Board of Directors

A Community Land Ethic in Action: Creating a Better Home For Wildlife

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse 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 good 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 to increase our impact in our core program areas, extending a hands-on legacy that dates back to the origin of the organization in 1993.

Bruce Pasfield

Bruce Pasfield

President

Bruce Pasfield is an attorney who practices environmental law in Wyoming and Washington D.C. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Alston and Bird. He grew up in Long Island, New York and as a young teen, was introduced to environmental issues through birding trips organized by two of the founding members of the Environmental Defense Fund – Art Cooley and Dennis Puleston. This experience left a lasting impression on Bruce and influenced him to attend Vermont Law School and to specialize in environmental law. Bruce has practiced law for over thirty years including 15 years as a litigator for the Environment Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has prosecuted a number of precedent setting cases under the Clean Water Act and other environmental statutes. He also led an international task force of law enforcement officials that help stop the illegal trade in chemical substances that deplete the ozone layer. Bruce and his wife Nancy bought their home in Jackson in 2010 and since then have thoroughly enjoyed all the outdoor activities that Jackson has to offer. This year Bruce checked off a number of Jackson Hole “bucket list” items including competing in all five legs of the Pole Pedal Paddle competition and summiting the Grand Teton. Bruce is an avid birder and a certified nature mapper. He was introduced to the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation through its Sunday morning Snake River Nature Mapping float trips. Bruce brings enthusiasm and natural curiosity about wildlife to his position on the board.

Dawson Smith

Dawson Smith

Vice President

Dawson grew up outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he enjoyed exploring the forests and nearby mountains of the Southern Appalachians. From a young age, he was drawn to mountains, and that attraction brought him to Wyoming and the Tetons in the spring of 2008. He received a B.S. in forestry from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and is working towards an M.S. in Natural Science Education and Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming. He has worked on numerous wildlife monitoring research projects involving endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and gopher tortoise in South Georgia and pika in Wyoming. While living in Wyoming, Dawson has worked as an instructor, horse packer, and ferrier for the National Outdoor Leadership School and returned to graduate school prior to joining Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools two years ago. In addition, he works as an expedition leader for Natural Habitat Adventures out of Boulder, Colorado where he leads week-long eco-tourism and environmental education expeditions throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He is a passionate naturalist, environmental educator, and conservationist. Dawson joined the JHWF Board in the spring of 2015 to support and positively impact the unique wildlife resource we have in this valley. In his free time, he enjoys this beautiful region through wildlife watching, skiing, fishing, rafting, climbing, and hiking with his wife Adele and their dog Maxwell.

Leslie Steen

Leslie Steen

Treasurer

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.

Geneva Chong

Geneva Chong

Secretary

Geneva has lived and worked in the Rocky Mountain west – New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming – since 1991, and her projects as an ecologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS) have involved most western states. Born and raised in New Hampshire, she started her post-college career as a Student Conservation Association intern at Bandelier National Monument, and completed a MS in Biology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Biodiversity research in Rocky Mountain National Park led to a PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University and her current position as a USGS Research Ecologist based in Jackson. Geneva’s current research focuses on the influence of plant phenology (timing of life-history events such as green-up and flowering) on habitat quality and productivity, while her program development work is focused on capacity building for institutions dealing with climate change. She moved to Jackson with her husband, Dave Barnett, in 2003, and their son, Bard, was born in 2009. They cherish living here in the Greater Yellowstone and strive to do their part to keep wildlife populations and their habitats healthy far into the future.

Ben Wise

Ben Wise

Board Member

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.

Dan Zelenko

Dan Zelenko

Board Member

Dan retired to Jackson in the spring of 2005 with his wife Sharon of 40 years. They share two daughters, Melissa and Jessica who live in Georgia. His 29 year career with UPS included Finance and Accounting, Corporate Credit Manager and Financial Controller for the Customer Service Communications operation. Dan became involved with JHWF as a valued volunteer with our Wildlife Friendly Fencing Program. Joining the Board in April of 2015 and becoming treasurer in 2016, he brings with him a passion for helping wildlife and financial expertise.

Mark Newcomb

Mark Newcomb

Board Member

Mark is a Jackson native and a Teton County Commissioner. He is a former part owner of Exum Mountain Guides. Mark studied geology at Carleton College before embarking on a guiding and mountaineering career spanning 20 years and five continents. While he worked primarily in Grand Teton National Park, he also ski-guided in Alaska and France and led expeditions to Nepal, Tibet and Northwest China. He also worked in the marketing department of Marmot as an ambassador, gear designer and copywriter. He has an MS in finance and economics from the University of Wyoming; BA in geology from Carleton College; and a graduate certificate in GIS from Johns Hopkins. Mark has experience with remote sensing for large ungulate habitat mapping. He currently consults on environmental economics, GIS, energy and energy infrastructure, with a particular interest in the economic value of natural amenities such as backcountry recreation, wilderness, wildlife, and wildlife habitat. Mark also serves on the boards of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs.
Jennifer Newton

Jennifer Newton

Board Member

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.  

Caroline Baker-Donza

Board Member

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

Tom Campbell, Scott Garland, Bill Long, Susan Marsh, Marian Meyers, Lorna Miller

Shirley Cheramy

Shirley Cheramy

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.

Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

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.

Meredith Campbell

Meredith Campbell

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.

Photo Credits:

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

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