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Our staff is dedicated to achieving the goals of the Bighorn River Alliance and to serving and assisting donors, supporters and stakeholders dedicated to the health of the Bighorn River. 


Anne Marie Emery

Executive Director

Anne Marie Emery is a passionate conservationist who has focused her education and career on preserving and protecting wild trout waters of the west. An Idaho native, Anne Marie received her B.S. in Environmental Studies focused in Conservation Biology from Albertson College of Idaho and has spent the past 12 years as the Conservation Education Biologist for the Henry’s Fork Foundation. Emery has worked with the Alliance since 2015 where she has grown the organizations capacity, advocated for sustainable river releases and worked to develop Research based programs to benefit the fisheries while forming alliances with the Crow Tribe, the agricultural community and federal/agency personnel. In her spare time Anne Marie enjoys exploring rivers with her young son Jack, a budding fly-fisherman.


Melissa Lombardozzi

Membership & Outreach Coordinator

Melissa comes from a military family that moved frequently. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Montana State University where she became passionate about Montana conservation. With an academic background in film, and experience in graphic design, web design, videography, photography, the legal profession and customer service, Melissa brings a variety of skills to the BHRA.  She has experience working with multiple NPO’s where she has helped with donor organization and communications. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time outdoors in Montana with her husband and three children.


William McMahan

Research Associate

William is a transplant from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where he fell in love with clean water and aquatic ecosystems. With a B.S. in Environmental Geology and an M.S. in Freshwater Ecology, he brings a multidisciplinary approach to rivers with studies of the geomorphology, chemistry, macroinvertebrates, and fish. William has experience working with several Riverkeepers, river conservancies, and government agencies across western North Carolina and Tennessee. Projects he has led or participated in include dam removal research, coal ash pollution monitoring, endangered species surveys, and road salt impact assessments. The challenges of western river conservation have drawn him out to Montana to study the Bighorn River and advise on the best scientific methods to conserve the resource. In his free time William volunteers with Search and Rescue to look for lost hikers and perform technical rope rescues.

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