Missoula Chapter

Bonnie Buckingham

Bonnie Buckingham  |  Co-Chair

Bonnie is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition. She worked to get a joint resolution passed by the City and County sanctioning the formation of CFAC, and is an active political advocate of local food systems, food access strategies, and farm business support. As a social worker by training, Bonnie has considerable experience with campaign development and advocacy, farmland conservation issues, community development, and group facilitation and mediation. Bonnie serves on the Grow-MT steering committee, Partnership to End Childhood Hunter (MT-PECH) advocacy committee, Missoula County Fairgrounds advisory council, Climate Smart Missoula leadership council, and is secretary of the Western MT chapter of the MT Farmers Union. When not at work, Bonnie can be found hiking, kayaking, skiing, or biking throughout Montana's backcountry.

Claudia Narcisco

Claudia Narcisco  |  Secretary

Claudia has been involved in conservation issues for decades. Her passion for the environment prompted degrees in environmental studies and geology from Northern Arizona University. She worked for the Forest Service for 22 years, first as a geologist geomorphologist on the Wenatchee National Forest and then as writer editor for forest planning on the Lolo National Forest. She also served as president of NFFE Local 60. Since retiring, Claudia has been active in many environmental and political issues. In addition to serving on the Board of the Missoula Chapter of MCV, she is currently on the executive committee for the Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club. During the 63rd legislative session, Claudia advocated for bison and wolves, against mega loads and legislation detrimental to energy and water. Claudia enjoys entertaining, cooking, gardening, good conversation and of course the great Montana outdoors.

Neva Hassanein

Neva Hassanein  |  Director

Neva lives in Missoula and is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. She has been a long time Montana Conservation Voters member and helped with MCV’s western Montana expansion work. Author of Changing the Way America Farms: Knowledge and Community in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement (University of Nebraska Press, 1999), Neva has also published articles on contemporary agriculture and the building of community-based, democratic food systems. Neva helped found the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition of Missoula County, and Grow Montana, a statewide policy coalition. In 2011, she served as President of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, an international organization of scholars and practitioners. Neva is also on the MCV Education Fund Board of Directors. Neva enjoys gardening, sharing food with friends, hunting wild mushrooms, and exploring the natural world.

Brenda Lindlief Hall

Brenda Lindlief Hall  |  MCV Board Rep./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.

Jon Haber

Jon Haber  |  Director

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.