STAFF

Carol Treadwell 

executive director

Carol joined the BMWF in 2012 bringing four years of not-for-profit leadership experience. Previously she spent her summers standing in the Ausable River collecting data but now enjoys the scenery atop mountains in The Bob. She is a former University Professor, guide, trail crew volunteer, and soil geomorphologist, therefore is no stranger to dirt. In her free time, Carol enjoys biking, kayaking, hiking, alpine skiing, and yoga (the latter as demanded by the former). She is midwife to a herd of 13 ewes who’s other protector is a Llama named Teddy Roosevelt. When she retires, her dream is to spend summers hiking through fields of wild flowers and winters skiing hut to hut.

exec@bmwf.org                                                     (406) 387-3847

Rebecca Powell

program director

Rebecca has lived on the fringe of the Bob Marshall Wilderness since 1998. After receiving her degree in Recreation Management from the University of Montana in 2004, she moved north and settled in the great town of Columbia Falls. As a past raft guide turned manager for Glacier Guides/Montana Raft Company she has logged many miles in Glacier National Park. When it is a true wilderness experience she is looking for she heads into the Bob. From backcountry ski trips to backpacking trips and extended river trips, Rebecca loves the Bob Marshall. As Program Director for the BMWF she greets each day with excitment knowing she will help create lasting relationships and love of wilderness with people from all walks of life.

program@bmwf.org                                                     (406) 387-3808

Margosia Jadkowski

outreach coordinator

Margosia joined BMWF as outreach coordinator in 2015.  Originally from Maine, Margosia studied Geology at Colby College, and has worked on sustainable resource management projects throughout the US, Spain, and Thailand.  Previous to moving to Montana, Margosia worked as an Environmental Planner for the City of Savannah, Georgia for four years, and is currently completing research on land conservation communications for a Masters Degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Harvard University.  As a lifelong lover of the backcountry and outdoor sports, she is thrilled to be working to allow more people to experience the wonders of The Bob and develop their own love for wild places.

trails@bmwf.org                                                     (406) 387-3822

Susie Johnson

program coordinator

Susie retired from the Forest Service after 30 years of working in the Spotted Bear Ranger District. The BMWF has been lucky enough to have her in the office for the spring, summer and fall. Susie not only knows more about the Bob Marshall, but she also knows everybody who has ever worked in the Bob. A great resource! She spent her formative years in Browning, now lives in Columbia Falls, but can be spotted in the winter on a secluded beach in Mexico.

coordinator@bmwf.org                                                     (406) 387-3822


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Fred Flint, President After 30 years with the Forest Service Fred retired in 2002 and became President of the BMWF Board of Directors. Fred has been involved with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation since its inception in 1997. He offers vast experience in recreation and wilderness management. Post retirement hobbies include restoring and sharpening cross cut saws. In addition to our Foundation saws, he now spends a good portion of the winter filing saws from all over the country.

Fred Flint, President

After 30 years with the Forest Service Fred retired in 2002 and became President of the BMWF Board of Directors. Fred has been involved with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation since its inception in 1997. He offers vast experience in recreation and wilderness management. Post retirement hobbies include restoring and sharpening cross cut saws. In addition to our Foundation saws, he now spends a good portion of the winter filing saws from all over the country.

Lynne VanHorn, Secretary Lynn was born in Ohio and spent 20 years frustrated by the lack of wild places to be young in. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Conservation from Kent State in (1980). She learned about "The Bob" (both the man and the wilderness) when she came to Montana in 1978 for summer classes at the U. of M. Bio Station on Flathead Lake.  Yay! Wild places, at last!  Worked as a seasonal Ranger, naturalist, resource management tech and firefighter for the Natl. Park Service (Canyonlands, Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, Crater Lake, and Glacier) for 12 years. Lynn currently works part time for C. Falls schools as a substitute teacher. Her hobbies include hiking, cross country skiing, fly fishing and gardening. Her two sons attend the U. of M.

