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Molly White, Project Developer, ClearSky Climate Solutions.Molly White was born and raised in Missoula, Montana by an artist and a carpenter. She is currently a Project Developer with ClearSky Climate Solutions, LLC. ClearSky is a private-sector climate consulting firm specializing in developing forest-based carbon offset projects. Molly will also join the Wild Rockies Field Institute as an instructor for their 2011 Cycle the Rockies course. Previously she has worked as a contract paralegal for the Department of Justice, a project assistant for an environmental non-profit, and a field technician for an ecology lab. Her college education began in Alaska, finished in Missoula, and included a study abroad in England and a two-month circumnavigation of the United States. In 2005, she completed her Masters in Forest Ecology and Management at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, with a climate change research focus. Molly enjoys volunteering at food cooperatives, farmer’s markets, and spending hours in her garden. She is a world traveler, which lends to her appreciation of a global community and the importance of cultural awareness. This exploratory spirit compliments her passion for kayaking, skiing, and camping. The overarching unity between Molly’s background, education, and interests are a testament to her commitment to positive change.
Luke Walawander, Project Coordinator, National Urban Indian Family CoalitionLuke is the Project Coordinator for the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC), which serves as a collective voice for organizations serving Indian families and children in urban communities. In addition to his duties with the NUIFC, Luke will serve in the 2011 Montana Legislature as a Legislative Assistant to Sen. Shannon Augare of Browning, Montana. Prior to his current positions, Luke worked two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA at War Shield Development; a Native American non-profit located in Great Falls, Montana. There, he co-coordinated two Montana Urban Indian Policy Roundtables, (which, subsequently led War Shield Development to being invited to participate in a White House Policy Briefing on National Urban Indian Policy) and initiated a joint project with Montana State University – Great Falls to plan and develop a Native Student and Community Event Center. Born and raised in Arlee and Missoula, Montana, Luke graduated from King College in Bristol, Tennessee with an honors degree in International Business, and was a second baseman for his college baseball team. An avid traveler, Luke experienced living and working abroad in England and the Czech Republic; as a mobile
Daniel Viehland, Action Director, Montana Equality NowMy name is Daniel Viehland and I have a passion for social justice. I am the Action Director of Montana Equality Now. My passion for social justice has driven me to work on various causes in various ways, from writing columns for my city’s daily newspaper in high school, to an internship with the Obama campaign, to an internship organizing students for NARAL Pro-Choice Montana. Now I have returned to an issue I have always been passionate about, LGBTQ equality. I will graduate from University of Montana in December 2011 with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. I grew up in Tucson, Arizona. My politically active family, my actively progressive church and my own experiences growing up with Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and ADHD have made me keenly aware of disparities in our society and drive me to step up to narrow the gaps. In addition, I have traveled to 18 countries, ranging from Denmark to Malaysia, which has given me an appreciation for different cultures and a greater understanding of challenges to human rights around the globe.
Erin Klahn, Steering Committee, Volunteer Women's Policy Leadership InstituteErin Klahn moved to Missoula in 2002 to attend the University of Montana where she focused her studies on gender and racial equality. In 2008, she earned her Master’s Degree in Anthropology where her research examined urban Native Americans in relation to the current healthcare system and how they receive care. While researching Native health policy through the documentation of personal experience within a local organization, she clearly recognized the intersection and importance of her three interests—research, advocacy and non-profit work. After graduate school, she served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA where she had an opportunity to broaden her experience with research and advocacy by conducting a community needs assessment. She has been working in non-profits ever since and has worked on issues including teen pregnancy prevention, sex-education, and LGBT non-discrimination. Most recently, she contributed to the successful statewide campaign to cap interest rates on pay day loans. When she is not working, she enjoys international travel—a hobby which has taken her to Austria, Holland, Italy, Germany, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. But when money is tight, she is happy in the great Montana outdoors hiking and camping with her fiancé.
Katie Carlson, Coordinator, Missoula Family Law Self-Help CenterKatie Carlson is the coordinator of the Missoula Community Self-Help Law Center, which is funded by a grant from the Montana Supreme Court. She is a graduate of Hamline University Law School where she also received her J.D. and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Katie grew up in Helena, Montana. After graduating from Carroll College with a bachelors degree in history she moved to Madison, WI and then on to law school in St. Paul, MN. Her goal is to help individuals find ways to resolve conflict in a more peaceful manner. Her studies have also taken her to Hungary for international mediation and Israel for mediation through religious tradition. She returned to Montana in September 2009. In her position as the Coordinator for the Missoula Family Law Self-Help Center she helps pro se individuals in a variety of family law matters. She is also a board member for the Missoula Community Dispute Resolution Center and a volunteer for their family mediation program. Katie has kayaked the coast of Alaska and Norway, rafted the San Juan and Rogue Rivers, and enjoys hiking with her dog Charlie on the trails around Missoula.