Board of Directors

 

Robin Kelson – Whitefish

Robin Kelson is the owner of the Good Seed Company, a small local heirloom seed company dedicated to helping re-establish the community practice of selecting, saving and sharing seeds for common use. A biochemist and attorney by training, she has spent over 30 years exploring human vitality, resiliency, and patterns in the natural world.

 

Mark Juedeman – Helena

Mark Juedeman grew up on a dryland grain farm in northcentral Montana, and a ranch between Great Falls and Helena.  He moved to Houston to work for an energy company in 1980 after graduating with a degree in Earth Science from Montana State. In 1991 he and his family moved to New Orleans, where Mark was active in historic preservation, bicycle advocacy, education, the environmental non-profit The Green Project, and obtaining personal experience with renewable energy technologies such as small wind and PV.  Katrina displaced Mark and his family back to Houston, where he was involved with local food, urban sustainability, and permaculture, and where he founded Transition Houston, the 40th official Transition Initiative in the US.  Now that he is back in Montana he can help on the family ranch, while staying involved with Transition US and local sustainability initiatives. Mark looks forward working with AERO to support local regenerative agriculture, promote renewable energy, and help to build community resilience.

Dodie Anderson has lived in Missoula for 8 years. Before that she spent 5 summers in Missoula while helping to update a home there. It was during those years that she and her husband, Max, came to see how much they loved Missoula and Montana as a whole. They retired there and Dodie was one of the founding members of 350 Montana. Currently she is Coordinator of Transition Missoula and serves on the board of Montana Cares, which is working to get a renewable energy initiative passed in Montana. While raising her four children she was very involved in PTA. She served as president at various PTA/PTSA’s levels and finally served for 5 years on the California State PTA Board of Managers. An elementary and middle school teacher by career she also was elected to a term on her local school board. Her 5 grandsons are the lights of her life and a strong motivation for working for a livable planet.

Rebecca Meyers has been a contract lobbyist for the better part of a decade and founded Northbound Public Affairs, a Helena-based Government Relations and Strategic Consulting firm. Rebecca’s expertise in environmental policy, small business development, local government, healthcare, agriculture, and state budgeting has allowed her to successfully pass legislation, develop and implement policy, and build strong community relationships across several states. In addition to direct lobbying services, Rebecca works with organizations to conduct political feasibility studies, develop strategic plans, and provides guidance in the development of legislative/policy committees, policy priorities, and organizational structure. Rebecca is an expert in coalition development and has developed and presented legislative and advocacy trainings for local elected officials and across the state of Colorado. Rebecca is a member of the Executive Board of the Helena Leaders Network, a program derived from the Helena Chamber of Commerce, currently serving as the Chair of the Community and Member Connections Committee. She lives in Helena, MT with her family and loves outdoor recreation. She enjoys world travel and is an active member of her community.

Kendra Proue is the Co-Executive Director of CASA of Lewis & Clark and Broadwater Counties. CASA is a nonprofit serving children who have experienced abuse and neglect by providing highly trained advocates to speak for kids in court. Kendra grew up in Helena. Her passion for serving began while attending college in Portland, Oregon where she received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Sustainability. She returned to Helena after school and was thrilled to spend three years, first as a AmeriCorps VISTA and then as the Program Supervisor, working with the community to build and manage community gardens as part of the Growing Community Project (now Helena Community Gardens). During her time with the GCP she coordinated the construction of several new gardens in collaboration with local churches, the City Parks Department, and assisted living homes. The garden project was a joint project of WEEL (Working for Equality and Economic Liberation where Kendra was housed) and AERO at the time, giving Kendra a good initiation into the people and work of AERO.  Since her time at WEEL Kendra has had the opportunity to work with several local nonprofit organizations including the Montana Nonprofit Association and Helena Food Share. She is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to AERO as a board member, and looks forward to learning from the amazing folks who are part of the organization today.

Madison Boone is the Program and Communications Manager for the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) at MSU in Bozeman. Originally from Oklahoma, Madison developed a passion for sustainable agriculture and local food systems after working on an organic vegetable farm in Arkansas and the Heifer International-owned Heifer Farm in Massachusetts, where she helped holistically manage their livestock. Madison came to Montana through the Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) Program in 2016, through which she served in Bozeman with the non-profit One Montana and MSU-Extension Service in Gallatin County on projects related to agriculture, water, and climate change. She began working for the IoE in late 2017 in her current role and continues to help with research projects related to climate and agriculture while also working to bring together interdisciplinary groups to address environmental and natural resources challenges in Montana. She is excited to serve on the AERO Board to help build support for the organization and its programs and ultimately work towards a more resilient, sustainable vision of agriculture in the state.

Andrew Crowe:  I attended MSU, completing my degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. I have a diverse occupational background, recently I resigned from the medical field to gain a deeper understanding in the relationship between production and consumption in the food industry.  My generalist perspective uprooted my ability to accept the social norms in medicine, agriculture, energy, and community. My intentions have been directed towards circumventing conventional practices to allow for more resilient, regenerative solutions to be realized, with insight from biomimicry, social neuroscience, personal experience and curiosity. I enjoy making, learning, conversations of substance, gardening, designing and fly fishing.

Interested in joining the AERO Board of Directors? You can find and download the Job Description Here, and the Reciprocal Agreement here.  If you want to learn more or connect with an existing Board Member send us an email at [email protected]

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