Staff & Board

Staff Members

Valorie Drake

Valorie Drake

Executive Assistant

A passion for wildlands, wildlife and rivers lead Valorie to apply her business and accounting skills toward their protection. She was the Director of Finance and Administration for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition for 27 years, and has served on a number of conservation, environmental education, and county planning related boards. When not in the office, she's often on the trails and rivers exploring the nooks and crannies of our wild country.
Angus O’Keefe

Angus O’Keefe

Associate Editor for Content

Angus O'Keefe, MoJo's associate editor for content, is a proud native Montanan, irreverent yet optimistic member of the Millennial generation, fanatical sports fan and well-traveled lover of the great outdoors. Raised in Helena, Gus is the son of a veterinarian mom and father who is a former Army paratrooper, natural resource specialist and Montana politician.
Todd Wilkinson

Todd Wilkinson

Writer/Founder

Todd Wilkinson is an American author and journalist proudly trained in the old school tradition of asking hard questions and pressing for honest answers. Since he began as a violent crime reporter with the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago, Wilkinson’s work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications, ranging from National Geographic and Christian Science Monitor to The Washington Post and many others in-between. For more on Todd's background, go to toddwilkinsonwriter.com

Board Members

Mike Clark

Mike Clark

Board Member

In a 50-year career Mike has served as the head of nine different NGOs, including the Highlander Center in Appalachia, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace. For 12 years he served as Executive Director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He graduated from Berea College in Kentucky and earlier in his life was a journalist.
Paula  Beswick

Paula Beswick

Board Member

Paula has worked with a variety of non-profits for over 20 years in communications and fundraising, most recently as a Library Foundation Director. She currently works with rural public libraries, helping to broaden their community impact. Paula received her B.A. in political science and journalism from Florida International University.
Rick  Reese

Rick Reese

Board Member

Rick arrived in Helena in 1970 to teach at Carroll College. In subsequent years, he served as Deputy Director of the State Commission on Local, Government, Executive Secretary to the Montana Board of Public Education, was the founding president of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and with his wife, Mary Lee, was director of the Yellowstone Institute. He retired from the University of Utah and returned to Montana in 2004. Notably, though he won't tell you unless asked, Rick is a noted alpinist who took part in a famous rescue effort on the Grand Teton in 1967, featured in the documentary "The Grand Rescue".
Lisa  Diekmann

Lisa Diekmann

Board Member

Lisa received her B.A. from Yale University and her master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Lisa has over 30 years of professional and fund raising experience. She has worked for the United Nations Environment Programme, Goldman, Sachs, & Co., The Wilderness Society, and was founding Executive Director of the Yellowstone Park Foundation from 1996 – 2006. She is currently Director of Development for the Bridger Ski Foundation.
Will Price

Will Price

Board Member

Will Price is the Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Next Frontier Capital, a Bozeman and Missoula-based venture capital fund. Will, his wife, Caroline, and their two sons, Jack and Luke, are passionate outdoorsmen and conservationists. In addition to his role with Next Frontier and Mountain Journal, Will serves on the board of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, the Montana Chamber of Commerce, MSU Tech Transfer Office, and is a member of the Bozeman Sunrise Rotary. Will received an MBA from Northwestern University and an BA from Harvard University.