Lynne VanHorn, Secretary

Lynn was born in Ohio and spent 20 years frustrated by the lack of wild places to be young in. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Conservation from Kent State in (1980). She learned about "The Bob" (both the man and the wilderness) when she came to Montana in 1978 for summer classes at the U. of M. Bio Station on Flathead Lake.  Yay! Wild places, at last!  Worked as a seasonal Ranger, naturalist, resource management tech and firefighter for the Natl. Park Service (Canyonlands, Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, Crater Lake, and Glacier) for 12 years. Lynn currently works part time for C. Falls schools as a substitute teacher. Her hobbies include hiking, cross country skiing, fly fishing and gardening. Her two sons attend the U. of M.

Becca Wheeler, Board Member Becca moved to Montana in 2007 to do trail work.  She spent 2 seasons with the MCC and another 4 summers working for the Forest Service on trail crew and as a wilderness ranger in the Great Bear.  After 6 summers of slaying trees and eating dirt she decided to become a web and graphic designer.  When she isn't making magic on the computer, Becca enjoys hiking and skiing.  Her goal is to be able to still hike to the top of Great Northern Mountain when she is 80! Becca's love for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and her experience and talent in marketing and graphic design make her a great addition to the BMWF Board. 

Becca Wheeler, Board Member

Becca moved to Montana in 2007 to do trail work.  She spent 2 seasons with the MCC and another 4 summers working for the Forest Service on trail crew and as a wilderness ranger in the Great Bear.  After 6 summers of slaying trees and eating dirt she decided to become a web and graphic designer.  When she isn't making magic on the computer, Becca enjoys hiking and skiing.  Her goal is to be able to still hike to the top of Great Northern Mountain when she is 80! Becca's love for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and her experience and talent in marketing and graphic design make her a great addition to the BMWF Board. 

Al Koss, Vice President Al worked for the Forest Service and National Park Service for over 34 years. He retired as the District Ranger for the Wilderness Ranger District on the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. Al has a passion for Wilderness and believes that teaching Leave No Trace principles to all Wilderness users is the key to sustaining a Wild environment. Al enjoys hiking, bird watching and cross-country skiing with his wife, Beth and their dog, Scout.

Al Koss, Vice President

Al worked for the Forest Service and National Park Service for over 34 years. He retired as the District Ranger for the Wilderness Ranger District on the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. Al has a passion for Wilderness and believes that teaching Leave No Trace principles to all Wilderness users is the key to sustaining a Wild environment. Al enjoys hiking, bird watching and cross-country skiing with his wife, Beth and their dog, Scout.

Sara Boilen, Board Member Sara grew up in the concrete jungle of New York but developed a spirit for exploration and adventure on family road trips as a young child. She began calling Montana home in 2000 when she was baking pies and climbing peaks in Glacier National Park. She left the Treasure State only to earn a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. Through this degree, Sara has been able to combine her passion for helping people with her love of the outdoors. She wrote her dissertation on rock climbing's effect on women's psyches and has been studying and implementing her wilderness therapy skills and knowledge with teenagers ever since. She took her first trip with the BMWF in 2005 and has been finding ways to be involved with that fabulous place called, "The Bob" ever since. Sara loves running through, walking over, climbing up, swimming across, and looking at, beautiful things as often as possible. 

Sara Boilen, Board Member

Sara grew up in the concrete jungle of New York but developed a spirit for exploration and adventure on family road trips as a young child. She began calling Montana home in 2000 when she was baking pies and climbing peaks in Glacier National Park. She left the Treasure State only to earn a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. Through this degree, Sara has been able to combine her passion for helping people with her love of the outdoors. She wrote her dissertation on rock climbing's effect on women's psyches and has been studying and implementing her wilderness therapy skills and knowledge with teenagers ever since. She took her first trip with the BMWF in 2005 and has been finding ways to be involved with that fabulous place called, "The Bob" ever since. Sara loves running through, walking over, climbing up, swimming across, and looking at, beautiful things as often as possible. 

Pete Metzmaker, Board Member Pete worked for Montana Dept. of State Lands form 1976 to 1981 as a forester and hydrology tech. From 1982 to 2015 he taught science at Whitefish middle School. During the summers since 1986, Pete has worked for Glacier Wilderness Guides /Montana Raft Co. as a hiking and rafting guide. Pete also moonlights as a coach of Middle School track (for 29 years) and referees basketballand soccer. Hiking and skiing are his main forms of entertainment in The Bob.

