Staff

Shirley Galovic | District Administrator
(406) 842-5741 x 101 | rvcd@3rivers.net

Shirley has worked for the Ruby Valley Conservation District Board as their District Administrator since 1994. Shirley and her husband, Gene, live on a small acreage on the East Bench with their Haflinger horses, and two dogs. Shirley is a native of Montana and has lived in the state all her life and has been very active in local grazing, weed and water issues in Madison and Beaverhead County. Before working for the RVCD she worked in the oil business, law offices, a utility company, and training field trial dogs.

Audra Bell | Stewardship Director
(406) 842-5741 x 104 | audra@rvcd.org

As Stewardship Director, Audra will provide oversite for restoration projects in the Ruby Watershed, coordinate RVCD events, and assists the BWSC member with term projects. She served with the RVCD & RWC in 2020 as the Big Sky Watershed Corps member. Audra received a B.S. in Geosciences with an emphasis in hydrology from Boise State University. While not in the office, Audra can be found alpine skiing, biking, crocheting, or spending time with Emmylou, her cat.

Kayla Mehlhoff | Assistant Administrator 
(406)  | administrator@rvcd.org 

Kayla was welcomed as the newest addition to our team in January 2022. Kayla will be doing a little bit of everything as she helps out both in the office assisting Shirley, and Audra out in the field. Kayla spent much of her early childhood in Twin Bridges before her family moved away. In December 2017 Kayla moved back to MT to finish her college degree and explore the outdoors. Kayla received her B.S. in Ecology with an emphasis in fish and wildlife management from the University of Montana-Western. Outside of work, Kayla loves spending time in the mountains with her husband J.D., out on the river kayaking, and spending evenings on the farm with her horses or gardening.

Ben Masters | Big Sky Watershed Corps Member
bswc@rvcd.org 

Originally from Florida, Ben spent the last 12 years in Virginia. He first gained an appreciation for the outdoors through surfing and fishing along the Atlantic Coast. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Biology. Ben spent the last few seasons interning in Australia, and working as an ecological field technician in the Shenandoah Valley and throughout the mid-Atlantic. Ben is excited to work with RVCD as the BSWC Member and gain hands-on experience with restoration projects that better local watersheds and their communities. In his free time, Ben can be found snowboarding, fly fishing, or enjoying a cup of coffee.