Staff

Susan Des Jardins

Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Susan has volunteered as a companion with Warriors and Quiet Waters the past four years.  She chose to do so because she felt it was a way to honor her grandfather, father and brother, all of whom served in the military. Susan was born and raised in Montana, has lived all over the country and earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Houston. Her AFAA and Yoga Alliance certifications allow her to teach yoga part-time and she is also pursuing a “Yoga for Warriors” certification. From a wide variety of industries, Susan has over 20 years experience in office management.  Susan has two children, Nick and Serena; she volunteers at their school and can otherwise be found taking the two of them fishing, rafting, camping, hiking, or skiing.

Saul Martinez

Director of Warrior Services

Saul is a medically retired Army Infantryman, a Purple Heart recipient and a Warriors and Quiet Waters alumnus. Saul participated in an FX in 2009 that left such an impact he relocated his family from Southern California to Bozeman with a goal of attending Montana State University. Saul has been an active advocate for traumatically wounded, injured and ill veteran welfare for the past several years both in the Army as a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) squad leader and as a student veteran on the Montana State University campus. He graduated May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. Saul, his wife and two children are extremely happy to have made Bozeman their home.

Faye Nelson

Executive Director

Faye joined Warriors and Quiet Waters as development director in June of 2013 with 20 years of experience in the non-profit fundraising and administration world. She has worked for the Children’s Museum of Seattle, Montana State University Foundation, Lewis & Clark College, Red Feather Development Group and American Wildlands, among other groups. She has served on the board of directors for American Wildlands and Junior Achievement of Southwest Montana. After graduating from Cottey College and University of Puget Sound, Faye received a certificate of Non-Profit Management and Administration from the University of Washington. A fourth generation Montanan, Faye is thrilled to be raising her three children with her husband in her hometown of Bozeman. Faye was hired as Executive Director in February 2015 after serving as Interim Director since December 2014.

Lawrence Stuemke

Director of Operations

Developing a rock climbing program for blind climbers, and taking older anglers fly fishing to places where they could not go alone, are highlights of Lawrence Stuemke’s 20+ years of outdoor leadership experience. A former international mountain climbing and fly fishing guide, and currently a licensed Montana fly fishing outfitter, he is excited to come on board as Warriors and Quiet Waters Director of Operations. He earned an M.S. degree from Colorado State University in Natural Resource Management, focusing on river system research. Lawrence lives in Bozeman with his wife Amy and their children, Jane and Calvin.

Emily Wallace

Annual Fund Manager

A proud Midwesterner, Emily ironically discovered her love for mountains while attending Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution from Montana State University and is passionate about mission-based work. Her professional experience includes two terms of AmeriCorps service implementing restoration projects in the Puget Sound, guiding in Alaska, and management of the Volunteer and Education Programs at Bozeman’s Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. She enjoys being active outside, frequently accompanied by her adopted dog, Mango. She and Mango also volunteer as a team for Intermountain Therapy Animals.

Gayle Whittenberg

Development Director

Gayle brings with her 22 years of experience either starting, managing or developing nonprofit organizations such as Komen Montana, Casting for Recovery’s Trailhead Chapter, Billings Clinic, United Way of Yellowstone County, and March of Dimes. Before moving to Montana in 1993, she worked with the Illinois Department of Conservation promoting “no till” farming. In her spare time, Gayle loves to fly fish. She has been a fly fishing instructor and guide in Montana for nine years and looks forward to sharing her passion of fly fishing with WQW. She is the mother of two wonderful grown children and their families. Gayle is thrilled to call Bozeman her home and we are excited to have her join the team!