The NextGen Advisory Board cultivates the future conservation leaders of our community by connecting young professionals 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 the NextGen Advisory Board will re-open at the end of 2022

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

Applications are reviewed by the NextGen Governance Committee and applicants should expect to hear back at the end of November about a position. 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 values diversity of perspectives and evaluates applicants blind to give equitable consideration to applications of diverse backgrounds. Please check back later in 2022 for more information on applying!

NextGen Advisory Board Members

Hannah Van Wetter, Chair

Co-Founder/ CEO, Foothold Housing Solutions

Luis Angel Islas

Director of Development, Montana State University Alumni Foundation

Kris Bart

Owner and Event Planner, Happenings

Emily Carr

Solutions Consultant at commonFont

Bennett Cawthon

CEO, Streamline Farms

Sarah Day

Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Taylor Eder

GIS Analyst at KC Harvey Environmental

Jared Frasier

Executive Director, 2% for Conservation

Becca Frucht

Program Associate, AMB West

Amanda Garant

Operations, North Fork Financial

Matthew Haus

Attorney, Tarlow, Stonecipher, Weamer & Kelly

Erin Jackson

Education Director, Gallatin Valley Farm to School

Katy Kelly

Physical Therapist at Lone Peak Physical Therapy, Belgrade Clinic

Peter Pfankuch

Manager of Support and Intern Program at Foundant Technologies

Tori Pintar


Olivia Regnier

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

Emmiliese von Clemm

Product Manager, MyVillage

Anna Wearn

Director of Government Affairs at Center of Large Landscape Conservation

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