Meet Our Team

The TCFSWG Board of Directors consists of five members representing the three counties of Jefferson, Broadwater, and Lewis and Clark. The board provides oversight for the overall mission of the organization and an executive director that coordinates and manages project programs and activities. Local area contractors are utilized for specific project activities.

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT: LOIS OLSEN

Retired Forest Ecologist, has 35 years of experience working for the Forest Service, where 32 years were spent on the Helena National Forest which also included fire suppression and fire management assignments. As Forest Ecologist she collected and analyzed vegetation data following wildfires throughout her career. She strongly supports the mission and goals of this organization.

VICE PRESIDENT: ED SHINDOLL

Representing Broadwater County, Ed brings leadership and valuable experiences to TCFSW. He is a strong believer in the goals and programs that TCFSWG is accomplishing in the area.

SECRETARY: SEAN LOGAN

Retired city of Helena fire fighter and fire chief, Sean is currently a Helena city commissioner dedicated to the safety of the community. 

TREASURER: BRAD LANGSATHER

 

MEMBER AT LARGE: VACANT

MEMBER AT LARGE: VACANT

PERSONNEL – ContractorS

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: BETH EIRING 

Beth is the newest member to TCFSWG and is a welcome addition to the team. She has 20 years of experience leading teams and working colaboratively with state and federal entities. Her professional background is in Forestry, Resource Management, Agriculture, Landscaping, and Grant Management.  Beth is excited to work with this team of highly dedicated professionals and is happy to be helping her community mitigate for wildfire

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR      AMY TEEGARDEN

Amy has worked with TCFSWG in a variety of capacities during her employment with the Helena National Forest as the Public Affairs Officer, and with the city of Helena as the Parks & Recreation Director. After living and working in the Helena area for over 30 years, she is pleased to continue to be a part of the strong work TCFSW facilitates.

FUELS MITIGATION SPECIALIST

CRAIG KOCKLER

Craig was born and raised in Helena, MT. He worked for the Helena Ranger District/Helena National Forest, US Forest Service from 1991 until his retirement in November 2021. Craig served as a wildland firefighter on a Type 6 wildland fire engine for much of his career from suppressing wildland fires locally to across the Nation. He has always had a passion for fuels management throughout his career and retired in a Fuels Technician position after treating thousands of acres across the Helena Ranger District. In 2016 Craig was awarded the Dave Larsen Memorial Fire Fighter Before Suppression Award. Craig now serves as a fuels mitigation specialist as an independent contractor.  

FUELS MITIGATION SPECIALIST  

MIKE MCFERRIN

Mike is retired from more than 25 years of working in law enforcement with Lewis & Clark County, MT.  While working for the Sherriff’s office he was involved in wildfire suppression activities and organizations. He worked with many of the Lewis & Clark County volunteer fire departments and served as the fire chief of the Canyon Ferry volunteer fire department.  After the Fires of 2000, he helped develop and establish the Tri-Lakes Fire Service Area.  He worked as a fuels specialist for MT Prescribed Fire Services and was also assigned to a Type II Incident Management Team.  He has been involved with TCFSWG for the last 20 years. 

FUELS MITIGATION SPECIALIST  

ROCKY INFANGER

Rocky Infanger became the Project Manager for FireSafe Helena in 2021. Rocky has served as a volunteer fireman since 1985 and as Fire Chief since 2005 for the Wolf Creek/Craig Fire Service Area located north of Helena. He is also the owner of Mitigation in Motion a private company specializing in wildfire mitigation and education. In 2019 he was awarded the Wildfire Mitigation Award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs for his efforts in mitigation and education. He has worked in the private, local, state, and Federal services. Rocky and his wife Michelle live along the Missouri River enjoying all our beautiful state has to offer.