ABOUT US Our Board of Directors CHERYL CURRY Board Chair, Valier, MT CHERYL CURRY, Board Chair, Valier, MT X Cheryl recently retired from the Pondera Regional Port Authority where she was Executive Director for nine years. Prior to that she had a 24-year career with the US Postal Service. Cheryl is a lifelong community servant and leader who is dedicated to improving life in her state. Cheryl continues to serve on several boards in her community, region, and state, including the Montana Stockgrower Foundation and Valier Area Development Corporation, among others. She is a firm believer in the One MT mission of “creating a vibrant Montana by connecting rural and urban communities” and is dedicated to “moving Montana forward and ensuring a positive future for both rural and urban communities—helping them work together toward success”. JEFF BADER Bozeman, MT JEFF BADER, Bozeman, MT X Jeff Bader retired in 2017 from Montana State University Extension where he was the Director since 2014. In his short tenure, Jeff solidified funding for Extension services leaving the program with more resources that when he took over in 2014. Jeff led MSU Extension to use its statewide reach to help lessen the incidence of suicide by partnering with MSU’s Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery. Jeff also oversaw the successful implementation of the MSU Extension Climate Science Team that became a model for USDA’s Northern Plains Climate Hub and resulted in the first regional Extension Climate Science Conference in 2015. Before coming to MSU, Bader served as the Northern District department head of the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, a post he held since 2009. Jeff earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science with an emphasis in livestock nutrition and his doctorate in Higher Education Management and Development all from New Mexico State University. FRANCIS BLAKE Big Timber, MT FRANCIS BLAKE, Big Timber, MT X Francis was raised and educated in the suburbs of Boston. He holds a degree from Harvard. Following college, he served for nearly four years as an officer in the Marine Corps, then worked in finance in New York and London. He has had a life-long interest in agriculture, enhanced by inheriting a gene for horticulture. This led him to depart the financial world to farming in England, then to ranching in Big Timber in 1973. Besides his love of livestock—especially Red Angus cattle, he’s always had a keen interest in preservation of land. With his guidance Blake Ranch has moved relentlessly towards low cost production and carefully monitored rotational grazing practices. The ranch has also diversified into Blake Nursery which specializes in native trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials. Francis’ wife, Sandi, has been the main force behind the nursery. However, two sons, Alex and Amory, are increasingly important contributors to the business. Francis has been involved in numerous committees in Big Timber and has been an EMT for 30 years. In his spare time Francis is an avid skier, sailor and has participated in numerous mountain trail races. BILL BRYAN, PH.D Co-Founder One Montana, Bozeman, MT BILL BRYAN, PH.D, Co-Founder One Montana, Bozeman, MT X Bill Bryan co-founded One Montana with Jim Peterson and led the organization as its Executive Director during its early years. Bill has over 40 years of experience in startup and organizational development of for-profit and nonprofit businesses, including 25 years' experience in agritourism planning, education and promotion. He was the co-founder of Off the Beaten Path, a premier travel planning service for destinations in the Western Hemisphere, and was part of Off the Beaten Path's executive team for 27 years. Bill has been on the board of many different national, regional and local organizations including the Center for Responsible Travel, Resource Renewal Institute, Clean Air - Clean Planet, Museum of the Rockies (board chair), Yellowstone Business Partnership and the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute. He is currently the only person in Montana serving on both Presidential Advisory Councils of the two flagship universities. Bill holds a Ph.D. in resource planning and conservation from the University of Michigan. FOSTER MOBLEY Bozeman, MT FOSTER MOBLEY, Bozeman, MT X Foster and his wife Cathy moved to Montana in 2017 to fulfill a life’s dream, and he is committed to the health and future of this beautiful state. He’s a business owner, leadership advisor/coach, professor of leadership at Boston College, award-winning author, father of three and grandparent to three more. JIM PETERSON Co-Founder One Montana, Buffalo, MT JIM PETERSON, Co-Founder One Montana, Buffalo, MT X Jim is a rancher, farmer, former President of the Senate for the 62nd Montana Legislature, and a co-founder of One Montana. Jim grew up, and currently lives in, Buffalo, MT. He attended Montana State University to study Animal Science and obtained a Master's in Agriculture from Texas A&M University. He then studied Banking at Southern Methodist University and obtained an MBA in Finance at West Texas State