The NextGen Advisory Board cultivates the future conservation leaders of our community by connecting young and mid-career professionals (ages 21-45) to GVLT’s mission of trails and open space . They ensure that GVLT’s work remains relevant and meaningful for future generations as our community grows.

The NextGen Advisory Board provides young professionals with an opportunity to become involved with and further the mission of GVLT. They raise awareness of GVLT in the community, particularly with their peers. NextGen members plan opportunities for younger community members to engage with GVLT through events and volunteering. And GVLT invests in the NextGen Advisory Board by providing valuable leadership training and networking for our valley’s future conservation leaders.

Applications for 2024 NextGen terms are closed. Applicants will be contacted at the end of October.

Interested in joining GVLT's NextGen Advisory Board?

NextGen Members are:

  • Ambassadors for GVLT's work in their communities and networks  and readily share stories, projects and needs
  • Friendly and knowledgeable representatives of GVLT's work in the community
  • Financial supporters of GVLT's mission, all members are asked to make a personally meaningful donation to GVLT
  • Curators of spaces and conversations where other young people in the community can connect to (and support) the GVLT mission, whether that be through social, fundraising, or educational events and opportunities.
  • Mirrors in the community, reflecting back the important challenges and opportunities that exist so that GVLT can be aware and responsive to community needs

NextGen Advisory Board members serve one year terms with the option of serving three consecutive terms.  The group meets monthly and members are asked to join a committee that will meet periodically throughout the year.

NextGen Advisory Board Members

Emmiliese Von Avis, Chair

Product + Ops, Baseten

Mikaela Balkind

Wildland firefighter with the US Forest Service and Alpine Ski Coach with Bridger Ski Foundation

Avery Berg

Crew Leader at Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps / Substitute Teacher

Jackson Bolstad

Sr. Marketing Content Manager at Wealthvest

Emily Carr

Solutions Consultant at commonFont

Ali Chipouras

Sustainability Specialist at City of Bozeman

Taylor Eder

GIS Analyst III at onX Maps

Jared Frasier

Executive Director, 2% for Conservation

Whitney Caldwell

Manager at Architect's Wife

Katy Kelly

Physical Therapist at AMN Healthcare

Sydney Lyons

Education and Outreach Director at Gallatin Conservation District

Loy Maierhauser

COO at MAP Brewing Company

Jeremy Nadison

Manager at The Rhythm Project

Peter Pfankuch

Manager of Support and Intern Program at Foundant Technologies

Tori Pintar


Mark Portman

Ranch Operations Manager at Beartooth Group

Olivia Regnier

Senior Program Coordinator for Individual Placement Programs at Montana Conservation Corps

Sally Rohrer

Program Manager at Bridger Ski Foundation

Mike Spiak

Director of Member Services, Frontier Angels, Strategy Consultant, CLASP

Jake TeSelle

Owner, Farmer at Crooked Yard Hops

Anna Wearn

Director of Government Affairs at Center of Large Landscape Conservation

Michael Zenker

Environmental and Quality Director at Barnard Construction