Executive Committee

Sharon Sweeney Fee


Joe Brooks Chapter

Brian Neilsen

Vice -Chairman

Missouri River Flyfishers
Great Falls

Lyle Courtnage


Magic City Fly Fishers

Will Trimbath


Pat Barnes Chapter

Chris Schustrom

Past Chairman

Flathead Valley Chapter

Harry Murphy

National Leadership Committee

Madison Gallatin Chapter

Stewardship Directors

Hamilton, MT
Missoula, MT
Missoula, MT
Clinton, MT
Hamilton, MT
Lincoln, MT
Bozeman,MT/Piedmont, CA
Bozeman, MT
Hamilton, MT/Redwood City, CA

State Council Staff

David Brooks

Executive Director


David Brooks most recently served Montana TU as Conservation Director and has since taken the position of
Montana TU Executive Director in May, 2017. 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
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.

Clayton Elliott

Conservation and Government Affairs Director 


Clayton joined the MTU staff in October of 2018. After growing up
rambling the hills and rivers of the eastern edges of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Clayton attended
the University of Wyoming majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies. Following the completion of his
graduate degree in Natural Resource Policy at the University of Michigan, he moved back to his native home
in the American West. During his professional career in Montana, he has worked for a number of conservation
and non-profit organizations in Montana focusing on public lands and clean water advocacy in the state and
federal government. When he isn’t in the halls of the Capitol, you can find him on the oars of his drift
boat casting to wild trout in western Montana or chasing birds with his German Shorthair Pointer, Ann

Kelley Willett

Development Director


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.

Chris Edgington

Chris Edgington

Jefferson Watershed Project Manager


Chris Edgington grew up in the flatlands of Nebraska, where his pursuit for fish started at a young age, eventually chasing Bass and Bluegill with a fly rod. He found his way to Missoula, Montana in 2002 after pursuing a degree in Wildlife
Biology-Fisheries Management at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. While at UNL, Chris began cooking to put himself through school, developing a deep passion for local food and community built around the dinner table. He spent several years as
a chef bouncing around Montana, learning the rivers of Western and Southwest Montana. Chris reignited his passion for conservation at The University of Montana Western, graduating with a degree in Environmental Science-Wetlands Management. Most
recently he worked as a seasonal fisheries tech with Chris Clancy at Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and a hydro-tech with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. He was a board member of the George Grant Chapter Trout Unlimited, as well as being
involved with the Chuck Robbins Chapter in Dillon. He will continue to serve these two chapters in his new role at Jefferson Watershed Project Manager. Chris brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to Montana Trout Unlimited and a passion
for the rivers and trout of Montana.

Jon on the Fly River in Papua New Guinea

Jon Van Dyke

Office & Programs Administrator


Jon Van Dyke joined the MTU office in May taking on an assortment of administrative tasks. Jon grew up in Missoula, learned to fly fish on the Blackfoot and earned his Eagle Scout award with a trail improvement project along the Historic Lolo Trail. His studies at the University of Montana took him on a 15-year adventure to Japan, where he worked as a translator, teacher and music promoter, hosted a weekly bilingual radio program highlighting local musicians and joined a Japanese television documentary team in their search for the rare flame bowerbird in a remote region of Papua New Guinea. After completing the public administration graduate program at UM, he served one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Jon also serves on Missoula’s Riverfront Neighborhood Council leadership team and is the general manager of Missoula Community Radio KFGM-LP. In his spare time, he takes his wife and daughter to recreate in western Montana’s public lands.