Effy McEldowney

Effy joined the Northern Plains staff in the summer of 2022. She is originally from Alabama and fell in love with Montana while regularly exploring the state with her family. […]

Michael Skinner

Michael grew up in Kyiv, Ukraine. He went to school in Illinois at Olivet Nazarene University and graduated in 2016 with a BA in philosophy and religion. He worked in […]

Melodie Snyder

Melodie is from a rural town in Washington state, and she started working at Northern Plains in 2021. She started her education at Centralia College, where she graduated as an […]

Karen Olson

Karen joined the Northern Plains staff in 2010. She grew up in Billings and earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Montana State University – Billings. Before coming to […]

Dustin Ogdin

Originally from Nashville, TN, Dustin earned degrees in the visual arts from Middle Tennessee State University (BFA) in 1999, and Ohio University (MFA) in 2004. Before coming to Northern Plains, […]

Svein Newman

Svein joined the staff in 2009 as a community organizer in the Billings office. During his time with Northern Plains, he has staffed a handful of affiliates and Task Forces, […]

Bronya Lechtman

Bronya joined the organizing team in early 2021. Bronya earned a degree in Environmental Policy from Colby College in Maine. While there, she was involved in organizations throughout Maine focused […]

Caleb Lande

Caleb Lande

Born and raised in Western Montana, Caleb holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Montana. Since 2008, he has worn many hats at Northern Plains: Research […]

Anna Kerr-Schneider

Originally from Sacramento, California, Anna joined the staff in 2020 with a background in photography and graphic design. She received her degree in Anthropology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2017 […]

Maggie Gordon

Maggie has been with Northern Plains since 2013, starting as a Community Organizer and later serving as the Director of Organizing and Campaigns and Director of Mission Engagement. Born and […]

Caitlin Cromwell

Caitlin joined the Northern Plains staff in 2016. She grew up in Maryland, where she grew to love all things rural while watching her dad raise chickens and keep bees. […]

Jim Cooper

Jim joined the Northern Plains staff in 2018 to oversee the care and maintenance of the Home on the Range office. Before coming to Northern Plains, Jim built a robust […]