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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

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

JOHN BURROWS

JOHN BURROWS

ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICY DIRECTOR

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 WOC focuses on growing Wyoming’s capacity to organize and respond to challenges related to climate change and the decarbonization of energy sources. As a part of this role, he works closely with community partners, academic institutions, and
state policy makers across the state. John lives in Lander where he also works annually as a NOLS field instructor, is the president of Fremont County’s Trout Unlimited Chapter, and serves on the steering committee for the grassroots climate advocacy group, the Lander Climate Action Network.

johnb@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 150

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

MEGHAN RILEY

MEGHAN RILEY

PUBLIC LANDS & WILDLIFE ADVOCATE

Following a childhood spent in California and Argentina, Meghan’s first priority in choosing a college was to go somewhere with snow. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Smith College before working as an itinerant wildlife technician, including a stint studying bears in Greater Yellowstone. Wyoming made a big impression, and she returned to the state for a master’s degree in Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming, focusing on wildlife management and conservation. After working for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game managing big game species on the Alaska Peninsula, Meghan moved back to her favorite place once again, joining the Outdoor Council in 2022 to support stewardship of Wyoming’s lands and wildlife. She and her family take every opportunity to get outside in the mountains, rivers, and badlands around their home base of Dubois.

meghan@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 280

YUFNA SOLDIER WOLF

YUFNA SOLDIER WOLF

TRIBAL ADVOCACY COORDINATOR


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

BIG WIND CARPENTER

BIG WIND CARPENTER

TRIBAL ADVOCACY ASSOCIATE

 

Big Wind is a Two Spirit member of the Northern Arapaho tribe from the Wind River Reservation. At a young age, Big Wind recognized many injustices and degrees of oppression within their community. They became involved in youth and climate leadership at the age of 13 when they learned of environmental racism happening near their home. Since then, they have worked on numerous campaigns throughout “Indian Country” and currently is the Tribal Advocacy Associate for the Indigenous Land Alliance of Wyoming.

bigwind@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org | 307.332.7031, ext. 200

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

 

KYLE ELMQUIST

KYLE ELMQUIST

ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Kyle grew up near Seattle, Washington, where he developed an early appreciation for the outdoors. He spent much of his childhood playing in the mountains, forests, and salt water inlets of the Pacific Northwest. In 2003, Kyle discovered Lander on a summer road trip and has since called it home. He graduated from Naropa University with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on the intersection of environmental sustainability and social justice. He has participated in ecological restoration projects throughout India, Oregon, and Colorado. Kyle started with the Wyoming Outdoor Council as an intern for Citizens for the Red Desert in 2020, progressed to field coordinator in 2021, and is currently the engagement coordinator. When away from the Red Desert, Kyle can be found rock climbing around Lander with his partner Alana and dog Duke.

kyle@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org  |  206.271.0436

 

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

 

HANNAH SKINNER

HANNAH SKINNER

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

 

Hannah was born and raised in Lander, Wyoming. She grew up hiking in the Wind River Range, climbing at Wild Iris, camping in her backyard, and getting lost in the Red Desert. She has always loved to travel and has searched for adventure from Patagonia to Alaska. In May 2021, Hannah earned her bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Wyoming, with minors in Sociology and Outdoor Leadership. She then briefly escaped to Mexico for the rest of the year to improve her Spanish and explore some more wild places the world has to offer. Hannah is now happily back in Lander, working for WOC and enjoying the wonderful Landiego weather.

hannah@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org |  307.332.7031, ext. 270