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.
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 multiple 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 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 the Chief Operating Officer for a national continuing professional education provider for financial professionals. Mike is excited to be back in Bozeman, enjoying the fresh air and great views, as well as spending time with his sons and two labs.
Director of Development
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. 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.
Director of Programs
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.
Deputy Director of Programs
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.
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.
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 & Quiet Waters as the member of staff charged with caring for Quiet Waters Ranch and our wonderful volunteers. When not working, he is usually found playing with his wife and two children in all that the Bozeman area has to offer.
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.
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.