Board of Directors
Deana DeWire (Board President):
Deana works as a Hydrologic Technician for the Lolo National Forest. She has devoted her life to the work, study and play of all forms of water; flowing liquid, fluffy flakes and steamy warmth. During the summers you will find her working deep in the woods of Western Montana, assessing the heath of watersheds, small and large. In the winters, you’ll likely find her slogging through the deep snow, searching for fields of bottomless powder. Given the opportunity, Deana loves to share her passion with young people in a place- based educational forum and watch new connections with the aquatic environment send their faces alight in ways that are priceless.
Bill Pfeiffer grew up fishing Pennsylvania’s spring creeks and mountain streams before moving to Montana to find meaning in his life. Over 11 years later, that meaning is still primarily trout fishing every chance he gets. Bill is a fly-fishing guide, an amateur photographer and aquatic entymologist, a writer, a musician, and a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law, where he specialized in environmental law and water law and policy. He also enjoys skiing when the river is frozen. He lives in Missoula with his partner Colleen, and their dogs, Kona and Joni.
Deb fell into a pond as a small child and has been playing and working with water ever since. She is one of the founders of the organization, along with Wendy Sturgis and Eric Ringleberg. What began as a volunteer stream monitoring effort in 1996 has grown into a successful non-profit organization focusing on watersheds, wetlands and education. Deb brings science teaching and education/outreach experience to WEN. Deb recently completed her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in science education at the University of Montana. After years of serving WEN as an incredible Executive Director, Deb has now moved on to a job at Salish Kootenai College. She will be missed, but we are thrilled that all her hard work and dedication to WEN remains with us as a member of our Board of Directors. Deb enjoys spending time with family and friends, field trips to the stream or wetland, skiing, hiking, and baking her delicious chocolate chip cookies.
Tracy Campbell joined the WEN Board in March 2013. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and her Master’s degree in Entomology from Montana State University in Bozeman. She has worked as a Environmental Scientist with Morrison-Maierle, Inc. in Missoula since 2009. Her love of the outdoors started at a young age when she attended summer camp in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. She was kayaking whitewater and scaling rock walls way before she could drive. And it was that love of nature and adventure that drew her from metropolis of southeast Florida to the mountains of Colorado. Dreaming of even bigger and more wide open spaces, she decided to venture north to Montana for grad school in 2000. Her roots are now firmly planted in the state in which she and her husband have chosen to raise their three young children. She is honored to serve on the Board of an organization that takes the teaching of good stewardship very seriously and does it in a way that is so much fun!
Carina is a recent addition to the WEN Board, having joined in April 2013. She is a postdoctoral research fellow in University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation. Carina is a social scientist who researches the relationships between people and their environment, hoping to find better ways to create and support socially and ecologically sustainable landscapes. Having grown up ‘playing outside’, she is a strong advocate of getting kids outside to explore and understand their surroundings. Far from her homeland of Australia, Carina fell in love with Montana during her dissertation work and is looking forward to exploring the watersheds and valleys of Western Montana. When she isn’t stuck behind her computer, you’ll find Carina playing in the mountains whether on foot, by bike or sliding downhill on her snowboard.
Brandy grew up in the Missoula area, and experiencing the great outdoors has always been a passion for her. She earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Montana and a Master’s of Science Education from Montana State University. Brandy has been an educator for nearly ten years now, and currently teaches 8th grade students at Washington Middle School in Missoula. Brandy worked with WEN for many years through participation with her students in WEN’s Stream Monitoring Programs before joining WEN’s Board of Directors in the spring of 2013. She appreciates WEN’s philosophy of place-based education, and has enjoyed taking hundreds of students out to local streams over the years to help get them involved in water quality monitoring and watershed stewardship.
Starr has 35 years of experince in water quality and wastewater treatment. He moved to Missoula 25 years ago and has been the Missoula Wastewater Division Superintendent for the last 20+ years. While water quality was not the career Starr originally intended to follow, he quickly found working in the water protection field rewarding and realized its vital importance. Starr believes that scientists and stakeholders identify water quality needs and regulatory agencies set the standards, but it is the professional operators and facility managers who are the people that make it happen. He is happy to say that the City of Missoula has enthusiastically met and exceeded those challenges and expectations over the years. The Missoula Wastewater Treatment Division has had a close educational and research relationship with the University and local high schools for many years, and he finds involvement with WEN to be a natural extension of that program for him. Starr was a former Tri-State Water Quality Council member and board member as well as former president of the Montana Water Environment Association and a current board member. He received the William D. Hatfield award for outstanding professionalism in the operation of a wastewater treatment facility in 2005. Starr has been married to his wife for over 30 years, and has a son enrolled at the University of Montana.