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Meet Our Team

Lisa McGee

Lisa McGee

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

After graduating from Miami University in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, Lisa worked as a ranger naturalist in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. In 2004, she graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where she focused on public lands and natural resource law. She served as a law clerk for a superior court judge in Anchorage, Alaska, before returning to Wyoming in June 2005 to direct the Outdoor Council’s national parks and forests program. The majority of Lisa’s work has focused on oil and gas leasing and development proposals on the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Wyoming Range. Lisa became the Outdoor Council’s program director in 2013, a position she held for nearly four years before becoming executive director in late 2017. She lives in Jackson with her husband and son.

 

lisa@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.733.3845

 

Steff Kessler

Steff Kessler

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Steff’s passion for the West brought her to Wyoming in the 70s when she started working for the National Outdoor Leadership School as a backcountry wilderness instructor. She later obtained a master’s degree in planning and policy from Harvard University, which led to administrative jobs at NOLS and serving as executive director of the Alaska Center for the Environment. She returned to Wyoming to serve as executive director of the Wyoming Outdoor Council from 1990–1994. Although she stepped down from full-time work as her family grew, she remained engaged with Wyoming conservation. She managed the successful legislative campaign to create the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust, and later opened and staffed The Wilderness Society’s Wyoming office. During this time, she—along with partners—helped secure the passage of the Wyoming Range Legacy Act and the protection of the Upper Hoback; served on the state’s Ozone Task Force; and was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Interior to the Pinedale Anticline Working Group. Steff resides outside of Lander on the border of the Wind River Indian Reservation with her husband John Gans and three children.

stephanie@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 21

Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

 

Kristen graduated from the University of California, San Diego with bachelor’s degrees in both Women’s Studies and Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. She developed a love for wilderness hiking and backpacking in California and the American Southwest. In 2007, she moved to Wyoming after being captivated by the beauty of the state and landing a job with NOLS. After 11 years at NOLS, she joined the Wyoming Outdoor Council as membership director in 2018. A year later, she moved up into the role of associate director. She lives in Lander with her husband and son.

kristenb@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 17

Alan Rogers

Alan Rogers

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Alan joined the Outdoor Council in January 2020 after spending 15 years as a journalist – including eight years as an editor for the Casper Star-Tribune – and earning a master’s degree in professional media from Southern Illinois University. He grew up bouncing around the country, and his fondest memories include peering up at giant redwoods in California, digging snow caves in New England, and hiking everywhere in between. He took up backpacking in earnest during high school and his experiences on the trail instilled in him a sense of urgency to conserve our remaining wild places. Years of wandering Wyoming’s public lands only strengthened that resolve. Now, he’s proud to support the Outdoor Council’s efforts to protect the state’s most precious resources. Alan spends as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors: whether it be camping, hunting, cross country skiing, or simply tending to his vegetable garden and backyard chickens. He and his family live in Casper.

alan@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org  | 307.262.9865

 

Dan Heilig

Dan Heilig

SENIOR CONSERVATION ADVOCATE

Inspired by stories in Field & Stream and other outdoor journals, Dan fled the East Coast for Wyoming in 1978. The following summer, he participated in a 30-day wilderness expedition with the National Outdoor Leadership School, an experience that would change his life. He became an instructor for NOLS in 1981, and spent the next eight years exploring Wyoming, Alaska, and South America. After making the first American ascent of Gasherbrum II, an 8,000-meter peak in Pakistan, in 1987, Dan entered law school at the University of Wyoming, and joined the Wyoming Outdoor Council in 1991 as the organization’s associate director and staff attorney. He became executive director in 1998, and served until 2004 when he took a much-needed break that included a month-long motorcycle trip through Argentina and Chile. Dan became an owner and the general manager of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides in 2005, running the business until he sold his interest in late 2013. During that period, he also opened an office for Western Resource Advocates in Wyoming, and served as its Wyoming staff attorney from 2008–2011. Dan rejoined the Outdoor Council in October 2014. He lives in Lander with his wife, two cats, and a garage full of motorcycles.

dan@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 13

Kristen Gunther

Kristen Gunther

CONSERVATION ADVOCATE

Kristen grew up with a passion for public lands, beginning with the state park and waterways that surrounded her family’s home in Harford County, Maryland. After she finished her undergraduate study at Bowdoin College in Maine (with one detour to Tanzania), she moved to Wyoming as an AmeriCorps volunteer and fell in love with the state’s wild places. She completed an MFA in creative writing at the University of Wyoming in 2012, followed by a PhD in UW’s Program in Ecology in 2017. Her doctoral research focused on improving science communication for ecosystem managers who apply technical concepts on the ground. In 2017, she became the March for Science’s director of strategy. At MFS, she worked to unite hundreds of partner organizations and more than a million marchers worldwide under one nonpartisan mission as well as to create tools for local activists, develop a permanent network structure and strategy, and mobilize supporters. Kristen lives in Lander with her husband, Rusty, and their two bird dogs, Gus and Zelda.

