Youth Program Coordinator
Jake grew up in Southeastern New York, surrounded by more horses than people. While on student exchanges across Western parts of the U.S. and Canada, he decided to focus his studies on environmental policy and outreach. Upon graduating from SUNY Stony Brook in 2018, Jake worked as an environmental educator in Massachusetts’ Berkshire Hills and across New York City classrooms. During his time in New York City, he discovered a passion for working with underprivileged youth and providing them with new opportunities. He later moved back up to New England and led summer programs at the Vermont Institute for Natural Science. Eager to venture back out west, Jake signed on as the Youth Program Coordinator here in Bozeman. For an avid backcountry skier, climber, backpacker, and paddler, it’s hard to imagine a better place to be!
Chris picked up the AmeriCorps bug in 1995 in Denver, Colo., where she served two years as a member and then a leader with the National Civilian Community Corps. From there she headed west to the Washington coast, where for three years she taught environmental education for youth ages 10 - 17. For a six-month hiatus, she explored the South America countries of Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil by bicycle and canoe before getting drawn to Montana for an opportunity to serve again, this time with Montana Conservation Corps as a Senior Crew Leader in Kalispell. After enjoying the beauty of Glacier National Park and northwest Montana, she moved to Durango, Colo., to spend 12 years in various management positions with Southwest Conservation Corps. In 2013, Chris returned to Montana and MCC as the Regional Supervisor for the Greater Yellowstone Region. When she is not in the office or out in the field, you can find her outdoors where she enjoys spending time with her husband (Jan) and two girls (Silva and Leksi) on whatever outdoor adventure may present itself.
Caleb began his love for the outdoors at a young age in his home state of Tennessee canoeing and camping. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in History in 2008 and immediately left for the Big Sky Country to serve as a crew member with the MCC on a field crew in the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho. He returned to lead a crew in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of northwest Montana in 2009. It's here where Caleb fell in love with wilderness and developed a passion for public lands. He spent the next five years working for the Forest Service in the Bob Marshall at a backcountry ranger station called Big Prairie, where he served as a trail crew leader and a liaison to MCC crews. After working with the MCC crews for several years, Caleb decided he wanted to return to the MCC and help foster a similar passion and experience for other young people. In his free time, Caleb enjoys biking, boating, and exploring new areas of western Montana.
Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Dillon is no stranger to the outdoors. Graduating from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Dillon wanted to travel westward and work on a hand crew fighting wildfires. He ended up accepting a six month crew member position with Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa in 2016, where he then completed two more terms of service as a crew leader and a field specialist. During his time with CCMI, Dillon deployed on a combined 150 days of disaster responses and it was during these deployments where he worked with many Montana Conservation Corps members and staff. Impressed by the professionalism of the staff and work ethic of the crews, Dillon accepted a Field Coordinator position with MCC in 2019. Some of Dillon’s favorite outdoor activities include hiking, camping, kayaking, hunting, and rock climbing.