Board of Directors

Montana Freshwater Partner’s Board of Directors is a diverse team of highly-skilled and experienced professionals in the fields of economics, small business, hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, fish and wildlife biology, wetlands science, accounting and law and policy.

Ted Johnson

Ted is a professional engineer and certified floodplain manager with 30 years of experience in water resources engineering. He has expertise in the design and construction of river channel and floodplain improvements, river channel bed and bank stabilization, flood storage, habitat enhancements and the development of recreational amenities. Ted’s skillset also extends to regulatory coordination, hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, sediment transport and scour and deposition analyses, erosion control BMPs, and habitat analyses. Ted joined the Montana Freshwater Partners Board as a Director in 2015.

Amir Darabi

Amir is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Montana State University.  He moved to Bozeman, MT after he obtained his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University. Studying a range of materials, from coating of pipelines to bio-inspired structures, he plans to use his extensive background in material characterization to improve the performance of engineering structures. As a nature enthusiast, Amir loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and river floating in Montana. Amir hopes to add a new perspective to an already insightful roster of board members that aim to preserve water resources of the state of Montana.

Marcus Pearson

Marcus brings over fifteen years of global land and water conservation experience to the Board, as well as his knowledge of organizational governance and compliance. He has guided private and public-interest clients through complex real estate and water rights transactions, and worked extensively with state and federal environmental and land-use regulations. During his law career, he supported the development of market-driven ecosystem services banking models to promote groundwater mitigation, wetland mitigation, water quality trading, and natural resource damage assessment restoration projects. In his current role with Adventure Scientists, Marcus runs day-to-day operations for an NGO that partners with scientists operating environmental field surveys on a global scale. Marcus joined Montana Freshwater Partners as a Director in 2016.

Sarah Zuzulock

Sarah has over nineteen years of experience providing technical consulting services related to hardrock mining environmental management and community impacts to public interest groups, indigenous communities, county governments, and federal agencies. Her areas of expertise include work related to mine permitting and environmental characterization, environmental monitoring plan design and implementation, wastewater treatment and management, water quality monitoring and reporting, internal audit implementation related to environmental program requirements, mine operation and closure activities, adaptive management planning, reclamation cost estimation, and financial assurance review.

Tom Parker

Tom is President and Principal Ecologist of Geum Environmental Consulting, based in Hamilton, Montana. As a project manager, he focuses on riparian and floodplain restoration as part of long-term river restoration projects in Montana and Idaho. Tom provides technical input for stream and wetland mitigation projects as a member of Montana Freshwater Partners’ Technical Advisory Committee. He joined the Montana Freshwater Partners Board in 2017.

Raymond Ansotegui

Raymond was born and raised in Livingston and grew up around cattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Abused Land Rehabilitation at Montana State University and a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management at Arizona State. Raymond recently retired from his hobby of Rodeo Cowboy Protection. Both his work and his hobbies have fostered his connection with people, animals, and Mother Earth.

Kascie Herron

Kascie Herron has spent the last decade working in the world of river conservation, advocacy, restoration, and communications management around river issues. Originally from the Chesapeake Bay, Kascie moved to Montana a decade ago to complete her MS in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. She managed outreach and communications for the Northern Rockies office of American Rivers for the last seven years before enrolling in the MSU Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program at Montana State University in the fall of 2020. Kascie loves all things rivers, and can be found floating or fishing a Montana river most warm and sunny days throughout the year.