CEO / President
Jono’s garage is full of outdoor toys – mountain bikes, backcountry skis, rafts, climbing ropes, worn out hiking boots. How better to sample some of MCC’s corps members finest trail creations than to get out and enjoy them – and all the rest that Montana’s wild lands have to offer. Jono started with MCC in 2002 inspired by our special sauce of service, leadership development, and outdoor stewardship. Prior to MCC, he was a teacher, instructor with NOLS for 10 years, and director of an environmental education program in Alaska. Jono lives in Bozeman with his wife and kids, Bridger and Erin, who are as tall and lanky just like their mom and dad. He thinks you’ll love MCC too, so come on and join the family!
Executive and Development Coordinator
Michele Schahczenski was raised in Whitehall, went to the University of Montana for her undergraduate degree, and worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Missoula. She then headed out from her Montana roots to graduate school at American University in Washington, DC and a Peace Corps term in Paraguay, where she served as an agricultural extension agent. Michele has worked a number of organic and sustainable farms and studied sustainable food systems as a cultural anthropologist. She is excited to be back in the Montana mountains and supporting conservation and public service! She loves climbing, yoga, hiking, biking, hanging out on rivers, and growing vegetables!
Director of Programs
Kate lived in Vermont for 20 years before (finally!) moving west to Montana in March 2016. While her children were young, Kate taught preschool and ran afterschool programs. By the time they were in elementary school, Kate had been hired as the Education Director for an organization called "Farms for City Kids" in Reading, Vermont. After her time there, Kate worked as the Program Director for the Farm and Wilderness Foundation, and then as the Director of Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator at Granite State College. After spending six years in higher education, Kate missed the energy of a mission-driven organization, and the inspriation from working on behalf of youth and the environment... cue MCC! Kate enjoys snowboarding, bike riding, farming & gardening, volunteering, listening to radio lab, and spending time with her children (for the most part!).
Director of Operations
Wendy has worked with MCC since 1995. She grew up in Ohio and lived in Boston where she met her partner in life, Sven. The two moved to Bozeman in 1993. Wendy enjoys family time with Sven and their two children, Svea and Jack, camping, skiing, and hiking with their black lab dog Pepper. Wendy sits on The Corps Network national council and volunteers in her community with Greater Gallatin United Way and Montana Girls STEM Collaborative.
Donna Watson Lawson
Director of Development, Marketing, & Communications
Donna has worked with human services and conservation organizations throughout her career, including serving as Executive Director for a nonprofit that provides shelter for homeless families with children in Florida, then joining their national office as Regional Director, responsible for 100 Affiliate nonprofits throughout the United States. Born and raised in Florida, Donna moved to Montana to accept a position as Grants and Foundations Officer with a Conservation nonprofit based in Bozeman. With extensive experience in grant writing and fund development, Donna jumped at the opportunity to combine her passions for youth services and conservation by serving as Director of Development for Montana Conservation Corps. An accomplished photographer, Donna spends her free time exploring and photographing the wild world.
Director - Individual Placement Programs
Originally from Ohio, Bryan headed west after graduating from Baldwin Wallace College with a BA in Education History and Political Science in 2005. He served as Youth Crew Leader with MCC in 2008 and used his AmeriCorps education award towards a Masters in Public Administration, which he earned in 2010 from Montana State University. He came back to MCC in 2011 as MCC’s Big Sky Watershed Corps Program Coordinator. In his spare time, you can find Bryan exploring all the wilds Montana has to offer. He enjoys fishing, hunting, and backpacking.
Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion
A Montana native, Tauzha grew up in Billings, graduated a Griz, and spent time travelling and working in therapeutic foster care and the juvenile justice system. Tauzha is an MCC alum from 1999 before assuming the RS role in 2005. Tauzha enjoys traveling, walking Dulci, birding, home improvement projects, and planning her next challenging adventure.
Associate Director of Finance
Tina was born and raised in Northern California and received her Bachelor of Science in Economics, from Cal-Poly, SLO in 2003. After a snowboarding trip, Tina was struck with a serious case of the Bozeman bug, and happily moved to the Big Sky country in 2004. Tina enjoys training at Montana MMA-Bozeman, hiking, and cross country skiing. Tina and her husband Toby have two dogs, Max and Jasmine.
Associate Director of Marketing & Communications
Kristin’s business passion is branding and how it is communicated throughout an organization. Prior to Montana Conservation Corps, she worked for a national retailer in building their brand and stores across the nation, developing strategic onboarding and retention tools for freshmen at MSU and built her own marketing and design consulting business. Kristin began her career in New York City working at multinational agency on the global brand experience for Fortune 500 companies. Kristin is excited to be a part of MCC and contribute to the impact hands-on conservation service has on empowering the future generations of young people. In her free time, Kristin enjoys exploring and enjoying the grandeur of our State Parks, National Parks and public lands across the West with her family and dog or just being outside enjoying what Bozeman and the surrounding mountains, lakes and streams have to offer.
Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Selina Is a Wyoming native and graduated from the University of Wyoming. After college she worked for Wyoming Division of Tourism before entering the health care industry where she was a recruiter for 16 years. She has lived in Bozeman for 11 years, and she loves spending time in the great outdoors with her dog and two boys, Eli and Gannett (highest peak in WY.) Selina believes life is about adventure and living it, so if it is skiing (water or snow,) hiking, golfing, running, biking, fishing, hunting, camping, paddle boarding, etc. she loves doing all of it as long as it puts her in the great outdoors.
Aimee is originally from the great state of Wisconsin. During college she caught the travel bug and explored Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and Europe. Upon graduation she realized she had never been out west so she moved to Montana in 2007 to be a corpsmember and fell in love with the mountains. She enjoys the outside, trees, music, dancing, grapes, and the color green.
Program Manager - Individual Placement Programs
Angela originally hails from northeast Florida where she obtained her B.S. in Biology from the University of North Florida. She worked as an Environmental Scientist along Florida's waters for five years before moving to Bozeman. Once here, she served two AmeriCorps terms as a Big Sky Watershed Corps member. Soon after her service terms, Angela was hired on as the Program Coordinator with the Individual Placement Programming team here at MCC. She is excited to continue good works for our natural resources while helping members succeed in their terms of service. If she’s not in the office, you can usually find Angela playing outside, often climbing, backpacking, or in the snow.
Nicholas ‘Rusty’ Rustigian
Nicholas 'Rusty' Rustigian is from Plymouth, MA and attended the University of Vermont. After graduating, he moved to Seattle for a taste of the big city while still having access to the mountains. For 5 years he worked with the nonprofit arm of the Northwest Avalanche Center, managing the membership program, outreach, events and all the other random tasks that come with working with a small staff of three. In 2015 he accepted a job with Adventure Scientists in Bozeman, managing their Salesforce database. After a short stint of consulting, he landed at MCC in 2019. Rusty enjoys cooking, live music, and being on skis.
With over 25 years of IT experience, Gregg has been the system and network manager for MCC since 2006. Originally from California, he and his wife Renee live in a 125-year-old house and, following the recent completion of a rather lengthy renovation of their historic home, Gregg now spends most of his available free time fly fishing, making dry-cured sausage, tending to Renee's chicken flock, and xeriscaping their yard.
Statewide Program Manager
Brad was born and raised in Rochester, NY near the shores of Lake Ontario. Some of his most memorable childhood experiences came from regular trips to New York’s Adirondack State Park and skiing in Quebec, Canada. His passion for the outdoors led him to Burlington, VT where he earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont. While there he fell in love with the community and the adventures he had hiking, camping, and skiing in the Green Mountains. After mentoring college students with the Navigators for one year he answered the westward call and moved to Bozeman in 2014 and began working with the MCC in late 2015. Along with most outdoor activities, Brad is an enthusiastic traveler and greatly enjoys planning his next adventure.
Accounts Payable Technician
An Idaho native, Angela has spent much of her life traveling from place to place in search of friendship, love, and adventure. After earning a BS in Biology at Boise State University, she moved to El Salvador to serve with the Peace Corps in their Agro-Forestry program. She made her MCC debut in 2002 as a Crew Leader and later served as a Senior Crew Leader. After two stints with AmeriCorps, she ventured up to Alaska to be a Project Leader for SAGA’s Serve Alaska Youth Corps. Angela returned to Montana in 2004 and worked as MCC’s Greater Yellowstone Program Manager for 9 ½ years before transferring into her current position. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring this wondrous state that she now calls home, particularly when accompanied by her husband Chris and young son Caleb.
Rebecca was born and raised in Southern California. After a trip to Yellowstone National Park she fell in love with the mountains, the sky, the lakes and all of the outdoor opportunities. So, in 1997 she packed her bags and headed to YNP to work and experience the Montana life. Rebecca met her husband while working in the Park and they live happily with their 20 year old cat named “Kitty” (original right!). In 2018 she joined MCC with 13 years of payroll experience. Rebecca’s favorite vacation trip is camping. She loves to kayak, hike and snowshoe. Her favorite hobbies are stained glass and cooking.
Program Coordinator - Individual Placement Programs
Mitch comes to MCC from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. He graduated with a B.S. in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and headed west in 2017 after an eastward stretch with the U.S. Geological Survey in Troy, New York. Mitch is an MCC alum, having served on a Field Crew and with the Big Sky Watershed Corps. Mitch is excited to support our Individual Placement Program members and the great work they accomplish throughout their terms of service. Ever the wilderness chaser, Mitch often spends his time off exploring new places with his wife, Rachel, and dog, Velocisaurus – or Vel for short.
Member Management Coordinator
Stephanie is a proud Montana native and graduated from Montana State University with degrees in Business Management and Marketing in 2019. When she's not reading books, doing yoga in the sun, or snuggling with her pup, you can find her passionately volunteering for Montana HOBY. Steph loves doing anything outside, from floating the rivers to rock climbing to backpacking to napping and back again.