MTTWS Board Members Bios

Liz Bradley

Liz Bradley

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 MTTWS President

Kelvin Johnson

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

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Vanna Boccadori

Vanna Boccadori has been the Butte Area wildlife biologist for MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks since 2005. She has a bachelors degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania ($5 to anyone that can name the mascot) and her Masters in Fish & Wildlife Management from Montana State University ($5 to anyone that will convert from a Griz to a Bobcat). She has been a member of both the Montana Chapter and the National Chapter of TWS for over 10 years, helped establish the Chapter’s Small Grants program, and has served on the Education Committee for the past 3 years. She’s a boots-on-the-ground gal and spends a lot of time roaming the hills, both on and off the job. She’s recently taken up curling (for all you Canadians out there), in addition to her other pastimes of hunting, trapping, gardening, and raising chickens.

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Lorelle Berkeley

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.

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Dan Bachen

Dan Bachen is the Senior Zoologist for the Montana Natural Heritage Program, where he manages the zoological program to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of species occurrence data, and assess the status of native species across the state. He holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, and a M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University. Over the course of his career he has worked with a variety of taxa ranging from charismatic megafauna like grizzly bears and elk to equally charismatic microfauna including reptiles, amphibians, terrestrial small mammals and bats. The primary focus of much of his work has been on providing data on distribution and conservation status of native species to help inform management of the species themselves and the ecosystems they inhabit.