FREEFLOW INSTITUTE STAFF + ADVISORS
Meet our team of artists, writers, guides, advocates, and adventurers.
CHANDRA BROWN / DIRECTOR + PROGRAM FACILITATOR
Chandra is an Alaska-born writer, Grand Canyon river guide, and educator. She is currently based in Missoula, Montana where she teaches Spanish at a public high school and shares adventures with her canine companion, Arlo. Chandra has worked within the realm of river conservation, celebration, and communication since her 2010 Fulbright grant to Ecuador. 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.
NICHOLAS / PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR + BOARD MEMBER
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
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.