Daniel is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Missoula. He covered a lot of terrain to get here, having grown up in Birmingham, Alabama, attended DePauw University in Indiana, and traded commodities in Chicago. After a visit to see his freshly re-located mom and dad—a now-retired chemistry professor who taught at the University of Montana—Daniel and his wife, Kay, decided to leave the urban rush for a life around rivers. Daniel immediately began volunteering for CFC, leading the floating entourage during annual river cleanups, raising funds for program work, and recruiting members. He went on to serve on the CFC board between 2006 and 2012 and is eager to roll up his sleeves for a second tour of duty. A dedicated angler, Daniel spends free time exploring local rivers with his two children, and playing drums in a band.
Justin is a marketing professor at the Univ. of Montana’s School of Business Administration with research interests in branding and its effects on attitude and behavior. His work has been published recently in Journal of Consumer Research and Journal of Consumer Psychology, and covered by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The Washington Post, and Business Insider. Prior to his doctoral studies at the Univ. of WA, Justin worked as a bond trader and a collegiate rowing coach at the Univ. of Penn and Yale University. When not teaching, doing research, or chasing his two daughters around, Justin is a competitive trail runner and brand ambassador for Patagonia and Altra Running, and is a river/outdoor enthusiast.
LEXIE MORAN — Treasurer
Lexie is a mother, small business owner, former river guide, and former accountant. She worked for nine years as a public accountant in Missoula and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Univ. of Montana. Two years ago, she chose to spend more time with her young son and now works part-time managing J.M. Moran & Company, Inc., a construction business jointly owned with her husband. Prior to her work as business manager and accountant, Lexie spent 15 years exploring the rivers of Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska as a professional river guide. She enjoys rafting, kayaking, hiking, camping, skiing, and traveling with her husband and son.
Mike is founder and owner of the Montana River Guides rafting company and also co-founded the Whitewater Rescue Institute, which teaches river rescue and provides safety and cleanup response for industrial rivers spills. Previously, Mike was a backcountry and law enforcement ranger in Yellowstone, Acadia and Glacier national parks. Mike works with the Lolo School Board of Trustees, the Missoula Whitewater Association, Traveler’s Rest Preservation Project, the Highway 93 Bike Path Project,and Missoula County Search & Rescue. He and his wife have five children, three of which are college athletes and river guides, and two who are still home causing trouble and fun.
Monica is a wife, mother of 7 and full time rancher. She and her husband run a 550 cow/calf operation and farm small grain and alfalfa. Growing up along the mighty Mississippi River in central MN, she grew up with the understanding of taking care of our natural resources. She brings many years of farming and ranching experience and has graduated from a two year agricultural leadership program, which included a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with our congressional leaders and an international study trip to Cuba to further her experience in the ag business.
Nick is President of NCB Ventures LLC, a private family office management and investment company. Previously, he served as Chairman and CEO of Babson Bros. Co., a global manufacturer and distributor of dairy farm equipment and consumable supplies. Over his career, Nick has held a number of board and leadership positions in the agricultural, real estate, and not-for-profit sectors, including the Farm Foundation, the FFA Foundation, Associated Equipment Manufacturers, and the Montana/Idaho Community Development Corp. He currently serves on the board of directors of Zurex PharmAgra, LLC a provider of ecologically sustainable sanitizers and disinfectant products to the dairy, poultry, and swine industries. Nick splits time between Sewanee, TN and Missoula and enjoys fly fishing, exploring rivers, and traveling with his wife.
Elaine is the Education Coordinator and Trumpeter Swan Program Coordinator for the Blackfoot Challenge. She moved from her family’s ranch in Missouri to attend the University of Montana after high school, and could never bring herself to leave Montana. She spent ten years as a biologist in Glacier National Park and studying birds in the Everglades and Central America. Later, a postdoc in science education helped her combine her interests in conservation, science, and how people learn to help her share her own love of learning and teaching about the natural world. She enjoys nothing more than seeing people of all ages discover new things about the world around them. She feels herself so fortunate to live in the beautiful Blackfoot valley near Ovando, with her husband and two daughters, where they ski, hike, ride horses, float the rivers, and explore western Montana.
