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Carol Smith

Board Chair

Originally from Hinsdale, Illinois, Carol now resides in Bridger Canyon in Bozeman. She inherited a lifelong appreciation for the great outdoors and the benefits of vigorous daily exercise from her father, who loved to fly fish in Montana. Carol and her husband Mike have three children and one granddaughter.

Carol supports the mission of Montana State University, and has served on several Boards, chief among them the MSU Alumni Foundation Board, from which she received the first Honorary Alumni By Choice award. She also helped establish the endowment to fund the President’s Fine Arts Series at the College of Arts and Architecture.

Carol’s passion for supporting military personnel inspired her to create a scholarship at MSU that supports spouses of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans in continuing their education. She has been active in Bozeman’s Warriors and Quiet Waters and is an honorary member of Chapter 28, Devil’s Brigade U.S. Army Special Forces Association.

Carol is a graduate of Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University where she currently serves on the Newcomb College Institute Director’s Advisory Council. She is a past president of the Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook.

 
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Lowell Bailey

Board Member

Lowell is a member of the U.S. Biathlon Team and has been competing on the World Cup Circuit for over a decade and internationally since 1999. In February 2017, Lowell won a gold medal at Biathlon World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, making him the first American to win a World title in the sport of biathlon. He has competed in the last three Olympic Games and as the defending World Champion, was the first U.S. athlete from any sport named to the 2018 PyeongChang U.S. Olympic Team. His eighth-place finish at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics represents the highest Olympic result ever achieved by an American biathlete. Lowell hopes to improve on this by leading the U.S. Biathlon Team to its first-ever Olympic medal in 2018.

Lowell has B.A.'s in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Vermont. Racing for the UVM Catamounts, he placed 2nd at Division 1 NCAA Ski Championships in 2005 and 2006 and was a three-time NCAA Academic All-American. In 2015, Lowell was inducted into the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame. Lowell serves as athlete representative for the International Biathlon Union and serves on the boards of the U.S. Biathlon Association and Bridger Biathlon Club. Lowell lives in Lake Placid, NY with his wife, Erika, and their daughter Ophelia. When he's not on the road for biathlon, he enjoys backcountry skiing, fly fishing, and playing mandolin in a couple of local bluegrass bands.

 
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Eric Love

Founder/Board Member

Eric is Senior Director of Conservation Transactions for NatureVest – The Nature Conservancy’s impact investment business unit – and is lead strategist for TNC’s largest and most ambitious conservation projects. During his 20 years in the field, Eric has sourced and closed more than 200 conservation deals valued at nearly $1 billion – from assembling thousands of mining claims in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado to acquiring over 500,000 “checkerboard” acres in the Pacific Northwest and Montana. Previously Eric directed The Trust for Public Land’s Northern Rockies office.

He holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and finance and, after a career as a self-employed market maker on the trading floors of Chicago's Board of Trade and Board of Exchange, secured a master’s degree in natural resource management. Recently, Eric completed the Impact Investment Programme at Oxford University’s Saїd Business School and, as a volunteer, helped establish the Bridger Biathlon Club and Crosscut Mountain Sports Center non-profits. Eric is also a strategic advisor at Absaroka Energy, a renewable energy storage company based in Bozeman. He is an avid angler, backcountry skier, mountain biker, motorcyclist, student pilot and biathlon enthusiast, and lives in Bozeman with his wife Deb, aspiring biathlete children Sabine (14) and Alex (12), and yellow lab Avalanche.

 
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Jim Sites

Founder/Board Member

Jim grew up in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, a small town with a rich Civil War history, dairy farms and orchards. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Forest Technology and began his career as a consulting forester. Jim moved to Montana in 1990 and signed on with the Yellowstone National Park Helitack Crew as a wild fire suppression, search and rescue specialist, and Emergency Medical Technician. He completed the US Forest Service's Missoula Smokejumper School program and spent nearly a decade working the active fire season based out of Mammoth in Yellowstone National Park. 

