Staff & Technical Advisors

Martin and Sarah TownsendMartin Townsend

Conservation Coordinator

Martin grew up in Manhattan, Montana. He went to college at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming and finished his agriculture education degree at MSU Bozeman. While in college, Martin got a seasonal job as a range technician with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) based in Phillips County, where he lived with his grandparents.

He remembers spending time with his uncle on the family's Phillips County farm and ranch, watching him interact the the local BLM range technician. "I couldn’t believe that was a job," Townsend says. "It sounded like the most fun thing in the world. That’s what I enjoy most about my job now, being able to work with ranchers and farmers to help improve their places and help them meet their goals."

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Angel DeVries

Finance and Grant Administrator

Angel grew up in Malta and graduated from Malta High school in 2008. She went on to graduate with her Bachelors of Science - Business Accounting degree in 2011 from Montana State University. In 2012, she earned her Master's in Professional Accountancy from the same university. Angel spent three years working in public accounting and earned her Certified Public Accounting license in 2014. With a background in auditing federal funds, Angel is excited to bring her accounting, federal grant, and business knowledge to RSA.

Angel makes her home just east of Malta with her husband, Aaron, and three children, Tessa, Orrin, and Nash where together, along with other family members, they run a family cattle operation. When Angel and her family aren't working, they enjoy camping and boating on Fort Peck lake.

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Laura Nelson

Project Leader

Laura Nelson fell in love with the prairies growing up on her family's diverse farm and ranch in Western Nebraska. She has a degree in agriculture communications and journalism from the University of Wyoming.

Laura brings experience as an agriculture journalist, farm and ranch photographer and communication manager. Prior to working for RSA, Laura managed her own agriculture communications company, served as the editor of an award-winning, weekly newspaper in rural Montana and worked as a writer and photographer in the branded beef industry.

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Madison Sand

Operations Administer

Madison grew up on her family’s farm and ranch just south of Malta, Montana. She graduated from Malta High School in 2015, then went on to obtain her Bachelors of Science – Business Administration with a Minor in Equine Management and also a Associates of Science – Natural Horsemanship from the University of Montana Western in 2019.

After graduating from college she married Carson Sand in September of 2019. Shortly after they married, they moved to the Hi-Line where her husband works for a local rancher. They recently welcomed a little baby boy to their family in 2021. Her love for the ranching community and her family ranch persuaded them to reside on the Hi-Line and work to preserving the ranching heritage for their family. Madison is excited to put her degree to use as Operations Administrator for RSA.

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