MWS 2017 Board
Alex is the Executive Director of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), founder of the Outdoor Safety Institute and author of the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership. He has assisted over 50 outdoor education, recreation and conservation programs in improving their risk management practices. In his former role with the Appalachian Mountain Club, Alex developed leadership training and risk management systems covering 9,000 annual volunteer and professionally led outdoor programs. He recently moved from Bozeman to Boulder, Colorado, and enjoys instructing in the outdoors, climbing, skiing, paddling, and exploring the Yellowstone ecosystem and beyond.
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 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.
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.
“No matter the age or where we are from, spending an extended period of time in nature with good people, changes the way we look at life, others and ourselves.” –Mark Parlett
Becky is the owner of Sun Snow Creative, a communications and political consulting company. She works with many conservation organizations, philanthropic foundations and businesses to make certain our children have clean air, clean water, and access to many wild places. One such project most dear to her heart is her work as Director of the Montana Mountain Mamas, a group of active gals across the state dedicated to raising their families outdoors. Becky received her B.S. In English Literature and Political Science from Montana State University, and has over 15 years of strategic communications experience. When she’s not at her office Becky can be found mountaineering, backcountry skiing, trail running, running rivers and longboard skateboarding with her “pack": husband Ben, daughters Addy, Myla and Kaia, a homeless dog from the Tetons named Gus and a shy wolf named Lily.
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.