Montana Conservation Voters Staff
Sarah Cobler, Program Director
Sarah, originally from Kalispell, MT, joined the MCV team in May, 2005. She serves as MCV's program director and chief lobbyist in Helena, working with a diverse group of citizens and legislators to pass good environmental legislation. When the Legislature is not in Session, she organizes from the Western Montana office in Missoula, and directs MCV's communications, state policy and civic engagement activities. She serves on the League of Conservation Voters communication committee and Missoula's New Leaders Council advisory committee. Sarah enjoys long-distance running, back and front country snowboaring, climbing mountains, singing in a community choir, traveling, reading and parenting. She and her husband Matt, son Henry, and two dogs live in Missoula.
Eric Halstvedt, Database Admin./Webmaster
Eric, born in Great Falls and raised in Billings, has been with MCV since 2004 and is responsible for MCV and MCVEF's websites, the MCVEF List Enhancement Project, data base management and coordinating direct mail communications. Eric is also responsible for design and layout for MCV publications. He has a BS in Information Systems from MSU-B and a BA in International Business from MSU. Eric and his wife Malia live in Billings.
Theresa M. Keaveny, Executive Director
Theresa has been with Montana Conservation Voters since it started in 1999 and is responsible for program development, budget development and fundraising, and coordinates MCV's political programs. She has been a community organizer and director of rural environmental organizations in the Dakotas and high plains since 1981. Keaveny also has extensive political experience, having worked on several legislative and statewide political campaigns and ballot measures dealing with out-of-state waste, tax reform and sustainable agriculture. She serves on the board of Montana Wilderness Association local chapter, is secretary of the Good Earth Market board of directors and serves on the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund program committee.
Ross Prosperi, Community Organizer
Ross works out of the Missoula office with MCV's Missoula and Flathead chapters. He also coordinates the Missoula Conservation Roundtable and MCV's grassroots activist calling program. He started as the Western Montana Canvass Director for the 2006 midterm elections when MCV helped elect Jon Tester to the U.S. Senate. He received his undergraduate degree in international business management with a minor in environmental studies and is certified in non-profit administration from the University of Montana. Ross has been a leader in political and non-profit work with Montana Public Interest Research Group and the Associated Students of the University of Montana.
Jeanne Marie Souvigney, Consultant
Jeanne Marie is one of MCV's founders and was the program director from 2001-2005. Jeanne coordinates MCV's work on federal policy issues including the clean air act protection campaign. She also directs MCVEF's voter rights work. Jeanne and her husband Bob Raney live in Livingston.
Shelbi Dantic, Legislative Intern
Shelbi is a student at the University of Montana majoring in Political Science. After serving on the Montana Public Interest Research Group student board and lobbying in Helena during the 2011 legislative session, Shelbi served on the Senate of the Associated Students of the University of Montana in 2011-2012. Shelbi most recently worked for the League of Conservation Voters on their policy and lobby team.
Topher Williams, Intern
Topher Williams is a Junior at the University of Montana studying Community and Environmental Planning and minoring in Climate Change. He has been involved on campus by serving 2 terms as an ASUM Senator, Chairing the ASUM Transportation board, and previously working with MontPIRG. Topher also works for the Student Involvement Network doing event programming for students. When he isn't on the clock or the slopes, Topher also enjoys cycling, hiking, kayaking and climbing.
Darci Hertz, Accountant
Darci has served as MCVEF’s accountant for 7 years, and provides full service bookkeeping and accounting, including payroll, financial statements and compliance reporting. She and her husband Chris and daughter Kendra and son Keaton live in Billings.