Staff


Grant Kier, Executive Director Grant took over the helm of Five Valleys at the close of 2007, after serving for two productive and successful years as Executive Director of the growing Bitter Root Land Trust, located in Hamilton, Montana. During his tenure at the Bitter Root Land Trust, Grant was instrumental in advancing the organization’s conservation work and establishing key partnerships that led to the passage of a $10 million Open Space Bond in Ravalli County. Grant is a graduate of the University of Colorado, and holds an MS degree in geology. He has parlayed that degree and a lifelong devotion to the outdoors and the natural world into a career in research, scientific consulting, outdoor education, and, of course, plenty of hell-bent-for-leather outdoor recreation. Whether you are out on the river or biking, hiking, or skiing on some of our wonderful open lands around Missoula, don’t be surprised if you run into Grant, his wife Bex, their daughter Fiona, and their two Siberian huskies, Kenai and Kanchi.

Bray Beltrán, GIS Specialist – Bray manages Five Valleys' GIS database, including data analysis, and map design and production. Bray holds a M.S. in Environmental Life Sciences from Arizona State University. He joined us on shared appointment with Heart of the Rockies initiative where he is in charge of delivering the latest science in climate adaptation and habitat connectivity to conservation practitioners in the Central Rocky Mountain region. Bray grew up in Colombia but has been living in the US since 2000. He enjoys hiking, playing sports, and when feeling inspired he likes to try his hand at making his abuela’s Colombian dishes.


Holly Biehl, Development and Outreach Coordinator – Holly manages outreach and events for Five Valleys and assists the Development Director with fundraising. She holds an MBA from the University of Montana and BAs in Art History and Dance from the University of Colorado. Holly has a background in Marketing and came to Five Valleys through an internship while in the MBA program. Holly grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived in several different places in the west. In her free time she can be found exploring Montana's open spaces with her husband Jon.


Ryan Chapin, Stewardship Director – Ryan Chapin is the director of Five Valleys’ stewardship program. This involves overseeing the annual monitoring and compliance of conservation easements, managing lands owned by the land trust, and leading the “Hands-On-The-Land” volunteer program. Ryan holds a BA in Business from Montana State University and a MA in Geography from the University of Toledo. Ryan has owned his own small business and worked in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He grew up in Ohio near the farm his extended family still runs today. Ryan and his wife Kate have two children, Quinn and Ella. He enjoys camping, trail running, gardening, and hunting with family and friends.

Beth Cogswell, Director of OperationsBeth Cogswell manages Five Valleys' daily operations, oversees the outreach and education department, and acts as the human resources generalist. Beth holds a BA in English Literature from the College of Idaho and a Journalism degree from the University of Montana. Beth has 16 years experience in non-profit management. She grew up in Great Falls, Montana and Boise, Idaho. Beth and her husband Rick have two boys, Finn and Sam. She enjoys reading, flower gardening, cooking, hiking, and listening to music.

Scott Eggeman, Conservation Project ManagerOriginally from Michigan, Scott moved to Montana in 2004 to pursue an education in wildlife biology from the University of Montana. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in wildlife biology by 2012. During that time, Scott worked for federal and state agencies and NGOs on wildlife research projects, in management, and on private lands restoration and stewardship projects. His focus at Five Valleys involves conservation projects throughout the Five Valleys Service Area. Scott spends his free time playing hockey, fly-fishing, hunting, and enjoying Montana with his wife Lindsey, their son Angus, and their two dogs.


Pelah Hoyt, Lands DirectorPelah directs Five Valleys' lands program and works with landowners and partners to reach shared conservation goals. Among the many landowners she has been honored to work with, she found it particularly rewarding to help Bob Hayes protect his Evaro ranch and its meadows of camas that she loved as a kid while growing up in the nearby Jocko Valley, north of Missoula. Pelah has a Master’s in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation, and served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador. She thinks she may have the best job in the world and is blessed to have twin boys with her husband Mark.

Alice Jones, Lands Attorney – Alice was born in Missoula and grew up in Portland, Oregon. Alice returned to Missoula to get her English degree at the University of Montana. After graduating from UM, Alice received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English for a year in Madrid. Alice earned her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle in 2013. While in law school, Alice focused on environmental and public interest law. Alice came to Five Valleys on a post-graduate fellowship in September 2013 and was delighted to join Five Valleys’ staff in January 2014. As Lands Attorney, Alice primarily works on writing and interpreting conservation easements. When she's not working on land conservation, Alice spends as much time as possible outside enjoying Montana's incredible open spaces.

Glenn Marangelo, Development Director – Glenn Marangelo manages Five Valleys’ fundraising efforts, overseeing our foundation and donor relationships, membership program, planned giving program, and more. Glenn holds a MS in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University New England and a BS in Environmental Business and Economics from Rutgers University. Glenn has nearly 20 years experience in non-profit fundraising and administration. He enjoys backpacking, fly-fishing, hunting, and studying and observing a wide variety of wildlife with his wife Jenny and dog Mono.

Sarah Richey, Conservation Project Manager – Sarah Richey is a conservation project manager at Five Valleys. Sarah is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Studies, both from University of Montana, Missoula. Her work experience includes positions in field biology, environmental education, and natural resource management in western Montana. Sarah serves on the board of directors for the Wild Rockies Field Institute. She and her husband Dave love raising their two boys in the mountains, rivers, and wide open spaces of western Montana.

Jillian Shepard Seaton, Office Manager – Jillian manages the Five Valleys office, assists with outreach, acts as executive assistant, and provides staff with computer support. Jillian has lived in several different places along the east coast: she was raised in Framingham, Massachusetts, holds a BA in Creative Writing and Art History from the University of Miami in Florida, and moved to Missoula from Burke Mountain Academy in East Burke, Vermont, where she was a humanities teacher. When not herding her three funny dogs, Pickle, Scout, and Grendel, she loves to cook, read, and travel near and far with her husband, Jeff.


Jenny Tollefson, Stewardship Manager – Jenny joined the Five Valleys staff in 2011. She monitors conservation easements, works with landowners on restoration and management projects, and coordinates educational programs and partnerships. Jenny grew up in western Washington and fell in love with Montana while spending summers with extended family on Swan Lake. Jenny holds a MS in Botany from the University of Vermont and has over 20 years experience in ecology, conservation, and environmental education. She enjoys gardening, camping, skiing, and reading books with her husband Winsor and two children, Will and Iris.

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