Who We Are
Jenny comes to Wyoming Untrapped with a robust background in environmental education, conservation advocacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration. A Wyoming native, her conservation ethic and journey toward weaving ecological understanding and cultural fluency stem from joining her dad in the incubation room to monitor bird eggs from around the globe as part of a broader effort to restore threatened waterfowl through captive breeding programs. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University. When off the clock, Jenny enjoys exploring nature with her husband, Matt Hall, and their labrador Ike.
Board of Directors
- President (Co-Founder)
Lisa is a co-founder of Wyoming Untrapped. She has been involved with land and wildlife conservation projects for more than 40 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.
- Director (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 safe 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.
- Vice President
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.
I received my BA in Zoology from UC Berkeley and my professional career was in college textbook publishing. I currently live in California (Mill Valley and Tahoe), but spent almost 20 years living part-time in Victor. I left the Tetons in late 2019, but return several times a year to enjoy the beauty, wildlife, and stay connected with friends. I love traveling and staying active with my beautiful dog Riley.
I am a passionate photographer and videographer, using my skills to help conservation organizations whenever possible. I’ve served as a judge for the Jackson Wild film festival for several years, and have won several major photo contests with my wildlife images and videos.
I served on the Board of Directors for Western Watersheds Projects for several years and while residing in Victor worked on a couple of media projects for the Teton Raptor Center and the Teton Regional Land Trust. I have recently joined the Board of Directors for Rewilding Idaho. I am very excited to join the Board of Directors for Wyoming Untrapped to help this incredible organization move forward with their ambitious goals.
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.