Board of Directors
Committed to the Cause
A Missoula resident since 1974, Joe Glassy graduated from Univ. of Montana in 1979 with a BS in Forestry/Ecology, and later in 1994 with an MS in Forestry with an emphasis in ecosystem and hydrology modeling. Since 2001, Joe has worked through his company Lupine Logic Inc, in earth science, hydrology, remote sensing/GIS, and wildlife habitat analysis, principally as a science/software engineer and analyst. As an entrepreneur, Joe also developed a number of field data collection technologies (RichPoint, coyotEYE software/hardware systems). In conjunction with the University of Montana (NTSG group under Dr. Steve Running), Joe’s career has involved decade long contributions to each of two NASA earth observing satellite missions -- NASA Terra/MODIS (MODIS Instrument, Land team on the Terra satellite platform), and later the NASA Soil Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) satellite. Locally, Joe has contributed time in the 1980’s as a member of the Open Space Committee, and a term as board members for the MEIC. More recently, Joe has volunteered for several years in various capacities for the Watershed Education Network (WEN) prior to becoming a board member in 2018. Joe continues to be interested in community citizen science, especially those linking field biology and earth science disciplines.
Kathleen Kennedy fell in love with the natural world as a child exploring the tide pools of Northern California. After becoming a land-locked University of Montana student in 1988, her exploration expanded to include Montana’s terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Upon obtaining her Bachelors in biology, Kathleen realized that she wanted to share her enthusiasm for the natural world with others so she pursued her teaching credential. Kathleen has been teaching science at Big Sky High School for 20 years. She knows firsthand the role watershed education can have in engaging students of all ages. To give back to the place she calls home, Kathleen has been involved in helping steward Missoula’s conservation lands for decades and is a current member of Missoula’s Conservation Lands Advisory Committee.
WEN's Board members with photos and biographies coming soon:
Jeff Lukas, Fly fishing guide
Kathleen Kennedy, Science teacher, Big Sky High School
Sydney Stewart, Engineer, New Fields Consulting
Emily Wilmott, Water Attorney, Ferguson Law
Stay tuned.. more board members to come!
Past Board Members
Alaina came to Missoula in 2008 to study wildlife biology at the University of Montana. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in 2012 and now works as a biological technician at Rhithron Associates Inc. Her hobbies include hiking, birding, knitting, reading, watching movies, floating the river, and being on WEN field trips. She started working with WEN when she came to Missoula as an Americorps member and continued a relationship with them in various volunteer and staff capacities before joining the board in the fall of 2013. Thank you, Alaina for your time with WEN!
A native Missoulian, Ron grew up fishing and playing in the rivers and creeks throughout the area. He’s worked in fly shops and guided in Montana and Alaska for over a decade. After graduating from Sentinel high school and earning his degree from the University of Montana, he began teaching back at his alma mater in 2001. Ron coaches wrestling and football and is currently teaching U. S. Government and History. Thank you, Ron for your time with WEN!
Nate McConnell’s love and passion for the outdoors began at an early age. Growing up on a small family farm outside of Cleveland Ohio he gained a true appreciation for nature. Fishing the rivers of Wyoming on family vacations earned Nate an appreciation for western water ecology. Moving to Missoula in 2004, he pursued a degree in business and expanded his passion for the outdoors. After graduation, he went on to work in healthcare finance and returned to the University of Montana earning his MBA in 2014. Currently, Nate manages the surgical business operations for Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula and continues to enjoy the outdoors and waters around western Montana. Thank you, Nate for your time with WEN!