Our Staff

Clayton Elliott

Clayton Elliott  |  Executive Director

Clayton has a strong background in grassroots organizing and political advocacy, including managing a number of local and statewide campaigns in recent years. He worked on conservation, family farm and ranch agriculture and environmental policy in the Montana State Legislature for three sessions. Most recently he worked as State Policy Director for Montana Wilderness Association and he also worked with the Northern Plains Resource Council and Montana League of Rural Voters.

Neal Ullman

Neal Ullman  |  Program Director

Program Director Neal Ullman joins the Montana Conservation Voters/MCV Education Fund staff with legislative, Congressional, and environmental policy experience. Neal most recently worked on environmental, natural resource, and Native American policy in Washington, DC for former U.S. Reps. John Dingell (MI), and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD). He worked as a program analyst on the Clean Cities program at the U.S. Department of Energy, reaching out to 87 communities across the United States, and assisted clients on state legislative issues related to climate change, clean air, clean water, land use and recycling issues. In Montana, Neal worked during the 2003 and 2005 legislative sessions as an aide in the Montana House of Representatives and later for the Montana Department of Commerce on infrastructure and housing projects. Neal lives in Helena with his wife, Heather O'Loughlin, and daughter, Madeline.

Kate Stallbaumer

Kate Stallbaumer  |  Development Director

Kate has focused her career on advancing political, legislative and environmental initiatives through her work in the Montana State Legislature, United States Senate, and multiple political campaigns. She lives in Helena with her dog, Boscoe.

Ross Prosperi

Ross Prosperi  |  Field Director

Ross works out of the Missoula office with MCV's Missoula and Flathead chapters. He also coordinates the Missoula Conservation Roundtable and MCV's grassroots activist calling program. He started as the Western Montana Canvass Director for the 2006 midterm elections when MCV helped elect Jon Tester to the U.S. Senate. He received his undergraduate degree in international business management with a minor in environmental studies and is certified in non-profit administration from the University of Montana. Ross has been a leader in political and non-profit work with Montana Public Interest Research Group and the Associated Students of the University of Montana.

Shelbi Dantic

Shelbi Dantic  |  Coordinator

Shelbi works between MCV’s Missoula and Billings offices and coordinates work in eastern Montana and MCV’s Yellowstone, Gallatin and Park County chapters. A Missoula native, Shelbi comes to MCV with a great deal of environmental organizing and policy experience. She worked as an intern for the national League of Conservation Voters, served as MCV’s Legislative Assistant in 2013, and Development Assistant from May – September, 2013. She just graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Montana. Shelbi has served in leadership on the Boards of Montana Public Interest Research Group, the New Leaders Council of Missoula, and MCV’s Missoula Chapter.

Jacob Foster

Jacob Foster  |  Engagement Fellow

Jacob works out of MCV's Bozeman Engagement office as the Engagement Fellow where he collaborates and coordinates with other organizations and directs canvasser organizers to engage Montanans on conservation issues. He also organizes the Gallatin and Park County MCV Chapter boards. He started working with MCV in 2014 as a canvasser organizer during the annual Summer Canvass. For four years he worked uniting Montanans under conservation issues, raising money for conservation causes and candidates, and building a strong conservation voting base for Montana while gaining experience as a Canvass Director. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and in Psychology from the University of Montana. While a student, he was the president of several student groups and a Senator on the Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM).

Mary Bretz

Mary Bretz  |  IT Database Administrator

Mary works out of MCV's Billings office and administers the database and membership. Mary also handles the MCV/EF websites. She brings years of experience in database management, having worked for Montana's university system as a programmer and for the U.S. Census Campaign as a Quality Control Field Supervisor for the Denver Regional office. She and her husband, Cal, owned Eileen's Colossal Cookies for six years. They have three boys, Nial and the twins, Sam and Joe.

Darci Hertz

Darci Hertz  |  Accountant

Darci has served as MCVEF’s accountant for 13 years, and provides full service bookkeeping and accounting, including payroll, financial statements and compliance reporting. She and her husband Chris and daughter Kendra and son Keatin live in Billings.