Jon is the Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, where he works closely with the board of directors, staff, volunteers and partners to reduce human-caused impacts on wildlife in Jackson Hole and neighboring communities. His work includes rigorous study and promotion of site-specific solutions to address the problem of wildlife-vehicle collisions through the Give Wildlife a Brake program. From April through October, Jon actively plans and executes Wildlife Friendlier Fencing projects in coordination with an exceptional volunteer team. While working with wildlife biologists, landowners, government officials and engaged citizens, Jon’s primary objective is to combine on-the-ground work with science-based policy recommendations to preserve and improve wildlife movement corridors.
A native Minnesotan, Jon has lived in Jackson for most of the past two decades, returning to the valley in January of 2016 to begin his role with the Foundation. He has a diverse professional background that spans the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. From 2009-2014, Jon designed and implemented conservation programs and educated students and visitors at The Murie Center in Grand Teton National Park, serving as the Center’s Executive Director from 2012-2014. He spent 2015 in Boulder, Colorado as Director of Partnerships and Development with the WILD Foundation – an organization dedicated to connecting people, wilderness, and wildlife globally.
When he’s not at work, Jon is probably trail-running, birdwatching, or playing hockey.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle joined the team at Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation to help JHWF increase its impact by engaging new audiences and strengthening existing partnerships through creative communications. Kyle moved to Jackson in 2014 to work as a field instructor at Teton Science Schools, where he taught an array of topics from ecosystem science to leadership and team building. He has also worked in the Jackson community as an education associate for the Grand Teton Association and as a fisheries technician for Grand Teton National Park. Kyle has a B.S. in Environmental Geology from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and an M.S. in Geology from the University of Iowa. Kyle grew up splitting time between Ohio and the Rocky Mountain West. He is especially passionate about bringing together human communities around the shared values of wildlife and landscape stewardship. In his free time, he enjoys recreating on our treasure trove of public lands, and can usually be found fishing, birding, skiing or trail-running.
Lead Ambassador - Nature Mapping Jackson Hole
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: email@example.com
Summer Bird Bander
Dakota recently graduated from University of Montana with highest honors and received a B.S in wildlife biology and minor in ecological restoration. She has always been fascinated with wildlife and was inspired by her ornithologist grandmother to follow in her footsteps. Her prior work experience encompasses a wide variety of wildlife jobs and research projects, from studying sharp-tailed grouse for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, to running bird banding stations for the University of Montana bird ecology lab. For the last 2 years she has been conducting her own original research on the impacts of wildfire on wildlife occupancy and won an award for her findings at an undergraduate research conference. She is a huge advocate for increased environmental education and has taught multiple survival and nature camps/classes to youth of all ages. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, photography and birding.
Summer Bird Bander
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.S. in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology (and a minor in ceramics), Vicki has been working as a roaming biologist/bird bander across the United States. Past jobs include areas like South Carolina, Illinois, American Samoa, Washington DC, NYC, Maryland, and Montana, and birds ranging from hummingbirds to hawks. From a young age, Vicki has been an avid birder, and she also enjoys expressing her love of nature through art. While here, she hopes to explore the Tetons and learn more about the local birds.