Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of a group of individuals with varied backgrounds including wildlife biology, wildlife management, public relations, law, conservation, planning and development, private business, and education. The board represents a cross-section of the community and enables us to have thoughtful debate about current issues and seize opportunities to advance meaningful on-the-ground work. Many board members contribute extensively as volunteers, extending a hands-on legacy that dates back to the origin of the organization in 1993.
Ross was born and raised in the Flathead Valley of northwestern Montana, on the outskirts of Glacier National Park where he enjoyed hiking, camping and fishing in GNP and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Ross headed to the Midwest for college and graduate school, receiving a B.S. in finance from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and enjoyed a 35-year career in finance in Chicago, New York and London. Ross and his wife, Gwenn, and sons, Angus and Lachlan, began vacationing in Jackson Hole in 2005, initially for the skiing but soon began returning in the summer and fall as well. They quickly decided that they wanted to put down long term roots here, drawn by the incredible beauty, abundant wildlife, access to endless outdoor activities and the well-preserved character and strong sense of history and community of JH. Ross and Gwenn became full-time residents of Wilson in 2017. Ross’ introduction to JHWF began with volunteering for Wildlife Friendlier Fences projects and he joined the JHWF board in the spring of 2020. In addition to his JHWF involvement, Ross mentors budding entrepreneurs in the Silicon Couloir TEAMS program, serves on the board of the Responsible Growth Coalition, serves on the Stakeholder Committee for the WYDOT Snake River Bridge Reconstruction Project, volunteers as a Ski Host for the JH Mountain Resort, and is actively involved in Teton County’s wildlife crossings initiative and WGFD’s moose collaring project. Ross is an avid skier and, in the off-season, enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing.
A resident of Jackson, Wyo. since 2007, Leslie Bahn Steen has a background in ecology, fish and wildlife management, non-profits and conservation. Through working in the conservation world since 2011, first at the Jackson Hole Land Trust and now in her current role as Snake River Headwaters Project Manager at Trout Unlimited, she believes wholeheartedly that on-the-ground, collaborative and solution-oriented work is very effective and builds relationships and goodwill across the community.
Originally from New York, New York, Leslie studied Environmental Biology at Columbia University before getting her Master’s of Science at Montana State University. She’s been a participant in Womentum and Leadership Jackson Hole, and is a member of the Jackson Hole Symphony Orchestra and the Teton County ISWR RRR Committee.
When she’s not working you can find Leslie playing violin with her band The Minor Keys, floating the river, skiing, hiking, traveling and spending time with her husband Scott Steen.
Mary Ellen Fausone
A native of the Detroit area, Mary Ellen received a BS in Biology at the University of Notre Dame, then an MD at the University of Michigan. For over 30 years she lived in the Chicago area, raising three children with her husband Bill, and working as an obstetrician-gynecologist at Northwestern Hospital. An avid skier, she and her family skied all over the mountain west, but the Jackson bug bit hard in 2013, and she and Bill have had a home here since 2015.
She became involved with JHWF in 2016 when she signed up for a fence pull project. In the years since she has become a Nature Mapper, Moose Day volunteer, and float trip bird counter. She is also active at Jackson Hole Food Rescue, and Teton County Health Department as a volunteer vaccinator. She tries to explore as many areas of the mountains and valley as she can.
In between watching birds and wildlife she hikes, bikes, kayaks, and skis. She is happy to provide her time and energy to help devise and implement solutions that enable us, and the wildlife we all love, to live together and thrive.
Dan was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania nearby the Laurel Highlands. In his youth, Dan enjoyed hiking, biking, camping in the summer and skiing in the winter. Upon graduating from Lehigh University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Dan moved west to California to pursue a career in engineering, project management, and business management. Dan led a multidiscipline engineering firm for 20 years until his retirement in 2016. The engineering firm did projects throughout the US and also internationally. Dan also served in various roles on the Boards of a number of CA based non-profits. Dan and his wife Karen vacationed in Jackson Hole in 2013 and fell in love with the area. They were particularly drawn to the natural beauty, the many outdoor activities, and the friendly and welcoming nature of the local community. They became residents of Wilson in 2014. As well as being a Board member of JHWF, Dan volunteers at Grand Teton National Park in the winter as a ski ambassador and summer on the bike patrol. Dan is an avid downhill and cross-country skier and enjoys hiking, biking, and golf in the summer.
