Brian Gilman

Brian Gilman

Chief Executive Officer

Brian grew up in Butte, Montana, and is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel. A Recon Marine and Intelligence Officer, Brian commanded Marines at the platoon, company, battalion, and regimental level. He led Marines in combat during multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan and is proud to have completed his active duty service as the Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Chief of Staff. He holds a B.S. degree from Montana Tech and graduate degrees from the United States Naval War College and the United States Army War College. Brian left active duty to join the WQW Team and feels blessed for the opportunity to continue serving veterans and service members back home in Montana.

During his active duty service, Brian spent three years advocating for veterans and transitioning service members on behalf of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  This experience nurtured Brian’s passion for enabling our nation’s transitioning service members and veterans to maximize their potential as the civic assets that they are.

Brian is an avid outdoorsman who spends as much time as possible fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and skiing in Montana’s great outdoors. His proudest accomplishment is marrying his wife, Marianne, and raising their two awesome teenage sons Tyler and Gabe.

Mike Powell

Mike Powell

Chief Operating Officer

Originally from Great Falls, Montana, Mike is a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel who returned to Bozeman in 2015. Mike completed three deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as a member of U.S. Central Command’s Combat Analysis Division, and two tours to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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, and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, serving as both an AH-1W attack helicopter pilot and a logistics officer.

Mike graduated with a BS from Montana State University in Mechanical Engineering Technology and also earned his MS in Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School. Upon retirement, he spent several years as a Senior Operations Research consultant for a Fortune 100 financial institution, as well as the Chief Operating Officer for a national continuing professional education provider for financial professionals. Mike enjoys spending time with his two sons, one who is a local Real Estate Agent with a land development firm and the other, a dentist completing his residency at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Denver.

Chip Raybon

Chip Raybon

Chief Strategy, Innovation, and Partnership Officer

Chip is originally from Jamestown, North Carolina. He retired from the Marines in 2014 after a 25-year career as a Reconnaissance Marine. He subsequently worked as an operational advisor to military units, continuing to deploy to Afghanistan, Iraq, and East Africa in the process. It was during this assignment that Chip developed a passion for helping veterans to discover their purpose and to thrive beyond their service to our nation. 

Chip holds an M.B.A. from Syracuse University, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. He also has credentials in Project Management and Lean Six Sigma.

Chip is proud to be on the WQW team, but he calls being husband to Laura and dad to their six children “the best job I ever had”.

Emily Sather, CFRE

Emily Sather, CFRE

Chief Development Officer

Prior to serving as Director of Development, Emily has fulfilled roles of Annual Fund Manager, Community Engagement and Volunteer Manager, and Deputy Director of Development. She is a proud Bobcat and a Grizzly having earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolution from Montana State University and a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management from the University of Montana. Emily is also one of 30 Certified Fund Raising Executives in the state of Montana. She has immersed herself in the nonprofit sector since undergrad, including spending two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer doing land restoration in Washington state. Emily was selected as a 2019 “20 under 40” recipient, spotlighting Southwest Montana’s top young business professionals. She believes that people are the heart of mission-based work, and is continually inspired by those who make up the Warriors & Quiet Waters community. When not at work, she can be found spending time outside with her family and rescue dog.

Saul Martinez

Saul Martinez

Chief Program Officer

A former Army Infantryman and Purple Heart Recipient, originally from Southern California, Saul made Bozeman home for his wife and two kids almost 10 years ago shortly after participating in a WQW Fishing Experience. Since being wounded and leaving the Army, Saul has graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Montana State University, was a subject of President George W. Bush in “Portraits of Courage,” is a George W. Bush Institute Veteran Leadership Scholar, and remains an active advocate for veteran well-being nationally. He’s also dabbled in acting, co-starring with professional golfer Jordan Spieth in a major network commercial for AT&T.

Saul enjoys any time he spends with his family and friends. He is currently a brand ambassador for the Parsons Extreme Golf (PXG) brand, an avid fly-fisherman, amateur calligrapher, and a so-so ukulele player.

