Dave Chadwick

Executive Director

Dave has 20 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors, focused largely on conservation issues. His background includes several years on Capitol Hill, both on the staff of a US Senator and as a lobbyist for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Chadwick has extensive training and experience in collaboration and consensus-building.



Nick Gevock

Conservation Director

Nick came to MWF after an 11-year stint with newspapers in Bozeman and Butte covering government, public lands, natural resource development, wildlife, the outdoors and hunting and fishing issues. A lifelong hunter and angler, he enjoys the outdoors with his daughter Leticia and dog Sapphire throughout Montana and the Northwest.


Sonya Smith

Outreach Coordinator

Sonya hopes to channel her combination of enthusiasm and educational background into growing a strong outreach program for MWF. She’s in charge of our print and online outreach activities, including the production of this newsletter, our new website, and our growing social media presence. You’ll also see her traveling around the state to celebrate public lands and wildlife at local events.


Alec Underwood

Federal Conservation Campaigns Director

Alec brings his passion for conservation and admiration of public lands to the job. He has spent several years in the field of fisheries and holds a degree in aquatic wildlife biology from the University of Montana. He has worked in collaboration with federal agencies, private landowners, and conservation organizations on a variety of different issues. While not working or volunteering his time for conservation, Alec can be found on a trout stream or in the mountains of southwest Montana pursuing elk in September.

Zach Angstead

Membership and Engagement Coordinator

Zach comes to the Montana Wildlife Federation to combine his passion for the outdoors and wildlife with his experience in grassroots organizing. As the Membership and Engagement Coordinator, his goal is to expand membership and help increase the impact of the organization on wildlife and public lands issues. Zach graduated from Montana State University with a degree in both Ecology and Political Science. Since graduation, he has worked on big game habitat improvement, bat conservation, and public land issues. When he isn’t working you can find Zach hiking, fishing, camping with his family, and caving to explore Montana underground.

Marcus Strange

Programs and Partnerships Director

Marcus is a native Pennsylvanian and converted Montanan. Prior to joining the Montana Wildlife Federation, Marcus worked for the State of Montana in the Department of Education as part of the Montana GEAR UP program.  Additionally, Marcus has experience in law enforcement and personnel management and training. Marcus attended Brigham Young University in Utah where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. In his free time, Marcus hosts his own podcast and enjoys volunteering in the community, hunting, archery, basketball, CrossFit, photography, and filmmaking.


Melissa Petrich

Eastern Montana Field Coordinator

Originally from Washington State, Melissa joins our team in Billings as the new Eastern Montana Field Coordinator. With a background in on the ground conservation, fieldwork, and environmental studies she hopes to bring new perspectives, enthusiasm, and dedication to the Montana Wildlife Federation. She is the point of contact for sage grouse, the Lewistown RMP, Garden for Wildlife, and any potential campaigns and affiliates throughout Eastern Montana.


Eric Clewis

Western Montana Field Coordinator 

Eric Clewis comes to the Montana Wildlife Federation with a degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana as well as several years of conservation experience around the West. He has worked as a wildlife biologist for state agencies in addition to working on various conservation field crews.  In his spare time, he enjoys taking his wife and son backpacking, canoeing, and hiking in the mountains of western Montana.