Meet The Team

Located in the heart of downtown Helena where we can be an active part of Montana’s historic capital city, our team is passionate about saving and protecting Montana’s historic places, traditional landscapes, and cultural heritage.

Chere Jiusto

Executive Director

Chere’s career in cultural resources and public history in Montana has spanned over two decades. She served as architectural historian and coordinator of the MT SHPO’s National Register program from 1990 to1998, and spent two years overseeing MT SHPO’s community preservation and state survey program from 2000 to 2002. She also operated a private consulting business from 1988 to 1990, and again from 1998 to 2000, completing broadly diverse projects including community surveys, historic property nominations, historic research and interpretive writing.

She has extensive background with cultural resource documentation on every level, including historic properties, determinations of eligibility, cultural landscapes, traditional cultural properties, Section 106 compliance, Section 110 projects, National Historic Landmarks, reconnaissance surveys, preservation planning, threatened site planning, mitigation proposals and heritage education. She is the author of Montana Main Street’s Guide to Historic Hamilton and Hand Raised: The Barns of Montana with co-author Christine Brown.

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Madeline Westrom

Outreach Director

Madeline joined the Preserve Montana team in 2016 as a summer intern on the Big Sky Schoolhouse Survey, and quickly became an indispensable part of the team. Since then, she has worked on a wide variety of projects in all four key programmatic areas. 

Although she originally hails from Seattle, her love for Montana began at an early age and has only grown. Since moving six years ago, Madeline has conquered her fear of bears and developed an undying love for dirt roads. When she isn’t in the office, she is out exploring small towns and soaking up all that the great outdoors have to offer.

Favorite Montana Small Town: Boulder

Favorite Montana Historical Figure: Evelyn Cameron

Favorite Montana Season: Winter

Mary Webb

Restoration Director

Mary started working for Preserve Montana in November 2019, but was introduced to the organization earlier that summer when the Western Center for Historic Preservation out of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming partnered with PMT to teach a window restoration workshop. 

She appreciates the workmanship and detail of old buildings (including a soft spot for craftsman homes), and believes that every last one can be restored and reused. A native of Ohio, Mary ventured West for different scenery and bigger adventures. She enjoys kayaking, wandering in the mountains, foraging, gardening, and woodworking. 

Favorite Montana Small Town: Hamilton

Favorite Montana Historical Figure: Jeanette Rankin

Favorite Montana Season: Fall

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