Board of Directors

Juanita Vero

Juanita Vero  |  Chairperson

Juanita, Greenough, oversees the fourth generation of a family-owned and operated guest ranch in the Blackfoot Valley. The ranch prides itself on its conservation ethic and long term range and timber management. Her community involvement includes the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited (President for 2 years, and now Secretary); Sunset School Board, serving a small, rural public school; the Missoula County Open Lands Committee; and fundraising for conservation easements in the Blackfoot as part of the Blackfoot Community Project. Juanita is also a member of Montana Conservation Voters, the Blackfoot Challenge and Community Food Agriculture Coalition.

Robin Saha

Robin Saha  |  Vice Chairperson

Robin is assistant professor in the Environmental S tudies Department at the University of Montana. His teaching and research interests focus on environmental justice, health and policy with an emphasis on community engagement and empowerment. He is committed to providing assistance to contaminated communities and works actively on tribal environmental issues in Montana. Robin served on the MCV Missoula chapter steering committee.

Elizabeth Ametsbichler

Elizabeth Ametsbichler  |  Treasurer

Liz is a German professor at the University of Montana. She is originally from Missoula, and is an accomplished writer and world traveler. Liz has served as the president of her faculty senate, and has been a leader for the University Faculty Association, the local affiliate of MEA-MFT, the teacher’s and public employees union.

Derf Johnson

Derf Johnson  |  Secretary

33Derf Johnson is originally from Montana's Gallatin Valley and currently resides in Helena. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Montana School of Law, and his bachelor of arts in environmental studies and anthropology from the University of Montana. During law school, Derf worked in the land use planning clinic for the Missoula County Attorney's Office, and served as a staff member for the Public Lands and Resources Law Review. He has a certificate in Natural Resources Conflict Resolution from the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, and he is a member of the Montana Bar Association (MBA) and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the MBA section on Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment. Derf currently works with the Montana Environmental Information Center as the Associate Program Director and Staff Attorney, working primarily on coal, oil and gas. He also lobbies in Montana's bi-annual legislative sessions. Derf has volunteered and worked previously with Montana Conservation Voters, was a founding board member of the Missoula MCV chapter and has served on candidate endorsement committees. He has also worked with the Montana Public Interest Research Group.

Rich Day

Rich Day  |  Director/MCVEF Board Rep.

Rich is retired and lives in Butte. He was the Montana Wildlife Federation’s first full-time executive director and worked for the National Wildlife Federation for ten years as a regional organizer. As the regional director in California and Nevada for the Mule Deer Foundation, Rich worked with local chapters to raise funds for mule deer habitat. He is a founding member and first president of the Gallatin Wildlife Association, president of the Montana Wildlife Federation from 1980-82 and served on the NWF board from 1985-88. Rich currently serves as a director of the George Grant Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Butte.

Dave Chadwick

Dave Chadwick  |  Director

A resident of Helena, Dave has a background in wildlife conservation and citizen engagement. This includes several years on Capitol Hill, both on the staff of a US Senator and as a lobbyist for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He has worked in and with wildlife agencies around the country, most recently the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. He also has experience in the nonprofit sector and as a volunteer on several political campaigns. Dave is currently the Executive Director of the Montana Wildlife Federation. Originally from South Dakota, Dave has lived around the West and in Washington, DC. He was educated at Pomona College and the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Jock Conyngham

Jock Conyngham  |  Director/PAC Board Representative

6Jock is a research ecologist for a federal environmental research laboratory. He is also the principal of River Research, LLC. Hisspecialties include multi-scaled assessment, restoration, and monitoring of watersheds, streams and rivers, riparian zones, and aquatic populations. At the lab Jock serves as a principal investigator in dam removal, fish passage, ecosystem restoration, monitoring and adaptive management, and environmental benefits assessment. He has provided technical support to implemented dam removals, fish passage projects, and stream river, riparian and watershed-scale restoration initiatives in the United States and several other countries. He received his bachelor's degree in anthropology and environmental studies from Dartmouth College and a Master in Forest Science and a Master of Philosophy from Yale University's Department of Anthropology and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining federal service in 2002, Jock was Director of Watershed Assessment and Geomorphic Restoration for the national office of Trout Unlimited, where he worked for nine years. He lives in Evaro, Montana and has two children: Walker, 21 and Inga, 18. He was raised on his family's beef and dairy operation in northeastern Pennsylvania; his mother's side ranched in the Wilsall area. He currently sits on Missoula's Open Lands Committee and served as a charter board member for four years for the Montana chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

