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.

Favorite Montana Small Town: Birney

Favorite Montana Historical Figure: Jeanette Rankin

Favorite Montana Season: Spring

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: Autumn

Mike Sullivan

Operations Manager, 46° North Producer

A long-time Helena resident, Mike Sullivan is Preserve Montana’s jack of all trades. He is an old-house aficionado, proud to have returned the old Pope House from apartments to a single-family home, which was then placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mike enjoys outdoor activities like peak bagging and indoor spin-cycling, which keeps his edge for long-distance bicycle riding during the summer.

As part of the PMT Team, Mike serves in many roles. In 2014, he returned to school and graduated with an MBA from the University of Montana, later going on to get a minor in accounting from Montana State. For ten years, Mike was a narrator for the Montana Talking Book Library, first voicing Chere Jiusto’s A Guide to Historic Hamilton. In that time, he was also fortunate to read The Barns of Montana, which was the MTBL’s very first audiobook produced in a completely digital format.

Favorite Montana Small Town: Fort Peck

Favorite Montana Historical Figure: Thomas F. Meagher

Favorite Montana Season: Autumn

Clare Menahan

46° North Producer

Clare Menahan grew up in the Rocky Mountain West, where she studied journalism and French at the University of Montana. She later worked at Montana Public Radio in their Music and News departments. Clare earned a spot as an English Teaching Assistant through the TAPIF program, which took her to France for two years. She is a self-proclaimed lover of crosswords and strong coffee.

Joining the Preserve Montana team in 2020, Clare has the knowledge and skill to depend on as we move forward with our exciting new podcast. In her role as Producer, she takes our rough audio and refines it into a professional, published series. And as a host, she helps illuminate the vast importance of place-based history. 

Favorite Montana Small Town: Coffee Creek

Favorite Montana Historical Figure: Maurice Hilleman

Favorite Montana Season: Summer

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