Board of Directors
Jason Shreder, an implant from Atlanta GA, moved to Missoula in 1997. His love for the outdoors inspired him to start Zoo Town Surfers in 2004. Jason enjoys spending as much time as he can on the rivers both locally and worldwide. When not on the river, Jason can be found hanging out with his family and dogs.
Trent Baker grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, attended college in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has lived in Missoula, Montana since 1994, where he attended graduate and law school. A former swim coach, ski bum and river guide, Trent is now a shareholder in the Missoula law firm of Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind. A passionate conservation and river advocate, Trent served on the Milltown Redevelopment Group, guiding redevelopment efforts after removal of the Milltown dam on the Clark Fork River, and on Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ River Recreation Advisory for Tomorrow Committee, which recommended policies governing recreational and commercial use of western Montana rivers. He helped found and continues to lead Brennan’s Wave, a nonprofit which, along with The MAX Wave, is focused on rehabilitating dangerous irrigation diversions into multiple-use structures that are better for fish, boaters and the community. Trent has served in leadership roles on other non-profit boards, including: the Clark Fork Coalition, which ensures the people, fish, and wildlife of Montana’s Clark Fork River basin have clean water and healthy rivers; Homeword, which provides sustainable and affordable housing, counseling and education for Montanans in need; and Ecology Project International, which empowers the world’s youth to take an active role in conservation while increasing ecological literacy. Trent enjoys Montana’s mountains and rivers while biking, skiing, hiking and boating with his wife and two teenage daughters.
Colin Boyle, CPA spent his childhood exploring the riverfront trail system and catching fish out of McCormick Pond in Missoula. From that he developed an appreciation for the Clark Fork river and the outdoor environment that Montana has to offer. Colin now spends the majority of his outdoor time boating, building fires and throwing rocks at the family cabin at Flathead Lake although he can still be found sporting a tube on the Clark Fork river on occasion. His wife, Maddy, and son, Hudson, keep him busy when in Missoula but he enjoys sneaking away to the golf course as much he can.
Austin Cantrell was born in Bigfork Montana. His appreciation for rivers started at a young age watching the annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival held during memorial day weekend. Austin moved to Missoula in 2013 to attend the University of Montana where he is finishing his bachelor’s in Business Management and Marketing. He teaches whitewater kayaking on the Clark Fork River with Zootown Surfers.
Steven Gaskill grew up in the Colorado mountains climbing, skiing and kayaking. He learned to kayak by paddling a Klepper foldboat down Glen Canyon (now Lake Powell) at age 7 in 1959 and continued for over 50 years. He first kayaked the Grand Canyon in 1972 in a homemade kayak. During a 1973 trip to the NW looking for new waters, he kayaked the Selway, Lochsa, Galatin, Payettes, Middle, Main and South Forks of the Salmon and other rivers, falling in love with the area. In 1977 he and three friends completed the first descent of the upper 500 miles of the Rio Maranon River in Peru from 13,000 feet down to the rain forest. He has coached Nordic Skiing at three Olympics and remains an avid skier, hiker, boater and mountaineer. He a retired professor from the University of Montana and continues to work on ways to help youth become more physically active.
Julie Kubik was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She started kayaking the Payette River system in college and taught kayaking on the Bhote Kosi River in Nepal after graduation. She moved to Missoula in 2008 for work as a dental hygienist and soon started paddle boarding the Clark Fork River. Julie loves mountain biking, running and skiing but enjoys spending time with her husband and two children more than anything else.
Sue Larew was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. She grew up with the Mighty Mo (Missouri River) in her backyard and has always had a passion for water sports. She left Montana to pursue her career goals and lived in 7 other states. 14 years ago she moved back to Montana for her love of her family and the outdoors. She is a founding board member of the Max Wave committee and has always had a passion to see it completed since she started working on it. Sue is also on the Advisory Board of the Montana High Tech Alliance and the University of Montana I-Lead Board. Sue and her husband Rick live in Missoula, Montana, and love fishing the waters and playing in Montana.
Sally Lentz was born and raised in Minnesota. Her love of the outdoors drew her to the University of Montana where she graduated with a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and later a degree in Nursing from Montana State University. She is an OR nurse and is currently working at Big Sky Surgery Center and has the past 20 years. She along with her husband John brought their 2 children up skiing, biking and hiking from young ages. The 2 kids started kayaking together and became avid boaters with their son Max especially excelling. It was with great sadness that we lost Max to a tragic accident on the Gauley River when he was just 17. Sally continues to be active in the outdoors along with her husband and 3 big dogs.
John Lentz grew up in Missoula where he has owned and operated a construction company since 1982. When not working he spends most of his free time hiking, biking, or skiing with his wife Sally. John is excited to be part of a project that will rehabilitate a dangerous irrigation diversion and will improve the river for all who use it.
Lauren Lofts has spent the majority of her life living in western Montana. Being the youngest of 9 children, Lauren was fortunate enough to first experience whitewater rafting at the age of 8 on the Alberton Gorge. Three of her siblings became raft guides upon moving to Montana, which only furthered Lauren’s time spent on Montana rivers. She has since been able to experience rafting or kayaking in many other countries including Chile and New Zealand.
She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Marketing and is now a Pharmaceutical Representative in western Montana and northern Idaho. She has a passion for traveling and helping others. Most recently, she trekked to Everest Base Camp to help raise money for a village that was badly destroyed in the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Her involvement with The Max Wave stems from her love for recreation and passion for wanting to contribute to her community.
Leah McBreairty was born in northern Maine and graduated from the University of Maine, Orono. She has lived in Missoula since 2004 and is a bookkeeper for many local small businesses and non profit organizations. She, her husband, and their two young sons love biking, hiking, and camping in their tiny vintage camper trailer.
Dave Ryan is a Missoula native who began his appreciation for rivers as a boy playing on the banks of the Clark Fork while his father fished. In high school, around 1968, he and a friend entered a raft race from Milltown to the Higgins Avenue bridge. They beat the firemen who had previously dominated the contest. Based partly on this success a love of rivers and river running was born.
Since then he has boated hundreds of rivers in the US, Canada and Chile. He served as the legal advisor for the River Management Society, a national river advocacy group dedicated to preserving and enhancing our nation’s wild and natural rivers. He now serves on the Boards of Brennan’s Wave and The MAX Wave while continuing his pursuit of whitewater adventure.
Erin Shreder was born and raised in northwestern Wyoming near the Shoshone River. Her first raft trip was on the Yellowstone River at the age of 5, where her love of the sport started. She came to Missoula to attend the University of Montana and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Social Work. She currently works for Missoula County and enjoys her time on the board helping to better the community and the river in our town. Her favorite vacation ever was 21 days rafting the Grand Canyon in 2014. Erin enjoyhiking, reading, and spending time with her family and her dogs.