Ben Wise was born and raised in Worland, WY and attended Sheridan College prior to transferring to the University of Wyoming to complete both a B.S. in Range Management and a M.S. in Veterinary Sciences with an emphasis in Environmental Toxicology. After graduating, Ben worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department at the Thorne-Williams Wildlife Disease Research Facility before being hired as the Terrestrial Habitat Biologist for the Green River Region. In Early 2013 Ben was transferred to the Jackson Region as the Brucellosis-Feedground-Habitat Biologist. Ben’s main focus in his current position is to work with WGFD, local land management agencies and landowners to reduce brucellosis prevalence in Northwest Wyoming and reduce the risk of transmission of the disease to livestock. Ben is actively involved with area wildlife managers to increase awareness of ongoing and emerging wildlife diseases and also works to improve disease sampling efforts throughout the Jackson Region. Ben is also a member of the Wildlife Friendlier Fences leadership team and volunteers his time on the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) vetting observations and guiding the Nature Mapping Jackson Hole program. In his free time, Ben enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing and exploring all that Wyoming has to offer.
Though always interested in the outdoors growing up in Western Pennsylvania, Jenn became intrigued with human dimensions of natural resources as a Peace Corps volunteer, serving as an Agricultural Extension Specialist in a small village in Senegal. Upon returning home, she made her way to graduate school, where she earned her PhD in Recreation, Park & Tourism Management and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources & the Environment. It was after her first year of coursework that she was introduced to Grand Teton National Park as the project lead for the Moose-Wilson Corridor Visitor Use and Experience study. She fell in love with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, as well as conducting research and interpreting results so park managers can make informed decisions from the best available science. She was thrilled when she accepted her dream job – social scientist at Grand Teton National Park. When she’s not studying visitor use and experience in the park, she enjoys hiking and skiing.
William (Bill) Rudd
Bill Rudd grew up in Minnesota and has been interested in wildlife since his earliest memories. He earned an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho, and worked with the Idaho Fish and Game for a year before getting a MS degree at the University of Wyoming studying elk migrations from the North Fork of the Shoshone River and Sunlight Basin into YNP.
Bill worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for over 30 years as a Wildlife Biologist, Biologist Supervisor and as Deputy Chief for the Wildlife Division. Bill co-founded the Wyoming Migration Initiative in 2012 with Dr. Matt Kauffman and has worked with WMI since. He has authored and contributed to numerous reports and papers regarding wildlife issues and was a contributing editor of Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates.
Bill also co-founded and serves on the board of the Wyoming Wetlands Society, a local Jackson nonprofit raising swans for release for conservation purposes in the Intermountain West including YNP. Bill and his wife Lorrain live along the Hoback River in Teton County. He enjoys spending time with family, wildlife photography, fishing, boating, hiking, traveling to new places, and just getting out in the country.
Dale has been coming with her husband and family to the Jackson Hole valley since their sons were young. She and her husband transitioned to putting down ski roots in Jackson about 15 years ago and after retirement, they decided to make the move more permanent in 2018. They were drawn here for the skiing of course, but also the love of the mountains and importantly the community here. It is important to them that they be in a community where they could get involved and give back and, in a community with all ages of residents. Dale was introduced to JHWF and has become a Nature Mapper and volunteered with the JHWF fence pull projects. Her background is as an accountant. She was a CPA for her professional career. Since retiring early, she describes herself as a serial volunteer. She is generally called upon for her financial skills but also strategic ones.The environment is the core of our life on earth and of course, critical to our life and enjoyment here in the Jackson Hole valley. Dale is awed by the majestic beauty of the valley and is committed to preserving the habitat that is supported by the mountains and valleys across this area.
Dale currently volunteers with Friends of Pathways, as well as Grand Teton National Park as a weekly bike ambassador and is a new VITA volunteer. In the warmer weather, she hikes whenever she can, fishes, bikes & golfs.
