William L. Bryan founded One Montana (formerly known as the Cook Center/ Rural Landscape Institute) in 2003, leading the organization as its Executive Director during its early years. Bryan has over 40 years of experience in startups at both the state and national level in organizational development of for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations. Furthermore, Dr Bryan is the only person in Montana serving on both Presidential Advisory Councils of the two flagship universities. He was the co-founder of Off the Beaten Path, a premier travel planning service for destinations in the Western Hemisphere, and was part of Off the Beaten Path’s executive team for 27 years. Bill holds a Ph.D. in resource planning and conservation from the University of Michigan. Dr. Bryan is currently the Director of the Mental Health Educational Outreach program at One Montana where he has been involved in insuring a strong rural participation in Thrive for Montana And Youth Aware of Mental Health(YAM) that both Mark and Sandy are respectably the Principal Investigators.