Becky is mama to Addy, Myla, and Kaia, and calls southwest Montana home. Her motto is “never, ever, ever give up”, which has served her well climbing mountains around the globe, starting conservation non-profits, and negotiating bedtimes. What inspires and drives Becky most in her work with the Mountain Mamas is witnessing and sharing the “mama-bear instincts” women of all stripes have for their children, and channeling that fierceness into advocacy for the next generation.
Becky has worked in communications for nearly two decades, and for the past ten years has worked to advance federal legislation which ensures our kids and grandkids have fresh air, clean water, and plenty of access to public lands.
Colorado State Director
Jen’s love of nature began when she was a kid growing up in Colorado and inspired her decades of work on conservation issues. Once her daughter was born it became even more important to Jen to protect our air, water, wildlife, and land. She has worked extensively for conservation organizations including Wilburforce Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, The Wildlands Project and Progressive Animal Welfare Society. Her experience also consists of positions with elected officials including as the District Press Secretary and Senior Policy Advisory for Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, Operations Director for Mark Udall’s 2008 U.S. Senate Campaign, and as a senior aide to Denver City Councilman Doug Linkhart. She has served on the Board of Directors for Center for Native Ecosystems and Sinapu, and was appointed by Governor Ritter to serve on the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee.
More than two decades ago the mountains of Montana called Sara home from the Midwest. A love of people, words, and nature have guided her work, while the call of family, rivers, and mountains have guided her soul. A recent trip to Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Land & Water Conservation Fund sealed her passion for raising her voice for the issues that matter most to her and her family – clean water to fish and raft, public lands for exploring and hunting, and a climate crisis that requires our best fight. Sharing the diversity of stories of Mountain Mamas is inspirational and aspirational. And leaves her thinking she needs to become an ultra runner and run for president…or just stay home and take a bath and read a book.
Amy is grounded in leadership, collaboration, and creative storytelling and combines them all through her creative agency, Studio Verde Creative, as well as her multiple positions on Montana state-wide initiatives that further women’s self-reliance, health, and community leadership. It’s Amy’s collaborative experience and leadership that have the distinctive mark of a Mountain Mama. “Right now (during COVID-19) we’re seeing the power of standing in solidarity for our public lands and public health. We’re feeling our way forward, and I’m thankful we’re working through this together.”
Nici Holt Cline
Nici is a fourth-generation Montana Mountain Mama raising a fifth. As the founder and owner of Dig This Chick, her work is to inspire connection, adventure, and experience. She uses her voice to advocate for environmental education and women’s rights. “Everything my family does for fun depends on access to public lands. It’s a big reason we made the choice to raise a family in Montana. Advocacy begins with a person caring. And it’s impossible to be in nature and not care about it.”
Alison grew up near Helena and is deeply grateful that her parents chose to plant her in Montana. “I believe that everyone, new and old, should work together to care for each other and our extra-special places, and that’s why I’m a part of the Mountain Mamas.” Alison has worked in education and for nonprofits supporting reproductive choice, health care, public lands, and other human rights. She loves traveling with her husband Jason, and she especially loves coming home.
Erin found herself and her people on the hiking trails and rivers of Southwest Montana. She has worked as a journalist and now as a brand and content strategist. Erin has enjoyed telling stories through the rapidly changing digital landscape, while still coming home at night to journal in cursive the accounts of her daily adventures. In addition to serving on the Mountain Mamas board, she is a public speaker and advocate for survivors of domestic violence. She serves on the City Council in Three Forks where she lives, explores and gardens with her husband and son.
Shauna parlayed her “nerdy” letters to the nearby coal-fired power plant to “please pollute less,” to her grown-up job as a national communications director. “Being a Mountain Mama means understanding, valuing, and cultivating that connection to the outdoors whether it is through children or friends or neighbors. It might be the best gift we can give. But like mamas from all species, the nurturing of that connection comes with the responsibility of protecting it.”
Paola, a proud native of Laguna Hills, CA now living in Denver, CO, began her educational career with Teach for America, teaching for a variety of bilingual schools. While taking time off to raise her two children, she has served on several boards including the Teach for America Alumni Board, Denver Discovery School, and most recently the Colorado Soccer Federation. Paola and her family are often found exploring the mountains of Colorado and rainforests of Guatemala, and she is committed to advocating for and creating environments that are supportive of Black, Latinx and Indigenouse children and families.
For MacKenzie, growing up in the Black Hills of South Dakota instilled a love of the outdoors and the importance of public lands for all to explore. Since becoming a mama, her desire to have an impact in ensuring son Cashel and his generation have amazing outdoor spaces to explore has only strengthened. She feels strongly that by influencing governments and industry to make sustainable choices, the planet has a fighting chance to bounce back from the climate crisis. As a busy business executive and mama, MacKenzie loves to effectively connect the dots on sustainability back to the bottom line.