MCV Education Fund Staff
Theresa M. Keaveny, Executive Director, is the founding staff person for MCV and MCVEF. She is responsible for program and budget development and fundraising, staff coordination, and strategic planning and evaluation. She has been a community organizer and director of rural environmental organizations in the Dakotas and high plains since 1982. Keaveny also has extensive political experience, having worked on several legislative and statewide political campaigns and ballot measures affecting water protection, mining, out-of-state waste, tax reform and sustainable agriculture. She is an active member of several conservation and environmental groups, is the Secretary of the Good Earth Market in Billings, and serves on the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund program committee. She is based in Billings.
Pete Williams, Political Coordinator, born and Raised in Western North Dakota, Pete has travelled the country (Virginia, Georgia, Oregon, New Mexico, North Dakota) working for pro-environment elected officials and conservation campaigns. Most of his work has been through the National Wildlife Federation's Action Fund, where he built support for natural resource funding, wildlife habitat, and clean energy policies. He's also helped business startups on sustainability strategies. Pete holds a liberal arts degree in Political Science from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and a Master's in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University in Portland, OR. An avid nature enthusiast, he was drawn to Montana by the chance to make an impact protecting our precious Western outdoor heritage.
Ross Prosperi, Field Director, coordinates MCVEF’s Community Organizing and Outreach Program and non-partisan voter activities in Missoula, Flathead and Lake counties and assists with local government accountability work. Ross received his undergraduate degree in international business management with a minor in environmental studies from the University of Montana. He worked for Montana Public Interest Research Group and served two terms as a student body Senator for the Associated Students of the University of Montana.
Mark Berg, Development Director, Mark comes to the Montana Conservation Voters from the business world, where he owned and operated his own travel agency for over 25 years. In 2009, he sold his company and joined the U.S. Peace Corps, serving for 27 months in the West African island nation of Cape Verde as an ecotourism consultant and community developer. Over the years, Mark has worked in fund raising for numerous community organizations ranging from Bozeman’s KGLT Public Radio, where he is a volunteer disc jockey, to the Montana Conservation Voters, where he served on the Gallatin-Park Chapter board.
Martha Frankel, Development Assistant Martha joins MCV from the world of Cultural Resources; for 20 years she served non-profit museums and historic sites in the Northwest, Midwest, and Mountain- Plains. After a stint in Wyoming, she worked as a textile artist utilizing naturally dyed silks. In addition to her job at MCV, Martha works at Yellowstone Public Radio, where she assists the Listener Support and Development activities. She and her husband Tom live in Billings.
Darci Hertz, CPA has served as MCVEF’s accountant for 7 years, and provides full service bookkeeping and accounting, including payroll, financial statements and compliance reporting.
Jeanne Marie Souvigney, Contractor, is MCVEF’s liaison to the national LCV/EF on federal policy work, and chairs a coalition of groups in Montana working on federal clean energy and clean air work. She has 28 years of environmental policy and organizing experience, have worked for several regional groups including the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Northern Plains Resource Council and American Rivers. She was a founder of the MCVEF. Souvigney formerly served on the state Environmental Quality Council and is involved in several local groups including Montana Women For!
MCVEF also engages a wide range of consultants and contractors:
- Amy Frykman, Resource Media, Communications
- Mary Ellen Wolfe, Strategic Planning and Meeting Facilitation
- John Russenollo, Beldon, Russenllo and Stuart: Public Interest Research
- Karen Uffleman, Groundwire, Online Communications