Board and Staff Members


Board of Directors

Tyler Evilsizer, Chairman: Tyler Evilsizer is a Carroll College graduate in International Relations and Political Science, a longtime SAVE volunteer, and has served as Chairman of the Board since January 2007, doing everything from diving into plastic bins to writing policy for SAVE. He is currently studying Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and works as a researcher for
Kent Schlosser, Board Member: Kent is currently an accountant with the Montana State Fund. He holds a bachelors degree in accounting and an MBA from the University of North Dakota. He resides in Helena.
Aaron Perry, Board Member: With an extensive background in civil engineering and land surveying, experience in planning at the state and local level, a B.A. in finance from Carroll College, Aaron brings a strong, business edge to SAVE planning and policy. He has worked as an energy trader in La Jolla, CA and is currently working with a developer and financiers to launch a new vehicle to help fund small dynamic companies.
Alaina Garcia, Board Member: Alaina will be graduating in May with a degree from Carroll College in Mathematics and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University. She was a founding board member of SAVE and continues to proudly represent the message of SAVE in Bozeman, Montana. She currently works for the Space and Science Engineering Laboratory and has been assembling solar panels for nano and pico satellites to go to space.
Caleb Cantwell-Frank, Board Member: Caleb is a Seasonal Wilderness Ranger in the Flathead National Forest and veteran supervising recycler with SAVE He has a B.A. in Sociology from Carroll College. Caleb created more than 100 custom mugs for the Wild Wild West Marathon in his hometown of Lone Pine, CA using 100% recycled clay.
Chris Lambert, Board Member: Chris has a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations. He became a board member in January of 2006. He is a long-time volunteer with SAVE and brings extensive insight of policy and strategy. Chris currently works on the staff of Senator Max Baucus in Washington, D.C.
Leslie McClain, Board Member: Leslie is a Carroll College graduate in Environmental Studies, with an Honors Thesis on urban planning. She worked as the legislative intern for the Montana Environmental Information Center during the 2005 Legislative Session. She is currently SAVE's lead grant editor.
Thad Adkins, Board Member: Thad Adkins is a native of Gardiner, MT. He received a law degree from Vermont Law School in 2009, and a biology degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga after attending Carroll College from 1997-2001. He has worked in a number of fields, including construction, manufacturing, healthcare, outfitting, and environmental policy. He co-founded Cumberland Wild, an environmental advocacy event for the Cumberland Plateau, and served as co-chair for the National Association of Environmental Law Societies 2008 conference. He is thrilled to be back in Helena, where he lives with his wife Kristi, and son Owen.


Kim Degner , Board Member: Kim served as the policy coordinator with SAVE through AmeriCorps*VISTA from July 2008-2009. She moved out to Montana after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Urban Studies. Kim currently resides in Helena, but will move to Missoula in August to begin work on a graduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.



Matthew Elsaesser, Executive Director: Matthew Elsaesser was born and raised in North Idaho. He moved to Helena to attend Carroll College and has been involved with SAVE since graduating in 2003. Matt has also served as SAVE's lobbyist at the Montana Legislature and is a City Commissioner in Helena.
Kyle Perkins, Campus Recycling Coordinator: Kyle Perkins attends Carroll College and coordinates on-campus recycling with support from the Carroll College SAVE Club volunteers and the Carroll College Green Team. He is an avid skier, climber, and adventurer and recently led a successful student effort to establish a bouldering cave on campus.


AmeriCorps Volunteers

Marie Phillips, Environmental Policy VISTA: Marie is an AmeriCorps*VISTA serving with SAVE. She has just graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics. Marie will be focusing on Environmental Policy in Montana, and is thrilled to be working here in Helena.
Sarah Brown, Campus Corps Member: Sarah is an AmeriCorps Campus Corps member serving with SAVE. She is attending Carroll College and is working on her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations. Sarah will be focusing on Carroll College’s recycling program and green plan with the Carroll College SAVE club members and Carroll College Green Team.


Past AmeriCorps Volunteers

Jen Cullin, Recycling Outreach: Jen is an AmeriCorps VISTA from Pennsylvania who is serving with SAVE until July 2010. She recently graduated from Susquehanna University with a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences. As a VISTA, her focus is developing sustainable school recycling programs in the Helena area.
Shelly John, Environmental Policy: Shelly is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with SAVE. She recently graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from The State University of New York at Albany. Shelly's project focuses on environmental policy in Montana.