Katie Craig Scherfig

Katie Craig Scherfig  |  Gallatin-Park Chapter Representative

Representative to the MCV Statewide Board of Directors, Katie Craig Scherfig, has worked as Gallatin-Park Chapter Get-Out-the-Vote organizer since MCV's first election in 2000. As a volunteer, she's been involved in all phases of chapter activity, including legislative accountability, fundraising, events planning and endorsement interviews. From 1999-2006 she worked for Sierra Club on grizzly bear, wolf, clean air and wildlands issues.

Margaret Roche

Margaret Roche  |  MCV Board Rep./Flathead Chapter Representative

Margaret works as a seed steward for The Good Seed Company, a distributor of heirloom & homestead garden seeds selected for their ability to thrive in Montana's short farming season. She is also in her fifth season as a farmhand for Purple Frog Gardens, a mixed vegetable, herb & fruit farm that has been integral in the local food movement of the Flathead Valley over the past 20 years. Margaret is passionate about the outdoors and feels very lucky to call the Flathead her home. Margaret is also a board member of the Whitefish Community Garden. She worked for Montana Conservation Voters helping to elect Steve Bullock to the Governor's office and re-elect Jon Tester to the US Senate both of which were successful.

Brenda Lindlief Hall

Brenda Lindlief Hall  |  PAC Board Rep./Missoula Chapter Representative

Brenda has been an ardent supporter and member of Montana Conservation Voters' since MCV's inception in 1999. She attended law school at the University of Montana and also received her M.S. in environmental studies from U of M. Brenda practiced law in Helena with the Law Firm Reynolds, Motl & Sherwood (now Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson, Deola) for over 14 years. She is now practicing law and working on environmental law and policy issues in Missoula. Brenda joined MCV's Missoula Chapter Board in February, 2015, and is the Missoula Chapter Representative to MCV's state Board.

Addison Sessions

Addison Sessions  |  Yellowstone Chapter Representative

Addison has served as MCV Board Rep. for the last year, was previously vice chair and has been an MCV member since 2000. Add was a founder of the chapter and has been very involved. Add grew up in Billings, is a local attorney and was drawn to MCV by an interest in politics and the environment. Add is a member of Trout Unlimited and the Beartooth Paddlers.

Beth Madden

Beth Madden  |  Alternate Gallatin-Park Chapter Representative

MCV Board Alternate, Beth Madden, lives in Livingston and joined the chapter board in 2013 to work on MCV endorsements and campaign work in Park county. She is a wildlife biologist with a focus on prairie ecology and prairie birds. She was a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist in the Dakotas and eastern Montana for 19 years, and is now self-employed as a biological consultant out of Livingston. She is also a research associate with the Department of Ecology at Montana State University. She is a past board member of Montana Native Plant Society and Northeast Montana Ducks Unlimited, and currently does volunteer work in both domestic violence prevention and hospice care in Park County.

Jon Haber

Jon Haber  |  Alternate Missoula Chapter Representative

Jon was drawn to the University of Montana in 1973 by its wildlife biology program. After degrees from the University of Montana and Colorado State in land use and natural resource planning, he went on to have a career with the U.S. Forest Service as a land management planner, where he promoted wildlife conservation. This took him to Helena, Portland, and then back to Missoula in 1990. While in Portland, he obtained a law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, and back in Montana he joined the State Bar. Jon has contributed to Missoula through professional volunteer work with local land trusts and a term on the city-county planning board. He continues to look for opportunities to promote wildlife conservation in his “retirement.” In addition to MCV, that includes part-time work for Defenders of Wildlife providing legal and policy analysis related to federal land management. He has long been a regular on the Rattlesnake running trails and may also be found hiking and fishing, especially in the Swan Valley.