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.
Jenni grew up along the banks of the Snake River in Southern Idaho and developed a love for rivers, mountains, and wildlife at an early age. After graduating from University of Idaho, Jenni started working at NRS and has been with the company for 16 years. When not managing inventory of rafts and PFDs at NRS, Jenni can be found behind the lens of her camera documenting everything from bird life on the Clark Fork, to multi-day river trips on western rivers. Jenni is also a founding and current board member of The Redside Foundation, an Idaho nonprofit supporting the health and strength of the outdoor guiding community. Redside provides seasonal guides with access to confidential mental healthcare, educational scholarships, professional training grants and community building programs. Jenni and her husband Brian live in Missoula, chasing the seasons in western MT through a mix of birdwatching, rafting, hiking, and camping, occasionally accompanied by their Alaskan malamutes and adventurous cats.
Jennifer Harrington is a daughter, a niece, a sister, a cousin, and a mother and she is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Jennifer grew up on Missoula’s Northside, spending most of her life in and around the Missoula valley, attending school at Whittier, Hellgate, and the University of Montana. In January of 2021, Jennifer successfully defended her master’s Thesis: “Tribal Consultation policy and practice: A case study of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes and nmisuletkʷ (the Middle Fork of the Clark Fork River) as a Tribal Trust Resource.” She is the Director of the Native American Natural Resource Program in the Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. She is a member of the Missoula County Water Quality Advisory Council, All Nations Health Center Board of Directors, Missoula Youth Homes Culture Council, and the Frenchtown Community Advisory Group. Jen knows the Clark Fork River as a relative and would like to work toward protective policy that will give the river the same legal rights as the humans who depend upon her.
Cody is the co-founder and lead instructor of the Whitewater Rescue Institute, which provides training in swiftwater rescue and outdoor technical rescue throughout the United States and internationally. Cody also manages Montana River Guides, a whitewater rafting company based out of Missoula, and has worked as a wilderness EMT and a professional ski patroller. Cody began his life on rivers kayaking in Durango, Colorado. For the past two decades, he has worked and played on as many different rivers as possible. He is a past member of the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Olympic Development Team, and has paddled and rowed on three continents. When not on the water professionally, Cody is busy getting his three kids out on the river and in the mountains as much as possible.
Katelyn is an attorney for a multinational computer software company and is based in Missoula. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she developed a love for recreating in the mountains, along the coast, and on the rivers in between. She studied wildlife biology, environmental science, and sustainability in Montana, Oregon, and Ireland. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, she spent her springs and summers exploring and guiding river trips in Montana, Idaho, Southern Oregon, and Northern California. She graduated from University of Montana School of Law with a certificate in Environmental Law and now practices in a variety of legal areas with an emphasis in water and natural resources. Katelyn also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wild Rockies Field Institute, an experiential outdoor education institute based in Missoula. She is on the advisory board of the Freeflow Institute, a place-based outdoor education collaborative offering seminars, workshops, and adventures for writers, law students, legal professionals, journalists, and more. When not at the office, she can be found floating rivers, running trails, or skiing slopes with her husband Jim, their daughter Marion, and their two dogs, Sawyer and Bonnie.
Daniel Kiely is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Missoula. Daniel began volunteering for CFC — leading the floating entourage during annual river cleanups, raising funds for program work, and recruiting members — and served on the CFC board from 2006 to 2012, then again from 2016 to 2021. He wants to return to the board to do everything he can to preserve, enhance, and protect the places where his Montana experiences have been the most rewarding.
Dustin Leftridge grew up in the mountains of Western Montana and amongst the redwoods of the Pacific Northwest. His passion for the outdoors inspired his academic path into policy and law. Dustin is currently a partner at McGarvey Law in Kalispell and spends his summer weekends enjoying the rivers of the Flathead.
Wendy is a practicing anesthesiologist in Missoula, Montana for the past 14 years. She is also a rancher and co-owns Oxbow Cattle Company with her husband Bart. Having grown up on a ranch and now ranching in Miller Creek, Wendy has a deep appreciation of the value of water resources for agriculture. As a fly-fisherman with a sincere respect for nature and ecosystems, she also understands the need to balance the multiple values and uses of our water. In her free time, Wendy enjoys fresh and saltwater fly-fishing, riding horses, roping, packing, reading and bird hunting.
Katrina Mullan is an environmental economist at the University of Montana. She teaches and conducts research on how environmental quality and access to natural amenities affect human health, agricultural productivity, and rural residential land development. She hopes to support CFC’s crucial efforts in policy advocacy and community engagement by helping to demonstrate how the values of clean water, instream flows and habitat integrity for Western Montanans compare with the values of economic activities such as agriculture, mining or housing development, which may otherwise be prioritized in water policy and land use planning decisions.
Tom 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 parallel those of CFC, 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.
Joellen Shannon is the Interim Head of School at Sussex School in Missoula. Hailing from Philadelphia, Joellen was raised in a big family that loved being outside. Joellen left the east coast to earn her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and went on to obtain a Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 2004. Joellen has dedicated her entire career to social and environmental impact work. In addition to education, her career has spanned work in affordable housing and community agriculture. When not at Sussex School, Joellen enjoys mountain biking, skiing, running, and paddleboarding in the great wilds of Montana with her husband and two sons.
Kim Snodgrass is a middle school math and science teacher in Ramsay, Montana. Kim earned a chemical engineering degree from The University of Michigan and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Montana Tech. Kim would like to serve on the CFC board as an educator and engineer from the Upper Clark Fork watershed. She loves southwest Montana and wants to protect the land and water for future generations.