Meet Our Board
Heather Margolis, Chair
Heather Margolis is a nationally recognized public policy advocate for community service, volunteerism, and the national AmeriCorps program. Appointed by the Governor of Montana, Heather currently serves on the Montana Commission on Community Service. She is Vice President of Montana After School Alliance Steering Council and serves on the Coalition Leadership Council of States for Service an initiative of the American Service Commission. She is the Founder of Montana Education Partnership, a non-profit organization focused on support for school and community partnerships encouraging youth engagement in community and education. Heather earned her degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder and served as an AmeriCorps member at Bartram High School in Philadelphia focusing on environmental service learning. Subsequently, Heather pursued a career in education and earned her M.ED. from New York University. A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Heather enjoys outdoor sports, recreation among the wild lands, mountains, and rivers of Montana and around the world. Heather is originally from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Having lived in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., Heather and her husband Tim, who is originally from Bozeman, moved to Montana in 2009. It has been a wonderful decision to raise their boys and two dogs in Big Sky Country.
Eric Lammers, Vice Chair
Eric Lammers is a Montanan whose great grandparents homesteaded in Golden Valley and Wheatland Counties. He is a passionate believer in the importance of outdoor science education, and especially in expanding MOSS's reach to underserved communities and with scholarships to deserving kids. Eric and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Leland and Ruby, who love MOSS programs! Eric and his family's commitment to making being outdoors in Montana a foundational element of their kids’ lives led them to recently relocate to Bozeman.
Eric is a graduate of the London School of Economics, Georgetown University, and the Wharton School. He is a founding partner of Swift Current Energy, a private equity business that specializes in alternative energy projects and sustainable infrastructure. Previously, he worked at ArcLight Capital in Boston, leading investments in energy infrastructure, including the country's largest wind farm construction around Tehachapi California.
Carrie Albro, Treasurer
Carrie has dedicated her career to helping businesses achieve their strategic objectives through the application and adoption of technology services and solutions. As a graduate of the University of San Diego, Carrie began her career in software consulting at Coopers & Lybrand (C&L) in Chicago, Illinois and transferred to Washington D.C. where she specialized in custom and packaged software implementations, and program management, for federal, state, and consumer packaged goods clients including: the U.S. Department of Treasury, Fannie Mae, General National Mortgage Association (GNMA), the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Unilever / Best Foods, Avon Products, and The Smithsonian Institution. After seven years, C&L sent Carrie to Fuqua’s Executive MBA program at Duke University where she worked for clients in the K-12 education sector while pursuing her degree. Post graduation she continued to advance her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, America Online, RightNow Technologies, TexBase, and Fair Issac Advisors (FICO) supporting clients throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
Carrie is a self proclaimed geek who believes analyzing business problems, developing process flows, managing complex programs, and deploying software is an art form (sad but true.) She loves camping, hiking, fishing, and skiing with her husband Chris and their two sons - Nicholas and Zachary. She is a scuba diver, a wannabe US Open tennis champion, and loves to cook.
Tommy Billion, Secretary
Mr. Billion was born in Bozeman, Montana in 1981. He graduated from Bozeman High School in 2000 and went to work as a Dive Master in Hawaii. After college, Mr. Billion worked in Japan for two years teaching English. Upon returning to the US, he spent several years working for the Community Food Co-Op before becoming an insurance producer for Trade Risk Guarentee. Mr. Billion enjoys fishing, skiing, spending time outdoors and traveling.
Jono McKinney, Director
Jono is President and CEO for the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC), one of the country’s premier conservation corps and a leading AmeriCorps national service program based in Bozeman. Jono taught high school and led the outdoor education programs for three years at Fountain Valley School in Colorado, and instructed for ten years with NOLS. He served six years on the Montana Nonprofit Association (MNA) board of directors, with two terms as board chair, where he had a leading role in developing the MNA Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. Jono earned his BA from Yale University and Masters degree in Environmental Studies and Nonprofit Administration from Antioch New England Graduate School. He and his wife, Laurie, and children, Bridger and Erin, spend weekends hiking, climbing, biking, rafting, and camping in wild places across Montana.
Rachel Marker, Director
Rachel is an educator in the Bozeman School District. She’s taught 3rd through 8th grade in Vermont and Bozeman, and she currently serves as a K-8 curriculum specialist in the district. Rachel has long been a proponent of outdoor education and understands firsthand the importance of connecting students with their landscape through place-based education. In high school, Rachel attended a semester program at The Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont, a working farm steeped in experiential, inquiry-based learning. This helped shape Rachel’s passion for the environment and outdoor recreation. Years later, Rachel made her way as a graduate student to the Teton Science School in Jackson Hole, where she fell in love with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Rachel lives in Bozeman with her husband, Brendan, and their two girls, Josie and Anna. They love getting out to ski, hike, camp, bike and explore Montana whenever possible!
Ariana Preiss, Director
Ariana Preiss brings to MOSS a passion and enthusiasm for nature-based education and programs. She believes it is our responsibility, as parents and stewards of the land, to introduce children to nature early on, setting the foundation for their awareness, appreciation and respect for our amazing Earth. A proud mother of two daughters, she’s read countless parenting books but credits Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, as the one that left the most meaningful impression. “We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.” – Richard Louv
Born and raised in Colorado, Ari grew up spending a lot of time outdoors. She and her husband and their daughters moved to Bozeman four years ago in pursuit of better life balance and easier access to the outdoors. As a family, they enjoy camping, hiking, biking, paddle boarding, snowshoeing, snowboarding/skiing, and exploring Montana.
Rebecca Ritter, Director
Becca grew up in rural New Hampshire and moved to Bozeman in 2001 in search of fluffier snow and bigger mountains. She earned a B.S. in Ecology from Montana State University and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education from the University of Idaho. Becca has used her passion for teaching and ecosystems to work on several different types of projects, from researching crop pests at MSU, to studying the success of MT pollinator plantings, to teaching rangeland monitoring workshops all over the West.
Currently, Becca is the CFO of her family business, Spark R&D. Together with her husband Will and a team of amazing people, they design and manufacture backcountry snowboard bindings. She has two elementary school aged children, Sylvia and Luca, who love adventuring in the mountains and wandering around on the prairie constantly striving to add to their growing bone and antler collection. As a family they are into all the typical MT sports – skiing, snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, mountain biking, and hunting.