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Stephanie Adams


Stephanie joined SWCDM in 2019 as Director to help coordinate programs and
partnerships that support the mission of the SWCDM. Stephanie received her
bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology and has since spent her time working with watershed organizations and Soil and Water Conservation Districts to coordinate programs focused on watershed restoration and upland management. When not working, she is typically hiking with friends or fishing with her dog.  Stephanie can be reached at


Kate Arpin

Communication and Outreach

Kate Arpin’s specialty is in technology and communications. She manages the SWCDM and MACD websites, produces our newsletters, The Montana Conservationist and the District Dispatch, and steps in with graphics support whenever programs need a professional product. In addition, she helps districts with website, technology, and graphics needs, producing everything from websites to event posters, to citizen photo monitoring solutions. Growing up in Twin Bridges, Montana, Kate’s mom was a supervisor on the Ruby Valley Conservation District. Kate has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Puget Sound, and now she and her husband live in Troy, Montana, where they love exploring the verdant Northwest and working on their fixer-upper.

Melissa Downing

Operations Director /Partnerships Manager

As the Operations Director for SWCDM and MACD, Melissa assists the organizations in financial record keeping, office management, and works to improve office systems and policies to ensure the missions of SWCDM and MACD are fulfilled. Melissa also manages SWCDM’s partnership agreements. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University, with an emphasis in hazardous waste management. She spent several years working as a paralegal at a large law firm in West Virginia, before taking time off to raise her two sons. Melissa  enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors hiking, camping, and rafting. Melissa’s hours at the office will be 8:00-4:00, Monday through Friday. She can be reached at

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