President and Executive Director, Michael Leach: Worked for the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park as an interpretive ranger naturalist for seven years including two years as a Bear Education Ranger. Michael continues his work as a writer, public speaker, Montana fly fishing guide, and Gardiner High School varsity boys’ basketball coach. Michael lives with his wife and daughter at the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana.
Vice President, Tom Roy: Former Director of the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana in Missoula. Tom remains very active in the conservation field in Montana and for his work with conservation, environmental and public interest community groups, Roy has received the Don Aldrich Award for Conservationist of the year (a National Wildlife Federation award), as well as the Montana Environmental Information Center Conservationist of the Year Award, and has received the Len and Sandy Sargent Conservation Stewardship Award from the Cinnabar Foundation. Currently, Tom lives in Missoula, Montana.
Secretary, Megan Hecht: Resident and business owner in West Yellowstone, Montana. Megan who grew up in southern Idaho has a long history with Yellowstone Country. She has been actively involved with the bison wars in Yellowstone Country for nearly a decade. She now lives along the tranquil shores of Hebgen Lake outside of West Yellowstone, Montana.
Treasurer, Ellen Petrick: Ellen brings to YCG 25 years of experience in education. Ellen’s experience encompasses a diversity of formal (school) and informal settings, including parks, nature centers, museums and residential camps. She has worked for universities, non-profits, state and federal agencies. After 15 years working for the National Park Service in Yellowstone, she is currently the Education Specialist for the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Steve Hoffman: Founder of Hawkwatch International and current Executive Director for Montana Audubon in Helena, Montana. Steve’s 30-year career has focused on wildlife conservation, with an emphasis on birds. Steve splits his days between Helena and Bozeman, Montana.
Daniel Claussen: Daniel’s roots run deep in the rural landscapes of Kansas where he has five generations of farming history outside of Dodge City. He is a University of Montana alum and is the former Conservation Director for the Sante Fe Conservation Trust. Currently Dan is the Stewardship Director for American Land Conservancy.
Steve Leach: Currently, Steve lives with his wife and author April in Lolo, Montana. Steve is the Vice President of sales and marketing for Comag Marketing Group, the circulation and marketing arm for Hearst and Conde Nast publishing company. Steve also serves on Wal-Mart’s sustainability committee.
Dr. Nathan Varley: A native of the Yellowstone area, Nathan has dedicated his career to studying and teaching about the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. As an naturalist guide, he offers YCG unparalleled experience in outdoor education including wildlife behavior, conservation planning, and wilderness travel. He makes his home in Gardiner, Montana, with his wife Linda with whom he co-owns The Wild Side, LLC, a tour company specializing in Yellowstone’s diverse wildlife community.
Ashea Mills: Living a few feet from Yellowstone’s north boundary allows for Ashea’s passions, including exploring the park’s remote mountaintops and sharing her ecological knowledge of the area with others. She currently works as an instructor for the Yellowstone Association Institute, and as a winter manager for Xanterra’s interpretive guides. Ashea’s highest hopes are to help people connect with Yellowstone both emotionally and intellectually, and create constituents for wilderness.