Monte is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the Univ. of Montana. Monte teaches and writes about a variety of Indian law-related issues, with a primary focus on natural resource matters. When not teaching or working, Monte can be found on local trails, streams, and ski slopes, usually with his wife, daughter, and dog Sturgill.
Caryn Miske currently serves as the Executive Director for Watershed Protection Advocates (WPA) of Northwest Montana. She also in the principal of CM Consulting, which provides natural resources management services to a range of governmental clients. Prior to her work with WPA, Miske served for 12 years as the Executive Director of the Flathead Basin Commission (FBC), a state agency statutorily charged with protecting the headwaters of the Columbia Basin. Miske obtained her law degree from the University of Montana in 2001 and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University in 1993.
is President of Geum Environmental Consulting, Inc. in Hamilton, Montana. He came to Missoula after high school in Connecticut, never having been to Montana but convinced it was the right place for him based on time spent staring at maps. Tom graduated from The University of Montana with a degree in Forestry, and returned after a few years of running a wilderness stewardship program in New York’s Adirondacks to complete a Master of Science degree. Tom’s interests have paralleled those of CFC and its staff, including collaborating on the Bitterroot Subbasin Plan, and working as part of restoration design teams for Milltown Dam removal and Upper Clark Fork cleanup. Tom spends his spare time gardening, training for long mountain bike races, and generally enjoying Montana with his wife and two children.
Perk is CEO of Orvis, which has been owned by his family since 1965. Starting in 1977 as a copywriter for the company, he’s worked in nearly every department and several of its acquisitions. Though Vermont’s treasury claims him as a resident, Perk lives most of the year in Wyoming with his wife, Laurie, with frequent visits to the Blackfoot valley where he’s been a landowner since 1990. He’s served on the boards of local, national and international conservation groups since the 1980s and in the last 15 years has not broken stride working on the boards of Montana Nature Conservancy, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, World Wildlife Fund and Northern Great Plains Council. Usually seen with canoe paddles, 4-weights, binoculars, Labradors and English pointers, he is as much a naturalist as a sportsman and has felt strongly that since his life is so enriched by the outdoors, he must invest time and money to protect and enhance nature’s habitats in balance with human use of them.
Andy is an orthopedic hand surgeon who has called Missoula home for nearly 20 years. He and his wife have raised two young men floating the rivers of Montana, teaching them to respect and care for their environs. Andy is a board member of RATPOD, a fundraising bike tour for Camp Make A Dream—a camp for children and young adults with cancer—as well as Missoula Medical Aid. He travels annually to provide orthopedic care to underserved Hondurans. A dedicated angler, Andy is frequently found knee deep in the Clark Fork River, or admiring it from a mountain bike trail vista.
Sara is an Associate Professor of Public Administration & Policy at the University of Montana where she serves as the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program. She teaches courses on regulatory policy, environmental policy, state and local government, public policy, and public administration. Her main area of research is focused on environmental regulations. More specifically, she is interested in the interactions between agencies and interest groups during the stages of environmental rulemaking at the federal and state level. In her free time, she enjoys running with friends, hiking, swimming, or traveling with her husband, Bob.
Chuck is a retired dentist who practiced in Anaconda. He earned his dental degree from the University of Oregon and then served three years in the Army in Virginia, South Korea, and California. He has advocated for land and water policies to protect Georgetown Lake and the watershed and participated in efforts to acquire Stuart Mill Bay for the public. He also helped secure an NRD grant to conduct at Clean Water Study by the University of Montana at Georgetown Lake. Chuck currently serves on the Granite Watershed Steering Committee. Chuck enjoys spending time fishing, hunting, skiing, and traveling with his wife, Win. They have two sons who reside in Montana close to rivers and ski areas.
Holly is the founder and director of the University of Montana’s spectrUM Discovery Area, an in-museum and mobile science program designed to inspire a culture of learning and discovery. Holly is also an adjunct professor in social marketing at UM and a consultant for social marketing campaigns that benefit target audiences and society, working with clients such as the Missoula City-County Health Department, the DUI Task Force, Hospice of Missoula and Salish Kootenai College. Holly lives in Missoula with her husband and son, along with a flock of urban chickens. She enjoys running and hiking, and exploring with her son, who recently learned to dance and talk.
Vicki Watson, Ph.D., Missoula, Montana
Jim Kuipers, P.E., Boulder, Montana