MEEA BOARD & STAFF
Board of Directors
Carolyn Sevier President (Billings; Artemisia, LLC)
Carolyn grew up on the banks of the Snake River in Idaho, moved to the Missouri for a few years, and has set up roots near the Yellowstone in Billings, Montana. She has been involved in EE for over 15 years and has served on the MEEA board since 2009. She is currently working as a contractor and consultant for a variety of outdoor and environmental-related projects, though she spends most of her time at home (and in the hills) raising two free-range kids.
Alyssa McLean, Secretary (Missoula; Montana Natural History Center)
Randy Tanner, Treasurer (Missoula)
Randy grew up on a small farm in southern Illinois, where working and playing outdoors were central to his life. He earned a degree in mathematics from Southern Illinois University and then moved to Missoula in 2002 to pursue graduate studies in forestry and natural resource conservation. His research took him to southern Africa, where he spent the better part of five years learning how indigenous communities manage their natural resources. After earning a master's degree in resource conservation and a Ph.D. in forestry, Randy went to law school. After law school, he clerked for Judge Sidney Thomas on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He now clerks for Judge Donald Molloy, U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.
Randy met his wife, Jamie, a DNA analyst at the Montana State Crime Lab, while at the University of Montana. They have an eight month old daughter, Ada, and live in Missoula.
Diann Ericson, Region 1 (Condon)
Mary Beth Chappelow, Region 1 (Eureka)
Janeen Curtis, Region 2 (Darby; Bitterroot RC&D)
As a child growing up in Michigan, Janeen loved to search for bugs and climb trees in her back yard and make wandering explorations along the beaches of Lake Huron. As a teen, she had the opportunity to attend a summer camp where she got to hike and backpack in the mountains of Colorado; and there she discovered an excitement for being in natural places that were a little further from her back door. A desire to spend some of her professional life outside and to share her curiosity about nature with others led her to a BA in environmental studies and conservation biology and a MS in science education. She acquired some of her early teaching experience as an Environmental Education Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan. As a member of the MEEA board, she really enjoys helping to provide resources and networking opportunities for educators from across Montana who see the value of teaching in and about the outdoors
Dr. Arlene Alvarado, Region 3 (Butte, CFWEP)
After a few academic starts-and-stops, I finally got down to business and started pursing college degrees starting in 1985 at LaGuardia Community College in New York. Here I earned my Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts in 1987. I then transferred to Vassar College in upstate New York and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in an independent major called Animal Behavior and Environmental Modification in 1989. It was at Vassar College that I discovered my passion for science and have been involved in science ever since. I graduated from the University of California in Davis with a PhD in Animal Behavior in 2002. During graduate school, I was fortunate to study a range of critters – from fleas and mice to monkeys and impalas. It was Montana Tech’s hanta virus project that brought me to Butte, Montana in 2004. After studying hanta virus in deer mice and teaching college courses for about four years, I came to recognize that I loved teaching science and had a genuine talent for teaching. In 2008 I was hired by CFWEP and now realize my life-long career goal – to be an environmental educator working with K-20 students and the general public. Working with this amazing organization has changed my life and my attitudes in so many ways.
Tom Kostrba, Region 3 (Bozeman; 6th grd. Health Enhancement Teacher, Sacajawea Middle School)
Katie Whisenand, Region 5 (Billings; Masters Student, MSU-Billings)
Mattie Clark, Region 5 (Billings))
Mattie's spark for the environment began young at a family place in Fishtail exploring. Her interest was fostered through influential educators in middle school and high school who took time to engage students in hands-on and place-based education.In college, Mattie worked on her Bachelor's in English with an Environmental Studies minor. Upon finishing, she spent a full term at the Audubon Conservation Education Center as an AmeriCorps member (Big Sky Watershed Corps) working with students of all ages exploring their natural world.
She is currently working on her Masters in Instruction and Curriculum at Montana State University Billings to continue building skills as an educator. Mattie is looking forward to becoming a board member of MEEA. She plans to continue to bring environmental education into all of her teaching experiences.
Regions 4, 6, 7 & 8: Vacant until filled.
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