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Board of Directors

KATHY JENKINS

KATHY JENKINS

PRESIDENT, CHEYENNE


Kathy was born and raised in Casper. She grew up traveling around Wyoming and the West with her family — camping, hiking, fishing, and learning from her dad about the geology and history of the landscapes. These experiences left her with a deep appreciation and love for Wyoming’s wild places. She left Wyoming for several years in search of new experiences, but returned and completed three degrees
at the University of Wyoming, including a JD. After law school, she clerked at the Wyoming Supreme Court and then entered private practice in Cheyenne and became a partner in the law firm of Kline and Jenkins. Her practice focused extensively on employment law and civil rights. After 13 years, she left private practice and went to work as a staff attorney for the Honorable Marilyn Kite, Wyoming Supreme Court Justice. During her 13 years there, she worked on a variety of cases, including cases involving environmental issues. She retired in 2015. She and her husband spend their time hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking, Nordic skiing, reading, cooking, caring for their two English cream golden retrievers, and traveling when possible.

George McClelland

George McClelland

VICE PRESIDENT, JACKSON


George, ‘Porgy,’ moved to Jackson Hole after growing up in New York state and attending the University of Vermont. The nearby Adirondack Mountains and three adventurous brothers fostered an appreciation for places less trammeled. Since 1980, he has been a building contractor in Teton County and has worked mainly on residential projects—with a special interest in restoring and renovating older buildings and ranches, including those far from the electrical grid. He has served as a board member on the Jackson Hole Land Trust and is currently an emeritus member with the Teton Raptor Center in Wilson. Backcountry skiing and hiking are among the many activities that continue to fuel his love for the natural world. As a longtime WOC supporter, Porgy is keenly appreciative of the opportunity to further support WOC’s mission.

SEAN STAUTH

SEAN STAUTH

TREASURER, JACKSON


Sean was born and raised in Jackson, where he attended Jackson Hole High School and spent his childhood hunting, fishing, backpacking and climbing in one of the world’s greatest backyards.  Sean studied engineering at Dartmouth College before getting a Masters in electrical engineering and semiconductor physics at the University of Washington. Sean’s career is based in tech, working over a decade in Silicon Valley for companies such as Apple, Accenture, and as a founding employee at Silicon Valley Data Science, an AI and cloud computing startup.  Sean moved back to Wyoming with his wife and two daughters in 2015 to help build Wyoming’s tech economy and raise his daughters. Sean is passionate about helping Wyoming diversify the economy and protect one of the last intact temperate ecosystems on earth. 

 

MATT GAFFNEY

MATT GAFFNEY

SECRETARY, PINEDALE


Matt was born and raised in Northern California, and it was in the foothills and mountains of the mighty Sierra Nevada where he first developed a deep connection to wild places. After serving four years in the U.S. Army with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, he graduated from the University of California, Davis and the University of Wyoming College of Law. After law school, he worked for five years in local and state government in California on environmental planning and permitting issues. For the past decade he has worked for Sublette County, first as a Deputy County Attorney and now as the County Administrator. He is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming, and also serves as a board member for the Pinedale Fine Arts Council and the Friends of the Bridger-Teton. In his spare time, he can usually be found frolicking in the mountains around Pinedale with his wife Rachel and daughters Amelia and Naomi.

 

LIZ HUTCHINSON

LIZ HUTCHINSON

MEMBER AT LARGE, DENVER


Liz is an attorney at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. Liz concentrates her practice in business and complex litigation, handling matters at every phase from pretrial counsel to appeals. Prior to joining the firm, Liz served as a law clerk to Judge Gregory Phillips of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Justice William Hood of the Colorado Supreme Court, and Judge John Webb of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Liz also took some time to give back before entering private practice by serving as a staff attorney and pro bono coordinator at Equal Justice Wyoming, where she addressed access-to-justice issues and expanded legal services for people in poverty across Wyoming. She received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law. During law school, Liz worked at the U.S. Department of Justice–Environment and Natural Resources Division in the Environmental Enforcement and Defense Sections, the Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Liz earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors at the University of California at Davis, where she was a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Team. In her free time, Liz can be found at yoga or adventuring in the mountains with her husband, John.

