Wendy Weaver | Executive Director
Wendy is a licensed professional civil engineer with over 20 years in land development, water, wastewater infrastructure, and water resource design. Wendy is a member of the Montana State University (MSU) Civil Engineering Advisory Committee, and serves as a Professional Mentor of MSU Engineers Without Borders, working to bring clean water and sanitation to elementary schools in rural Kenya. She has also worked as a consultant with the Northern Plains Resource Council and the Stillwater Mine on their Good Neighbor Agreement, which was developed between the community and the mine to protect the area’s quality of life, agriculture land and water. She strongly believes in protecting and enhancing Montana’s valuable water resources, and promoting landscape resiliency.
When she is not busy working to make the world a more resilient place to live in, and being engaged in community based initiatives, she is truly a Montana girl at heart. Wendy is a loving and involved mother of two, endurance trail runner, avid page 6 chick, gardener, and–more often than not– can be found on or near water.
Lauren Alleman | Program Director
Lauren is a wetland ecologist utilizing her training in GIS, wetland science, habitat equivalency analysis, functional assessments, and field biology to design and implement habitat mitigation/rehabilitation projects for MARS. She has a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University and a masters in Biology from the University of Louisiana. She has worked on EPA-funded assessment on the condition of the wetlands in sub-watersheds of Colorado and the Natural Resources Damage process after the Deepwater Horizon spill. She created a habitat management plan for Central Park’s forests and streams and worked as lead ecologist for The Nature Conservancy’s New York City Program.
Lauren is dedicated to preserving the country’s wetland resources through creative and innovative means. She spends her free time pursuing the things that got her hooked on conservation – fly fishing, turning over rocks in streams, botanizing, backpacking, and painting animals with antlers.
Angela joined the MARS team in January, 2017 as an AmeriCorps member with the Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) program. This will be the third year MARS has participated in the BSWC program, hosting a member for an eleven month term of service. The program works to help address community education, public safety, environmental and other human needs. Angela comes to the program with a BS in biology from the University of North Florida and nearly five years’ experience as an Environmental Scientist. Her background includes surface water quality monitoring, habitat assessment works, fish surveys and other field investigations. While with MARS Angela will be working to facilitate community involvement and education, focusing on fundraising and grant management and helping to bolster MARS’s mission and project works.
If she’s not in the office, you’ll usually find Angela playing outside. She enjoys hiking, trail running, backpacking, and climbing.