Soil Cycle Board Members

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Madson Matthias 


Board President

Madson’s work is driven by a passionate cultivation of the relationship between people and places — employing radical problem solving, biomimicry, and community engagement wherever possible. She has lived in North America, Europe, and Asia, studying the variations of people’s needs and wants for the environments they inhabit and traverse.

Madson graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her studies she researched the intersection of cognitive empathy and green infrastructure. Her sustainability skillset is diverse, including LEED GA credentials, urban planning, gardening, placemaking, and zero waste projects. 

With her enthusiasm for building the capacity of the public through education, Madson is excited to be working with Soil Cycle to build individual capacity around combating climate change.


Thomas Bassett



When Thomas isn't busy composting food scraps at Soil Cycle, he is the lead designer of the 18.5 yard hot compost bin system and completing other carpentry projects at the Soil Cycle site. He is dedicated to keeping Soil Cycle as sustainable as possible and upcycling Soil Cycle's food waste back into food. He spends his free time baking cakes, cookies, danishes, and other treats.


Calida Davis


Board Member

Calida is originally from the rolling farmlands of Pennsylvania, but since moving to Montana in 2012, has fallen completely in love with the mountains and rivers of the west. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and English, and a master’s in Leadership for Sustainability and spent some time teaching in the United Kingdom and Uganda before touring the world with Missoula Children’s Theatre. Calida finally decided to trade in her suitcase for a garden and has been exploring the outdoors of Montana with her two dogs and partner ever since. After working in outdoor-based preschools as a head of facilities and executive director, Calida is thrilled to be working on a new project launching the first overnight outdoor education program in the state of Montana- Larch Outdoor Education! She is excited to support an organization like Soil Cycle and ardently believes in the collective impact of a passionate community of people working together. When not teaching about beavers or lichen, Calida can be found turning her own compost pile, watching her chickens with her baby son, reading about social justice, or hiking with her dogs.


Ruth Crystal


Board Member

Ruth has always been drawn to work that connects people and the planet in inclusive ways. She's a big believer in conversations as a means to create change, because they have the power to connect people and ideas to larger community needs. This interest is what inspired her to move to Missoula in 2010 to pursue a degree in environmental studies, and ultimately, she found herself drawn to a wide range of local nonprofits post-graduation. Seeing the first hand struggles that nonprofits can face to secure funding and connect with people outside of the nonprofit world is what inspired her to receive her MBA- so she could better understand the relationship (and disconnect) between community needs, and sustainable solutions.


Ruth is currently the development manager at Garden City Harvest, and can be found working in her community garden, running through the Missoula hills, or trying new veggie recipes. She is so excited to be working with Soil Cycle- an organization that is working hard to reduce community waste in a connected, inclusive, and sustainable way. 


Mari Houck



Mari is weirdly from Delaware! She attended the University of Vermont where she received a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Mari currently works for Ecology Project International as the Yellowstone Recruitment Coordinator and spent six years working seasonally in Yellowstone National Park as a Backcountry Park Ranger. She moved to Missoula in 2019 and loves to spend her free time reading on the porch, canoeing the Clark Fork River, backpacking and singing showtunes.


Hannah Brown


Board Member

Growing up in the midst of Indiana farmland that bordered the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan, Hannah has always been enthralled with the human connection to nature. She quickly found a home at Soil Cycle upon moving to Missoula- thrilled by the accessibility and ease of composting, and the dedication and purpose that goes into the work happening there!


Originally inspired by her time spent attending and volunteering at an American Diabetes Camp, HB went on to receive a degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology from Indiana University in 2019. In addition to many years of adventure guiding and gear management, she also spent much of time within the nonprofit community in Bloomington (IU) before heading out to explore farm stands and dirt roads of the US with her partner in a built out Subaru. After months of searching for a new place to call home- they found Missoula, where Hannah feels like every stranger is a old friend, and the opportunities for sustainability are succeeding in ways she's only dreamed! In her free time you can usually find her tinkering around the house, writing letters, or playing outside in the garden. She's grateful to be able to support an organization that focuses on the community and gives individuals an accessible way to be sustainable. 


Christian Russell


Board Member