These members of UMOWA are committed to our missions and volunteer their time and energy. If you would like to become involved as a board member, please contact us.



Dr. Alan Shaw, Board Chairman

I am a retired surgeon who spent my entire professional career in Georgia. Now I live in Big Sky Montana full-time. My newest and best profession is as a licensed fishing guide on the Missouri and Bighorn rivers. I am married and together we have four children and four grandchildren; all of whom love fishing, skiing and Montana.  I have been deeply involved in environmental causes my entire life. I worked for the Sierra Club as a backpacking guide in the Sierra and Wind River ranges and am an advisory board member for the Bighorn River Alliance. I have been a UMOWA Board member for 3 years and now chair the Board. I am committed to the growth and expansion of UMOWA as well as the implementation of important projects in the coming months and years.


Sherry Meador, Vice Chair

I am Sherry Meador and serve as Vice-Chair for UMOWA.  I am a Virginia native and have lived in the Helena area since 1993 after graduating from the University of Montana, School of Law.  My husband, Dave, and I have two children with whom we have spent many enjoyable days at our cabin on the Missouri.  Through my law practice, I have worked with a number of non-profit organizations, small businesses, recreational services, and government policy initiatives.  I helped establish the Smith River Habitat Project in 2005, working with private and public land managers to improve weed management on the Smith River.  I joined the board of UMOWA in 2017 and have appreciated the opportunity to work with the Missouri River community to protect the upper Missouri River watershed. 


Gary "Pete" Peterson, Secretary & Treasurer

Raised in the wilds of Northern Wyoming, Pete has a lifelong attachment to the outdoors.  After serving in the US Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corp, Pete received his degree from the University of Montana and went on to a varied career of counseling court committed boys, owning and operating a music store, and a residential construction business before, settling in as an industrial appraiser for the State of Montana.  Pete retired in 2005 and has dedicated his time and efforts to various non-profit organizations.  He has 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren but still finds time to ski, fish, and hike.  He is a founding member of the Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance, is the past chairman of the Board and currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer. 


Pat Hunter, Board member

For more than thirty years, I have been fortunate to work as a deckhand, engineer, and boat captain from Alaska to Hawaii, which has afforded me the opportunity to see many untouched, hidden places and experience Mother Nature's true spirit. Consequently, I have developed a profound respect for the planet's unpredictable outdoors. It is my wish that our children and our children's children have the chance to see and experience the things I have been so blessed to have been exposed to. In a time when the natural world seems especially vulnerable, I want to promote the preservation of wild and scenic places for generations to come. 


Bill Ryan, board member

I am a Journeyman Lineman, currently serving as Business Manager for Local # 44 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. I previously served three terms in the Montana House of Representatives and have always been a community activist.  I am a lifelong Montanan, one of 8 children and currently reside in Butte. I am originally from Great Falls and we have a family cabin near Craig. I have lived next to or had a place on the Missouri River my entire life and have seen many changes to the river and its shoreline.  I am married to my girlfriend, Elaine, and we have 4 daughters and 7 grandchildren.  We all love the river and feel we owe much to it.  We, as a family are committed to its health and preservation.


Bailey Sory, Board Member

I was born in Minnesota and grew up in south Florida spending free time hunting and fishing. I am President of a Publishing company and split time between San Francisco and Bozeman. I have volunteered as a casting instructor at the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club and have worked as a raft guide and whitewater kayak instructor throughout the West. As an avid Backcountry Pilot, I have been blessed to see the spectacular beauty of Montana and the Intermountain West. I have a keen interest in the application of Science to support Conservation and UMOWA has been a proponent of that approach since its founding. The Missouri River is a world class fishery and through UMOWA I feel honored to be an advocate to help preserve and protect this special ecosystem.



I grew up in Helena, MT where my Dad helped instill a lifelong love of the outdoors, hunting and fishing. My professional background is as an executive in the accounting and software industry where I’ve spent much of my career working with mid-sized organizations to improve their success through technology. My wife and I spent almost 20 years in the Seattle area before moving back to Montana with our two children in 2007, where we have enjoyed all the incredible resources this great state has to offer including lots of fly fishing! I’ve been involved with UMOWA since 2018 helping to progress our efforts around protecting the upper Missouri River watershed and feel lucky to have this amazing resource right in our back yard.


UMOWA collaborates with the following agencies, businesses and non-profits.  We value their input in our projects and appreciate the opportunity to share resources and advocate for best management practices of the Upper Missouri river from its source at Three Forks to the Black Eagle dam.