Meet the Team


LWG Board of Directors:  The LWG Board generally meets every other month to guide the organization, discuss issues, develop workplans and manage finances. Board members are elected by current members at an annual meeting and serve three-year terms. The LWG’s By-Laws call for a minimum of 5 Board members, with balanced representation of conservation, agricultural/ranch and at-large community interests. Board members must reside in the State of Montana and at least one more than one-half of the officers must be residents of the Lolo Creek Watershed or the Lolo community.

Travis Ross´╗┐

President

Travis Ross joined the LWG board in 2017. For the last 15 years, he has worked with the Missoula Valley Water Quality District an Environmental Health Specialist. Prior to that he worked in environmental monitoring and education in Birmingham, AL. He studied Biology, Environmental Science and Geography at Samford University. His interest include canoeing, skiing, camping, biking and spending time with family. travis59801@gmail.com

Tana Doyle

Treasurer

Marlee Ostheimer

Board Member

Tana Doyle was born in Shelby, Montana and raised in Missoula. Tana grew up with a great respect and love of the outdoors and the breath taking beauty of Montana. She enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, exploring, and floating the beautiful rivers of Montana. Tana attended the University of Montana and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, emphasis in accounting. She went on to obtain her Certified Public Accountant license and has worked in public accounting since 1996. Tana began working in Lolo in 2001 as a partner in the accounting firm Murphy & Doyle, PLLP and currently owns the accounting firm Doyle & Associates, P.C. in Lolo. During 2008 Tana moved to Lolo and has a small farm near Lolo Creek. She began learning more about the Lolo Watershed Group and their conservation efforts during 2016 and joined the Board of Directors during 2017.

Marlee lives in Lolo and has been working with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) as a grantwriter / fundraiser for the past six and a half years. Before that, she attended the University of Montana, receiving a degree in Environmental Studies while also studying Natural Resource Conservation and nonprofit administration. 

Bobbie Bartlette

Board Member (Past President)

Bobbie Bartlette grew up in Missoula, Montana spending weekends hunting, fishing, camping, ghost town exploring, and square dancing with her family. She began her career with the US Forest Service in 1968, working seasonally at the Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula while attending the University of Montana. She holds a Bachelors degree in Zoology and a Masters degree in Forestry from the UM. She retired from her work in fire research and teaching fire science in 2007. Bobbie became involved with the Lolo Watershed Group during an evaluation of streambank erosion lead by the group in 2005-2006. In 2008, severe erosion on a portion of the family’s property on Lolo Creek led Bobbie to work with local Federal agencies regulating streams to create a successful stabilization project. She has been president of the Lolo Watershed Group since November 2008. Outside of the art and science of fire and water, Bobbie has been involved in square and round dancing since the 1950s. She and her husband, Barry, operate the Square Dance Center & Campground on Lolo Creek. Bobbie and Barry have 4 grown children and 2 grandsons. Her hobbies include dancing, playing guitar, painting, fishing, and camping.

Tom Morarre

Vice President: Ag/Ranch Representative

Tom migrated to Missoula from the east coast in 1976 and has lived in the upper Bitterroot Valley on Mormon Creek since 1984. He is generally interested in preservation of the natural character of Montana and the Clark Fork/Bitterroot watershed. He views the Lolo Watershed as an integral part of this environment and he promotes the protection and improvement of the positive attributes of this resource. Tom, a retired Computer Scientist, is enthusiastically involved with the raising and training of Australian Shepherd stock dogs. He maintains a small herd of sheep for training purposes at his place on Mormon Creek. He enjoys competing with his dogs in local as well as national stock dog trials. Tom has been on the Lolo Watershed Group advisory board since 2008. His goal is to maintain the agricultural benefits of the creek, such as livestock water and crop irrigation, while assuring that the health of the watershed is protected and preserved. He would also like to see the trout habitat of the creek returned to its former status as an excellent fishery. Tom has worked on the stream flow monitoring projects put in place by LWG and other conservation organizations. He is interested in the history of stream flow and temperature variations and the causes of these fluctuations. Tom sees the Lolo Watershed Group as a valuable community resource for acquiring and disseminating accurate and useful information about the watershed to area residents. It is also a valuable focal point for organizing community projects that benefit the watershed.

Dan Grey

Board Member

Dan Grey was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. He graduated from Sentinel High School and later attended the University of Montana and obtained his BA degree in elementary education. He has been employed by Hellgate Elementary Grade School since 2001 and is currently the physical education teacher for Kindergarten through Second Grade. Dan lives in Lolo with his wife Tana on a small farm with Lolo Creek flowing through their property. Dan loves the outdoors and enjoys fishing, camping, floating, hiking, as well as snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. Dan joined the Lolo Watershed Group Board during 2017 to learn more about the current challenges facing the Lolo Watershed and what he can do to help conserve the watershed and surrounding areas for the community and future generations.

Deana DeWire

Board Member

Deana has a broad background in environmental research- from graduate work at the University of Montana to working at the Flathead Biological Station and more. She was formally the president of the Watershed Education Network and looks forward to serving on another board. For the past ten years she has worked for Lolo National Forest as a hydrologic technician in the watershed program. She lives in Missoula with her husband and (“the cutest”) baby boy. 


LWG Advisory Board: The LWG Advisory Board reviews and gives input on the organization’s projects, workplans and proposals as needed. Advisory Board members are invited to contribute their expertise as volunteers (not elected), do not serve terms, and need not reside in the Lolo community.

 
  • Jed Whiteley, Monitoring Coordinator, Clark Fork Coalition
  • Shane Hendrickson, Fisheries Biologist, Lolo National Forest
  • Ladd Knotek, Fisheries Biologist, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • Travis Ross, Water Quality Specialist, Missoula Water Quality District
  • Brian Sugden, Forest Hydrologist, Plum Creek Timber Company
  • Traci Sylte, Engineer/Hydrologist, Lolo National Forest
  • Neva Larson, Former LWG Board Member and long time Lolo Creek resident.
  • Wendy Berthold, Former LWG President.
  • Kascie Herron, Former LWG President.

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