Brett Dorak – President Elect
Brett has worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for approximately 5 years. He started as a Wildlife Management Area Technician in Glasgow and moved on to be a Habitat Access Technician and then onto a Wildlife Technician. From there he went to work for Ducks Unlimited Inc. where he covered the northern half of Montana as a Conservation specialist working on a variety of habitat projects on private lands. Since 2016, Brett has been the Malta area wildlife management biologist where he currently works on a variety of wildlife and habitat projects spanning across private and public lands. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois where he conducted research on the winter ecology of Canada geese in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area. When not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sheena, and their two children, Una and Cameron, as well as their lab, Gunner. Depending on the time of year you can find them hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, running, camping, or doing any other activity that brings them into the wonderful outdoors that Montana has to offer.
Liz Bradley – President
Liz Bradley has worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks since 2004. She worked for 10 years as a wolf management specialist out of both Dillon and Missoula before taking her current position as the Missoula area wildlife biologist in 2014. She has a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and an M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana. Her masters and subsequent research was focused on wolf/livestock conflicts and their management. She now enjoys working on a wide breadth of wildlife management and conservation issues but especially appreciates being able to work at a local level and with a variety of people. In her spare time she loves to get outside and spend time with friends and family hunting, fishing, skiing, backpacking, running, camping, bird watching, and floating wild rivers. Her husband Dan and their 2 dogs enjoy exploring all of Montana’s wild places. And she loves a good book too.
Kelvin Johnson – Past President
Kelvin Johnson lives in Glasgow but gets to work across the entire state of Montana as a wildlife habitat biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University. He first started working with FWP as a volunteer in 1996, and began working full-time in 1997 with the Block Management Program, first as a seasonal technician, and then as the Region 6 program coordinator, where he focused on expanding and streamlining the program during his time there. In 2005, he became a wildlife management biologist stationed in Glasgow. Highlights from serving in there included working on the international pronghorn antelope study, coordinating the first sage grouse translocation project from Montana to Alberta, working on significant game damage issues during the winters leading up to 2011, and then actually surviving the winter of 2011 itself! He worked on several conservation easement projects as part of the Milk River Initiative as well. In 2012, he moved into his current position, where he gets to work with FWP staff, other agencies, NGOs, and members of the public across the state on habitat management issues on wildlife management areas, conservation easements, ranches, and other lands. In addition, he organizes semi-annual seminars highlighting current management issues on WMAs, and conducts annual habitat training courses for FWP staff. When not at work, he spends most of his time with his family, and some of his favorite things include hunting, building hot rods, working cattle when he can, boating, and of course, telling stories
Lorelle Berkeley – Treasurer
Lorelle Berkeley is currently a Research Wildlife Biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks working on research with prairie grouse. She’s been in this position for 6 years. Lorelle got involved with TWS to stay active in the wildlife and science communities. She feels a major benefit of being an active TWS member is that the membership is a good mix of students, agency professionals, and academic professionals and facilitates communication among these different groups as well as mentorship in a variety of job types.
Rebecca Mowry – Secretary
Rebecca Mowry is the Bitterroot area wildlife biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. (Ah, you’ve noticed we’re all FWP. We promise we want more diversity in our executive board! Let us know if you’re interested in running for a position!) Rebecca has been with FWP since 2014 and has not been run out of town yet, so that’s good. Prior to arriving in Montana, Rebecca worked as an area biologist in the Chihuahuan Desert for Texas Parks and Wildlife, but she much prefers public land and trees and stuff, although sometimes she misses West Texas because it’s honestly really cool, and you should definitely go there, and visit Big Bend National Park, but not in the summer. She holds a B.S. from the University of Idaho and a M.S. from the University of Missouri, where she studied population genetics of North American river otters. She enjoys running, hiking (except during tick season), playing guitar, reading, and doodling wildlife on everything in her office, usually during conference calls. Some of these doodles become TWS t-shirts!