Established in 2005, Jim currently owns and operates Sites Electric. Jim co-founded the Bridger Biathlon Club in 2014 and is an active volunteer providing leadership for BBC's staff and programs.

Jim’s free time is always family time, which usually consists of loading gear and the family into the car and heading out on adventures in the mountains. Jim enjoys hunting, backpacking and skiing, and lives in Bozeman with his wife Annie, daughter Abby and son Ben (both enthusiastic young biathletes).

 
 

Stuart Jennings

Board Member

Stuart, a native of Bozeman, has spent his career in land rehabilitation and conservation. He is a partner in KC Harvey Environmental, LLC based in Bozeman, where he specializes in geological controls constraining revegetation of abandoned mines and disturbed sites; his project areas include western Montana and central Colorado Superfund mining mega-sites. Stuart worked as a researcher for Montana State University and has double degrees from MSU as well: a B.S. in Geology and an M.S. in Land Rehabilitation.

Stuart grew up cross country skiing on the Bridger Ski Team and shooting on the rifle marksmanship team. He skied for Montana State University’s Division 1 cross country team and was later named to the U.S. Biathlon Team in 1978 as a junior and was a National Team member until 1985. Stuart has served on the boards of the Bridger Ski Foundation, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and Bridger Biathlon Club. He has been a leader in developing the interconnected Bozeman trail system including the M Trail, Drinking Horse Mtn, Snowfill Park, Triple Tree trails, Sourdough and Hyalite Canyon trails and others. Stuart lives in Bozeman with his wife, Karin, and their two striped cats, and is passionate about amateur athletics, youth achievement, high education, and habitat restoration.

 
 

Kari Swenson

Board Member

Kari grew up hiking, cross-country and downhill skiing, riding horses, fishing and playing in the mountains near Bozeman, Montana. Her family encouraged physical fitness of all forms. She began nordic ski racing with the Northern Division Ski Team in 1976 and was introduced to the sport of biathlon at U.S. Junior Nationals. She became one of just a few women invited to become a member of the U.S. Biathlon Women’s Development Team as a Sophomore in High School. She was fascinated with a sport that combined the endurance and power of cross-country skiing with the finesse and concentration of rifle marksmanship. Kari was never a hunter growing up and learned to shoot a .22 caliber rifle at balloons, glass, paper and metal targets and the occasional unlucky soda can. 

Kari attended the first Women's Biathlon World Championships in Chamonix, France in 1984 where she was a member of the Bronze Medal Relay Team. She competed nationally and internationally until her retirement in 1986 to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1990 and pursued a life that was a balance of work and play. Her interest in the sport never waned and she became a coach for the U.S. Biathlon Men’s and Women’s Teams from 1990-1992. Kari worked with youth ski leagues in Winter Park and Steamboat Springs Colorado from 1990-1995. One of her life passions is to continue to share her enthusiasm for the obscure but exciting sport of biathlon. Kari works as a small animal veterinarian in Bozeman concentrating on internal medicine and promoting wellness.

 
 

Brian Wadsworth

Board Member

A native of Oregon, Brian moved to Big Sky, Montana, in 1982 and is currently a Bozeman resident. He spent 20 years at Lone Mountain Ranch learning guest services from the ground up, ending his tenure as General Manager. Brian owned a portable sanitation business in Anacortes, Washington, servicing a 5 county region, where he served as Chief Operating Officer of Labrie – the third largest garbage truck manufacturing company in North America. Brian has participated in buying and selling businesses, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and is currently the General Manager of Gallatin Club at Gallatin River Ranch.

Brian became a member of the U.S. Biathlon Team in the early 1980’s and competed in the 1982 World Championships in Minsk, Russia. He was the “best line” track setter at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics.

Brian frequents mountain trails and peaks by skis, mountain bike, and foot, and when not in the mountains he can be found flying the skies or fly fishing the rivers of Montana.