After growing up in New England, and just hours after graduation from Tufts University in Biology/Environmental Science, Myla and her husband-to-be and left for Montana. Myla earned her Masters degree in Forestry/Resource Conservation from the University of Montana and has used that educational background in a career as an ecologist/environmental consultant/ program manager.
She is currently the coordinator of the Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Center at Montana State University, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, to develop projects that prevent pollution. Myla has worked with diverse stakeholder groups in their efforts to restore Montana watersheds, including the Blackfoot Challenge, Big Hole Watershed Council, and the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council.
She co-founded the Gallatin Zero Waste Coalition, which is pushing Gallatin County to improve its recycling and waste reduction efforts. Myla is also an environmental representative on the Gallatin National Forest Resource Advisory Council.