board of directors
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 member 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.
Sydney grew up in Bitterroot Valley and studied chemical engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman. After working in environmental consulting for acid mine drainage treatment in Anaconda, MT, she moved to Pennsylvania and completed her master's degree in environmental engineering at Penn State. She decided to move back to Montana in 2017 and began volunteering with WEN through Stream Team and class field trips. She now works for New Fields, an environmental consulting company based in Missoula. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering for science outreach programs and working with kids. She also tries to get out hiking, rafting, and skiing as much as possible to enjoy Missoula and the Rocky Mountains.
Emily grew up along the banks of the Hudson River near Albany, New York. The juxtaposition of the river’s ecological degradation with that of New York’s capitol buildings always presented somewhat of an environmental paradox. The very institutions that were able to protect such a vital resource sat idly by as contaminated waters continued to be polluted. This grave injustice sparked Emily’s interest in pursuing an education in environmental policy.
Emily attended the SUNY- College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, which further laid the foundation for her passion in environmental policy and water resources. After earning her undergraduate degree, Emily attended Vermont Law School where she served as a Water and Justice Associate at Vermont’s Water and Justice program, earned a special certificate in Water Resources Law, and worked as lead clinician for two semesters at the nation’s top-ranked Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. In 2015, Emily relocated to the beautiful Missoula, MT. She is currently an associate attorney for Ferguson Law Office where she specializes in water and environmental law. Emily believes that resource conservation requires community engagement and citizen stewardship. While not working, Emily enjoys hiking, skiing and continuing to explore the Big Sky Country.