Daniel, A 35-year-old native of Montana and founder of TCGP, spent his childhood in the mountains of Tom Miner Basin. At a young age, Daniel experienced the great outdoors in a myriad of forms - from the physical exploration of a uniquely wild place, to being immersed into a cultural belief system centered on land stewardship and appreciation for the sacredness of wild places.
Daniel’s personal story has offered him a host of cultural and professional perspectives; He has lived and worked in both Montana and Southern California, and over the past fifteen years, Daniel has been employed in ranching, social services, consulting, engineering, construction retail management and specialty trades within the construction industry. Alongside his professional track, Daniel has had almost ten years of deeply personal and spiritual work with mentors from around the world, resulting in a confluence of life events that inspired the creation of The Common Ground Project. Daniel's commitment to The Common Ground Project is to maintain focus on the company's mission, upholding the highest attainable standards to the experience provided for guests. Daniel will also be providing his personal contribution to storytelling through facilitation of group discussions and guiding retreats, day-hikes, and overnight camps.
Learn more about TCGP Founder, Daniel Anderson, on the Mountain & Prairie Podcast.
Hannibal grew up in the embrace of Tom Miner Basin and its ranching community at a time when the elders were the children of homesteaders. The family shouldered together a rural life centered on hard yet deeply meaningful ranch work, out-of-doors in all seasons in the midst of rugged and inspiringly beautiful landscapes. From his early education in a powerfully grounding one-room schoolhouse to the distant frontiers of New England boarding school and college, and beyond, Hannibal’s world expanded and deepened, becoming increasingly inspired by his love for nature and attraction to remote human and “natural” landscapes, most notably the Mojave Desert, the Blackfeet Nation in northern Montana, and the western coasts of Alaska. Hannibal is presently a district administrator in the Lower Yukon School District in Alaska and, with his wife, Julie, and their five grown children, remains actively engaged in the agricultural and ecological activities of the family ranch. Regenerative agriculture, exploration of landscape consciousness, and developing experiences and strategies for synthesizing human and non-human realities are central in Hannibal’s interests and comprise the foundation of his ecological ethics.
Raised on the family ranch, Malou Anderson grew up as a young child feeling aware of her own connection with the wild world. Her family embraced their agricultural way of life, raising cattle, sheep, and horses. Malou's formal education led her to a bachelors degree in psychology and she has since worked as a behavioral instructor for those with developmental disabilities and a social welfare life coach for those transitioning out of trauma, loss, health issues, addiction, homelessness, and more.
Malou's personal story has bridged many talents and commitments that now offer unique experience in animal-assisted therapies. She was certified in Equine Therapy through NARHA and is currently an EAGALA certified Equine Therapist and Coach.
Malou brings first-hand knowledge of ecologically-minded and holistic ranching practices and has experienced the healing connection between animal and human, more specifically horse and human. With every retreat, Malou guides us through values based on compassion, coexistence, tolerance, and gratitude for a deeply challenging yet beautiful world.
Melissa came to Tom Miner Basin in her third year of working as a range rider, in which she helped ranching communities to identify, decrease, and prevent livestock losses to predators. She was introduced to the field of human-wildlife conflict after working with critically endangered Mexican gray wolves and red wolves for a number of years through in situ conservation efforts on the east coast.
Fascinated by the complexity surrounding people’s perceptions of wolves and other large carnivores, Melissa moved to the Northern Rockies to experience these interactions first-hand. She sought out every opportunity to understand the perspectives of different stakeholders, whether as a a biologist for Yellowstone’s Wolf Project or a ranch hand.
To help her navigate the deep-rooted, identity-based conflict, Melissa was certified in the fundamentals of conflict resolution and is currently volunteering for the Community Mediation Center’s Project SETTLE as she works towards her mediation certification in the state of Montana.
These days, Melissa is communicating her experiences through painting and graphic design. She is excited to contribute strategy and creative direction to the Common Ground Project community and to continue exploring the world through the lens of compassion.
Becca Frucht is a self-ascribed "Tumbleweed Queen" whose eclectic personal and professional journey has taken her from the red carpet to the Rocky Mountains. In her former urban life, she was a host, writer and producer for POPSUGAR, one of the top independent media companies for women. She anchored their daily entertainment news show POPSUGAR Now on the cable network Pop as well as Top That!, an irreverent weekly web series. Becca was also a frequent guest host/panelist for The Young Turks (the world's largest online news network) and a regular contributor to MTV's online platform.
Becca decided to take a break from entertainment in pursuit of "wide-open spaces" as an intern on an 87,000-acre working cattle ranch in Colorado where she eventually became the Education and Outreach Director. Her recent adventures in the American West were first ignited by a family trip to Yellowstone and an Outward Bound experience in Montana, the wild state she now calls home. Becca loves telling stories almost as much as living them -- she's overshared onstage for hit shows like NPR's "The Moth" (she performed all over LA and won the Denver StorySlam) as well as created her own storytelling showcase "TMI Live!"
In addition to crafting her own tales, she is passionate about coaching others to "hone and own" their narratives and speak their truth. Becca also moonlights as a creative consultant, environmental educator, amateur cowgirl, karaoke professional and believer in unicorns.