Executive Committee

Brian Neilsen


Missouri River Flyfishers
Great Falls

Lyle Courtnage

Vice Chairman

Magic City Fly Fishers

Mark Peterson


Madison Gallatin Chapter

Will Trimbath


Pat Barnes Chapter

Sharon Sweeney Fee

Past Chairwoman

Joe Brooks Chapter

Harry Murphy

TU National Leadership Council

Madison Gallatin Chapter

Stewardship Directors

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

State Council Staff

David Brooks

Executive Director


David Brooks most recently served Montana TU as Conservation Director and became Executive Director in May 2017. He is a trained environmental historian who studied Superfund sites and watershed issues. 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, pedaled, 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.

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.

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 Richards.

Bill Pfeiffer

Outreach Coordinator


Bill Pfeiffer joined Montana TU in January 2020 as our new Outreach Coordinator and communications specialist. Bill grew up chasing wild brook and brown trout in central Pennsylvania before packing up his car and blindly moving to Missoula in 2001 to fully embrace his passion for fly fishing. A graduate of Bucknell University with a degree in English literature and philosophy, Bill returned to school in 2003 at the University of Montana, earning a B.S. in Aquatic Wildlife Biology with Honors in 2006 and his J.D. from the Blewett School of Law in 2011, with a focus on Natural Resources and Environmental Law. In addition to his work in conservation and communications as both a volunteer and professional, Bill has been a licensed professional fly-fishing guide and instructor since 2006 and continues to lead trips and teach new anglers when he can find the time. When he’s not working at his desk, in the field, or on the river, you can usually find him enjoying his current obsession: swinging flies on a two-handed fly rod for trout and steelhead.And occasionally doing some bass fishing!

Kelley Willett

Development Director


Kelley joined Montana TU’s team in February 2014. She has raised money for nonprofits she cares about for more than 25 years, including two years of service in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria. Kelley has a BA from Wellesley College. Her absolute favorite pastime is sharing the outdoors with her nieces. When their dance card is full, you can find Kelley knee deep in a stream, running the trails, playing her banjo or reading a book. Kelley also serves as the President of the Board of the Montana Natural History Center in Missoula.

Maggie Althaus

Administrative Assistant/Office Manager


Maggie is the newest addition to the MTU family, joining our staff in November 2020 to take on the daunting task of organizing a shared office space with 13 MTU and TU National employees. Maggie was born and raised in Philipsburg, MT and is recent graduate of Carroll College in Helena, MT, where she earned a B.A. in Biology and certificate in GIS. She shares a love of running rivers in her kayak with her dog Bridger. She grew up skiing is now an alpine patroller with National Ski Patrol. Maggie is a lifelong equestrian and completed 10 years of 4-H. We’re excited and thrilled to have Maggie onboard and keeping the inner workings of MTU and all our programs running smoothly. Welcome, Maggie! 

TU National Staff in Missoula

(Click names for profiles and contact information on tu.org)
Special Projects Manager
Western Water & Habitat Program Director
Energy Team Lead
Upper Clark Fork Program Manager
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
Clark Fork Restoration Manager
Little Blackfoot Project Manager
WWHP Grants Accoountant
Rock Creek Project Coordinator