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. Whenever possible, laughter is on the daily agenda.
“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.” With civility and compassion, we can succeed.
- 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.
S Sharon Brown
D Dr. Franz Camenzind
Dr. Franz Camenzind
B Bernadine Craft
M Melissa Groo
A Asher Jay
P Penny Maldonado
K Kristine O’Brien
Kristine is passionate about ski mountaineering. She is often backcountry skiing in the Tetons, and has also climbed and skied in Europe, South America, the Himalaya, South Africa, and Northwest China. She founded and for several years ran a tour operator company taking people skiing in the French Alps.
Kristine O’Brien graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota, receiving a BS in Economics. She earned an ABD in Economics also at the University of Minnesota. Kristine has traveled extensively, living and raising her two children in five countries.
D Dave Pauli
Dave Pauli started his animal career in 1979 by starting a wildlife conflict resolution business in Madison, Wisconsin called Humane Animal Controls, Inc. Since then he also served as a superintendent of animal control (Billings Animal Shelter), a bi-county Humane Society in Eastern Washington (Tri-Cities) and for the past 30 years as a field responder/manager for The Humane Society of The United States. Dave has responded to domestic animal/exotic/wild animal projects in all 50 states and in Taiwan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Canada, Turks & Caicos, Costa Rico, Vieques, Culebra, St Johns, Molokai, and a seaborne rescue ship. Dave currently works on remotely solving wildlife conflicts, but also responds to natural disasters and participates in chemical immobilization and immunocontraception projects for deer. He also participates in volume capture projects for prairie dogs, and feral dogs and cats for translocation or spaying. The remainder of his time is allocated to helping all HSUS, Humane Society International and the Wildlife Land Trust with field projects or programs. He is an HSUS point person on wild pigs, prairie dogs, beavers, turtles and tortoises, pigeons, trapping issues and wildlife contraception. Dave began teaching trap-release workshops with us in 2013.
A Ashleigh Scully
G Gary L. Shockey
Gary L. Shockey
P Peggy Struhsacker
Loren is the Executive Director of Wyoming Untrapped and a Certified Wildlife Biologist®. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from Eastern Kentucky University and has worked in wildlife conservation for the past 10 years. During her career as a wildlife biologist, Loren specialized in avian research and monitoring, studying bird populations in Florida, Michigan, and Kentucky. Loren served 5 years with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources as a Nongame Avian Biologist, and Falconry Program coordinator.
Loren plans to use her experience and background to advocate for regulation reform, and informed public lands management. Loren believes “Public lands and the wildlife inhabiting them are for all public land users to enjoy safely and should be managed responsibly. True wildlife management is people management through regulations and law.”
President Eriksen-Meier Consulting
Susan is the founder of Eriksen-Meier Consulting and a twenty-six year Jackson resident with a long history of community leadership. She is a board member of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chair of the Chamber’s Membership Committee, and a member of the Jackson Hole Rotary Club since 2001. Her past positions include Executive Director of the Community Children’s Project, Development Director for the Art Association, Grant Writer for Teton County Government, and Senior Program Officer for the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. She holds a dual Masters Degree in Education and Environmental Science from Antioch New England Graduate School, a Bachelors Degree in Natural Resources from the University of Massachusetts and is a graduate of the Excellence in Nonprofit Management Certificate Program through the University of Wisconsin. She is licensed by the Standards for Excellence Institute and Certified in Board Education by BoardSource. Susan’s experience, passion for complex community projects, and strong commitment to building community connections, results in strong project leadership that’s rare in today’s world.