MCV has a community chapter in Gallatin and Park Counties for grassroots action and accountability work.
Gallatin-Park Chapter Contact:
P.O. Box 63
Billings MT 59103
Sharon Brodie, Chairperson
Sharon, Bozeman, joined the chapter board in 2011 and has served as chairperson since October. She is originally from Eastern Montana, moved to Gallatin County in the early eighties and has been actively involved in land use planning and water issues in the area. She has been fundraising for non-profits for many years and is currently the Development Coordinator for Western Sustainability Exchange. Sharon is a member of Women of the Dirt, the League of Women Voters and a proud Water Babe. She sits on Sonoran Institutes' Gallatin Area Planning Grants Advisory Board and is a working volunteer for local political campaigns.
Linda Phillips, Director
Linda is a Research Scientist in the Ecology Department at Montana State University where she has worked since 2000. She is trained as a Spatial Analyst and works on many projects that focus on understanding patterns of biological diversity at broad spatial scales. Prior to beginning her current position, Linda received a BS in Physical Geography and an M.S. in Earth Sciences at MSU. Linda is actively involved in the Bozeman public schools and regularly works on city, county and statewide political campaigns. She has been a member of the chapter board since 2004.
Katie Craig Scherfig, Representative to the MCV Board
Katie, Bozeman, has worked as Gallatin-Park Chapter Get-Out-the-Vote organizer since MCV's first election in 2000. As a volunteer, she's been involved in all phases of chapter activity including legislative accountability, fundraising, events planning and endorsement interviews. From 1999-2006 she worked for Sierra Club working on grizzly bear, wolf, clean air and wildlands issues. Katie currently provides in home services.
Beth Madden, Alternate MCV Board Representative
Beth Madden, Livingston, joined the chapter board last year and has been involved in MCV endorsements and campaign work in Park County. She is a wildlife biologist with a focus on prairie ecology and prairie birds. She was a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist in the Dakotas and eastern Montana for 19 years, and is now self-employed as a biological consultant out of Livingston. She is also a research associate with the Department of Ecology at Montana State University, conducting field work on golden eagles in southwest Montana. She is a past board member of Montana Native Plant Society and Northeast Montana Ducks Unlimited, and currently does volunteer work in both domestic violence prevention and hospice care in Park County.
David Chambers, Director
David is a charter member of the Gallatin Park chapter board. He is the president of the Center for Science in Public Participation, a non-profit corporation that provides technical assistance on mining and water quality to public interest groups and tribal governments in the US and Canada. Dave is a registered professional geophysicist with a Professional Engineering Degree in Physics form the Colorado School of Mines, and a Masters Degree in Geophysics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also has a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from Berkeley. Dave and his wife, Sigrid, have resided in Bozeman for 15 years.
Peter Aengst, Director
Peter is the Regional Director for the Northern Rockies Office of the Wilderness Society, a national conservation group. From 1991-1996, Peter worked at the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, first as a Program Associate and later as their Mining Issues Coordinator, focused on the successful campaign to stop the New World gold mine proposed outside of Yellowstone National Park. He later served on GYC's board from 2000 to 2007. Peter has undergraduate degrees from Williams College and a MS in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan. He has been an MCV chapter board member since 2005.
Norm Bishop, Director
Norm served 36 years with the National Park Service. From 1980 to 1997, Norm was in Yellowstone National Park, where he led wolf restoration interpretation. Norm holds a BS in Botany and completed graduate studies in Forest Recreation and Wildlife Management. Norm served as a chapter officer in 2006-2007, and as co-chair 2008-2012. He is a board member of the Wolf Recovery Foundation and Wild Things Unlimited. He also serves on the advisory board of Living with Wolves. He is a member of the MT FWP Region 3 Citizens' Advisory Committee.
James Sweaney, Director
James, Gardiner, joined the chapter board five years ago. Jim worked as a smokejumper in the US Forest Service and the National Park Service before becoming a Park Ranger. Jim served on the statewide Council of the Montana Wilderness Association and organized the Yellowstone Park Preservation Council, a group of park employees dedicated to protecting Yellowstone Park from the National Park Service. He is now retired and lives nineteen feet from Yellowstone National Park.
David Tyler, Director
David, Belgrade, with his wife, Becky Weed, owns and operates Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Company, a certified organic sheep ranch and wool processing mill, with a predator-friendly ethic. Dave came to Montana in 1986 after working for years as a civil engineer on dams, power plants, and in the classroom. He's worked in offshore exploration and in GPS navigating, topography and farming. Dave taught at MSU for several years, started a precision agricultural electronics and software company that still operates in Belgrade and is a member of a national board that accredits academic engineering programs in the United States. He was a founding Board member of the Gallatin-Park Chapter and has also served as MCV's statewide chairperson and statewide treasurer.
Jennifer Read, Director
Jennifer joined the chapter board last year. She designs a line of natural fiber clothing for Tibetan Trader, a cottage industry based in Nepal, where she spent years taking photographs and leading treks in the Himalaya of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. She was drawn to Montana by wildlife, landscape and clean air and water. Coalbed methane development was proposed on land near her place on Bozeman pass in 1999 and she was a founder of Park/Gallatin Citizens Alliance to address these issues. She also served as co-chair of Bozeman Pass Citizen's Group, founded to establish zoning regulations to protect Bozeman Pass public and private land from unregulated coalbed methane development. Jennifer has served on boards of MCIV (Montana Council for International Visitors) and Bioregions International.
Jason Hogan, Director
Jason is a fifth-generation Montanan and second-year student and Graphic Design major at MSU. Born in Missoula, he grew up in the Rattlesnake area, swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, and mountain biking. Since high school, Jason has volunteered on various Get-Out-the-Vote Registration efforts. His love of Montana state, of political activism, and of the great outdoors in general informs his daily worldview and inspires him to work toward protecting the truly amazing natural resources and creation areas Montana provides.
Brenna Davis, Director
Brenna was a canvasser for Montana Conservation Voters in summer, 2013 and interned for MCV in last falls's Bozeman city elections. Previously she interned on the 2008 Obama for America campaign and returned to campaign for the president in his 2012 campaign in the battleground state of Ohio. From Missoula, Brenna now wants to continue her involvement as a chapter board member. She attends MSU where she studies Political Science and Environmental Studies. In her free time she enjoys skiing, going to concerts, exploring Montana's beautiful backyard and spending time with her friends and family.
Alisa Voris, Director
Alisa spent her summers growing up in Bozeman, and most of her family lives here in Montana. She's lived in Mexico, Spain and worked for Patagonia clothing company in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Alisa graduated from Western Washington University and works as an administrative assistant for Cellular One. She is a member of Bozeman Business and Professional Women. Alisa has two boys who attend Hyalite and Chief Joseph. They enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and skiing. She is a dog fanatic and has volunteered many hours at the Marine Mammal Center where she rehabilitated emaciated elephant seals.
John Nesbitt, Director
John resides in Bozeman with wife, two kids and a really good dog. He's an attorney who has practiced domestic relations law in Bozeman for 15 years. He also taught high school English near Pocatello, Idaho. He enjoys a wide variety of sports including climbing, where he solo summited Denali and will attempt Aconcagua later this year. John believes in access for outdoor sports recreation and is concerned about fracking development in sensitive areas that threatens our water and health. Though he takes a skeptical eye to politics in a post-Citizens United world, John enjoys politics and hopes to add a positive attitude to the Gallatin-Park Chapter Board.