Robyn is a twenty-year resident of the Yaak Valley and one of the founders of YVFC. As director, Robyn manages day-to-day operations and oversees all YVFC programs, including Forest Watch, Headwaters Restoration Partnership Project, Community Development and Conservation Education. She is the lead coordinator for the Three Rivers Challenge and serves as Chair of the Lincoln County Resource Advisory Council, Chair of the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition and is liasion with local economic development groups. Her background in business administration and her commitment to community development and common ground dialogue have proven invaluable to YVFC. She has been honoured with several awards including 2004-2005 Rural Community National Spirit Award from US Forest Service, Dept. of Agriculture , 2008 Regional Forester’s Honor Award by Northern Region USFS – presented to Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition for Gridlock Breaking, 2009 Len and Sandy Sargent Stewardship Award by The Cinnabar Foundation – “This award recognises outstanding environmental achievement within Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.”2016 Headlamp Award by Cabinet Resource Group – “With deep appreciation for years of dedicated service working to protect the Yaak Valley environment, natural resources and quality of life.” She assists her partner with an alternative energy business.
Jessie has lived in the West all her life and has called Montana home since 2009. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies, a BS in Resource Conservation, and a minor in Wilderness Studies from the University of Montana. To her work as Forest Watch coordinator, Jessie brings experience in forest ecology, environmental education, and backcountry trail work. A resident of the Yaak, she likes to spend her time travelling by ski, bike, foot, or boat in the big, wild landscapes she works to protect.
Shawna Kelsey Conservation Education and community Development Coordinator
Shawna grew up in Troy, MT. After graduating from Troy High School, she graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Anthropology and International Development. After returning to Troy in 2008, she worked for Troy Public Schools before taking on the development and implementation of the YVFC's Conservation Education Program. Over the years, Shawna's role has grown to include the Community Development Program allowing her to build on a healthier and more resilient vision for her hometown.
Lisa has been in the Yaak Valley since 1994 and was drawn here by her love of the wilderness. She has raised her family with that same wilderness value. As one of the original members of the YVFC, Lisa became involved in order to protect the unique bio-diversity of the valley. Her expertise in office management and finance makes Lisa a wonderful addition to our staff.