University. MYLES WATTS, PH.D Bozeman, MT MYLES WATTS, PH.D, Bozeman, MT X Myles is a professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, where he has been a Member of the faculty since 1978 and previously served as Department Head for 19 years, and currently also serves as an Actuary for Watts and Associates, Inc. He has also been a Director of Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (also known as Farmer Mac) since September 2010 and also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board. ERIC WICKENS Hilger, MT ERIC WICKENS, Hilger, MT X Eric, along with his wife, Emma, runs Wickens Salt Creek Ranch in Hilger, Montana. Eric is part of a multi-generational ranching family that is focused on the care and preservation of their ranch, which is more than 100 years old, in a way that promotes stewardship and economic viability. Eric brings his wonderful form of entrepreneurism to help One Montana continue to tackle the right questions and projects. BILL YELLOWTAIL Wyola, MT BILL YELLOWTAIL, Wyola, MT X Bill Yellowtail grew up on his family's cattle ranch on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. Holding a degree in geography from Dartmouth College, Bill has been a rancher, educator, fishing guide, Montana State Senator and congressional candidate. An expert canoeist and fly fisherman, he was named Angler of the Year for 1991 by Fly Rod and Reel magazine. Bill served as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration, with responsibility for six western states and 27 Indian Tribes. Bill received the Dartmouth Environmental Network's 1994 annual award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to protection of the environment, and he received the Mary G. Ross Award for exemplary service from the Council of Energy Resource Tribes in 1999. Our Staff SARAH DAVIES TILT Executive Director SARAH DAVIES TILT, Executive Director X Sarah has worked for more than 25 years as a fundraising professional and program director in the conservation arena. Most recently she has run her own consulting group, Conservation Benchmarks, which assists nonprofits to improve their productivity, technical capacity, and positioning, and offers planning tools to improve natural resources management. Sarah’s particular expertise is in non-profit management, strategic planning, fundraising, and communications. She has worked for organizations such as Trout Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy of Montana, Ecotrust, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, among others. Sarah and her husband Whitney live in Bozeman and share a passion for upland bird hunting, fly fishing, skiing, and hiking with their dogs. BILL BRYAN Program Director BILL BRYAN, Program Director X Bill is a co-founder of One Montana and currently the Program Director for our Behavior Health and Resilient Communities Programs. He has over 40 years of experience in nonprofit and for-profit business development, including a premier travel planning service for the entire Western Hemisphere (Off the Beaten Path). He serves on the Presidential Advisory Councils for Montana State University and the University of Montana as well as the boards for the Center for Responsible Travel, Resource Renewal Institute, Clean Air-Clean Planet, the Museum of the Rockies, the Yellowstone Business Partnership, and the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute. ZACH BROWN Common Ground Program Director ZACH BROWN, Common Ground Program Director X Zach Brown joined One Montana in 2014 and led the organization's initial efforts in climate adaptation including water availability, drought resistance, and soil health. He has also served three terms in the Montana Legislature, where his committee work has focused on taxation, wildlife management, and water policy. His background includes leading a research project at Georgetown University, and he focused his University of Montana studies on fisheries management, water policy, and climate change, obtaining a BA in environmental studies. In March 2019 received the President Royce Engstrom Endowed Prize in University Citizenship from the University of Missoula. DANI CLARK Hunter Advancement Program Manager DANI CLARK, Hunter Advancement Program Manager X Dani is a fifth generation Montanan from Livingston and has deep roots in agriculture and hunting. She graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She has worked for Montana State University within admissions, the alumni foundation and government relations. She joined One Montana in 2019 and looks forward to combining her two passions of hunting and agricultural advocacy within the Master Hunter Advancement Program. MOLLY THOMPSON Finance & Operations Manager MOLLY THOMPSON, Finance & Operations Manager X Molly has been with One Montana since its startup days in 2004. Prior to that, she was a senior travel planner for Off the Beaten Path and the treasurer of Gallatin Valley Farm to School. Molly holds a B.A. from Cornell University. She lives in Bozeman with her husband, two teenagers, black Lab, and Russian tortoise. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, and cooking.