Staff & Board of Directors


Bill Bryan

WILLIAM L. BRYAN, Ph D., President, 

William L. Bryan founded One Montana (formerly known as the Cook Center/ Rural Landscape Institute) in 2003, leading the organization as its Executive Director. Bill has over 40 years of experience in startup and organizational development of for-profit and nonprofit businesses, including 25 years' experience in agritourism planning, education and promotion. Furthermore, he is the only person in Montana serving on both Presidential Advisory Councils of the two flagship universities. He was the co-founder of Off the Beaten Path, a premier travel planning service for destinations in the Western Hemisphere, and was part of Off the Beaten Path's executive team for 27 years. Bill has been on the board of many different national, regional and local organizations including the Center for Responsible Travel, Resource Renewal Institute, Clean Air - Clean Planet, Museum of the Rockies (board chair), Yellowstone Business Partnership and the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute.  Bill holds a Ph.D. in resource planning and conservation from the University of Michigan. As Executive Director, Dr. Bryan takes a lead role in fundraising and public relations.

Molly Thompson

MOLLY THOMPSON, Finance & Operations Manager,

Molly Thompson joined One Montana (formerly the Rural Landscape Instituteas Program Manager in 2004. Prior to that, she was a senior travel planner for Off the Beaten Path and the treasurer of Gallatin Valley Farm to School. Molly holds a B.A. from Cornell University. As Finance and Operations Manager, Molly manages the organization's financial, operational, and human resource functions, and she assists with fundraising and program efforts.


Zach Brown

ZACH BROWN, Program Manager, 

Zach Brown is the Program Manager for One Montana's Resilient Montana program. He currently serves in the Montana Legislature, where his committee work has focused on taxation, wildlife management, and water policy. His background includes leading a research project at Georgetown University, and he focused his University of Montana studies on fisheries management, water policy and climate change, obtaining a BA in environmental studies.


Jim Masker

JIM MASKER, Program Manager,

Jim Masker is the Program Manager for the Rural-Urban Student and Entrepreneur Exchange. Jim joined One Montana having developed educational programs for schools and nonprofit organizations in the United States and internationally. Along the way he worked with Butte-based National Center for Appropriate Technology and the Big Hole River Foundation, for which he served as a member of the Big Hole River Watershed Committee. Jim holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts.


Mitch LassaMITCH LASSA, Big Sky Watershed Corps Specialist,

Mitch is serving with One Montana and MSU Extension for his term as a 2018 Big Sky Watershed Corps member. Originally from Wisconsin, Mitch graduated with a B.S. in Geology in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Since then, he has interned as a hydrologist with the USGS in New York, traveled to New Zealand to volunteer on organic farms, and has served on a field crew with the Montana Conservation Corps. In his off-time, Mitch enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, and cooking.




Montana State Senator (Former); Rancher; Buffalo, MT

Director (Former), MSU Extension Service; Bozeman, MT

Rancher; Owner, Blake Nursery; Big Timber, MT

President, One Montana; Co-Founder, Off the Beaten Path; Bozeman, MT

Executive Director (Former), Pondera Regional Port Authority; Valier, MT

Professor Emeritus, MSU Ag Economics; Bozeman, MT

Rancher, Wickens Ranch Company; Hilger, MT

Rancher (Retired); Regional EPA Administrator (Former); Montana State Senator (Former); MSU Director of Tribal Partnerships (Former); Wyola, MT