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Montana Audubon Center Staff

Carolyn Sevier

Center Director

Carolyn grew up on the Snake River in southern Idaho, crossed the divide North to the Missouri in Montana in 1998, and now lives along the Yellowstone in Billings, Montana. She has been involved in Environmental Education since 1996, working and volunteering for a number of different conservation and education organizations, including the Montana Wilderness Association, Montana Discovery Foundation, and Rim Country Land Institute. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from Carroll College and has been an instructor for the Montana Master Naturalist Program since 2012. From 2008-2016 she served on the board of the Montana Environmental Education Association, a partner organization to Montana Audubon, including as its president for five years. Before joining the Center staff in 2016, she had the privilege of connecting with the Center as a partner, volunteer, and presenter, and is excited to now work with its community of supporters in the position of Interim Director. She and her husband Morgan have three children, a dog, a fish, and whatever birds will come to their backyard feeders.

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Trinity Pierce

Land Stewardship Coordinator

Trinity started with the Center in April 2014.  She is excited to explore our relationship with the land in partnership with the restoration community of Billings. Trinity studied History at Wheaton College (IL) and received a Master’s in Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan. She has worked on green roofs in Germany, horticulture at the EPCOT Center in Disney World, and the development of a restoration management plan for the Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. From Oak Park, outside Chicago, Trinity is an avid gardener and is eager to learn from the beautiful and diverse ecosystems of Montana.

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Sarah Chatwood

Preschool Coordinator

Sarah is a native Montana girl with a love for adventure. Formerly a classroom teacher, she enjoys the freedom of discovery that environmental education allows. As a parent and outdoor educator of over 16 years, Sarah believes that spending time outdoors is vital to children’s development and well being.  In 2015, Sarah was honored by the Montana Environmental Education Association (MEEA) as Environmental Educator of the year. She is also a certified Montana Master Naturalist and is passionate about learning outside and enjoying all the world  has to offer.

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Heather Bilden

Preschool, LINKS Program

Heather Bilden has been pursuing her passion for exploring the natural world with students since 2006. She participated in a graduate residency in environmental education at Teton Science Schools and completed her Master of Education degree at MSU-Billings. Heather served as Education Director at the Montana Audubon Center for six years before moving north to Lavina to help run the family ranch. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach part time at the MAC. Heather firmly believes that nature provides an endless educational opportunity for the curious minds and active bodies of youth.

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Katie Framstad

School and Public Programs

Katie calls Bloomington, Minnesota her hometown, and has fond memories of spending time around the beautiful lakes and woods of the area. She studied Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences as well as Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and returned a few years later to obtain a Master’s of Natural Resources with an emphasis in Residential Outdoor Environmental Education from the UW-Stevens Point. While working toward her master’s degree, Katie was a Graduate Fellow at Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes, WI, an environmentally-focused semester school for high school juniors. During the years between her schooling in Wisconsin, Katie interned through AmeriCorps and The Student Conservation Association (SCA) as an Environmental Educator in both Casper, Wyoming teaching local junior high students environmental science, and in Lacombe, Louisiana volunteering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Before coming to the Montana Audubon Center in Billings, Katie was an instructor at Keystone Science School in stunning landscape of Dillon, Colorado. Teaching about conservation has become a priority in her life, especially reaching out to youth and hooking them on nature’s wonders while young. Her other passions include playing piano and guitar, skydiving, snowboarding, hiking, traveling, and making the most of every day. She thoroughly enjoys living in Montana and getting to know the locals in Billings by working at the Center and as a substitute teacher in Billings Public Schools.

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Taisha Rocha

School and Public Programs

Taisha has grown up and lived all over the state of Montana. She started at the Montana Audubon Center in the summer of 2016, and loves being a part of the education team. Teaching and being outside are two of her favorite things. She graduated with a BA degree in Elementary Education from Rocky Mountain College here in Billings and is currently returning to school for her degree in Environmental Science. Living in Montana, Taisha is enveloped in nature, and loves everything from hiking, kayaking, fishing, hunting, to ranching. She hopes to continue her work in Environmental Education as long as she can!

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Emily Chilcoat

Nature Nuts, Interpretive Programming

Emily moved to Billings from Dayton, Ohio in the fall of 2014 and quickly found the Center through participation of her two sons in the Nature Nuts program. She has a degree in Natural and Historical Interpretation and Applied Science at Hocking Technical College and has provided conservation education programs to local communities ever since, including with the Five Rivers MetroParks. Billings is the farthest west Emily has been and she’s excited to be a part of the Montana Audubon Center.

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Susan Stone

Custodian

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