Bruce Farling has been Montana TU’s Executive Director since 1994. He previously worked for the Clark Fork Coalition and the U.S. Forest Service. He has a B.S. in environmental sciences from the University of Oregon and completed the master’s program at the University of Montana School of Journalism. A native-born Pennsylvanian, Bruce lived in several states as a kid and has been in Montana at least part-time since his teens. When not evangelizing for wild trout, he can be found backpacking, fishing, hunting, skiing and generally having an all-round good time in the company of his long-time and very patient sweetheart Bonnie Gestring. In 2009 Trout magazine named him one of the 10 most effective TU leaders in the organization’s first 50 years.
David Brooks is excited to be the newbie at Montana TU having joined the team as Associate Director of Conservation in March, 2016. He looks forward to applying his background as an environmental historian studying Superfund sites and watershed issues to MTU’s current and future mission of conserving and restoring the state’s coldwater fisheries. As part of earning his PhD in history at the University of Montana, David wrote the book on Superfund cleanup of the Milltown Dam site on the Clark Fork. Since moving to Missoula in 2000, he has walked, jogged, peddled, paddled, rowed, hunted, skied and ogled as many wild places and open spaces in the state as possible, most enjoyably when he’s in the company of his wife, daughter, dog, and friends.
Brian Ohs has been working with landowners, agencies and conservation groups in the upper Missouri watershed for Montana TU since June, 2015. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Design as well as a Masters in Architecture from Montana State University. Brian practiced architecture in New York City and Bozeman before joining Trout Unlimited for the 2015 Montana Legislature. When not pursuing conservation projects in Southwest Montana he can be found enjoying the outdoors on the family ranch outside of Pony, Montana.
Kelley joined Montana TU’s professional team in February 2014. She is a talented fundraiser and an expert in organizational development, most recently as the senior director of development and alumni relations in the University of Montana’s College of Arts and Sciences. Kelley has served diligently on TU’s West Slope Chapter and Montana State Council volunteer boards, and spends more time fishing for trout than the rest of Montana TU’s staff, combined.
Jessica joined the MTU team in May 2016 as Business & Communications Manager. She has a diverse background in volunteer outreach, public service communications, civil litigation and information technology. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science at the University of Montana. Jessica was born in Choteau, Montana and has spent her time roaming the Hi-Line, high desert and the mountains of Montana before permanently settling in Missoula in 2006. A rock star behind the desk and a rock star behind the mic, Jessica enjoys being lead crooner for a local rock band, as well as, gardening, cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and embarrassing her three children.