Meet the Team

Board of Directors

The LWG Board is an all volunteer group working to give strategic direction to the organization, discuss issues, develop plans, and manage finances. Board members are elected by current members at an annual meeting and serve three-year terms. The LWG’s Bylaws 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 half of the officers must be residents of the Lolo Creek Watershed or the Lolo community.

Darla Cotton, Board Chair

Darla joined 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 life-long Missoula area resident 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, climate impacts, and hydrological usage within the Watershed.

Deana Dewire, Secretary

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.

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.

Amanda Duley, Board Member

Amanda joined the LWG Board after hosting watershed educational events with LWG at Woodman School in 2020. She lived in Hamilton prior to moving to Missoula to work with organizations translating and communicating science and their work to be able to have meaningful conversations with the public. She loves to connect with new people and help organizations co-create with their communities to design and implement educational spaces + experiences for their community. She is owner of SciDesigns Communications.

Ron Pierce, Board Member

Ron Pierce is a retired Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) fisheries biologist who worked the Blackfoot River restoration program for 30 years. Ron moved to Lolo in 1993 and joined LWG in 2021. His background includes aquatic habitat restoration, fish population investigations, riparian land management and community conservation. Ron is also a member of the Missoula Conservation Roundtable, sits on the FWP and Future Fisheries Committee, and holds AFS Certified Fisheries Professional Emeritus status. Ron likes everything outdoors, especially rivers and his dogs!

Donald Wolff, Board Member