As Executive Director, Sally brings over 15 years of experience in non-profit management, conservation advocacy, and organizational development to the SBFCF. Prior to joining the SBFCF, Sally spent several years with the Student Conservation Association, where she worked closely with wilderness and trails managers on forests across USFS Regions 1, 2, 3 and 4 to create conservation internships. She was the founding president of the Idaho Trails Association. Sally is an avid hiker, loves winter sports, and spends an excessive amount of time working on her 100 year old bungalow.
Courtney was groomed into a "trail pup" in 2011 after working trails in the Anaconda Pintler and Selway Bitterroot Wilderness areas. She then wandered north into the Bob to work with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation. Within the BMWF, she filled several roles allowing her to gain a deeper understanding of non-profit management. Courtney returned to the Bitterroot to coordinate volunteer projects and lead Wilderness Ranger Interns with SBFC in the 2016 season. Her variety of non-profit experience and passion for Wilderness allows her to manage our programs in Missoula with success.
Sue has worked in a media/marketing environment for the past 20 years. Her experience ranges from work in the corporate sector to working with small business and non-profit organizations. A native Boisean, Sue has Idaho in her blood and fond childhood memories of camping with her family on the SF of the Salmon each summer. The summers always guaranteed trips to hot springs, huckleberry picking, and watching hundreds of salmon spawning. Sue’s home base is Boise, but she spends as much time as possible in the McCall area hiking, paddling, skiing, and snowshoeing. The summer of 2015 will be the beginning of a new chapter – exploring the Frank and Selway.
Originally hailing from Maryland, outside Washington D.C, Will grew up playing in the woods and grew a natural love for the outdoors. Will graduated from Ursinus College, outside Philadelphia, with a degree in Biology. Looking for a change, he moved to Missoula, MT in 2013 and joined the Montana Conservation Corps. Since then, he has bounced around the west, working for a variety of conservation non profits doing trail work and patrolling wilderness'. Will loves traveling and anything that gets him outside and active. Will is back for a second season with SBFC!
Joey grew up in the suburbs of Chicago where he spent his summers camping in Wisconsin at Devil's Lake State Park. In 2011, after spending a semester in Antarctica doing field research, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelors degree in earth and environmental sciences. Joey's first experience with western landscapes was as a corpsmember with the Montana Conservation Corps in 2012. Since then, he has worked for conservation corps in Arizona and Colorado and spent two more seasons with the MCC. All of these experiences have taught Joey how important wild places are and that they need to be protected. He is excited to continue to protect these wild landscapes as he joins us for a second season with SBFC!
Josh grew up in a small farming community in rural Michigan. Hunting, fishing and camping as a kid gave him his first taste of outdoor recreation, and a summer trip to Rocky Mountain National Park began a love for the west that refuses to subside. In 2015, Josh joined the BackCountry Trails Program with the California Conservation Corps, where he lived in a tent for half a year straight and first learned trail maintenance. 2016 led him to the Montana Conservation Corps where he helped lead a crew in the Bitterroot in building a pack bridge and making crosscuts sing. The following year with MCC was spent as a Field Rover where Josh gave a helping trail hand all over Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Now, Josh is ready to join SBFC to open up and explore as much of the Frank as a season will allow!
Connor grew up in New York State and cut his backcountry teeth in the Adirondack Mountains. After some time living abroad and a northbound thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, he finally made the long overdue move out west to the Rockies. After serving with the Montana Conservation Corps for two seasons in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, he is excited to bring his passion for wildlands and traditional tools to a season of trails in the Selway. When not living out of a pack in the woods, Connor enjoys playing music, cycling, snowboarding, and cooking (front and backcountry). Connor is back for a second season with SBFC!
Trevor grew up in Evanston, Illinois where he developed a passion for the outdoors through his time with the Boy Scouts of America. Before working for the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation he spent two summers guiding canoe trips in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota for the Boy Scouts and, last season, completed a Conservation Corps internship through the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation. These experiences helped shape his love for wilderness areas and working for non-profits. Trevor is looking forward to working for the SBFC Foundation because not only does he get to work outside in beautiful wild spaces, he gets to share this experience and his love for the outdoors with others. Trevor is back for a second season in the Selway with SBFC!
Growing up just north of San Francisco gave Will easy access to adventures among the craggy beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore and the great redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument with my family. Upon moving to Montana's Bitterroot Valley as a teenager, Will discovered the rugged terrain of the Selway-Bitterroot, Rattlesnake, and Bob Marshall Wildernesses. Over several pivotal backpacking trips in high school and college he learned about backcountry travel skills, Wilderness ethics, and wildlands policy. All of these experiences instilled within Will a passion to defend these special wild places that offer us solitude and a respite from the worries of modern human civilization; but most importantly that retain their own intrinsic value more than deserving of human respect and humility. Will graduated from the University of Montana in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Wilderness Studies. Most of his work experience has been centered around outdoor education and Wilderness advocacy, most recently as a Wilderness Fellow with the Society for Wilderness Stewardship. In his spare time Will loves to travel to new places as well as continue to hike, float, board, and bike around the "last best place" from his home in Missoula.
Natalie grew up in Burlington, Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain. She moved to Missoula in 2014 to study Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Conservation and Arabic at the University of Montana. In 2016, Natalie participated in a Wild Rockies Field Institute course on the Colorado Plateau where she developed an unrelenting love of the backcountry. Since then Natalie has traveled to Morocco to study Arabic and co-lead a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew on the Lolo National Forest. For the last year, she worked as the program coordinator for the Watershed Education Network helping students learn more about their local watersheds through field-based education. Outside of work, Natalie enjoys laughing, looking at rocks and plants, drawing and backpacking. Natalie is excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm to her work with SBFC this season!
Tom's career in natural resource stewardship began with the National Park Service in 2011. As a ranger, his work and training took him from the Cascades, the Great Lakes, the Central Rockies, and ultimately southwestern Alaska. Following his time with the NPS, Tom enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Montana's College of Forestry & Conservation. He completed his M.S. degree with a research thesis that investigated the modern experience of wilderness solitude in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Tom's admiration for the Wilderness Act, and his personal respect for wild environments have fueled his dedication toward wilderness preservation. Tom is excited to join SBFC, and contribute to the enduring legacy of Idaho's Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness.