Board of Directors

Lisa Robertson

  • 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

  • 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

  • Secretary

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

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.

Advisory Council

Sharon Brown, Advisory Council

S Sharon Brown

Dr. Franz Camenzind, Advisory Council

D Dr. Franz Camenzind

Bernadine Craft, Advisory Council

B Bernadine Craft

Melissa Groo, Advisory Council

M Melissa Groo

J Jeff Hogan

Asher Jay, Advisory Council

A Asher Jay

Penny Maldonado, Advisory Council

P Penny Maldonado

Kristine O'Brien

K Kristine O’Brien

D Dave Pauli

Ashleigh Scully, Advisory Council

A Ashleigh Scully

Gary L. Shockey, Advisory Council

G Gary L. Shockey

WU Board Member Peggy Struhsacker

P Peggy Struhsacker

Executive Director

Jenny DeSarro

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.

Outreach and Operations Manager

Sarah Pruden

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.”

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