Meet the Board of the Bitterroot Climate Action Group!
Peter Reynolds has managed a variety of nonprofit organizations over the past 45 years with a degree in arts administration.
He is also known to many in the valley as a dedicated bodyworker/massage therapist.
As a musician, Peter has led the Dances of Universal Peace for 25 years in the U.S. and abroad.
He and his wife Judith live in Corvallis in a straw bale house they built in 1997.
Aimee is a co-owner and operator of Great Bear Native Plants in Hamilton, MT. Through this business she is able to support her passions for ecological restoration, education and pollinator conservation and advocacy.
Before Great Bear, Aimee completed degrees in Ecological Restoration and Resource Conservation at the University of Montana in Missoula. During this time, she also studied art, sustainable agriculture and climate change studies. This included a month-long study-abroad in Southern Vietnam to learn about the effects of climate change on agriculture and harvest in the Mekong Delta.
Outside of work she can be found on the river, on the trail, on her skis, at the piano or on her yoga mat, all with her dog, Juniper (of course!)
Laura has lived in the Darby School District since 1976 when she bought the land and made her home, about 5 miles from where her great grandparents homesteaded.
Her working years from that time on were mainly spent with the US Forest Service, including 12 years as fire dispatcher and lookout in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness.
Laura has been a practicing artist throughout her life.
John has been politically active for many years and is an amateur pastelist.
He and his wife Karen Coombs have been married for 37 years and have three grown children who are all splendid human beings.
He enjoys hiking and skiing.
John works in economic development.
Kit Tilly arrived in the Bitterroot Valley in 1990 where she worked as a microbiologist at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory.
She retired early in 2016, so she could spend more time with her husband, Joe, and three dogs. Since then she has added flying as a way to access and enjoy the back country.
Kit and Joe also purchased 160 acres of river bottom land, which they care for as a wildlife refuge. Kit loves to spend time outdoors in wild places while hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and back country skiing. She joined the board of BCAG in order to help protect the beautiful world in which we live in the face of climate change.
Jill Davies got her bachelors degree in mathematics, but after a taste of graduate school changed course and went into more holistic studies.
She studied Biodynamics in England in the early '70's; worked in the gardens on a commune in the French Alps; and on a Biodynamic truck farm in Switzerland before returning to the US.
She went back to England in 1999 to attend a course at Schumacher College on biotechnology in agriculture and has been active in that issue ever since.
Frank Pelfrey is a mostly retired clinical psychologist from Idaho moving to the Bitterroot in 2009. Throughout his life the natural world has been a source, and a passion, for him and the challenge of the climate crisis is completely integral with nature and a paramount concern for him.
He has served on a number of nonprofit boards, and been a working volunteer with several environmental nonprofit organizations for many years.
When he and Samia are not out hiking, snowshoeing, exploring or just savoring being alive, they have a well cared for garden that requires time and effort, and care for a few acres of land on the west side of the valley close to Blodgett Canyon.
Ross Mathena recently moved to the Bitterroot Valley from Colorado. He has worked in various trades and the service industry. Currently he works at a native plant nursery.
When not in the garden, you can find him exploring Skalkho Park, or somewhere in the Bitterroots and Sapphires.
These Committees are composed of our members in good standing:
The Membership committee: keeps track of our membership list; reviews new member applications & determines how and where to find new members; deals with communication between the board and members and among the members themselves.
The Education committee organizes events & speakers, and is involved with scheduling public activities, influencing public policy and non-partisan lobbying.
The Outreach committee deals with press releases, press interviews, social media, web site, mass email communication, rapid response to current events & action alerts.
The Finance committee is responsible for such things as completing our 501c3 application, bookkeeping, fundraising, preparation of tax returns, budget preparation, review of fiscal aspects of action campaign proposals, and board reports and other items generally directed by the Treasurer.
The Science committee assembles information so that we may all learn about climate change and each decide where best to make our efforts to turn this crisis around.