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!
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
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.
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 - 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 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 for Personnel Development, Training and Safety
A native Texan, Greg fell in love with both the landscape and the freedom found in Montana during a spontaneous two-week backpacking trip one summer. Doing everything he could to get back into the mountains, Greg endured both cooking for other employees and selling retail in Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain National Parks the following summers. Greg then joined MCC as a Crew Leader in the Eastern Wildlands in 2005, became Program Manager with Central Divide in 2008, and most recently joined the State Office as the Statewide Program Manager.
Associate Director of Marketing, Communications & Recruitment
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.
Statewide Program Manager
Mandy is a Montana native, born and raised in Havre, MT. She moved to Bozeman in 2009 to attend Montana State University, graduating four years later with a BS in Cell Biology & Neuroscience. After graduation, she took a job traveling the country as an Educational Leadership Consultant, but always missed the mountains and community of Bozeman. , she returned to Bozeman to work at her alma mater and pursue a Master's degree in Public Health before joining the MCC team in March 2017. Mandy loves traveling, attending local community events, and exploring the beautiful state of Montana.
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.
Nate was born and raised in Toledo, OH until he moved away to attain a BS in History at Lee University in Tennessee. After four years of exploring the Appalachian mountain ranges, Nate felt himself being pulled to explore the other side of the country. He served as a Youth Crew Leader in 2015 in Helena and he fell in love with Montana and all it has to offer. Nate rejoined MCC in Bozeman shortly after his term of service was complete. In his free time, you can find Nate hiking, camping, fishing, and doing his best to give back to the community that he fell in love with.
Member Management Coordinator
Hannah is a Bozeman native who left after high school to attend the University of Chicago. After college she worked for several years as the Outreach & Training Coordinator at a nonprofit called the Chicago Freedom School. She then worked as the Prevention, Education and Training Coordinator at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Madison, Wisconsin. Hannah recently returned to Bozeman with her husband, daughter, and cat, Boo. She is excited to join the team at MCC and to be back in the mountains. In her free time, Hannah enjoys being with her family, snowboarding, hiking, gardening, and cooking.
Statewide Program Coordinator
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.
Senior Member Management Coordinator
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.
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.
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.
Program Coordinator - 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.
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.
Hannah was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and earned a degree in communications at William Jewell College. Before moving to Montana in 2014, she spent a few years ski-bumming around Breckenridge, Colorado and waitressing in Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Hannah was hired as MCC's first executive assistant in 2018. When she isn't wrangling Jono, developing project partner reports, or coming up with witty Instagram posts for MCC, you can find her at a local community theater, walking Chubbs, her dog, eating BBQ, or all of the above.
Though she grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Hannah has roots in Billings and recently returned to her Montana heritage after living and working in Seattle and Salt Lake City. Early in her career, Hannah spent 4 months working with HELP International in Uganda – where she took on responsibility for raising the funds to build a school! – as well as working in Barbados, Trinidad, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent, teaching, training and organizing service projects through the LDS Church. Professionally, Hannah’s experience includes working with REI in SLC and Seattle as well as for Cotapaxi. She has an AAS in Business Management from the LDS Business College. When Hannah is outside and not focused on the activity at hand, she is thinking about what bears might be lurking nearby. Since moving to Bozeman in October of 2018, she has learned how to downhill ski, how to tie a wooly bugger fly and how not to react when her car gets stuck in the snow.