Board of Directors
Our 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
In 1999, David Watson realized a lifelong dream of living out West as he and his family moved to Jackson. Over the last 21 years he has become a successful fundraiser, leader, and permanent fixture in the nonprofit community. He spent 15 years at Teton Science Schools, 4+ years at Teton Raptor Center, and is currently PAWS of Jackson Hole’s Development Director. His love for wildlife, people, and this amazing community make him a valuable Jackson Hole Wildlife Hole Board Member. David and his family enjoy giving back to the community through numerous service organizations and projects! David continues to volunteer for Boy Scouts of America (15th year), coordinate the Blair Community Garden, and is an accomplished artist. He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, canoeing, and swimming. David’s favorite activity is spending time with his family and traveling to far off places.
Emeritus Board of Directors
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.