Gallatin-Park Chapter

Jennifer Read

Jennifer Read  |  Co-Chairperson

Jennifer also joined the chapter board in 2013. She designs a line of natural fiber clothing for Tibetan Trader, a cottage industry based in Nepal, where she spent years taking photographs and leading treks in the Himalaya of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. She was drawn to Montana by the wildlife, landscape and clean air and water. Coalbed methane development was proposed on land near her place on Bozeman pass in 1999, and she was a founder of Park/Gallatin Citizens Alliance to address these issues. She also served as co-chair of Bozeman Pass Citizen's Group, founded to establish zoning regulations to protect Bozeman Pass public and private land from unregulated coalbed methane development. Jennifer has served on boards of MCIV (Montana Council for International Visitors) and Bioregions International.

David Chambers

David Chambers  |  Secretary

David is a charter member of the Gallatin Park chapter board. He is the president of the Center for Science in Public Participation, a non-profit corporation that provides technical assistance on mining and water quality to public interest groups and tribal governments in the US and Canada. Dave is a registered professional geophysicist with a Professional Engineering Degree in Physics from the Colorado School of Mines, and a Masters Degree in Geophysics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also has a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from Berkeley. Dave and his wife, Sigrid, have resided in Bozeman for 20 years.

Norman Bishop

Norman Bishop  |  Director

Director Norman Bishop served 36 years with the National Park Service. From 1980 to 1997, Norm was in Yellowstone National Park, where he led wolf restoration interpretation. Norm holds a BS in Botany and completed graduate studies in Forest Recreation and Wildlife Management. Norm served as a chapter officer in 2006-2007, and as co-chair 2008-2012. He is a board member of the Wolf Recovery Foundation and Wild Things Unlimited. He also serves on the advisory board of Living with Wolves. He is a member of the MT FWP Region 3 Citizens' Advisory Committee.

Peter Aengst

Peter Aengst  |  Director

Peter is the Regional Director for the Northern Rockies office of the Wilderness Society, a national conservation group. From 1991-1996, Peter worked at the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, first as a Program Associate and later as their Mining Issues Coordinator, focused on the successful campaign to stop the New World gold mine proposed outside of Yellowstone National Park. He later served on GYC's board from 2000 to 2007. Peter has undergraduate degrees from Williams College and a MS in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan. He has been an MCV chapter board member since 2005.

Bob Schleicher

Bob Schleicher  |  Director

Bob is a Park County resident who recently retired after working for the State of Montana for over 25 years, including serving 8 years as Governor Schweitzer's Citizen's Advocate. Bob is an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. He has been an MCV member since 1999 and has volunteered by helping set up many annual MCV meetings/silent auctions and participating in candidate endorsement interviews in Helena. Bob currently serves on the Montanans for the Coal Trust and the Northern Plains Resource Council Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council board. He also serves as vice chair of the Tri-County Network, a local domestic abuse shelter.

Gail Richardson

Gail Richardson  |  Director

Gail and her husband, John, are charter members of MCV. Gail has lived and worked in the Greater Yellowstone for almost 40 yeawrs, in Jackson, Yellowstone, West Yellowstone, Missoula, Helena and Bozeman. Now retired as a naturalist guide, Gail worked previously in education but mostly in tourism and recreation for Yellowstone concessionaires, the USFS and Off the Beaten Path. Her passions are hiking and backpacking, skiing, scuba diving and exploration of tropical locales, public lands and wildllife conservation. She has been a member of the Gallatin County Planning Board, the State Workforce Investment Board and the Governor's Tourism Advisory Council, the Montana Democratic Party Executive Board and has been Chairperson of Gallatin County Democrats. Gail and John live happily in Bozeman with their dog, Lamar, and cat, Bridger.

Linda Phillips

Linda Phillips  |  Director

Linda is a Research Scientist in the Ecology Department of MSU, where she has worked since 2000. She is trained as a Spatial Analyst and works on many projects that focus on understanding patterns of biological diversity at broad spatial scales. Prior to beginning her current position, Linda received a BS in Physical Geography and an MS in Earth Sciences. Linda is actively involved in the Bozeman public schools and regularly works on city, county and statewide political campaigns. She has been a member of the chapter board since 2004.

Dave Tyler

Dave Tyler  |  MCV Board Rep./PAC Board Chair/Gallatin-Park Chapter Co-Chairperson

Dave Tyler, Belgrade, with his wife, Becky Weed, own and operates Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Company, a certified organic sheep ranch and wool processing mill, with a predator-friendly ethic. Dave came to Montana in 1986 after working for years as a civil engineer on dams, power plants, and in the classroom. He's worked in offshore exploration and in GPS navigation and farming. Dave taught at MSU for several years, started a precision agricultural electronics and software company that still operates in Bozeman. He and Becky are charter members of MCV. Dave was a founding Board member of the Gallatin-Park Chapter and has also served as MCV's statewide board chairperson and treasurer.

Katie Craig Scherfig

Katie Craig Scherfig  |  Director

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.

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.