Read about the staff at Lake Missoula Tea Company

Our Staff

Heather Kreilick

Heather Kreilick
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Heather is a native Montanan who grew up in the Bitterroot Valley before leaving to attend college in Arizona. She was a hotshot forest firefighter before teaching on the Navajo Reservation. She returned to Montana in 1999, completed a Geography masters in 2006, and has worked in the GIS field ever since. Heather is an avid hiker, occasional climber, and full time adventurer and likes to spend time with family and close friends. Heather manages the LMTCo website, selects and blends tea, and makes the hard decisions. Her favorite teas include Sangamon Sunset Red (black tea) and Gu Hua Puerh, both from the ancient tea trees.

Jake Kreilick

Jake Kreilick
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Jake moved to Missoula in 1985 to attend graduate school. He has a long history of involvement in forest protection and restoration with Earth First!, Native Forest Network, National Forest Protection Alliance and currently with the WildWest Institute where he works part-time as the Restoration Coordinator. Jake is a hard core frisbee golf (folf) addict, a long-time player and coach for the Missoula All-Maggots Rugby Club, and is also involved in administering and coaching Missoula Youth Rugby. Jake manages the Missoula wholesale accounts, is responsible for new wholesale accounts, and serves tea behind the bar. High Mountain Oolong from Taiwan is his favorite tea.

Christina Bovinette

Christina Bovinette
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Christina grew up in the Midwest. She attended school in Illinois and Texas before moving to Montana. Her background is in philosophy with a focus on environmental and feminist ethics. Her practical environmental work includes the fossil fuel divestment and anti-fracking movements. In Missoula, Christina works with Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) and the Missoula Food Co-op. At Lake Missoula Tea Company, Christina is responsible for Human Resources, event management, education and outreach, and botanical blend development. She’s interested in the social impacts of tea in tea-producing countries. Among her favorite teas are Licorice Mint, Beliote Black, and the My-Dian Puerh.

Lauren Donat

Lauren Donat
Lake Missoula Tea Company

When Lauren isn’t busy painting, snowboarding/rollerblading, or dancing she is usually drinking a cup of tea. It wasn’t always like that, however. Strictly a coffee drinker, she slowly converted in the winter of 2015 when she started working for the tea shop. Appreciating both worlds of caffeine and herbs is important but understanding and learning the health benefits of tea really made her appreciate the world of tea, which can be extensive.  Before moving to Missoula, she previously worked on a farm in Victor, Idaho.  She wandered the continent for a few years, looking for a place to rest and Missoula became her sanctuary. Lauren’s responsibilities include non tea inventory, developing our tea health benefits database, and tea tending.  At the moment, her favorite tea is Sticky Rice Puerh.

Peter McDonough

Peter McDonough
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Peter hails from Wisconsin where he gained an appreciation for cheese and once saw a cup of tea at his friend’s house. After finishing his degree in Physics, he joined the Peace Corps and first learned about tea from the pickers themselves, teaching in a small village among the tea plantations of Tanzania. His interest in environmental challenges led him to graduate school for energy engineering at Stanford and then environmental studies at the University of Montana, where he discovered good tea while writing his thesis at the table by the window (you know the one). When he’s not behind the bar or teaching at UM, you’ll find him drumming with the local bagpipe band, translating Swahili for recently-arrived refugee families, or wandering Waterworks.  Peter mans the tea bar Friday nights in particular, bags big orders, and coined the term ABDE, Always be doing everything (at LMTCo).

Deborah Jones

Deborah Jones
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Deborah returned to Montana in 2014 after a 20+ year hiatus. During her time away, she resided in Arizona, where she retired from a career in nursing. She currently enjoys reading mystery novels and traveling between Montana, North Carolina, Arizona and Alaska to spend time with grandkids. While in Montana, she enjoys assisting Lake Missoula Tea Company’s on-line customers with their tea orders.

Kelsey Gullikson

Kelsey Gullikson
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Kelsey, a Missoulian since 2012, she has been hooked on tea from her exposure at LMTCo! Her fav right now is Sunshine Daydream. Her Voc Rehab experience turned into PT employment and a paycheck! YEA! She loves the family atmosphere of working at LMTCo and the friends she has made. Kelsey stamps our boxes and bags many of the samples you get with your on-line order or the sample you get in the store with a tea purchase.

Vicky Bishop
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Vicky has lived in Missoula since 1992.  Having grown up moving every 2-3 years, she enjoys calling Missoula home. She attended Minnesota State University and a few years later finished up her schooling here in Missoula in 1997. She enjoys working downtown again as she worked at Hide & Sole for almost 8 years. Vicky does our payroll and bookkeeping – she’s the most important person at Lake Missoula Tea Company every other Wednesday around 2 o’clock!  Her favorite teas are: A Few of my Favorite Things, Eucalyptus on the Mend, and Green Tango. A few more of her favorite things are spending time with family and good friends!