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.
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
J Jeff Hogan
Cinematographer Jeff Hogan has been filming and photographing wildlife around the world for over 30 years earning numerous awards for his work including several Emmy nominations for Cinematography. Being a naturalist at heart, Jeff's passion is to witness wildlife behavior, and for a privileged view into the secret lives of wildlife, capturing intimate imaging that illustrates the unique story’s that abound throughout the Natural world. Jeff resides in the heart of the Yellowstone Ecosystem with his wife Karen and son Finn with homes in both Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Silver Gate, Montana. Living at the doorstep of both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Jeff often captures behavioral sequences rarely witnessed in the wild. Bringing these images and stories to the screen is Jeff’s goal, with the understanding and hope that society will respond with a desire to conserve, protect and treasure our incredible natural worlds. And restore our wild lands to complete intact ecosystem once again.
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
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.”
Outreach and Operations Manager
Sarah graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy, and minor focuses in Anthropology and Sociology. She has worked professionally within the conservation field for the past 7 years, having designed, constructed and implemented projects based in science communication, field work, data analysis, public outreach, and GIS mapping. Moving to the Jackson area in 2018, she began her time here by serving as an Americorps hubsite member through Teton Science School in collaboration with Teton Raptor Center. She then went on to work within the conservation and education fields within the community, while performing public outreach and education. Sarah has always had interest in the study of understanding how we as humans interact and engage with our environment, and how we affect that landscape on a short-term and long-term scale.
Sarah aims to pair scientific literacy with accessible scientific communication, to create the opportunity for powerful connections that encourage informed wildlife and public lands management. Sarah believes “The ability to foster education and connection to our wild counterparts, with the goal of creating a better understanding of our relationship to the natural world, is an integral part of creating a sustainable future.”