Staff

Audrey Chorak

Deputy Director of Warrior Services

 

Growing up on the shore of Lake Michigan, Audrey understands the peacefulness water can bring. While living in Bozeman she has learned to love the mountains just as equally. She has been in administrative roles for a variety of nonprofits since graduating with a bachelor’s in healthcare administration. On her off time, you can catch Audrey hiking her way up a mountain with her husband or snuggled up with her cat while enjoying a good book.

audrey@warriorsandquietwaters.org

Gayle Knapp

Development Director

Gayle has served as a professional fundraiser, consultant and volunteer to six nonprofits in Montana. In this capacity, she led the process and strategy design of traditional annual giving, major gifts, planned gifts, corporate sponsorship and special event fundraising activities. Her passion over the past 24 years has helped a variety of special interest groups raise funds to fuel their mission. Gayle currently serves as Director of Development for Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, where she can combine both her love of fly fishing with fundraising.

gayle@warriorsandquietwaters.org

April Lechman

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

A recent MSU graduate, April holds a degree in Community Health and Business Administration. After interning for WQW in the spring of 2016, April knew she wanted to continue her work in the nonprofit sector. After nine short months in the “real world” she soon found herself back at WQW as the Administrative Assistant. With a passion for the outdoors, you can often find April and her dog Bentley hiking, fishing or camping various places in Montana.

april@warriorsandquietwaters.org

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.

saul@warriorsandquietwaters.org

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.

faye@warriorsandquietwaters.org

Ryan Olson

Caretaker of Quiet Waters Ranch and Volunteer Manager

Ryan feels lucky to be born, raised, and educated in Bozeman’s Gallatin Valley. In 2009, Ryan’s interests in fly fishing and his great appreciation of the fine men and women who have made the sacrifice to serve our country, brought him to Warriors and Quiet Waters first as a volunteer then as a member of the board of directors. Ryan is now excited to continue his tenure with Warriors and Quiet Waters as the member of staff charged with caring for Quiet Waters Ranch. When not working, he is usually found playing with his wife and two children in all that the Bozeman area has to offer.

ryan@warriorsandquietwaters.org

Mike Powell

Director of Administration and Evaluation

Originally from Great Falls, Montana, Mike is a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel who returned to Bozeman in 2015. Mike completed two tours in Iraq and three to Qatar, as well as deployments to Okinawa and South Korea. His operational and staff assignments during his 21-year career included Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, U.S. Central Command,  3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the Inspector General of the Marine Corps. Mike served as both an AH-1W attack helicopter pilot and a logistics officer. Mike graduated with a BS from Montana State University and also earned his MS in Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School. Mike is excited to be back in Bozeman, enjoying the fresh air and great views, as well as spending time with his two sons and two labs.

mike@warriorsandquietwaters.org

Adam Remillard

Controller

Adam manages WQW’s finances and is responsible for our daily operations and financial reporting. He also prepares WQW’s annual budget, assists with development of grant proposals, and provides fundraising event support.
Adam joined the WQW staff in 2017 after working as a controller for an international public pharmaceutical company in Vancouver, BC. His passion for working with non-profit’s originated from his time as an assistant controller for a Boston area nonprofit that was concerned with improving the water quality of the Charles River.  Adam has a B.S. in Accounting from Suffolk University, and is a dedicated fisherman who believes in the peacefulness of fishing in Montana.

adam@warriorsandquietwaters.org

Emily Sather

Deputy Director of Development

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 husband, son, and rescue pup. Emily (tries to) balance work and fun with graduate coursework at the University of Montana.

emily@warriorsandquietwaters.org