Meet our organizational team of artists, writers, guides, advocates, and adventurers.
CHANDRA BROWN / DIRECTOR
Chandra is an Alaska-born writer, Grand Canyon river guide, and educator. She has worked within the realm of river conservation, celebration, and communication since her 2010 Fulbright grant to Ecuador. As an experienced educator, Chandra has spent many years working in the public school system, teaching Spanish and designing effective curriculum. She founded the Freeflow Institute in 2016 and is dedicated to the fusion of creative and natural narrative in the name of thoughtful preservation of wild spaces. Her work has been featured in a number of publications, most of them fairly river-centric. Chandra and her canine companion, Arlo, are currently based in Missoula, Montana.
AMELIA HAGEN-DILLON / 2018-19 INTERN
Amelia is a cartographer and writer whose work helps adventurers dream up excursions in the wildest corners of western Montana. Raised in the Green Mountain State, she came to the northern Rockies for a summer job in college and started a love affair with the landscape here that continues 10 years later. When she’s not living out of a truck or a tent she lives in a little yellow house in Missoula with her husband and dog.
STEPH MALTARICH / 2018-19 INTERN
Steph recently moved to Missoula, Montana from Crested Butte, Colorado to pursue a masters degree in the Environmental Studies program at UM. Steph spent the better part of the last decade leading and coordinating outdoor education experiences for people of all abilities and ages for various organizations. Writing has always been one of her favorite hobbies, and she decided to dive a little deeper into her craft as a participant on one of Freeflow’s first courses last summer on the Salmon River. She is so excited to intern with Freeflow this year: from hanging posters to planning events and courses, she can’t wait to support participants in their exploration as writers and adventurers!
KITTY GALLOWAY / 2018-19 INTERN
Kitty Galloway was raised on an island in the Salish Sea and spent her youth exploring the rivers, forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Her twenties found her casting her nets wide. She walked three long distance thru-hikes, two of them solo, and worked as a backcountry guide, a farmer, a baker and an environmental educator. Her work took her from the southern wilds of Patagonia to the rocky coastline of northern Maine, but no place caught her like Montana. In 2010, she made her way to Missoula by foot via the Pacific Northwest Trail and has called the Rockies home ever since.
Kitty’s writing is inspired by wild places, and she is thrilled to be part of this Freeflow team this spring. She currently works as an editor at Camas Magazine and is pursuing her M.S. in Environmental Writing at the University of Montana.
NICHOLAS TRIOLO / ADVISOR
Nicholas Triolo is a writer and long-distance mountain runner currently living in Missoula, Montana. He holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Studies and is currently blog editor for Orion Magazine, previous Senior Editor for Camas Magazine, and Associate Director for the Todos Santos Writing Workshop in Mexico. His writing and films (The Crossing (2014); Shaped by Fire (2017)) have been featured in Orion Magazine, Terrain.org, Trail Runner Magazine, Whitefish Review, Clackamas Review, Juxtaprose Magazine, and others. Nicholas has attended the Breadloaf Environmental Writing Workshop and is an active member of ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment). More of his work can be found at: nicholastriolo.net.
DAVE GARDNER / ADVISOR
After spending a decade chasing rivers in his kayak, Dave landed in Missoula, Montana, fascinated by the surrounding wilderness and multi-day river trips the west has to offer. While guiding, he witnessed first hand the value of adventures in wild places as a driver for transformative experiences and creative growth. He believes that combining these experiences with art, writing, and storytelling can become a powerful vehicle for conservation in today’s media-driven society. Now as an adventure photographer and filmmaker, Dave aims to create work that inspires people to get outside, to help them develop their own reverence for wild places, free flowing rivers, and public land. These days, he still spends as much time as he can outside, whether on the river, on the trails, in the snow, or in the mountains chasing elk and deer in his favorite landscape.
KATELYN HEPBURN / ADVISOR
Katelyn is a Pacific Northwesterner, former river guide, and attorney currently living and practicing law in Missoula, Montana. She holds a J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law with an emphasis in environmental and natural resource law and a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy and Sustainability from Southern Oregon University . During and after college, she spent her summers working and playing on rivers and in wild places throughout the northwest. Although she spends much of her time at a desk these days, she remains passionate about and dedicated to facilitating the kind of outdoor-centered, community-oriented educational opportunities that have profoundly enhanced her life and career. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time on rivers, trails, bikes, and boats with her husband, Jim, and their border collie, Sawyer.
MATTHEW FRANK / ADVISOR
Matthew Frank, Everett’s dad, is a Missoula-based journalist and educator. He’s currently a Fellow in Regional Journalism at the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana, where he edits Mountain West News. He regularly teaches the Wild Rockies Field Institute course “Cycle the Rockies: Energy and Climate Change in Montana.” He’s also taught in the UM School of Journalism’s graduate program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism. While working for the Missoula Independent, Matthew won, in 2012, a first-place prize for beat reporting in a small market from the Society of Environmental Journalists, among other regional and national awards. He holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from UM and a bachelor’s from Allegheny College.