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.
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 the coastlines of 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, Howard Taft.
Lantana Clark, Stewardship Coordinator
Lantana Clark joined the Friends as Stewardship Coordinator in May 2018. Lantana grew up in a small western Montana town and was a part of 4-H for nine years raising sheep and riding horses. Last summer during a term with Montana Conservation Corps (MCC), she developed a strong passion and respect for the monument as a public outreach representative, tree waterer, fence builder, and participating in other FMB and BLM projects. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering at Montana Tech in Butte. When not working or studying, Lantana enjoys rollerblading, running the river path in Fort Benton, folfing and exploring Montana’s public lands that she cherishes deeply. Lantana is excited to share her knowledge, enthusiasm, and dedication for the monument to ensure its preservation for future generations.
Kristina Smith, Education Coordinator
Kristina Smith joined the Friends as Education Coordinator in May 2018. She is a Montana native with a deep connection and love of its wild places. An avid adventurist who believes, that living in Montana, “Every Footstep is a New Adventure.” Kristina has lived in Fort Benton for the past four years and while there, she has established a local adventure group called, Motion on the Mo. Motion on the Mo meets weekly and does a variety of activities from paddling, skiing, snowshoeing, cycling, running, swimming, to hiking excursions. Kristina is thrilled to be a part of FMB to help promote, build awareness and encourage people to “Get Outside and Live More”! The Upper Missouri River Breaks Monument lands hold a spectacular array of plant life, wildlife, unique geological features, endless recreational opportunities and significant historical and cultural values, that must be shared with our friends and neighbors!
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.
Hugo Tureck, Chair, Coffee Creek, MT
Noel Birkland, Vice Chair, Lewistown, MT
Martha Vogt, Treasurer, Helena, MT
Karen Datko, Secretary, Havre, MT
Betsy Buffington, Bozeman, MT
Jim Brenna, Havre, MT
Nicolle Fugere, Fort Benton, 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