PAUL HOWARD

PAUL HOWARD

MEMBER AT LARGE, CHEYENNE


Paul and his wife Beth came to Wyoming from the Chicago area 43 years ago, thinking Wyoming would be a good place to start their lives. After raising three sons and having a long career as a financial advisor for families and institutions, Paul thinks Wyoming remains a good place to start and apparently to stay. Paul is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance and economics. He has been actively involved with economic development, health care, and human services in Laramie County and greater Wyoming. He strongly believes that the number one asset Wyoming has to offer is its tremendous outdoor opportunities.

TIM WILSON

TIM WILSON

MEMBER AT LARGE, LANDER


Originally from the wilds of Central Ohio, Tim was raised on a diet of Marlin Perkin’s “Wild Kingdom” and Ranger Rick magazine. After a stint of falling out of airplanes and walking around in the dark, he worked for over a decade at the National Outdoor Leadership School as both an instructor and administrator. He also spent several years running a Community Supported Agriculture program and a small grass-finished beef, lamb, and pastured poultry operation. In addition to serving on the Wyoming Outdoor Council’s board, he is currently in his third term as a board member of the Popo Agie Conservation District.

NEIL SHORT

NEIL SHORT

FORMER PRESIDENT, CASPER


Neil arrived in Lander in 1970 to attend the National Outdoor Leadership School. He stayed on at NOLS as an instructor, course leader, and an office staffer before attending the University of Wyoming College of Law. Neil’s experience at NOLS fostered a deep appreciation of the Wyoming outdoors. He has a keen desire to be a part of the organization’s long-term effort to keep Wyoming’s water and air clean and to protect the heritage that is our public lands. Neil has served on various boards in the Casper area and was, for a brief period, on the NOLS Board of Trustees. Neil currently is a consultant helping people new to Medicare and Social Security. He is also a Certified Strength and Condition Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association with a focus on strength training for people over 55 to help them stay strong, active, and vital.

TOM CHRISTIANSEN

TOM CHRISTIANSEN

GREEN RIVER


Like sagebrush, Tom’s roots run deep in Wyoming. His family has maintained continuous residence in Wyoming since 1885 (five years before statehood) when his grandparents homesteaded on Wolf Creek in Sheridan County. Another great-grandfather rode the Texas Trail to Gillette as a teenager later becoming a railroad engineer in Sheridan. Other ancestors emigrated from Sweden, becoming tie hacks and railroad workers in Albany and Carbon Counties. Tom has worked in and around the Red Desert in southwest Wyoming for more than 30 years as a Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologist. There he learned the area’s human history and became intimately familiar with its sage, sand, rock, clay, wind, water, and wildlife, as well as the processes that tie them all together. Tom retired in 2019 as the WGFD Sage-Grouse Program Coordinator. In retirement he enjoys hunting, fishing, raising and training German Longhaired Pointer bird dogs, spending time outdoors with his granddaughter, and participating in meaningful conservation efforts.

Carol Bilbrough

Carol Bilbrough

VEDAUVOO


Carol grew up in the Washington D.C. area and spent many summers roaming the Shenandoah Mountains before moving to Georgia to get a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Georgia. From there, Carol joined the Peace Corps and spent three years in Swaziland (now Eswatini) and traveled in Africa, India, Nepal, Thailand, and China on her way back to the U.S. Carol moved to Logan, Utah, to attend graduate school at Utah State University where she studied shrubland ecology for her master’s and ecosystem dynamics for her doctorate in Ecology. Carol continued to research global change impacts in alpine and arctic tundra ecosystems for 10 years in the Colorado Rockies and Alaskan arctic, and then went on to work for the Land Quality Division of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, regulating mining operations until she retired in 2018. While employed at the DEQ, Carol represented the Land Quality Division on the Sage Grouse Implementation Team. Carol fell in love with the Wyoming landscapes, mountains, and rivers when she moved to Laramie in 1998. She appreciates living in a special place, and the importance of helping to preserve the beauty of Wyoming’s wild lands and ensuring continued access to these lands. As a long-time supporter of WOC, Carol is looking forward to contributing as a board member to the organization and supporting the mission of WOC.

