Meet 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 LMTC 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.

Lindsey Tucker
Lake Missoula Tea Company

For Lindsey, a perfect evening is spent in engaging conversation about the wonders of life over a lovingly made meal or drink. Her passion for this confluence of communication, community, and sustenance led her away from her Idaho hometown.  Adventures have taken her to drinking green tea in Japan, street-food stands in Mexico, coconut plantations in Ecuador, kitchens in Colombia, and now to the people and tea at Lake Missoula Tea Company. She spent a lot of time in classrooms, teaching and being taught, in food locales, making food and drinks, managing people and spaces, and developing menus and missions. Her formal studies include a BA in socio-cultural anthropology, a BFA in ceramics and photography, and non-profit management. While anthropology is mostly a reference point for understanding life, she applies her art to making pottery, travel, photography, and coordinating LMTC’s First Friday art events. Other activities at LMTC include tea tending and managing the store presentation. Sencha chumushi makes her heart sing.

Uriah Kreilick

Uriah Kreilick
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Uriah grew up in Missoula and attends the University of Montana pursuing a geography degree while juggling tea cups on the side. He worked at Lake Missoula Tea Company since they opened their doors in 2012 and does a little bit of everything around the shop.  Mostly you’ll see him behind the bar or delivering tea around town. He enjoys traveling around the world and wishes to keep exploring. Uriah likes straight black and oolong teas the most but can always go for a Japanese green Genmai Cha.

Boo Curry

Boo Curry
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Born and raised in Missoula, Boo Curry always feels at home in Montana. Her aunt first got her “hooked” on tea in high school after bringing back a box of coca leaf tea from Peru for her to enjoy, and her obsession grew from there. Boo attended the University of Montana (UM), where she earned a BS in Wildlife Biology. Since, she has worked and studied birds in arctic Alaska, on the Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, in the salt marshes and ponds of California, and in the mangroves of Jamaica. While working in Jamaica, she met her fiance, and now visits every year to experience Jamaican culture and its natural resources. After years of traveling as a field biologist, Boo enjoys Missoula life and splits her work between Lake Missoula Tea Company and the Bird Ecology Lab at UM. These jobs satisfy two of her three passions – tea and bird research! Her third passion is African music and dance which she fulfills by drumming and performing with Djebe Bara Community Dance and Drum. When not tea tending, Boo enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and of course birding! Her favorite teas are the Sticky Rice Pureh, Kapow! Ginkgo Brain Tea, and the Holy Basil Blend

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 LMTC).

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.

Gunilla Printz Gillette
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Gunilla is from Permelille, a small town on the Danish island of Samsø, in the Kattegat Strait between the Baltic and the North Seas. She moved to Missoula in 2009 and quickly fell in love with the mountains and nature. She shares three children with her husband Mike. They also have a pit bull named Blue and three kittens! She loves the eclectic vibe in Missoula and is drawn to its bohemian lifestyle and its community that harbors the ability for small, local shops to thrive. Gunilla enjoys helping people find the right tea when they come in and creating new concoctions. Her favorite piece of teaware right now is the Grosche marbled thermos, that she fills up with one of her own blends, the Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Milkshake Oolong. In her free time, Gunilla is an avid reader and a fantastic crocheter. She’s also always on the lookout for good music and concerts!

Sebastian TannerSebastian Tanner
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Sebastian Tanner was born and raised in Minnesota – is the middle child of seven – and moved to Missoula in 2017. With a passion for learning, he can usually be found with his head in a book or listening to podcasts. He is passionate about nature and science.  Sebastian spends most his free time outside – exploring edible and medicinal plants and fungi – or in his personal mycology lab learning anything he can about cultivating gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Some of his favorite drinks are the Dairy-Free Chai Latte (especially with a rooibos tea!) and the Lavender Earl Grey London fog.

Greta de la Montagne
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Greta de la Montagne, RH(AHG) is a third-generation Montanan and a professional member and mentor with the American Herbalists Guild. With 30 years experience, she specializes in herbal first aid for environmental and social justice movements.   She treats a wide range of injuries and ailments in children, livestock, and large groups of people. She operates a private clinical practice; Gentle Strength Botanicals and Massage Therapy in Bozeman, MT and near Arcata, California, where she blends Ayurveda and Bodywork with Clinical Herbalism. Greta cultivates or wildcrafts nearly all the medicines for her apothecary. She founded the MASHH Clinic Collective in 1997, Cascadia Health Educators in 2002, was a member of Black Cross Health Collective in Portland, Oregon, and is a Wilderness First Responder and EMT trained. She testified in federal court in defense of the herbalists’ generic term “fire cider” in 2019.  Greta is LMTC’s herbalist consultant and blogger.

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!