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Meet the WEN Staff

Deb Fassnacht

Executive Director

Deb camped, fished, and played with her big family along the Sun River while growing up in Great Falls, Montana. She has been gravitating to water and nature ever since. Deb received a Master's in Education, Bachelor’s in Forestry, Natural Resource Conservation, and her Secondary Science teaching certification from the University of Montana. Deb is one of the founders of the organization, along with Wendy Berthold  and Eric Ringelberg. What began as a volunteer stream monitoring effort in 1996 based in Deb’s home, has grown into a successful non-profit organization focusing on watersheds, groundwater, and wetlands education. Deb brings science teaching and education/outreach experience to WEN from previous agency and nonprofit work. When not at the river or neighborhood creek, Deb enjoys hiking, skiing, and sailing on Flathead Lake with her husband, Henry, family, and friends.

Sara McComas

Grants & Programs Administrator

After completing her B.S. in biology in Tacoma, WA, Sara moved to Seattle where she met her husband, Josh- a recent transplant from Montana. Five years later they relocated to Missoula, where she completed her second degree in Resource Conservation at UM and completed a grant writing internship at WEN. A job opportunity for her husband returned them to Washington, but another five years later they were back in beautiful Missoula. Sara has enjoyed working with several conservation- and education-minded non-profits during her two tours in Missoula- including Montana Water Trust, Montana Trout Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation and, or course, WEN.
Sara now works at WEN part-time, immersing herself in grant administration, bookkeeping, and general program administration. When not in the office, Sara tries to keep up with her 8-year-old son, adopted animals (one tenacious terrier, one fat tabby, and one curious calico), three chickens, and never-ending home remodeling projects. In her rare spare moments, she can be found in the garden or reading.

Aissa Wise

Originally from Washington State, Aissa found her place in Montana while she was attending the University of Montana-Western, where she earned a BS in Environmental Science and Geology. Her love and curiosity for the natural world started early and has only grown deeper the more she’s learned and experienced. Her passion is teaching and learning about the importance of healthy watersheds all while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Aissa is excited to engage with more folks in the Missoula area! If she’s not in the office, you’ll find Aissa on the river, practicing yoga, tending to her many plants (inside and out), or researching her next adventure.

Stream Team Coordinator

Stephie Novak

Stephie is a senior studying Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana. She grew up in Rock creek, Mt. and has spent the majority of her life in the wilderness and the local rivers and streams. She enjoys hiking, biking, and just being outside and loves that she can have fun working outside with WEN! Stephie started out as an amazing WEN intern, we are happy to have her on the team part time. 

Stream Team Field Assistant