MARY BURMAN

MARY BURMAN

LARAMIE

Mary’s family has worked and lived in Wyoming for five generations. As the child of a UW Ag professor, she spent a summer in Farson where he was doing research and hunted on her aunt’s family ranch in Hulett. As a high school athlete, she traveled on long bus rides to all corners of the state, from Torrington to Rock Springs to Cody. In graduate school she spent summers as a camp nurse at the mouth of Hoback Canyon. She has hiked and backpacked in most of Wyoming’s mountain ranges. Mary was a professor in the UW School of Nursing for 28 years prior to her retirement in 2020. As Dean of the School of Nursing, she built and nurtured networks between the higher education community, government and the private sector. She has served on numerous boards, was a member of the Wyoming Workforce Development Council, and co-founder of Laramie’s Downtown Clinic, which provides health care to uninsured persons. Mary has a profound love for her native state and is committed to protecting its natural beauty, and its wild places in order preserve for future generations the landscapes that have inspired her. She is particularly interested in the how access to the natural world impacts human health. She and her husband live in Laramie and have an adult daughter, also a proud Wyoming native who cherishes her state’s heritage of wild lands.

LAUREN HEERSCHAP

LAUREN HEERSCHAP

LANDER


Lauren grew up in northern New Mexico and has always been happiest outdoors. Family camping trips, rock hounding, horseback riding, and rock climbing all developed an enduring passion for nature that led her to pursue degrees in geology and careers in the outdoors. After graduating from Wheaton College (IL) then the University of Colorado at Boulder, Lauren worked for the Colorado Geological Survey, Oso Energy, and Fort Lewis College, where she taught environmental geology, GIS, and ten summers of geology field camp around the West and Southwest. Through teaching field geology, Lauren invented and patented a new type of geologic compass with her husband, Dave, and their licensing relationship with Brunton in Riverton brought them to Wyoming. Having climbed in Wyoming for many years, Lauren and her husband decided to make Lander home in 2016. Lauren is currently the Executive Director of WyoClimbers, a nonprofit that supports climbing education, outreach, and advocacy and runs the International Climbers’ Festival. Lauren graduated from WOC’s first-ever Conservation Leadership Institute in 2018, and has used those skills to advocate alongside WOC staff for several recreation and landscape-related causes. She is passionate about helping protect Wyoming’s wild places and landscapes for current and future generations, and she is excited to raise her daughter in the Wyoming outdoors – hopefully where she is happiest, too.

MICHELE IRWIN

MICHELE IRWIN

GREEN RIVER


Michele has been a Wyoming Outdoor Council member since 1989, shortly after moving to Wyoming from southeast Idaho. The daughter of stream biologists, she grew up on a small family farm. She is an avid outdoorswoman (hunter, fisher, camper, hiker, etc.), writer, and photographer with a passion for Wyoming’s wide open spaces and diverse wildlife. She is also a member of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, the Trout Unlimited Seedskadee Chapter, and Muley Fanatics. Michele received her undergraduate degree in political science from Idaho State University, and a master’s in public administration from the University of Wyoming, with a focus on ecosystem management. She continues her life-long learning through workshops and webinars focused on political activism. Michele was employed for 20 years in various extractive industries. She is currently teaching “Civics 101” to students throughout the state, and has previous experience working with various youth groups, including Upward Bound, Camp Fire, and 4-H. She is involved with local and state politics and ran for the Wyoming State Legislature in 2014 and 2016. She currently lives in southwest Wyoming on a family-owned working cattle ranch along the Green River with her husband and three Airedales, where they also raise a small herd of bison.

