, Mariah launched an online blog, Indigikitchen, focusing on revitalizing traditional Indigenous foods that strengthen cultural ties and remind us of the inherent worth of our identities while fueling our physical bodies.

Mariah has been recognized as a "Culture of Health Leader" through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Champion of Change” through the Center for Native American Youth, and a Grist 50 "Fixer." She also serves on the board of the Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance.  Mariah currently lives in Babb, MT with her partner Kenneth and is completing her M.S. in Environmental Science through SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.

Member Since

2020

Hometown

Babb, MT

Misty Kuhl

Board Member

Misty was born in Havre and is a White Clay member the Fort Belknap Indian Community.  As a first generation college graduate, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services (Cum Laude) from Montana State University-Billings. 

Misty spent several years working with tribal communities in New Mexico as a probation officer, and then nationally as a Director with the Native American Alliance Foundation. Following her work with NAAF, she lived out her love for the outdoors and was an outdoor guide for several years, eventually taking over Outdoor Programs for Kirtland Air Force Base. She especially loves paddling whitewater and trail running. Misty is a champion for diversity in outdoor recreation and loves helping people get outside. Entrepreneurship opportunities in the outdoor industry brought her “home” to Montana.

Being back in Montana ignited a renewed passion for serving Indian Country. Currently Misty is the Coordinator for Native American Outreach at Rocky Mountain College, and before that she served as Tribal Liaison and Field Representative for Montana’s At-Large congressman. She is a board member of the YWCA; the Fort Belknap Investment Board, and ACE Scholarship’s Indian Advisory Board.

Misty lives in the Billings area with her husband Matthew, a wood craftsman of furniture, cabinetry, and fine residential trim carpentry.

Member Since

2020

Hometown

Billings, MT

Lisa Kelley

Board Member

Lisa grew up in Spokane, Washington, and spent summers hiking Montana trails and exploring Glacier National Park with her family. She received her BA in Business Administration from Washington State University and her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.  She made the permanent move to Montana after law school in 2006 to clerk for the Montana Supreme Court.  Lisa then practiced law at Hughes, Kellner, Sullivan, and Alke, PLLP, for three years, focusing on land use issues, estate planning, and business planning.  Lisa has been Assistant General Counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana since 2010, where she focuses on insurance law and regulation, provider network contracting, and government relations.  She enjoys community service and spent the past year working with the Helena Chamber of Commerce Leadership Helena Program, which focuses on building leadership skills, networking, and serving the local community.

Lisa and her husband, Marcus, were married at Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park, and are active supporters of the Glacier National Park Conservancy and the Prickly Pear Land Trust. They now enjoy taking their two children hiking and exploring on Montana’s trails.  Lisa’s hobbies include traveling, cooking, and photography.  

Member Since

2017

Hometown

Helena, MT

Pierre Kaptanian

Board Member

Pierre enlisted in the U.S. Army for three years before attending college at the University of Boulder-Colorado where he earned a BS in Accounting. He is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in Seattle. Over the years, he's held several positions at banks, including various branch management positions at the National Bank of Alaska, and he is currently the Market President of First Montana Bank in Kalispell. Pierre is an active volunteer in his community, working with nonprofits including Cancer Support Community of Kalispell, The Flathead Land Trust, Glacier National Park Conservancy and Camp Make-a-Dream. He is married to Dr. Melissa Hulvat and has two children, Julian and Pierre III. He enjoys getting outside and hiking, biking, rafting, motorcycling and hunting.

Member Since

2019

Hometown

Kalispell, MT

Jan Schweitzer

Board Member

With a degree in Accounting from Montana State University, Jan, CPA, CFE, has over 25 years of extensive audit and financial reporting experience. She has overseen and provided financial statements and compliance audits for nonprofit, government and commercial entities. She held board positions for various nonprofits, including the Missoula Art Museum, United Way of Missoula County and the Missoula YMCA. Currently, Jan is Office Vice President and a Shareholder for Anderson ZurMuehlen, the largest Montana-based CPA and business advisory firm in the state. Jan enjoys camping, hiking and biking. "I am excited about the mission and programs that MCC stands for," Jan says. "I have a teenage daughter that I am trying to raise with the same work ethics that I learned from my parents. I feel MCC exhibits all of those through the programs in place; hard work, teamwork, leadership – all of those are traits that I am passionate about passing on to my daughter and those in her generation."

Member Since

2019

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

Joe McCarty

Board Member

Initially serving as an attorney in private practice, Joe McCarty joined Federal Express  where he served as President, Asia, Pacific and Middle East;  President, Latin America; then President and CEO of FedEx Logistics, Inc.  After leaving FedEx, Joe served as a lecturer and adjunct professor, teaching 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, teaching business strategy and negotiation. Joe has served on the boards of several conservation non-profit organizations. He also 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.  He currently lives in Bozeman.

Member Since

2015

Hometown

Bozeman, 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

Hometown

Helena, MT

Jan Lombardi

Board Member

Jan Lombardi has more than 35 years of experience working in the nonprofit, government, and 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. Jan previously served as the Education Policy Advisor and Director of the (Montana) Governor’s Office of Community Service under Governor Schweitzer as well 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 the 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.  Jan currently lives in Helena.

Member Since

2014

Hometown

Helena, MT