Paul Travis, Executive Director
Paul Travis joined FLT in July, 2014, as Executive Director. Paul has over 16 years of nonprofit conservation and leadership experience and holds a strong commitment to preserving our natural heritage, open space, and “way of life” in the Flathead for generations to come. Paul and his wife, Samantha Travis live in Kalispell with their three children: daughter Neve (12 years old), Landon (10 years old), and Astrid (4 year old). Paul and his family have deep roots in the Flathead Valley and spend as much time as possible outdoors hiking, boating, skiing and enjoying everything this beautiful area has to offer. He continues to enjoy sharing this with his family while building upon the important conservation goals of the Flathead Land Trust.


Ryan Hunter, Land Protection Specialist
Ryan Hunter became a Land Protection Specialist in July, 2009. He earned a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, with an emphasis on environmental and community development planning, from Portland State University in 2004. Prior to moving to Montana, Ryan worked as an Assistant Planner for Jefferson County in Port Townsend, Washington. Ryan has also previously worked for environmental non-profits, including forest conservation and salmon recovery organizations. He enjoys backpacking and kayaking the great wild places of Northwest Montana with his wife Eve and daughter Autumn.


Laura Katzman, Land Protection Specialist
Laura Katzman joined FLT in March, 2010, as a Land Protection Specialist, focusing on the Flathead River to Lake Initiative project area. She earned a Master’s degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1998, and has over twelve years experience in the natural resource field. Most recently Laura worked as a fisheries biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks serving as the Aquatic Program Leader for a large-scale hydropower mitigation program in the lower Clark Fork Valley. She took a few years off from her career to raise her two children and moved with her family to the Flathead in 2008.


Jen Guse, Communications, Outreach and Special Projects Coordinator
After 20 years as a seasonal botanist in Glacier National Park, Jen Guse joined our team in 2022. Working in Glacier, where she fell in love with the local flora, fostered an appreciation for the natural resources of Montana. Living in the Flathead Valley for the past several decades fostered a deep desire to preserve the natural beauty and heritage of Montana.

As a boots-on-the-ground consultant, she helped prepare baseline reports for many of FLT’s conservation easements prior to joining the staff. Jen is enthusiastic about merging her artistic and scientific passions since earning an associate degree in Graphic Design from Flathead Valley Community College in 2021 and a Master’s degree in Zoology from the University of South Florida in 1993. She enjoys sharing her heart-place in the foothills of Whitefish with her husband, Scott, her dog, horses and chickens, and hiking with any or all of them as much as possible.