CHRIS PFISTER

CHRIS PFISTER

CODY


Chris has been a member of the Outdoor Council since moving to Wyoming in 1996 to ranch on Gooseberry Creek in the Big Horn Basin. Raised in Colorado, Chris is a professional artist (with a B.A. from Bates College and an M.F.A. from Yale University) and he returned from New York City to the western landscapes and outdoor adventures he loves. A master falconer, Chris has been involved with statewide conservation efforts focused on Greater sage-grouse protection as well as wildlife and water issues. He served as chair of the Big Horn Basin sage-grouse local working group, was a member of the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative for Park County, and continues to do fieldwork for the Earthspan Padre Island Peregrine Study. He now lives in Cody with his wife and daughter, and may be seen at dawn or dusk out hiking in the sagebrush with his English Setters, Cricket and Simon.

DAY SCOTT

DAY SCOTT

LANDER


Day’s journey in Lander began about three years ago when she started working for the National Outdoor Leadership School. Unfortunately her time there was cut short due to a vehicular collision with wildlife. She’s a certified California and Wyoming naturalist, wildlife photographer, writer, and environmental educator. If you know Day, or have heard of her, you probably know that she has an affinity for birds. Her passion in ornithology has led to amazing opportunities including being featured on Discovery and BBC America, and teaching a bird photography workshop for Ken and Kimberly Kaufman’s “The Biggest Week in American Birding” festival. Day recently graduated from the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute’s inaugural Wyoming Naturalist Certification program and is also a graduate of the Outdoor Council’s Conservation Leadership Institute. Before moving to Wyoming, Day spent her time in Southern California working with environmental and outdoor NGOs. Her last position was manager of environmental education and outreach programs at the Ballona Wetlands. Day is excited to serve on the board and is particularly interested in engaging with efforts to protect the Red Desert, which is home to over 350 species of wildlife and is a migratory stop-over habitat for many avian species. Though still navigating through TBI recovery and adjusting to a lifestyle with disabilities, Day continues to find joy through her connection with nature.

LARRY WOLFE

LARRY WOLFE

CHEYENNE


Larry grew up in a military family which gave him the opportunity to go to school in Japan, Kansas, Italy, Germany, and Washington, D.C. When his dad retired from the U.S. Army, he moved to northern California for high school and college (University of California-Davis). He came to Wyoming on a lark to spend the summer in 1974 and never left. He went to the University of Wyoming College of Law, practiced water law and natural resources law at the Wyoming Attorney General’s office for five years and then joined Holland & Hart’s Cheyenne office. His practice focused on energy, environmental, public lands, natural resources, and tax counseling and litigation. He has served on many nonprofit boards, including the UW Foundation Board. He completed a six year term in 2019 on the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources Advisory Board. Now mostly retired, he is a passionate long-distance cyclist. He maintains a strong interest in energy, public lands, and tax policy. He has been married to Jennifer for 43 years and has two grown children.

HAP RIDGWAY

HAP RIDGWAY

GIVE WYOMING CAMPAIGN CHAIR, CODY


Hap is a former board member who is now spearheading the Outdoor Council’s first fundraising campaign. Hap was born and raised in Cody, before graduating from Cody High School and attending Dartmouth College. Following a two-year tour in the Army, Hap completed a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University. When his parents purchased a homestead in Sunlight Valley and started Elk Creek Ranch, a ranch and wilderness program for teenagers, Hap started out as the “kitchen boy” and worked his way up to manage the operation in the 1970s. He paired his summer ranch work with a job as assistant headmaster at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, and finished his career as the headmaster of Berwick Academy in Maine in 2007. Hap and his wife, Susan, ran Elk Creek together for two decades, and three of their four children help run the daily operations of Elk Creek Ranch, too. Upon retirement, Hap knew he had the opportunity to dedicate more time to preserving the natural and wilderness values that were central to Elk Creek Ranch and the Ridgway family. Participation in the Big Horn Basin BLM plan and the Shoshone National Forest plan exposed Hap to the work, philosophy, and effectiveness of the Outdoor Council, and he is happy now to be a part of its vital work.