Pete Metzmaker, Board Member

Pete worked for Montana Dept. of State Lands form 1976 to 1981 as a forester and hydrology tech. From 1982 to 2015 he taught science at Whitefish middle School. During the summers since 1986, Pete has worked for Glacier Wilderness Guides /Montana Raft Co. as a hiking and rafting guide. Pete also moonlights as a coach of Middle School track (for 29 years) and referees basketballand soccer. Hiking and skiing are his main forms of entertainment in The Bob.

Ed Lieser, Treasurer After a 30 year career with the Forest Service Ed retired in 2008 and joined the BMWF board. Ed has cultivated an interest in fire ecology and fire management by working on wildfires. Since then, he started a consulting forestry business and substitute teaches in Whitefish. Ed enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling and mending his house.

Ed Lieser, Treasurer

After a 30 year career with the Forest Service Ed retired in 2008 and joined the BMWF board. Ed has cultivated an interest in fire ecology and fire management by working on wildfires. Since then, he started a consulting forestry business and substitute teaches in Whitefish. Ed enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling and mending his house.

Don Scharfe, Board Member Don opened Rocky Mountain Outfitter, a retail mountain shop in downtown Kalispell, in the summer of 1976.  He loves his work and it allows him to meet all sorts of people with similar interests. The outdoors have always been Don's passion, whether alpine ski touring, backpacking, climbing, hiking or cicycling. Don has skied across the Bob Marshall Wilderness several times and in multiple different routes. One of the cofounders of Glacier Country Avalanche Center and served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters for 10 years.

Don Scharfe, Board Member


Don opened Rocky Mountain Outfitter, a retail mountain shop in downtown Kalispell, in the summer of 1976.  He loves his work and it allows him to meet all sorts of people with similar interests. The outdoors have always been Don's passion, whether alpine ski touring, backpacking, climbing, hiking or cicycling. Don has skied across the Bob Marshall Wilderness several times and in multiple different routes. One of the cofounders of Glacier Country Avalanche Center and served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters for 10 years.

Greg Schatz, Board Member Greg spends most of the summer packing tools and gear with his string of horses for the volunteers on BMWF projects. His passion for maintaining trails and historical use by horsemen in the BMWC has led to his community involvement in the Back Country Horsemen of the Flathead. Greg is the president of Schatz Quality Carpentry Inc and has been building homes for 31 years.

Greg Schatz, Board Member

Greg spends most of the summer packing tools and gear with his string of horses for the volunteers on BMWF projects. His passion for maintaining trails and historical use by horsemen in the BMWC has led to his community involvement in the Back Country Horsemen of the Flathead. Greg is the president of Schatz Quality Carpentry Inc and has been building homes for 31 years.

Josh Kroll, Board Member Josh is a Wisconsin boy who discovered a love for mountains (and his wife) in Montana.  He is a runner, hiker, biker, triathlete, and deeply appreciates the sweetness of nature in its raw form.  His respect for outdoor conservation and preservation is continually growing, and by doing his part he hopes his son can one day enjoy the same Montana that he lives in today.  Josh has served as President of the Board at the Samaritan House in Kalispell, Advisory Committee Chair of Leadership Flathead, and is Vice President of Marketing at Park Side Credit Union.

Josh Kroll, Board Member

Josh is a Wisconsin boy who discovered a love for mountains (and his wife) in Montana.  He is a runner, hiker, biker, triathlete, and deeply appreciates the sweetness of nature in its raw form.  His respect for outdoor conservation and preservation is continually growing, and by doing his part he hopes his son can one day enjoy the same Montana that he lives in today.  Josh has served as President of the Board at the Samaritan House in Kalispell, Advisory Committee Chair of Leadership Flathead, and is Vice President of Marketing at Park Side Credit Union.


HONORARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Smoke Elser

Smoke Elser, Honorary Board

After graduating from the University of Montana , Smoke spent the next  forty-five  years as a wilderness outfitter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness  and has spent more than 50 years as an instructor in packing, horsemanship and minimum impact camping.  Smoke is past President of the Montana Outfitter & Guides Association and Professional Wilderness Guide’s Association, Past President of Back Country Horsemen of Missoula and charter member.   He is a frequent guest speaker at the University of Montana Forestry and Wildlife classes and is a member emeritus of the advisory board for the College of Forestry and Conservation.  He serves on the State Board for the Montana Back Country Horsemen, the advisory Council of Elders for MWA and is currently active on the USFS Region I Pack Train Board. He is an instructor at the Nine Mile Wildlands Training Center, Region I, USFS and a certified NOLS “Master of no Trace” instructor.  He has not missed traveling in the Bob Marshall each and every year for the past 54 years.

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Joel Holtrop, Honorary Board

Joel Holtrop served as the Deputy Chief of the National Forest System Deputy Area at agency headquarters in Washington D.C., from March 2005 until October, 2011.  In this capacity, he oversaw the strategic and national program leadership for the 193 million acre National Forest System of forests and grasslands located in 42 states and Puerto Rico. His natural resource management emphasis areas include ecosystem management, engineering, forest management, rangeland management, lands, minerals, geology management, recreation, heritage, wilderness (including the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex), wild-scenic rivers management, watersheds, fish, wildlife, air, and rare plants. Holtrop’s love for the outdoors and natural resources started at an early age—11 years old to be exact—when he chose his life’s work after he met a park ranger on a family camping trip. His distinguished Forest Service career spanned more than 34 years. He launched it on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington. He later served on the Eldorado National Forest, California, Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon, and Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan. Subsequently he became deputy forest supervisor on the Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin, and forest supervisor on the Flathead National Forest, Montana. It was in this capacity that he developed a special appreciation for the wonders of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, taking multiple trips into the Bob whenever time allowed. 

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Dave Owen, Honorary Board

Dave was born in 1930 in Madison, Wisconsin. During high school he worked as a railroad section hand and harvested local crops.  After graduating, he served two years in the Army airborne infantry.  1950 found him working seasonally for the Forest Service on the old Cabinet National Forest pulling ribes (wild gooseberry) bushes as a part of the effort to control white pine blister rust.

From 1951-1954 Dave attended the University of Montana School of Forestry.  During the summers he worked as a smokejumper.  Following graduation he began a career with the U.S. Forest Service. During the early years he worked on lands that would become the Selway-Bitterroot, Gospel   Hump, Frank Church and Great Bear Wilderness.  Work included trail and telephone line maintenance and construction, smoke chasing and substitute packing (when the regular packer was fired or quit early).

In 1958, Dave was promoted to District Ranger on the Big Prairie Ranger District on the Flathead National Forest where he served until 1963.  Following that, he moved on to ranger positions on the Nine Mile and Superior Districts on the Lolo National Forest.   In 1976, Dave returned to the Flathead National Forest where he served as Ranger on the Spotted Bear District until his retirement in 1985.

During his tenure on the Spotted Bear District, Dave was a key player in using the Limits of Acceptable Change process to develop a new management plan for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.  He was instrumental in implementing the first fire management plan in the Complex. He also played a key role in developing the concept of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation.  In spite of his administrative duties, Dave was firm advocate of getting people on the ground to do real work.  As he said many times, “I want crews out there throwing dirt to the tree tops”.

Since retirement Dave has continued to do volunteer trail work with the Big Sky Bible Camp and the Bob Marshall Wilderness foundation.  He and his wife, Kay, also spend a lot of time working on their tree farm in the Swan Valley.

It is interesting to note that three of Dave and Kay’s four children and one granddaughter have worked trails in the “Bob”.  Son, Russell, is currently and Assistant Fire Management Officer on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District, Lewis and Clark National Forest.

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Al Christopherson, Honorary Board  

Al is a native Montanan and received a BS in Forestry from the University of Montana,’71, and a MS in silviculture from Utah State University in ’73. Al’s career with the U. S. Forest Service covered 33 years in 2 two regions and five forests and a 2 year position as the national liaison with the Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  

His career work involved presale forester, silviculture and resource management and 18 years in line officer positions.  He was a member of the task force for the Frank Church of No Return Wilderness administrative study team which was also useful in furthering the coordinated management of the Bob Marshal complex.  

