Deputy Director of Warrior Services
Originally from Miles City, MT, Chris moved to Bozeman in 2014 after participating as a warrior in a Warriors and Quiet Waters Fishing Experience the year prior. He remained involved with WQW through service as a volunteer companion and assistant team leader. Chris served in the Marines as an infantryman with 1st Battalion 7th Marines where he eventually medically retired after being wounded by an IED in Sangin, Afghanistan. He has had a passion for the outdoors his whole life and has found that helping people in need has been the most rewarding part of his life. Chris also owns his own taxidermy business and on his off time he enjoys bow hunting, fishing, and traveling around the world.
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.
Saul Martinez, SGT, U.S. Army (RET.)
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 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.
Caretaker of Quiet Waters Ranch
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.
As a career accountant, Adam has managed the financial reporting and controls for both private and publicly listed companies. His interest in the non-profit sector began after working as a finance assistant for one of the oldest and most prestigious water quality groups in the country. Adam is a lifelong angler, who is looking forward to providing Warriors and Quiet Waters with his fishing and financial management expertise.
Community Engagement 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 husband, son, and rescue pup. Emily (tries to) balance work and fun with graduate coursework at the University of Montana.
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.
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 as a part of the team!