Soil Cycle Board Members
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.
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.
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.