Saul is a big fan of empathy, compassion, and thoughtful action. He is proud to be on the WQW team especially because it is a direct line to impact our nation’s Combat Veterans and their loved ones.

Audrey Chorak

Audrey Chorak

Program Director

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. Since graduating with a bachelor’s in healthcare administration, Audrey has been in administrative roles at a variety of nonprofit settings including biomedical research, hospitals, and most recently Montana State University. 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.

Stevie Croisant

Stevie Croisant

Marketing & Communications Manager

Stevie grew up alongside the Illinois River, graduating from Monmouth College with a degree in English. Right after graduation, she traded cornfields for mountains and landed in Bozeman in 2014. Since then, she’s been working in various marketing and journalism roles. She discovered her calling is helping people find connection and community through the art of storytelling and digital marketing. Stevie is also the founder of We Are HER, a nonprofit that helps abuse or assault survivors heal after trauma. In her free time, Stevie volunteers with other nonprofits like Haven and RAINN or can be found exploring the expansive beauty of the Big Sky State with her fiancé and two border collies. She is a recipient of the Bozeman 20 Under 40 Awards.

Liz Shull

Liz Shull

Annual Fund Manager

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Watershed Science from Colorado State University, Liz moved to Montana to complete two years of AmeriCorps with the Big Sky Watershed Corps. As she worked closely with communities and their water resources, she realized her passion lies in connecting people to their local waters through experiences. She is thankful that her path has led her to WQW where she is encouraged daily by the testimonies and positive experiences of Warriors and their families. Depending on the season, you’ll find Liz exploring new waters with her fly rod, chasing animal tracks in the snow on her skis, or riding her bike around town.

Jesse LeNeve

Jesse LeNeve

Fishing Operations Manager

Jesse’s first fly fishing experience started right in Bozeman, MT when his grandfather took him fly fishing on Hylite Creek as a young boy. Both his parents and grandparents are avid anglers and this early start helped fuel his passion for the outdoors. WQW has been a quintessential fit for Jesse since he began volunteering with the organization over 10 years ago. He takes pride in building relationships and teaching warriors all aspects of fishing. Along with the great guides, landowners, volunteers and staff of WQW, Jesse will continue creating experiences that will last a lifetime. When not on the water, he spends as much time outdoors with his wife and dogs, living the best life possible.

Ryan Olson

Ryan Olson

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 & 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.

Casey Giles

Casey Giles

Volunteer Lead

Casey Giles is originally from Salem, Massachusetts, after high school she moved to Cedar City, Utah to attend Southern Utah University where she received her bachelor’s degree in communications and her master’s degree in public administration. After graduating from Southern Utah University with her master’s degree she took a job at Southern Utah University working for an Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Southern Utah where she worked to help students get into graduate healthcare programs. Casey first found her desire to help veterans while working on a Veterans Healthcare Needs Assessment for the state of Utah. Casey’s husband served in the United States Marine Corps, which is another reason why helping veterans is so important to her. In her free time Casey enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, hiking with her husband, and taking her dogs swimming in beautiful Bozeman.

Onno Wieringa

Onno Wieringa

Program Lead

Onno was born in Montana and raised on the banks of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. His passion for fishing came from his grandfather, who was a veteran of WWII and served in the 10th Mountain Division. It’s because of that passion that Onno has spent the last 12 years making fishing and outdoor recreation his career. He received a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from Montana State University, while simultaneously guiding fishing and hunting trips in the greater Big Sky area and Alaska. His favorite guiding experiences through the years have always been with Warriors & Quiet Waters (WQW).

He is grateful that his path has led him to serve in a new capacity with WQW as he has witnessed time and time again how impactful WQW is for its participants and the community. Onno is honored to be a part of the team and is committed to helping WQW be the best that it can be. When not at work, you’ll find Onno fishing year-round on every stretch of river in Montana, tying flies, and skiing Bridger Bowl in the winter.

Adam Remillard, CPA

Adam Remillard, CPA

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.

Want to stay updated?

Sign up for our newsletter
Warriors and Quiet Waters

351 Evergreen Drive, Suite A Bozeman, MT 59715

406.585.9793
info@wqwf.org