MARS’ staff is passionate and committed to the mission of restoring and protecting Montana’s aquatic resources. Though small in numbers, MARS staff possesses years of experience working on water resource issues in Montana. MARS is also committed to developing young professionals through participation in the Big Sky Watershed AmeriCorps Program.
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, agricultural land and water. She strongly believes in protecting and enhancing Montana’s valuable water resources, and promoting landscape resiliency, and more often than not– can be found on or near water.
Jeannette Blank | Project Manager
Jeannette joined MARS in September 2018 and is excited to be part of MARS’ continued success in preserving and restoring Montana’s aquatic resources. She brings 20 years of wetland science and regulatory experience to the MARS project management team. Her professional experience has been primarily focused on terrestrial and aquatic habitat related projects providing impact planning, habitat assessment, restoration/mitigation, and permitting/regulatory support for the energy, transportation, government, and private business sectors. Prior to joining MARS, Jeannette was a senior environmental scientist and project manager for many years in the private sector; and most recently was the senior permitting/regulatory specialist for the Energy Research Institute at Montana State University. She has called Livingston, MT home for the last 17 years, and when she’s not working, you can usually find Jeannette out hiking, skiing, gardening, camping, or spending time on the mighty Yellowstone River.
Leah Swartz | Project Manager
Leah holds a Masters in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana where she researched the ability of created mitigation wetlands to support native amphibian and invertebrate communities. Prior to joining MARS, Leah worked as a lab manager for the University of Montana, coordinating a long-term study of stream salamander populations in headwater streams in New Hampshire. She also spent several years as a seasonal field biologist, working for federal, state, and nonprofit employers on projects ranging from toads to wolverines. In her free time, you can usually find Leah exploring Montana’s public lands on foot, skis, and boats.
Lori Harvey | Finance & Administration Manager
Lori joined MARS in August 2019. Lori brings with her 20 years of experience with her financial background from Controller of a financial institution to owing her own business. Lori has a certificate in bookkeeping and accounting, is a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor and a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.
Lori grew up on the Great Lakes in Ohio and has lived in Montana for 22 years. In her free time you can find her hiking with her dog Willie, floating the Yellowstone River or relaxing with a good book.