Staff

Jon Mobeck

Jon Mobeck

Executive Director

Jon works closely with the board of directors, staff, volunteers and partners to ensure that the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation is able to carry out its core programs and on-the-ground projects as effectively as possible. He has lived in Jackson for most of the past two decades, returning to the valley in January of 2016 to begin his role with JHWF after spending a year in Boulder, Colorado with the WILD Foundation – an organization dedicated to connecting people, wilderness, and wildlife globally. He contributed to the Jackson Hole conservation community with The Murie Center from 2009-2014, serving as executive director at the historic Murie Ranch from 2012-2014. Jon hails from Minnesota, where he developed his love of the outdoors and wildlife while wandering in the woodlands and fishing on the lakes north of the Twin Cities. Email: jon@jhwildlife.org

Kate Gersh

Kate Gersh

Associate Director

Kate joined the JHWF team in May 2016, to support its work to ensure that Jackson is truly a wildlife friendly community. Her previous employments include working for the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots youth environmental and humanitarian education program, for a South African-based company focused on marketing support to entrepreneurial artisan groups for job creation, and for African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) where she managed private foundation and corporate relationships. Additionally, at AWF she was a key player on the program management team for AWF’s large-scale grant award under the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Sustainable Conservation Approaches in Priority Ecosystems program. Upon moving to Jackson Hole, from 2012 – April 2016 she worked at The Murie Center as their Associate Director. Kate’s educational background includes a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from George Washington University’s School of Public Policy and Public Administration plus, a master’s degree in Sustainable Destination Management from George Washington University’s School of Business. She is also alumna of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program where she helped design a conservation campaign that developed “Guidelines for Minimizing the Negative Impact to Bats and Other Cave Organisms from Guano Harvesting” Ver. 1.0 (12 March 2014), IUCN SSC (2014). Email: kate@jhwildlife.org

Paul Hood

Paul Hood

Nature Mapping Data & GIS Coordinator

Paul grew up in central Wisconsin and finished his undergraduate at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He received a bachelor’s in Physical Geography with an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Paul’s passion for the intermountain west landed him in Teton Valley, Idaho in the winter of 2007, where he lived until the fall of 2014. Paul is currently a master’s student at the University of Wyoming, in the Department of Botany, studying Wildfire Ecology. Paul is a vital part of Nature Mapping Jackson Hole. He works with all of the amazing volunteers managing the immense amounts of data they collect. Email: paul@jhwildlife.org

Christine Mychajliw

Christine Mychajliw

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Christine Mychajliw (say ‘Me-High-Leave’) is a digital marketing maven and graphic designer based in Wilson, Wyoming. She loves learning everything she can about web design, graphic design, blogging, and social media. She has many years of experience working in marketing jobs and loves using her skills and passion for helping out to work for a good cause. She enjoys spending free time hiking, biking, skiing, and traveling with her boyfriend Jeff. Email: christine@jhwildlife.org

Frances Clark

Frances Clark

Nature Mapping Volunteer Coordinator and Certification Trainer

Born and raised just outside of Boston, Clark was one of five siblings. Until 3rd grade, she attended Shady Hill School, an experiential learning environment that furthered her exposure to wild animals and wild places. “They had this great science program,” she said. “We got to handle snakes and turtles, and we would break apart owl pellets to see the tiny bones.”

After attending George Washington University for two years, Clark took a break from college and volunteered at the New England Aquarium. The hands-on experience with living things triggered something fundamental, and Clark began thinking of a career in biology. She eventually settled on plants and focused her year off on volunteering at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum. It was there that she experienced the satisfaction and sense of community that volunteering can foster.

At the conclusion of this hiatus, Frances finished college at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in plant science and continuing what has become a lifetime passion for public gardens and flowers.

After a stint at the Callaway Gardens in Georgia and a fellowship at the University of Delaware, Frances began what proved a long-term relationship with the New England Wildflower Society. There, she started as an educational program coordinator and eventually worked her way up to serve as the chair of the board of directors. Even now, she continues her association with the group as she runs her own botanical consulting business.

Frances and her partner, Bernie McHugh, landed in Jackson after spending a portion of eight summers here “mostly to enjoy the wildlife and the wildflowers,” she said. “We needed a break… and this seemed to be the logical spot. While plants remain her true passion, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation’s Nature Mappingprogram has cultivated in her a deep appreciation for our spectacular wildlife. Nature Mappingstarted out as a way “to focus on and learn about the wildlife while helping to conserve them,” she said. “The Nature Mapping program was easy and fun.” Email: frances@jhwildlife.org

Allison Swan

Allison Swan

Bird Bander

A Wyoming native, Allison Swan is a graduate of The Evergreen State College with a BA/BS dual degree emphasizing in ecology and ornithology. She has abundant experience working at Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) stations with students and volunteers, as well as conducting ecological research on focal species. As a student and research fellow, she conducted ecological research on Pacific Wrens throughout the non-breeding and breeding seasons. She has also worked on a number of research projects including songbird ecology in Olympic peninsula rainforests, breeding seabirds in Puget Sound, raptor surveys and raven telemetry in sagebrush country. When she’s not banding birds, she enjoys hiking, biking and spending time in the outdoors with her dog, Boulder.

Photo Credits:

Henry Holdsworth
Mark Gocke
Steve Morriss
Sava Malachowski
Leine Stikkel
Tim Griffith
Jon Mobeck

Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

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