Staff

Haley Hanson
Executive Director

Since 2001, Haley has been deeply involved in the local and global non-profit sphere and she’s left her mark on the Missoula community in various ways: as a staff member at Ecology Project International and the Children’s Museum as well as serving as a Board of Directors member for the Montana Artists Refuge and Animal Wonders. Beyond her professional endeavors, Haley finds joy in spending time with her husband and fellow Missoulians playing in a number of adult sporting leagues. The pair and their two sons can also be found fishing and floating from a pink cataraft on Montana’s Rivers. An avid painter and ceramicist, Haley remains dedicated to inspiring others to embrace fun ways to save the world – whether it be through art, education, or recreation.

Christian Russell
Tool Library Manager

Christian grew up in Vermont, near the shores of Lake Champlain. He spent much of his time swimming, boating, and hiking around New England. After moving to Missoula in 1989, he graduated from the University of Montana with a liberal arts degree. In his free time, Christian enjoys hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains with his wonderful wife (she might read this). Together they frequently travel to the Bay Area to see their adult children perform in various theater productions. Christian is marginally efficient at beekeeping and his dishwashing skills are sublime.

Kathleen O’Brien
Tool Librarian & Workshop Coordinator

Kathleen grew up in Rochester, New York, but moved to many states during her childhood. She eventually settled in Montana to finish her degree in theatre at the University of Montana. After college, Kathleen worked at Ace Hardware, following her lifelong passions of carpentry, set design, and working with tools – a passion gained thanks to her Dad. She loves to help others with DIY and home improvement projects and hopes to share this with the Missoula community. In her spare time, Kathleen likes to play piano, hike with her dog Finley, and swim in the ice cold Clark Fork.

Sydney Lang
Outreach Coordinator

Sydney hails from Olympia, Washington and has been living in the grand ol Missoula, Montana for the past 7 years. She originally came to Missoula for the University of Montana and all of the big rocks to climb. In her time at the university, she studied Communications and Climate Change in addition to instructing courses for the outdoor program. She is passionate about creating loving and sustainable communities. She has spent time building and participating in many Missoula communities, some of which include Sussex School, Parks & Recreation, The Ecology Project, Imagine Nation Brewing and The P.E.A.S Farm. Sydney spends much of her time outside skiing, climbing, biking and backpacking. She also loves to write, read poetry, eat ice cream and brew kombucha.

Noah Fried
Tool Librarian & Site Steward

Noah Fried grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. This town, called Solon, shockingly had many little woods to romp around and get lost in. It was there he discovered his passion for playing outside in as many ways as possible. He followed his love of the outdoors to Burlington, Vermont to go to school studying Geography and Geographic information systems (Map Making). While there he found another love which was mapping outdoor green spaces, in hopes of creating greater accessibility to outdoor spaces. Following Vermont, he moved to Bozeman, Montana to work for Montana Conservation Corp. Here he worked in remote wilderness spaces in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Finally, Noah came to Missoula to work for the Montana Conservation Corp again, working in remote settings in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. He spent the last couple summers working explicitly in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness as both an MCC Crew Lead and a Crew Lead for a wilderness trail crew for the U.S. Forest Service. The thing he loved most about this kind of work was opening accessible trails to small communities in very remote places. He’s taking that same passion for increasing accessibility to trails for a community with him to MUD. He finds it inspiring to work for a community centered non-profit to increase access to tools and a workspace that wouldn’t exist without a resource such as MUD. In his free time he enjoys riding his bike on the trails surrounding Missoula and backcountry skiing in the Bitterroot or really anywhere semi-local that has good snow.


Board of Directors

Kat Franchino – Board President
Melissa Milodragovich – Treasurer
Hannah Wanke – Secretary
Leah Shea
Brandon Wasser
Matt Trentman
Annabel Hellekson
Leah Whitney