kristen@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org307.332.7031, ext. 12

John Burrows

John Burrows

CONSERVATION ADVOCATE

John grew up in the small mountain town of Brevard, North Carolina, where he spent much of his childhood rambling down Appalachian backroads in search of good trout streams, long trail-runs, and backcountry adventures. His passion for natural resources and recreation followed him through college and graduate school where he received a bachelor’s in Environmental Studies with honors as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC Chapel Hill (2010–2014) and a master’s in Environmental Management at Duke University (2015–2017). Before cutting his teeth on western land management issues, John worked as the Conservation Forestry Fellow at The Forestland Group studying wetland and stream mitigation for large forestland owners. John is a field instructor and former Environmental Stewardship Coordinator for the National Outdoor Leadership School. He currently lives in Lander were he continues to enjoy those things he did growing up, except now on a Wyoming scale.

johnb@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 15

John Rader

John Rader

CONSERVATION ADVOCATE

john@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 16

Mike Kusiek

Mike Kusiek

CONSERVATION ADVOCATE

Michael has over 25 years of experience working in health care education and public lands issues. He works primarily on organizational development matters, relationship management, and best practices related to coaching and training. He is on the boards of the Lander Community Foundation, currently serving as vice-chair, and the Wyoming Wildlife Federation. He volunteers with numerous groups in the community and spends most of his free time in the woods. Michael has also been a collegiate rugby coach with the University of Wyoming and several collegiate select-side teams. He is now the head coach of the Lander Speedgoats rugby team. Michael holds a bachelor’s in multi-cultural studies/history and a master’s in education focused on total quality management.

mike@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.760.9035

 

Claire Cella

Claire Cella

COMMUNICATIONS DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Claire grew up rambling in the subtly tamer wild woods of New York’s Catskill Mountains, before she moved to Austin, Texas, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism, followed by a master’s in Information Science. In 2016, she decided she’d had enough of Texas’s flat scenery and hot, humid climate and sought out Wyoming for the promise of mountains to run up, snow to ski upon, and acres of public lands to explore. She joined the Wyoming Outdoor Council in 2016, working to leverage and promote the broader Keep it Public, Wyoming coalition, and has since moved into a role where she creates and manages the organization’s brand as a graphic designer, editor, and writer. She lives in a tiny house in Lander.

claire@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 845.443.1227

 

Alexandria Beyer

Alexandria Beyer

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Alexandria grew up in Wisconsin where she fell in love with lakes, streams, and everything wild. She went on to pursue Spanish Studies and take ecology courses in the Andes that lit the fire within her to start working as an outdoor guide. She led canoe trips in Lake of the Woods in Canada, was a writer for the Teaching Drum Outdoor School, and an outdoor educator in Washington’s San Juan Islands. She is also a feature writer for ELUXE magazine, an Eco-Luxury magazine, the first of its kind. For the past five years she has been a grant writer for school districts and decided to channel her passion for writing directly into protecting the outdoors by joining the Wyoming Outdoor Council. Alex delights in exploring outside, loves to sing and dance, and is ever fascinated by the things nature has to teach us. She seeks to shed light on the intersection of nature, conservation, community, and wellness through all endeavors, and could not be more excited to be with WOC.

alexandria@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org  | 307.332.7031, ext.20

Maureen Fox

Maureen Fox

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Maureen grew up in the Elk Mountains in central Colorado where she and her family regularly backpacked, skied, and hunted depending on the season. It was in these mountains where she developed a deep love of and interest in protecting natural landscapes. After graduating from Lewis and Clark College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in English, she began working as an outdoor educator for NOLS and other similar organizations. Eventually, Maureen moved from the hustle and bustle of Colorado to Lander, Wyoming, in 2013 where she worked as the evacuation supervisor for NOLS, supporting field faculty throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Maureen eagerly joined the Wyoming Outdoor Council in 2020 with an interest in helping people of all ages strengthen their connection to and ability to advocate for natural landscapes and resources in Wyoming.

maureen@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org

MISTI HAASE

MISTI HAASE

OFFICE MANAGER

Misti was born and raised in the tiny town of Liberty, Pennsylvania, where she enjoyed playing in the nearby creeks and running through the neighboring woods. In 2001, Misti visited Lander, Wyoming, with a friend for what she thought would only be a six-month stay. After instantly falling in love with the Wind River Range, those six months turned into 19 years and Misti now calls Wyoming home. For 10 years, she ran a small business in Lander but in 2019, started to look for a change. When the opportunity came up to work for Wyoming Outdoor Council,  Misti was thrilled to become a part of a team helping to protect the public lands she treasures. She lives in a little log cabin overlooking the Winds, with her husband and three children.

misti@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org