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, completed a Geography masters, and worked in the GIS field before opening Lake Missoula Tea Company. 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.

Listen to how Heather and Jake started Lake Missoula Tea Company in an interview with Mandela and the Trail Less Traveled.

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.

Melissa Reiter
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Melissa joined our staff in December as the wholesale and warehouse manager. She is originally from Alabama, but has spent more than half of her life in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana. Her family, including her husband, a teenage son, and two small dogs, keep her busy. Her favorite activities include cross country skiing, long bike rides, road trips, and spending time with her family. You can find her behind the scenes at the warehouse, running deliveries around town, and slinging tea once a week behind the tea bar. Her favorite teas are the Spicy Ginger Snap and Cup of Good Hope.

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
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 then, 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 Puerh, Kapow! Ginkgo Brain Tea, and the Holy Basil Blend

Zac Johnson

Zac Johnson
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Born and raised in Bozeman, MT, Zac grew up practicing his love of art, music, skiing, and climbing.  He moved to Missoula in the spring of 2013 where he attended the University of Montana to study art with a focus towards drawing and ceramics.  He attended Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt, Colorado, and he received his certification in permaculture design. He consults with individuals on community and agricultural resilience.  Zac is an avid believer in health, and spiritual wellness which often includes crafting homemade kombucha, botanical infusions, and a frequent cup of a soothing tea.  His favorite tea is Holy Butterfly. Zac is Lake Missoula Tea Company’s wholesale coordinator. He’s the guy that packs wholesale orders and gets it in the mail. You might also spy Zac behind the bar, occasionally tending tea!

Nathan Bendickson
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Nathan grew up in Missoula, and after studying English on the west coast, he was eager to get back into the mountains. He’s worked in downtown Missoula for the last 15 years, taking turns at rolling burritos, frying eggs, and most recently selling shoes at Hide & Sole. When he’s not putting tea in the mail, he’s likely working in the garden, or in the kitchen. If not, he might be hiking, riding his bike, reading a good book, writing a letter, doing a crossword puzzle, and/or drinking a cup of tea. His favorites include Stress Less, Darjeeling Green, and Keemun Black Snail.

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!

Ryan Alexander Payne
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Ryan originally hails from South Carolina but has called Missoula home for about ten years. He earned is J.D. and M.B.A. at the University of Montana. Prior to coming to Lake Missoula Tea Company as the General Manager he was the Coffee and Tea Director at Caffe Dolce. He spends most of his time at work on corporate development, compliance, and helping to ensure the disparate parts of the tea company run smoothly. When not at work he is likely watching documentaries, playing outside, or generally being an aviation geek. His favorite teas are Rift Valley Currant, Jasmine Phoenix Jasmine Pearls, and Rooibos Rose.

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.

Adam Lunday

Adam Lunday
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Adam has lived in Missoula on and off for a decade, returning from New Hampshire and Arizona. During that time of indecision, he entertained several areas of study, including, Physics and Audio Engineering. Currently, Adam is set to become a Data Analyst. Adam is a certified personal trainer and heads the majority of LMTC’s blending. Although, you won’t see him behind the counter at the tea shop, you can certainly think of him as you enjoy the tea he helped make. His favorite teas are Coconut Vanilla Black and Gin & Cream Rooibos.

Evan Bishop

Evan Bishop
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Evan was born and raised in Missoula. He has been at LMTC for slightly over a year, and it opened his eyes to the world of tea. When he’s not at school or work he enjoys skiing Snowbowl, hiking on nature trails with the dog, floating and fishing, and of course social events with his friends or family. He loves going out to eat with his dad and finding new places in Missoula to try out. Enjoy the free samples you get with a tea purchase? Evan was more than likely the guy behind that sample. You’ll find Evan bagging tea at our downtown location as well as at our warehouse. His favorite tea to drink is High Mountain Oolong and Golden Milk.

Travis Monroe
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Travis develops our ads, printed material, and ensures our social media follows our standards. More to come, stay tuned!