Gregg grew up in Massachusetts where he began to understand the spell that wildlife had on him. Following a BS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from Texas A&M University, Gregg moved west. Hired by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in 1987, Gregg held positions as a research biologist, regional wildlife biologist, environmental staff biologist, and Wildlife Program Coordinator before retiring in 2019 after a fulfilling 34 year career. Gregg and his wife Alison live in Boise, Idaho. Interested in making the best use of his skills and expertise, Gregg continues to work for the conservation of wildlife. His areas of focus and expertise include mitigation, habitat protection, GIS decision support tools, wildlife connectivity and migration, and climate change. Gregg is Vice President of the Board of the Upper Henry’s Fork Wildlife Alliance, on the Advisory Board of Boise State Universities Resilience Modeling Project, a founding member of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts, and past President of the Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society. He spends as much time as he can hiking, birding, fishing, backpacking, hunting, and biking
Kathryn Mapes Turner
Kathryn is a native of the Jackson Hole valley. She was born as the fourth generation to be raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. She grew up riding the trails of the valley, learning wilderness lore and gaining an eye for landscape. The happy synergy of a receptive spirit and a place of magnificent beauty set the course for her life, including for a professional career as an artist and a passion for wildlife.
She attended the University of Notre Dame where she majored in Studio Arts. She spent an influential semester in Rome, Italy and also studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. Turner now holds a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia.
Turner’s artwork is nationally recognized with top honors recieved from the American Impressionist Society and the National Academy of Equine Art and the Southeast Wildlife Exposition as the 2017 Featured Artist. Her work has been showcased in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Charlie Russell Museum, the Buffalo Bill Cody Center of the West, The Phippen Museum, the Brinton Museum and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Caroline Baker-Donza is an attorney practicing immigration law with Trefonas Law, PC in Jackson, WY. Caroline grew up in Maryland but moved to Jackson with her family in her late teens. Caroline has spent the majority of my professional life in the policy field, focused primarily on environmental policy issues in the Northern Rocky Mountain Region of the United States. These experiences inspired Caroline to attend the University of Colorado School of Law, where she focused on climate change law and policy. Since then, Caroline has worked worked for as a policy and market consultant for Carbon Training International, in Sydney, Australia, as well as for an industrial services company as an environmental consultant and as a Program Officer with the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Montpelier, VT. Caroline has a BA in Spanish from Montana State University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, Colorado. In her free time, Caroline enjoys skiing biking, horseback riding and spending time outside with her husband Chris and their son, Teddy, and dog Tucker.
Emeritus Board of Directors
An Honorary Emeritus Board Member is a member or founder who reached their board term limit and is being honored for their contributions to the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. This honorary position is given to board members who have made significant contributions to the organization. This list includes: Tom Campbell, Scott Garland, Bill Long, Susan Marsh, Marian Meyers, Lorna Miller
Emeritus Board Member
Shirley is a retired CPA who grew up in Washington state and also lived in California. She began serving on the Wildlife Foundation board in 1995, shortly after she retired and moved to Jackson. Her interest in learning more about living with the wildlife and habitat of our valley is what prompted her to become involved with the organization. The Foundation’s on-the-ground projects and non-political activities are what has kept her involved. She has participated in the growth and development of the organization over the years, and continues to be involved as an emeritus board member.
Emeritus Board Member
Bruce spent most of his 30-year career as a wildlife biologist on the Wind River Indian Reservation and the National Elk Refuge. His research produced over 40 technical and popular papers and book chapters dealing primarily with wildlife population dynamics, habitat ecology, diseases, migratory behavior, and predator-prey relationships, focused mostly on large mammals. Bruce holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. After retiring from federal service in 2004, he and his wife Diana moved to southwest Montana, where he continues his conservation work. Among his books are Where Elk Roam: Conservation and Biopolitics of Our National Elk Herd (2011) about the elk of Jackson Hole, Life on the Rocks: A Portrait of the American Mountain Goat (2014), and Stories from Afield (2016). Bruce joined the JHWF Board in 2003 while working with other concerned citizens to remedy private feeding of wildlife in Teton County.
Emeritus Board Member
Meredith Campbell co-founded the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation with her husband Tom Campbell and Lorna Miller in 1993. Meredith’s lifelong passion for wildlife lead her to study and graduate with a degree in the natural sciences from St. Lawrence University, followed by a certificate in Scientific Illustration from Cornell University. Meredith illustrated nature-related books and text books in her early career. After moving to Jackson in 1990, she switched her focus to painting the abundant and diverse wildlife found throughout the west and in particular Jackson Hole. Sadly, Meredith passed away after battling illness on January 5, 2018. She has left behind a legacy of citizen engagement that remains the inspiration for Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation’s work. When she and a small group of friends started the Foundation in 1993, she helped to build a wildlife-friendly community that valued action over talk. Meredith’s impact on the community and the many benefits she initiated for wildlife endure as part of the heart of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. She will be dearly missed.
Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
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Jackson, WY 83001
PO Box 8042
Jackson, WY 83002
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