Who We Are
Board of Directors
- President/Treasurer (Co-Founder)
Lisa is a co-founder of Wyoming Untrapped. She has been involved with land and wildlife conservation projects for more than 30 years. She pilots her small Cessna aircraft, from which she takes big-picture images of the landscape to document wild places, often those at risk. She has provided pro-bono aerial radio telemetry and monitoring for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wolf Recovery Project and for various non-profit organizations, agencies and individuals researching and documenting populations of wolves, grizzlies, cougars, coyotes, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, moose, lynx, owls, falcons and other birds.
“Wyoming’s wildlife management is not keeping pace with our modern society’s shifting views on the intrinsic value of our wildlife,” she says. “Programs and agencies need to transform to engage and serve broader constituencies, which will create a safe and humane environment for all our people, pets and wildlife. It’s time.”
- Vice President
Ann Smith is a business owner and Realtor who has been at the forefront of animal welfare issues in the community. She has been a board member of various local non-profits, and was recently featured by PAWS of Jackson Hole (which she founded) in a short video with her dog, Bandit.
- Secretary (Co-Founder)
Debbie Reis is a Wyoming Untrapped co-founder, and conservation advocate who heads our trap-release workshops. She has been a board member and Events Coordinator for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and a volunteer with other valley organizations. An admirer of the late Mardy Murie, Debbie was honored to meet Mardy at her 101st birthday party and came away aspiring to be the type of person who made a difference. She has volunteered for St. John’s Living Center, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the Conservation Alliance, and supports a host of animal and human rights organizations.
By working with Wyoming Untrapped, Debbie hopes to inspire others to join and help create a safe and humane environment for people, pets and wildlife. “We all deserve to feel save when hiking on our public lands,” she says.
Whitney Royster has worked as a natural resources reporter for most of her career. She graduated with a dual degree in English and Political Science from Duke University, then obtained a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She covered the environment for the state of Wyoming and for Teton County and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. When not chasing her two young children, she helps Wyoming Untrapped with media coverage and long-term strategy.
Leslie Patten has worked with land her entire life. As a professional landscape designer in the San Francisco Bay Area, her gardens were featured in Garden Conservancy and local art tours. While living in Northern California, she worked with school-age children, helping them explore the unique ecology of redwood forests and coastal tide pools. In 2005, she moved to the Cody area where she spends summers backpacking throughout the Greater Yellowstone region. Leslie is passionate about changing laws to protect wildlife from the outdated custom of trapping. She believes education is key. Her own dog was caught in a leghold trap on public lands. She is the author of three books, her latest one on mountain lions entitled Ghostwalker: Tracking a Mountain Lion’s Soul through Science and Story.
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Gary L. Shockey
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- Executive Director
Aska has been involved in animal welfare work for over 10 years. Over the years she has spent her time in the veterinary field caring for wildlife in South Africa and domestic animals in Teton Valley. Through her work with Wyoming Untrapped, Aska hopes to create a society that is kinder and more compassionate to all animals.
Aska was recently featured in a short film to raise awareness for PAWS of Jackson Hole. Click here to see the film
- Beaver Restoration Project
Jennifer Jellen is a founder and principal of Granite Canyon Consulting, a local company that specializes in non-profit management and scientific research for the conservation community. Jen came to Jackson seven years ago after completing her graduate training in the University of Chicago’s department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology. Her scientific work focuses on landscape genetics and the practical restoration of large-scale habitats, especially wetlands. She has previously worked with a number of conservation organizations including Teton Raptor Center, the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Illinois Natural History Survey. She is also a partner in Teton Skies, a science outreach company that specializes in reconnecting visitors with astronomy and the wonders of the night sky.