MWS 2017 Board
Bill is the Founder of NorthFork Financial and cofounder of Project HomeStake and has worked at the intersection of money and meaning since 2006. Before that, he taught U.S. History, and U.S. and Comparative Government, along with several other courses, at Bozeman High School.
Bill grew up outside of Buffalo, New York and moved West after completing a bicycle journey through the U.S. in 1989. He lives in Bozeman with his wife, Heidi, and their two boys, where they aim to adventure outdoors as much as possible.
Jon is a serial entrepreneur involved in youth mentoring and land use in the Gallatin Valley. He advocates for proactive urban planning and the creative use of conservation easements. Recently he has served as an adult leader of BSA Venture Crew One in Bozeman, providing guidance to teens in backcountry settings. Earlier, he spent several years as a Director of the Tri-Valley Conservancy in Livermore, California, working to preserve agricultural lands in the face of development pressure.
Jon spent his early years near Denver, Colorado, where he grew up skiing and backpacking with his dad employed in the outdoor industry. His positive experience on an outdoor education course in 1980 convinced him of the value of wilderness as a classroom for youth. Today he lives near Bozeman with his wonderful wife, Elizabeth, their two children, and an excellent brown poodle.
Gar is the Cofounder and Executive Director of MWS as well as serving on the Board. He has field instructed and course directed for a variety of outdoor educational programs including Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Colorado Outward Bound School, Costa Rica Outward Bound School, Eagle Rock School and the alternative schools of the Denver public school system; and has extensive experience instructing mountaineering, rock climbing, canyoneering, whitewater rafting and canoeing expeditions. Gar holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Business Administration, and a Masters Degree in Ecological Design. He is also an avid sailor and holds a Near Coastal USCG Master's License with towing and sailing endorsements, and has sailed his own boat around the world with his wife, Nicole.
Mark Parlett - Advisor Team
With over 20 years of experience in education, Mark has dedicated much of his life to helping children and families. He began his career as a field instructor in a therapeutic wilderness program for at-risk Montana youth and worked his way up to the Program Director position. His passion then led him to launch two accredited non-profit programs for youth. Mark has seen nearly every aspect of the business having supervised clinical departments, directed operations, led business development and developed risk-management plans for programs. He has logged thousands of days in the backcountry of Montana’s Wilderness Areas, National Forests and National Parks. Mark is a combat veteran who served in the Marine Corps and attributes much of his desire to lead from this experience. Currently, Mark is an Educational Consultant, where he helps parents find therapeutic programs, boarding schools and treatment centers for at-risk teens and young adults.
When not working, Mark is “hard to find” out fly fishing, archery hunting, running rivers, skiing, horseback riding or just walking through Montana’s amazing backcountry, often with his wife Kim, his 2 boys Willem and Parker and their dogs.
Michael Fiebig - Advisor Team
Mike is the Associate Director of the Northern Rockies Office of American Rivers, melding his love for snow with his love for spring runoff. An avid split boarder, boater, and wilderness traveller, he has worked and travelled in remote places from the Arctic, to central Africa, to the tip of South America as a guide, outdoor instructor, conservationist, and for personal adventure. Mike has an M.S. in Natural Resources Policy and Conflict Resolution, a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Philosophy. Watching students grow while in the backcountry has been one of the great privileges that he has had.
Whitney Lonsdale - Advisor Team
Whitney has worked in outdoor and experiential education for many years, teaching classes, developing curriculum and leading semester-long trips around the world for a whitewater kayaking academy and a girls' semester abroad program. Whitney holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and recently earned a Master's degree in environmental management from Cornell University. Whitney lives in Bozeman with her partner, Jed, and her daughter, Kaia, and loves to kayak, ski, hike, and play outdoors as much as she possibly can.