While District Ranger on the Hungry Horse Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest, he was involved with the establishment of the first Bob Marshall Foundation, it’s work projects and subsequent annual projects and support.  His interest remained as he transferred to the Helena National Forest as Resource Staff Officer and Deputy Forest Supervisor.  He retired in 2005 and became Director of Habitat Stewardship Services for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  Al recently retired from RMEF to enjoy time hunting, fishing, and volunteering with the Elkhorn Restoration Committee for the Elkhorn Wildlife Management Area.  

Al believes strongly in the role of volunteerism and partnerships with agencies to help get mutually agreed upon mission work accomplished.

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Joe Franchini, Honorary Board

*People love the backcountry wilderness for many reasons. For Joe Franchini, it's the people he meets in the woods.

"Some of the nicest people I've met in this world I've met in the backcountry," he said last week.  A successful businessman, Franchini grew up in New Jersey but always had a love for horses and cattle. He rode horses in endurance races and raised Scottish Highlanders.  In the early 1980s, he read a story in the Smithsonian magazine about a foundation being formed to support and complete projects in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

About 30 people nationwide showed interest in coming to Montana, but when push came to shove, only Franchini, a friend and another couple showed up at the Hungry Horse Ranger Station that summer to actually do any work.  Franchini eventually gave up life in New Jersey and moved permanently to Montana, where he has business interests in Columbia Falls, including a partnership in the Nite Owl Restaurant. He continued to volunteer with the Forest Service and the Bob Marshall Foundation, working on dozens of projects over the years, from trail crew grunt work to packing in supplies by mule train.

He says he lives his life by a simple motto: Do something good and someone will know you were here.

The Franchini Family Foundation continues to provide financial support to the Bob Marshall Foundation, and Joe, at age 77, hopes to work on some projects this summer after a few years away from the woods.

*Franchini photo and Bio from a 2012 Hungry Horse News article written by Chris Peterson 

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Ray Mills, Honorary Board

Ray’s fascination with the mountains began when he was 10 years old.  His grandfather took him fishing on the Blackfoot Reservation.  Fishing wasn’t that good so they drove up to Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. There Ray saw two Park Service pack strings winding their way up to the pass.  He remembers telling Grandfather Mills, “That is what I’m going to do when I grow up”.  Ray kept his promise to himself.  As soon as he graduated from high school he went to work for the Forest Service on the Rocky Mountain District of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. His career spanned 45 years, from 1955-2000, all on the same district.  He was always involved in trail management, much of which was in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. His favorite part of the job was the last 20 years when he combined trail and wilderness supervision and animal packing. During his career, Ray worked with a variety of volunteer groups including the Sierra Club, the East Slope Backcountry Horsemen and the Wilderness Treatment Center. 

Following retirement, Ray began working with his brothers, Ron and Tucker, in their outfitting business, Mills Wilderness Adventures of Montana.  It keeps him active in the “Bob” summer and fall.

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Ken Ausk, (9/16/1934- 12/2/2014)  Honorary Board

Ken started traveling and hunting in the Bob in the late 60's and says it was love at first sight.  For many years he tried to get 40 days under canvas every year but never quite made it - 38 was the best he could do while still trying to make a living.  He's seen a lot of the Bob and there's a lot he probably will never see, but he claims all of his travels were good.  In 1973 he and three friends became worried about the direction the regulations and management policies might be headed and the fact there was no money to administer Wilderness, so they founded Back Country Horsemen.  The purpose of the organization was to serve as a sounding board for the Forest Service, provide logistical support for work projects, represent horsemen concerning horse issues, teach responsible low impact horse methods, and to protect the resource.  BCH continues today and has grown to include chapters in 25 states, with over 13,000 members carrying on the tradition, and providing volunteer trail work and packing support for other volunteer groups, including the BMWF.  Years ago Ken was extensively involved in the formation of the Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) concept for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Management Plan which has helped protect the resource.  Ken is retired from Bonneville Power Administration and says he is honored to be placed on our Board with Smoke Elser and Dave Owen who he has known and respected for many years.