Staff

Robin Kelson, Interim Executive Director

Robin owns the Good Seed Company, an heirloom seed company based in Whitefish, MT.  The company is dedicated to re-establishing the community practice of selecting, saving and sharing seeds for common use because access to quality seeds is central to our resiliency as a species and a community. A food grower, biochemist and attorney by training, and a life-long student of metaphysics and the natural world, Robin has a deep curiosity about human vitality and exploring what constitutes resiliency. Through her organization the Resiliency Intelligence Alliance, she teaches, presents, and coaches on resiliency thinking, supporting individuals and organizations in strategic planning and community visioning with a resiliency mindset. Email Robin at [email protected].

Lindsay Ganong, Grant Programs Manager

Lindsay grew up riding the tractor and helping grandpa feed steers in West-Central Wisconsin. She studied nutrition in college and worked for an on-campus community supported agriculture (CSA) where she fell in love with growing food for students and her rural Minnesota community. In 2012, Lindsay moved to Montana and traveled the state to complete her training as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Montana’s beauty captivated her. She earned a Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems at MSU-Bozeman. Lindsay is passionate about teaching dietetic students to leverage food and nutrition expertise to build place-based food systems in support of food sovereignty to improve health for all people and the land. Lindsay has served as a leader for school food service and a nutrition education program for limited resource Montanans. She loves eating, cooking and preserving regional and wild foods,  and hiking, skiing, and mountain biking with her pooch, Fawn. Email Lindsay at [email protected]

Board of Directors

Mark Juedeman, Helena

Mark grew up on a dryland grain farm in north-central 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.

Madison Boone, Bozeman

Chair

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.

Erin Carroll, Bozeman

Secretary

Erin Carroll is currently attending Montana State University in Bozeman, studying Plant Biology.  She became interested in agriculture after learning about the effects of industrial agriculture on human health, and its impact on the natural environment. Her interests are in developing locally adapted crops, expanding genetic diversity and getting more people involved in growing their food. She is excited to support and build upon AERO’s work and looks forward to seeing more local, sustainable, and resilient food and energy systems in Montana.

Chris LaRoche, Missoula

Vice-Chair

Now living in Missoula, Chris hails from Billings, by way of Washington.  A long-time advocate of sustainability, Chris is looking forward to supporting AERO in carrying out its mission.

Drew Shanafelt, Big Sandy

Treasurer

Drew is a western Washingtonian turned Montanan. A competitive ultimate Frisbee and beer league hockey athlete. An aspiring reformer of modern society looking for ways to make people happier and healthier. A lover of food and the culture behind it. Drew dreams about a future food system that is healthy for people, regenerative to the soil, accessible to all, community based, and powered by renewable energy. AERO has an essential role in building this food system in Montana, and it has never been more important that we do so. Drew is jazzed to be on the board of AERO to help make it happen!

Rob Byron, MD, MPH, Hardin

Robert is an internist who lives in Hardin, Montana.   He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, served four years as an officer in the US Navy, before then earned his MD from the University of Louisville.   Following residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, he moved to Hardin where he worked on the Crow Reservation for over two decades.   After retiring from the Indian Health Service Dr. Byron worked as a hospitalist in Billings and helped start Bighorn Valley Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Hardin.   He was appointed to the Montana Board of Environmental Review in 2015 and is a former governor of the Montana Chapter of the American College of Physicians.  With Lori, his wife, he is co-chair of the Citizens Climate Lobby Health Team and helped start Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate.   He is one of the lead authors of the recently released “Climate Change and Human Health in Montana” report.   He has been a strong advocate for sustainability, environmental justice and climate change issues at the state and national level.

Andrew Crowe, Bozeman

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.

Alternative Energy Resources Organization

Mailing address: PO Box 1558, Helena MT 59624

Physical address: 32 S Ewing St #333, Helena MT 59601