Meet the Team

LWG Board of Directors:  The LWG Board generally meets every other month to guide the organization, discuss issues, develop workplans and manage finances. Board members are elected by current members at an annual meeting and serve three-year terms. The LWG’s By-Laws call for a minimum of 5 Board members, with balanced representation of conservation, agricultural/ranch and at-large community interests. Board members must reside in the State of Montana and at least one more than one-half of the officers must be residents of the Lolo Creek Watershed or the Lolo community.

Travis Ross, Board President

Travis Ross joined the LWG board in 2017 and for the last 15 years, has worked with the Missoula Valley Water Quality District an Environmental Health Specialist. Prior to that he worked in environmental monitoring and education in Birmingham, AL. He studied Biology, Environmental Science and Geography at Samford University. His interest include canoeing, skiing, camping, biking and spending time with family. travis59801@gmail.com

Marlee Ostheimer, Secretary

Marlee lives in Lolo and has been working with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) as a grantwriter / fundraiser for the past six and a half years. Before that, she attended the University of Montana, receiving a degree in Environmental Studies while also studying Natural Resource Conservation and nonprofit administration. 

Tana Doyle, Treasurer

Tana Doyle was born in Shelby, Montana and raised in Missoula. Tana attended the University of Montana and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, emphasis in accounting. She went on to obtain her Certified Public Accountant license and has worked in public accounting since 1996. In 2008, Tana moved to a small farm near Lolo Creek and discovered the Lolo Watershed Group. After being inspired by their conservation efforts, she decided to join the Board of Directors in 2017.

Deana Dewire, Board Member

Deana has a broad background in environmental research- from graduate work at the University of Montana to working at the Flathead Biological Station and more. She was formerly the president of the Watershed Education Network and for the past ten years, has worked for Lolo National Forest as a hydrologic technician in the watershed program. She lives in Missoula with her husband and (“the cutest”) baby boy. 

Darla Cotton, Board Member

Darla joins the LWG Board as an interested landowner living in the beautiful Lolo Creek Watershed and as a resident of the Bitterroot Valley for the past three decades. Being a Missoula native and working for a national conservation nonprofit has helped embed a conservation focus and shapes her desire to help steward and protect this great resource from pressures of increasing development and usage within the Watershed.

Ron Pierce, Board Member

Ron Pierce is an FWP retired fisheries biologist who worked the Blackfoot River restoration program for 30 years. Ron joined LWG in 2021 to offer his skillset to the Lolo watershed – his home watershed.  His skillset includes aquatic habitat restoration, fish population investigations and riparian land management. Ron is also a member of the Missoula Conservation Roundtable, sits on the FWP Future Fisheries Committee and holds AFS Certified Fisheries Professional Emeritus status. Ron likes everything outdoors, especially flyfishing and his dogs! 

STAFF

Heather Brighton, Watershed Coordinator

Heather grew up on the Front Range of Colorado and spent several summers working trail crew before attending Colorado State University for her B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Forestry.  Her career led her to restoration work in the wetlands and floodplains of the Bay Area in California before moving to Missoula. Heather worked as a crew foreman for the DNRC native plant nursery and eventually became a project manager for Trout Unlimited focusing on the Bitterroot Watershed. She earned her certificate in restoration ecology from University of Idaho and certification in GIS and Science Technology from University of Montana. Heather’s interests include raising her silly daughter Alice, geeking out on maps and trying to decide what outdoor activity to do next.

Maeve Holman, Program Specialist

Maeve is our Program Specialist, a position dearly needed to support the watershed Coordinator. Maeve learned the ropes during her term as a BSWC member and now supports the program using her tech savvy and coordination skills. Maeve grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and found a love for nature and environmental science at an early age. Maeve graduated from UM with a degree in Geosciences and pursued research on instream flow leasing of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin. Maeve also has experience in hydrology and geomorphology from previous positions. While off (and sometimes on) the clock, Maeve can be found scouting for cool rocks and reptiles and exploring Montana’s public lands.


Lyndsey Holloway, Big Sky Watershed Member

Lyndsey is our 2022 Big Sky Watershed Corps member who splits her time between Lolo
Watershed Group and the Lolo National Forest. Lyndsey has joined us from the Ozarks, where
she received a degree in Environmental Soil and Water Science at the University of Arkansas.
Throughout her studies she has participated in soil fertility research, sustainability projects, and
has worked for an environmental consultancy group. Lyndsey is sad to leave the rolling hills of
her home but is spending as much time exploring Montana’s beautiful mountain ranges as she
can.