Our Team

The CPAW team is uniquely configured to offer expertise from different organizations and consultants, across disciplines and research areas. Our team of experts provides communities with advice on wildfire risk reduction, forestry, hazard mitigation, and risk mapping. Feel free to contact our team members, listed below, or email us at info@wildfireplanning.com.

Molly Mowery, AICP

Wildfire Planning International
(303) 358-9589 [Email]

Molly is founder and CEO of Wildfire Planning International, where she currently leads the management of multiple community-based wildfire projects. Molly’s background is in land use planning, sustainable development, and environmental policy. Prior to founding WPI, Molly served as senior program manager for the National Fire Protection Association where she developed and managed the Fire Adapted Communities program in partnership with the USDA Forest Service. Molly earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Naropa University and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Molly is the CPAW Program Manager and the lead planner on the CPAW team.

Ray Rasker, PhD

Headwaters Economics

(406) 570-7044 [Email]

Ray Rasker is Executive Director of Headwaters Economics and has written widely on rural development and the role of environmental quality in economic prosperity. He is well known in policy circles in the U.S. and Canada. He has a Ph.D. from the College of Forestry, Oregon State University, M.Ag. from Colorado State University, and B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Washington. Ray provides research expertise and oversight to the CPAW program.

Kimiko Barrett, PhD

Headwaters Economics

(406) 224-1837 [Email]

Kimiko Barrett is a Research and Policy Analyst with Headwaters Economics. She was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana. Growing up in southwest Montana has nurtured a deep passion for the outdoors and human-ecological systems. As such, her graduate work focused on the environmental sciences, where she received her M.Sc in Geography from Montana State University and her doctorate in Forestry and Conservation Sciences from University of Montana. Kimi specializes in mountain ecosystems and rural community development, particularly with respect to climate change, water insecurities, and hazard vulnerabilities. She is the CPAW policy and research lead, and manages Headwaters Economics’ wildfire-related work.

Kelly Johnston, RPF, FBAN

Wildland Professional Solutions

(250) 319-0494 [Email]

Kelly Johnston manages Wildland Professional Solutions, a consulting company dedicated to providing innovative fire management solutions across North America. He provides technical expertise in the form of professional forestry, fire behavior, and project management for CPAW. Kelly started as a seasonal firefighter for the British Columbia Forest Service in 1991, and is the current Executive Director of Partners in Protection (FireSmart Canada). He additionally serves on the National Fire Protection Association Committee on Wildland and Rural Fire Protection. He maintains his qualifications as a consulting Registered Professional Forester, IFSAC accredited Structural Firefighter II, Fire Behavior Analyst and Ignition Specialist. Kelly Johnston is the risk assessment and forestry lead for the CPAW program.

Kelly Pohl, MSc

Headwaters Economics

(406) 599-7841 [Email]

Kelly is Research and Policy Analyst with Headwaters Economics. Prior to joining Headwaters Economics, she oversaw private land conservation and community trail development for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust in Bozeman, Montana. Previously, Kelly led ecological modeling and fire regime assessments for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Fire Initiative as part of the interagency LANDFIRE project. She holds a M.Sc. in Geography from Portland State University and a B.S. in Geography from Montana State University. Kelly leads stakeholder engagement and communications for the CPAW program.

Ben Yellin, MCP

Wildfire Planning International

(847) 754-8745 [Email]

Ben Yellin is an Associate Planner at Wildfire Planning International, and provides customized research and planning assistance to communities in the wildland-urban interface. Before joining the WPI team, Ben operated as a wildland firefighter for seven years on Hotshot, Helitack, and engine crews for the US Forest Service and National Park Service. Ben earned a Bachelor of Natural Resource Tourism degree from Colorado State University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at the University of Colorado, Denver. While completing his Master’s, Ben participated in natural hazards and wildfire mitigation projects across the U.S and landslide field research in northern India. Ben provides planning and forestry support to the CPAW team.

Consultant Team Members

In addition to our core team members, CPAW works with a number of consultants with expertise in land use planning, forestry, economics, risk mapping, and hazard mitigation planning.