Staff Members

Becky Kean Rehabilitation Director

Becky Kean moved to Bozeman in 1998 from her home town in Minot, ND.  In 2003, she realized her passion for raptors when she began volunteering at the Montana Raptor Conservation Center.  Becky earned a bachelor’s degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University. In 2007, Becky was hired at MRCC as Assistant Director, and a year later she was promoted to Director. She served as MRCC Director for 8 years and in 2017 became the Rehabilitation Director.

Jordan Spyke Director of Operations and Development

In 2008 Jordan Spyke and his brother moved to Bozeman, Montana, from Muskegon, Michigan, in search of adventure. Since moving to Bozeman, Jordan has earned a bachelors degree in environmental studies from Montana State University. Jordan began volunteering at the Montana Raptor Conservation Center in 2009 and later served on the board of directors. Jordan became Assistant Director of MRCC in August of 2013 and was promoted to Director of Operations and Development in October of 2017. When Jordan is not working at MRCC, he enjoys being outside doing just about anything, from skiing to fishing and everything in between.

Teresa Aldrich Education Specialist

Teresa Aldrich began working at Reptile Gardens in Rapid City, SD in 2010, where she formed her passion for raptors. In 2011 she moved to St. Louis and completed an internship at the World Bird Sanctuary, doing public bird shows and raptor rehabilitation. Teresa then returned to Reptile Gardens in 2013 and became Assistant Curator of the Bird Department.  In 2017, Teresa continued to follow her passion and moved to Bozeman as MRCC’s Education Specialist. When Teresa is not working with birds she enjoys hiking with her dog on the beautiful Montana trails and singing jazz music at local cafes.

Board Members

Susie Drukman, Chair

Susie was born with a passion for wild places and the creatures that inhabit those special places.  Since 1988, Susie has been an active community member in Southwest Montana, working on numerous community enhancement and habitat preservation projects both as a volunteer and as a career Environmental Engineer. MRCC holds a special place in her heart, a legacy that began many years ago with an injured Sharp Shinned Hawk that was successful rehabilitated and returned to the wild.

In her spare time, Susie enjoys her friends and family, frolicking in the outdoors, listening to good music and savoring delightful meals.

Jeannie Counce, Vice Chair

Jeannie Counce first encountered MRCC during an educational session at her son’s pre-school. She watched in awe as the staff passed on a vast amount of knowledge to an enthusiastic group of future environmental stewards. From that day in 2013, she wanted to be part of an organization that contributes so much to the community—both keeping the raptor population healthy through rehabilitation and building a conservation ethic in the human population through the wonder of live raptors. As a full-time health care writer, Jeannie volunteered for MRCC from 2013-2015 and served a previous term on the board from 2015-2017. In her spare time, she enjoys making mosaic art, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Louise Ellingsworth, Secretary

During a college vacation to Bozeman in 1981, Louise heard the mountains calling but it took another 25 years before she officially could call Montana home. Once a corporate trial lawyer, Louise now spends her time as a professional mediator when not riding one of her horses on Montana’s public lands or loving on her adopted Aussie who works as a therapy dog.  Louise’s first contact with MRCC was when her Aussie found an injured kestrel (known now as Adora who can be found on her perch at MRCC) on her horse property at the base of the Bridgers. She shares her business skills with MRCC in the hopes that she can be a part of the solution.

Licia Lucas-Pfadt, Treasurer

Licia is a lover of nature, forager, simple Earth dweller living off the land, and mindful environmentalist. Originally from Pennsylvania, Licia moved to Montana in 1998. She is a studio potter and mixed media artist. She is currently the artist-in-residence at Grey Cliffs Ranch, where she lives onsite with her husband, two kids, four dogs and chickens. She helps manage the Ranch and its kitchen and flower garden, and teaches pottery lessons to guests. Her work can be found at the Ranch and in her etsy shop.

Beth Merrick

In 2008 Beth began hands-on volunteering with MRCC after retiring as Director of Exhibits at the Museum of the Rockies after two decades. Her participation has included development of education outreach materials, campus signing and graphics in addition to weekly volunteer service assisting with caring and feeding the sick and injured raptors that find their way to MRCC.  Interesting challenges have included designing footwear for Eagles with balled up feet resulting from lead poisoning.   This footwear allows them to stand  again, which encourages their recovery.  Her backyard Raptor Pole has allowed six generations of Swainson’s Hawks to teach their young to hunt groundsquirrels.

Mikaela Howie

Mikaela Howie joins the MRCC board as a research biologist with an ornithological background.  As a field biologist, she worked on bird ecology research projects all over the country including Alaska, Louisiana, Virginia, Arizona and Maine.  Currently, she teaches a Field Ornithology course as an adjunct faculty member in the MSU Ecology Department and has a staff position with Yellowstone Ecological Research Center as the Lab Manager.  She loves tramping through the outdoors and working with wildlife and can often be found on skis, canoes, and bikes.