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

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

David Weinstein

Vice Chair

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

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

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