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:

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:

Katelyn Maley

Katelyn Maley

Lead Bird Bander and Nature Mapping Jackson Hole Assistant

Katelyn Maley discovered a love of birds and field work while attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Since then, she has worked on a variety of projects—ranging from banding songbirds in coastal California, to deploying and collecting light level geolocators on golden-winged and blue-winged warblers along the East Coast, to banding diurnal raptors and owls in northern Minnesota. Another ‘Kate’ from Minnesota, she has taken to going by Katelyn around the office, but will respond to either name as well as, more recently, ‘K2.’

Max Frankenberry

Max Frankenberry

Assistant Bird Bander

Max’s wildlife fanaticism began with a week-long bug camp at age six in eastern Ohio. Fifteen years after those odd beginnings he found himself studying native bees at the Ohio State University and becoming immersed in conservation and management of wildlife of all kinds.

An ornithology class and a chance to work on several bird-banding projects revealed the world of birds to him and he was hooked. After graduating he migrated to eastern Wyoming to conduct raptor surveys, and is now looking forward to returning to banding songbirds again with JHWF!

Max’s primary focus is on avian wildlife management and conservation, but he is especially interested in studying migratory connectivity in migrants and plant-pollinator relationships in the future. He is just slightly excited about the hiking and birding opportunities around Jackson Hole.


Victoria Hollingsworth

Victoria Hollingsworth

Summer Intern

Greetings! I am Victoria Hollingsworth, a Wyoming native and self made outdoors-woman who obtained my BFA at the University of Wyoming. I am honored to be here this summer to help the JHWF with projects such as the MAPS and fence programs. I will be helping in the office with basic forms of community outreach as well as learning the inner workings of a nonprofit. My hope for this summer is to gain an understanding of how I can use grass-root organizations to help facilitate discussion within the state of Wyoming, emphasizing the need for placed-based learning and communication between counties. I am through-the-moon excited to be here and hope I can make a difference.

Frances Clark

Frances Clark

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:

Photo Credits:

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

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Jackson, WY 83001

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