Board of Directors

Jan Lombardi

Chair

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

Joe McCarty

Vice Chair

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

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

Robert A. Hermes

Secretary

Bob spent most of his career with an employee owned international oil and gas consulting firm, Purvin & Gertz, Inc. He was president and chairman the last 20 years with the firm. Prior to becoming president he lived in London as head of the firm’s Eastern Hemisphere business. Since retirement he has served on the board of directors of two NYSE listed companies: Murphy Oil Corporation and Murphy USA. He is also on the board of Urban Harvest, a non-profit in Houston, Texas that encourages local food and on the Advisory Board for the University of Texas School of Engineering.

Bob and his wife Carol spend the summer months in Lakeside, MT and the winters in Houston.  He was introduced to MCC in the process of developing a hiking trail in the Island Unit of Flathead National Forest near Lakeside. The trail was completed in the fall of 2014 with most of the field work done by MCC.

He has a BS degree in chemical engineering from The University of Texas and a PhD in chemical engineering/mathematics from the University of Minnesota. He was named a Distinguished Graduate of the UT School of Engineering in 2006.

Member Since

2014

Hometown

Lakeside, MT

Shane Doyle

Board Member

Dr. Doyle holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and completed a post-doctoral appointment in genetics with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2016. He has 20 years of teaching experience and was a founding member of the Montana Wilderness Association's Hold Our Ground Campaign in 2017.

 Dr. Doyle is a Crow tribal member and grew up in Crow Agency. As a full-time educational and cultural consultant, he designs American Indian curriculum for many organizations, including Montana public schools, the National Park Service, and the Museum of the Rockies. Dr. Doyle speaks throughout the region on the topics of northern Plains Tribal culture and the importance of public lands and was instrumental in the repatriation of the Anzick Clovis Child. He recently worked as a consultant and actor for the History Channel’s “Lost Treasure of the Little Bighorn Battle,” that premiered in the fall of 2018. Dr. Doyle is most inspired to be a steward of public lands when he is out enjoying them.  Dr. Doyle has enjoyed singing Northern Plains Tribal music for 30 years. He and his wife and five children currently reside in Bozeman.

Member Since

2018

Hometown

Bozeman, MT

David Weinstein

Board Member

David Weinstein cut his teeth in the conservation stewardship arena by serving as a Junior Ranger then a Crew Leader for the City of Boulder, Colorado during high school and college.  Post college he served as a Wyss Fellow then worked for the Outdoor Industry Association, representing the Outdoor Industry on behalf of America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. David joined the Trust for Public Lands in 2013, a move that ultimately brought him to Montana where he served as their Western Conservation Finance Director.  David returned to the Outdoor Industry in 2018 and currently serves as their State and Local Policy Director at Outdoor Industry Association.

David holds a B.A. from Colorado State University, and an M.A. from Georgetown University.  He completed a two-year term serving on the National Parks Conservation Association’s Next Generation Advisory Council.  He is an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker, hunter, angler, backpacker and pack rafter. As an MCC Board member, he enjoys the opportunity to support the transformative experience gained by youth who spend a term (or more!) with MCC. David currently lives in Bozeman.

Member Since

2018

Hometown

Bozeman, MT

Whitney Tilt

Board Member

As Director of Lands and Wildlife Conservation for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Whitney Tilt works with the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Emigrant, Montana and addresses larger natural resource issues of the Yellowstone Ecosystem. Whitney is also a partner in High Country Apps LLC, which develops interactive field guides for smart phones and tablets.

Throughout his career Whitney has focused on conservation, working on a wide range of natural resource issues from Colorado River water allocations and black-footed ferret recovery to Asian tiger conservation and evaluation of federal fisheries programs. Whitney has worked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sonoran Institute and National Audubon Society, among others. He earned a Masters of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and began his introduction to the Greater Yellowstone Region by ranching in the Tetons of Idaho. Whitney is author of the book Flora of the Yellowstone. When not working, Whitney enjoys the finer things in life: fly fishing, bird hunting, hiking, and just being outdoors.  Whitney lives with his wife in Emigrant.

Member Since

2017

Hometown

Emigrant, 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

Brianne Dugan

Board Member

Brianne (Bree) Dugan has over a decade of political, policy, communications, and management experience, having held director positions in both Washington, D.C. and Bozeman, Montana for Montana’s longest-serving U.S. Senator, Max Baucus, in addition to serving as Montana Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator John Walsh. Bree is a native Montanan who is committed to making the state a better place; she is known by colleagues across the state for getting things done and building lasting relationships. In 2015, Bree launched her private consulting business, Bird Dog Strategies, LLC, quickly becoming an integral asset to her clients with her experience in brand leadership and crisis communications.  She believes that stewardship of public land and building leaders who care about their communities are crucial components of growing an engaged population. She enjoys upland bird and waterfowl hunting and lives with her husband, John, and their black lab, Scully, in Bozeman.

Member Since

2017

Hometown

Bozeman, MT

Steve Doherty

Board Member

Steve Doherty was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, then graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon, where he was honored as a Distinguished Environmental Law graduate for 2005.  Steve’s legal career includes membership in the Montana and Oregon State Bars for over twenty five years, as well as membership in numerous Tribal Bars, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Claims Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. Steve served in the Montana State Senate for 12 years, both in majority and minority leadership positions, and was the Democratic leader for two sessions. He was appointed by the Governor to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission, where he served as Chairman.  He has also served as the Senior Adviser for the Northwest for the United States Secretary of the Interior.  Steve has received many awards for his diligent work in law and the environment, including the Public Service Award from Montana Trial Lawyers Association in 2001 and the Conservationist of the Year award from Montana Wildlife Federation in 2009.  Steve currently lives in Missoula.

Member Since

2016

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

Carol Bibler

Board Member

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

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

Swep Davis

Board Member

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