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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  |  307.332.7031, ext. 230

 

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. 170

KRISTEN GUNTHER

KRISTEN GUNTHER

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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. Kristen lives in Lander with her husband, Rusty, and their two bird dogs, Gus and Zelda.

kristen@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org307.332.7031, ext. 120

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  |  307.332.7031, ext. 220

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. 130

STEFF KESSLER

STEFF KESSLER

SENIOR CONSERVATION ADVOCATE

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. 210

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). John’s work at the Outdoor Council focuses on topics related to renewable energy, climate change, and how these intersect to create new opportunities for economic diversification for Wyoming workers and communities. John lives in Lander where he also works as a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, is the president for Fremont County’s Trout Unlimited Chapter (the Popo Agie Anglers), and sits on the Steering Committee for the grassroots climate advocacy group, the Lander Climate Action Network.

johnb@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 150

JOHN RADER

JOHN RADER

CONSERVATION ADVOCATE


John fell in love with Wyoming’s wild lands while studying at the University of Wyoming in 2013. There, he earned an MA in political science, writing his thesis on a social movement in Chilean Patagonia that stopped an unpopular and environmentally destructive hydroelectric project. John first encountered Patagonia on a 2009 semester course with the National Outdoor Leadership School, and later worked for NOLS as a field instructor in Alaska. In 2015, John entered law school at the University of Colorado, where he worked for clients in the natural resources clinic, researched tribal co-management for the Bears Ears National Monument proposal, advocated for public lands with the American Alpine Club, and worked to establish the System Conservation Pilot Program for Colorado River water with Trout Unlimited Wyoming. John joined the Outdoor Council in 2018 as a staff attorney, and lives in Lander with his wife Meghan and dog Bear.

john@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 160

BRANDON REYNOLDS

BRANDON REYNOLDS

CONSERVATION ADVOCATE

Brandon was born and raised in Lander, Wyoming — an upbringing gave him an appreciation for Wyoming’s outdoors. Brandon received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management. After stints working for the University of Wyoming as a research assistant in environmental quality and chemistry and for the State of Wyoming on water quantity permitting, Brandon returned to the University of Wyoming College of Law. Upon finishing law school, he worked for the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes as the Tribal Water Engineer. Brandon sat on the City of Laramie Planning Commission for three years and was elected to the Popo Agie Conservation District Board of Supervisors in 2020. He considers himself lucky to call Lander home.

brandon@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 180

SHALEAS HARRISON

SHALEAS HARRISON

CITIZENS FOR THE RED DESERT COORDINATOR


Growing up on a multi-generational small farm in northwest Wyoming, Shaleas has an intimate connection to Wyoming landscapes and the people who inhabit them. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied molecular biology and chemistry and completed her master’s in Natural Science and Environmental Policy at the University of Wyoming. Her graduate research revealed how people came together to overcome complex socioeconomic, cultural, and political problems of land management in Wyoming. Shaleas is also a teacher — connecting people to nature and using nature as a teaching tool. She has worked as a teacher on the Wind River Indian Reservation and taught physics, biology, and chemistry in Saratoga, Wyoming, and in Baja California, Mexico. She is most known for her conservation efforts for Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area and is now eagerly applying her passion and abilities as the Coordinator for Citizens of the Red Desert.

shaleas@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 240

YUFNA SOLDIER WOLF

YUFNA SOLDIER WOLF

WIND RIVER ORGANIZER


Yufna Soldier Wolf was born and raised on the Wind River Reservation. Her name actually means Mother Nature’s Child. She is a citizen of the Northern Arapaho and has Cheyenne and Lakota ancestry. Her heart and passion is for preservation of tribal ways and customs, which includes protecting the land and her ancestors. Yufna has received various degrees, accolades, and certificates from Montana State University and the University of Wyoming. One degree she is proud of is the Indigenous Studies degree she recently completed at the University of Wyoming. She is working towards a master’s from Montana State in Indigenous Studies with a specialization in sovereignty. Yufna gained experience as the former Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Officer as well as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Manager. Her education and experience humble her and she is always looking for ways to improve and sustain life for future generations. Yufna lives and breathes Wind River. Yufna is happy to be a team member at the Wyoming Outdoor Council.

yufna@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 250

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  |  307.332.7031, ext. 110

 

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. 200

RYAN SEDGELEY

RYAN SEDGELEY

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Located near the headwaters of the Madison River, Ryan has a deep appreciation for the resources and nuanced conservation issues in Wyoming. Originally from the Denver area, Ryan spent childhood weekends at his grandparents cabin in Leadville, Colorado, where his appreciation and passion for the outdoors was first kindled. Ryan has since traveled the world for work including two summer seasons at the South Pole Station in Antarctica. His background includes work as a nuclear power plant valve mechanic, an interpretive ranger in Yellowstone National Park, and as a two-time legal intern with the Wyoming Outdoor Council. Ryan recently completed both his Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming. Along with his passion for the outdoors, Ryan is also an artist working in watercolor and acrylic paint, sculpture, and jewelry. He lives in Yellowstone National Park with his wife and dog where he loves to hike and split firewood.

ryan@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org  |  307.332.7031, ext. 260

MISTI HAASE

MISTI HAASE

OFFICE MANAGER-BOOKKEEPER


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 |  307.332.7031, ext. 140

 

HOLLY ENGELHART

HOLLY ENGELHART

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

 

Holly grew up in Lander, hiking and camping around Wyoming. After working a summer with the Youth Conservation Corps after high school, she headed to college, where she eventually received an associate’s degree in General Studies from Central Wyoming College, and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Wyoming. Along the way, she took a NOLS course, fought wildland fires, and discovered how valuable experiencing nature from multiple perspectives can be. After college, she worked as an English tutor at Central Wyoming College. In the summer of 2014 she began her relationship with NOLS as a Seasonal Logistics Assistant at NOLS Rocky Mountain. This, in turn, led to further job opportunities with NOLS. After spending some time at the NOLS International Headquarters, she left to concentrate on her writing. When the Wyoming Outdoor Council’s administrative assistant position came open, she decided to apply. She lives in Lander with her husband Alex.

holly@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org |  307.332.7031