Western Wildlands

Our Team

Bobby Grillo

Regional Director

Bobby Grillo spent his early years in Long island, NY. He attended Notre Dame where he met his sweetheart, Joellen. After college he moved to Portland, Oregon where he served two years for the NW Service Academy and then put in two years for the Environmental Middle School as a naturalist. Bobby headed to Missoula to get an MS in Environmental Studies. He started working for the Corps in 2002. You can find him climbing and mountain biking around Missoula when he is not simply enjoying life as a dad.

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Dylan Barbash

Program Manager

Dylan grew up on the east coast right outside of DC in a quiet suburb.  But suburbia drove Dylan out from the east and into a NOLS course in Alaska.  This is where he fell in love with being in the outdoors.  After NOLS he traveled to Billings, MT to work with the Montana Conservation Corps as a youth crew leader.  He had a great season and found a passion both for conservation work and personal development.  Since MCC, he has worked with the Forest Service and several non profit conservation organizations.  He is excited to be back with MCC as a Field Coordinator, being able to share technical and interpersonal skills.  On his off time he can be found playing in the woods around Montana hiking, biking, skiing, and canoeing.

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Nick Ehlers

Youth Program Manager

Nick grew up in Oregon and spent his youth playing baseball, basketball and exploring Oregon’s beautiful Cascades and coastline. He did his undergraduate degree in biology at Oregon State University and his Master’s in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. He is proud to call himself an ecologist and educator! As an ecologist, Nick has conducted research on coral reefs and mangrove forests in Panama and the Bahamas, impacts related to sea turtle ecotourism in Costa Rica, and wolves and ungulates in Yellowstone National Park and British Columbia Canada. As an educator, Nick is a credentialed teacher who for five years taught 11th grade biology and environmental science at High Tech High Chula Vista (a Title 1 Project Based Learning high school). As a Youth Program Manager with MCC, he looks forward to continuing his mission to get youth outdoors doing meaningful hands-on projects to better connect with themselves, the natural world and their communities. Outside of work, Nick is honored to call Missoula home and spends much of his time with his wife Libby, son Bechler and two dogs Takla/Anza hiking, biking, skiing and exploring Montana’s endless life-changing outdoor experiences!

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Mario Colucci

Wildlands Restoration Coordinator

Mario is a native of Minnesota, where he received a degree in Geography at the University of Minnesota in 2000. His love affair with Montana began during his college summer breaks, which he spent slinging burgers and hiking in Glacier National Park. He first came to MCC in 2001 as a corpsmember and led a crew in 2002. Before returning to MCC in the fall of 2006, Mario was in the Big Hole Valley where he worked trails, wilderness, and recreation for the Wisdom Ranger District, and thoroughly enjoyed his off-seasons making turns, working a variety of jobs, acquiring hobbies, and traveling both near and far. He is more than excited to be back in Missoula, where he can be found living the good life.

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Tori Arnsparger

Field Coordinator

Tori became enthralled with the outdoors while growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She did a few years of school while hopping around Michigan but realized the west was calling. Launching herself to Arizona for a couple of terms with the American Conservation Experience, she learned how much she loved trail and saw work. She continued in the corps world completing another term with the Mile High Youth Corps and ultimately came to Montana for MCC. MCC introduced her to the great people and places encompassed by the Bitterroot National Forest. As Missoula became home, she chose to finish her Environmental Studied degree at UM. While doing so, she worked her summers on the Bitterroot National Forest trail crew and her last two semesters for the Montana Wilderness Association as their Wilderness Fellow. Things that make her happiest are alpine lakes, coffee and crosscut saws. Being back with MCC she hopes to help others develop a love for wild landscapes and traditional tools.

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Will Merritt

Field Coordinator

Will grew up in Maryland, in the sprawling suburbs of Washington D.C..  After graduating from Ursinus College in 2012 with a degree in Biology, he decided a change of scenery was in order and joined MCC as a Crew Member out of the Missoula regional office for the 2013 season. He discovered his passion for Wilderness that year while working in the Seven Devils of Hells Canyon. The following year, he served as a Field Crew Leader in Missoula, where he worked primarily in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness along the headwaters of the Selway River. Since then, Will has worked as a Trails/Wilderness Technician for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation. He now calls Missoula home and is ecstatic to have returned to MCC as a Field Coordinator.  

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Carter Finegan

Youth Program Coordinator

Carter grew-up outside of Nashville where she biked, hiked, and explored the rich biodiversity of the southeast. She was drawn to the mega-fauna and mountains of Montana, and finished her degree in Organismal and Ecological Biology from the University of Montana. Working with youth had always been a given, and being a Youth Crew Leader refocused her passion for getting young people outdoors. She was a Youth Conservation Corps leader and worked with local non-profits to educate the community about the Clark Fork watershed, and is excited to circle back to Montana Conservation Corps. On her off time, you can find her climbing, skiing, crafting, or eating ice-cream with her dog, Arlo.  

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