Our Montana Staff
Dana Lariviere – Executive Director
Eileen Morris – Associate Director
After a 24-yr career with Treasure Trails Girl Scout Council, retiring as Executive Director, Eileen became a volunteer associate director at OM in 2001. In 2014 she was hired as part-time bookkeeper. Eileen was born in Billings and raised in a “mom & pop” grocery store where business was a 7-day week. Her passion for the outdoors and history developed during 10 summers spent on the family ranch near Bozeman and continued when she married a man from a ranch on Otter Creek in southeastern Montana. Eileen’s experience includes 35 yrs. working in the family building construction business; 10 yrs. as engineer’s assistant, and community service on several museum and environmental boards. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren keep her in tune with today’s outdoor treasures.
Mike Penfold – Volunteer Conservation Program Director
Mike Penfold passion for conservation issues has spanned his entire career. His past positions include:
• National Forest Supervisor in Virginia, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Washington D.C.
• BLM Montana, North and South Dakota State Director
• BLM Alaska State Director
• National BLM Assistant Director Land and Renewable Resources in Washington D.C.
He has been recognized for his outstanding career accomplishments numerous times. They include:
• Meritorious Award for sustained superiority accomplishment in quality and efficiency in public service.
• Secretary of the Interior Distinguished Service commendation for ability to work with diverse groups in Montana.
• Secretary of the Interior Meritorious Service commendation for leadership as State Director of Alaska.
• Secretary of the Interior Award for sustained meritorious service in public land administration.
• President Reagan commendation for contribution to greater government efficiency.
• Director’s commendation for the Resource Apprenticeship Program for minority and disadvantaged young people.
• Montana Wildlife Federation – Conservation Leaders Ship Award
In addition to working for Our Montana as the Conservation Program Director, he is the Chairman of Frontier Heritage Alliance, a member of the Governor’s Private Land Public Wildlife Committee and past member of the Governor’s Scenic Byway Commission, Private Land Public Wildlife Committee and other state wide committees.
Mike likes to hunt, fly fish, bike, camp, ski, back pack and do historical research. He lives in Billings with his wife, Donna of 56 years and has four daughters and ten grandchildren.
John Pulasky – Volunteer Youth Education Director
John is a Montana native – born in Great Falls, high school in Billings,, college in Bozeman. He grew up in an AG environment and brings with him an inbred sense of environmental stewardship.
His talents led him to the world of broadcasting where he has carved a niche with the Ag community across the state. His knowledge of not only weather, but agriculture has made him a featured speaker at numerous ag and environmental events.
He joined OM in 2006 as a K-12 Education Director. Since then he has developed several youth programs that have found favor in the community. Among them: Back to the Future with Lewis & Clark, an on-going event that introduces middle school students to how the Lewis and Clark expedition accomplished their many tasks and also how these would be accomplished today; Passport to Nature revolves around elementary students from the Lockwood school system as an outdoor adventure that exposes students to a variety of nature interactions; and Project Wet who collaborated with John in developing a grade school book about the Yellowstone River.
John also serves as a Supervisor for the Yellowstone County Conservation District and was a member of the Yellowstone River Basin Advisory Council that helped draft a State Water Plan for the state of Montana.