Staff and Board

Tim Dwyer, Executive Director

Tim joined the Friends at the end of August in 2016.  A Montana native, Tim holds the public lands of Montana close to his heart.  Tim’s previous work as a Regional Director for the Montana Conservation Corps gave him the pleasure of 14 years of giving back to the state of Montana and providing youth opportunity to experience the outdoors.  In his spare time, Tim can be found playing soccer, skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking, and running.  But Tim’s number one priority is his family.  He and his wife have 2 wonderful daughters who are the center of their lives.

Joe Offer, Stewardship Director

Joe joined the Friends in February of 2016. His previous work experience is within the field of public recreation, ranging from the Forest Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to municipal parks departments in Oregon and Montana. Joe grew up outside of Portland, Oregon. His first trip to Montana was a canoe trip through the Breaks to follow in the footsteps taken by his great-uncle George Drouillard while on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Subsequently he fell in love with the Monument’s cottonwoods and moved to Montana driven by his strong connection to the area. In his spare time Joe enjoys playing hockey, hiking, canoeing and spending time with his dog, Creek.

Kelsey Anderson, Outreach Manager

Kelsey joined the Friends in January 2018. Kelsey's education and work experiences have taken her from the plains of Nebraska, to Florida and Peru, and have landed her in the mountains of Montana. She is excited for the opportunity to stay in Montana and explore the cultural and natural resources of the Breaks. When not in the office, Kelsey enjoys playing soccer, hiking, backpacking, watching Netflix, and hanging out with her beloved cat, Mr. George.

Sarah Harker, Education Coordinator, Americorps VISTA

Sarah joined the Friends in February 2017.  Originally from the foothills of Appalachia in Southeast Ohio, she grew up on the banks of another river.  The Ohio River has been irreparably damaged by pollution, so when Sarah decided to dedicate a year to national service, working to protect and educate about the Missouri River’s priceless ecosystems was an obvious fit.  Having never been west of Cincinnati, she hopes to explore the American West during her year here, and maybe make the leap from water skiing to downhill skiing.

Samantha Strable, Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) Member

Samantha Strable is a Montana native and a graduate of the University of Providence (formerly known as the University of Great Falls). She currently is working on a Master's of Science in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management. Her past experience includes working with the Wildlife and State Park branches of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. In her spare time you can find Samantha hunting, fishing, skiing, and enjoying Montana's outdoors. Now living in Helena and working with the Friends of the Missouri Breaks, Samantha is excited to be embarking into watershed conservation work.

Taylor Mudford, Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) Member

Taylor is a New York native and alumnus of the University of Hartford. Though he majored in history, a semester abroad in Australia inspired him to pursue a minor in environmental studies, which soon became his academic and personal focus. While serving with the AmeriCorps program and working directly with the Friends, Taylor looks forward to applying his passion and zeal for the environment, conservation, and history to his work in spreading awareness of, and participating in hands-on conservation efforts in, the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument. When not working, Taylor can be found in a hammock in the woods with a book, climbing, watching tennis, or binge watching Netflix.

Board Members

Hugo Tureck, Chair, Coffee Creek, MT
Dave Mari, Vice-President, Lewistown, MT
Martha Vogt, Secretary-Treasurer, Helena, MT
Betsy Buffington, Bozeman, MT 
Noel Birkland, Lewistown, MT
Jim Brenna, Havre, MT


Do you want to actively help to protect your public lands?  Are you interested in helping the Friends organization grow?  If so, then we may have just the position for you.  We are currently looking for enthusiastic people to serve on our Board of Directors. 


If you are interested contact:

Tim Dwyer, Executive Director