Staff and Board

Tim Dwyer, Executive Director

Tim joined FMB 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, Advocacy & Digital Communications 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.

Taylor Mudford, Program Coordinator

Taylor originally joined FMB in 2018 as a Big Sky Watershed Corps member. After completing his term of service in November of that year, he remained with the organization by coming on as program coordinator. He is eager and excited to help further the FMB’s mission to protect and preserve the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, especially since it allows him to continue living in the beautiful state of Montana. In his spare time, Taylor can be found training for the Missouri Breaks Triathlon (2019 edition), climbing, hiking, reading, or watching tennis.

Lantana Clark, Stewardship Coordinator

Lantana Clark joined FMB 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 FMB 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!

Lacey Gunther, Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) Member

Lacey Gunther grew up just outside of Portland, Oregon on the banks of the Willamette River. She learned from a young age just how important it is to have access to nature. She is stoked to be working with the Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument as a Big Sky Watershed Corps member in 2019 to assist with projects aimed at the protection and stewardship of public lands. Lacey received a BS in Environmental Science from Oregon State University with a minor in Water Resources. She spent the past year working for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as an Experimental Biology Aide performing stream habitat and salmon spawning surveys. In her free time you can find Lacey hiking or biking, playing ultimate frisbee, or hanging out with dogs.

Tori Hill, Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) Member

Tori Hill grew up in Sidney, one of the easternmost towns of Montana. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Carroll College in Helena. After working as a Biological Science Technician for the USDA, she felt the mountains pulling her West again. Having debated for four years at Carroll, she is a politics nerd and enjoys (friendly) conversation about any domestic or international policy topic, preferably while hiking up Mount Helena.

Board Members

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