Dear Greater Yellowstone Coalition Members,

On behalf of the Governance Committee of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s Board of Directors, I am pleased to recommend to the membership of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition these eight candidates below for election as members of its board. Please note that one of the candidates is running for a second term on the board, while seven candidates are running for their first term.

Each elected board member will serve a four-year term and has the broad responsibility of promoting the Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s mission, programs, and image.

Thank you for participating in this election. We also want to thank each of the well-qualified candidates for volunteering their time and effort to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition Board.

We look forward to announcing the results of the election in the coming months.

Cast your vote by May 15, and the results will be posted on our web site by June 23.

Sincerely,

Robert B. Keiter 
Chair, Governance Committee
Greater Yellowstone Coalition Board of Directors

 

To cast your vote, please call us at 1-800-775-1834


Pete Coppolillo

I graduated magna cum laude in Biology and Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado and received a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. I worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society for 10 years, where I helped plan and carry out conservation strategies in Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Congo, Cambodia, Tanzania, and the United States. In 2012 I became Executive Director of Working Dogs for Conservation, the world’s leading conservation detection dog organization, based in Bozeman, Montana.

I am a practicing scientist and conservationist, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to bring both perspectives to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition Board.  Greater Yellowstone is an extraordinary wild place and a model for the world, and I’m thrilled to help the Greater Yellowstone Coalition protect it. I’m particularly drawn to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition's ideal size, regional focus and standing in this part of the world.

Ken Lichtendahl

I grew up in Cincinnati and attended the University of Cincinnati, graduating in Industrial Management. I worked in the beverage industry since finishing college more than forty years ago. My first twenty-three years in the business were spent brewing beer and the last seventeen brewing tea.

I owe my love of Yellowstone to my parents who visited often and then moved to Bondurant, Wyoming in the 70’s. My many visits included backpacking into most drainages throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. My wife Kathy and I followed the move west, relocating to Clark, Wyoming in 1994.

We currently raise and pack llamas and enjoy extended trips into the GYE with the animals in the summer months, shifting to backcountry skiing when the seasons change. Just as it was written many years ago “all good things come from a healthy environment”. I believe it and hope we can pass on the priceless legacy of a healthy ecosystem to the next generation.

Ben Mackay

I grew up in Minnesota, earned a BA in Environmental Policy from Colby College in Maine and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Growing up I split my summers between Rhode Island and our family ranch in Montana, serving on the board of the ranch for the past 19 years. I’ve always had a love for the outdoors from canoeing, to sea kayaking to working for 4 years as a NOLS instructor in Alaska.

I’ve lived throughout the intermountain west and most recently settled in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I run a private equity firm focused on emerging entrepreneurial companies. I love to ski, fly-fish, and spend time in the mountains of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

I’m excited to be considered for the board of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition because I’ve always viewed their work as some of the most effective in the northern Rockies when it comes to protecting land, water, and wildlife from modern day human pressures that threaten to lessen the wild qualities of this region.

Janet Offensend

Growing up in California, my family spent three weeks each summer camping and hiking in the Greater Yellowstone area.  Through these experiences I came to appreciate the restorative powers of this magnificent region, the uniqueness of its scale and the challenges to its survival. Since 1979 we have had a home in Jackson Hole.

After graduating from Princeton with a degree in Public and International Affairs and a brief banking career, I have worked in the New York non-profit arena for 30 years largely as a volunteer and board member.  I am currently the chair of the Wassaic Project, an arts organization in upstate New York. My focus has been on helping create strong organizations that can deliver sustainably on their chosen mission through a clear strategic direction, careful financial management and robust resource development.

Watching the Greater Yellowstone Coalition grow and appreciating the strong leadership it has provided to protect this special place, I am eager to join the team and work on behalf of a region I cherish deeply.

Will Price

My wife, Caroline, two sons, and I live in Bozeman, where I am the Managing Partner at Next Frontier Capital, a venture firm focused on Montana.

I first fell in love with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as a camper at Teton Valley Ranch Camp, where my two sons are current campers and where my wife was both a camper and board member.  Every summer finds our family hiking, fishing, and camping in the GYE.

Having lived and worked in Africa, Asia, and Europe, I am keenly aware of how uniquely wonderful the GYE is and how important it is for us to protect it. I previously served on the Advisory Board of the Yellowstone Park Foundation and volunteered with The Wilderness Society where I led a trip into the Frank Church and as a host committee member for The Wilderness Society's 50th Anniversary Gala.

I am honored by the nomination to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition's board and, if elected, look forward to working with the leadership, directors, and members.

Sheri Weber

I was born and raised in California, where I enjoyed family backpacking trips and camping throughout my youth, and most anything outdoors.  I graduated from Loma Linda University with a B.S. degree in nursing, and worked in a med/surg ICU.  My husband and I moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1984 to enjoy work in a setting close to all things outdoors!!

We have raised our twins in this beautiful area, and have enjoyed introducing another generation to backpacking, camping, white water rafting, fly fishing, and wildlife.  We have become certified Idaho Master Naturalists through Idaho Fish & Game.  Becoming a member of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition resulted from our love and interest in protecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

I have been privileged to participate in many Greater Yellowstone Coalition activities, and hosted two events at our home. I admire the direction the Greater Yellowstone Coalition has taken, and would be honored to serve on the Board as one who values, lives in, and deeply cares for this incredible ecosystem my family and I call home.

Jennifer Wilson

I arrived in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem before I was born, when my family bought our ranch in Boulder, WY. I was fortunate to have grown up around a lot of the “old timers” on the Sublette County ranching scene, and I learned to see and love the land the way they did.

After graduating college, I returned to Pinedale and started my family. My daughters, 6th generation Wyomingites, have an intense love and appreciation for the wildness they have been so lucky to experience right in their back yard.

I was first introduced to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in high school and attended The Teton Science School for a summer session. That really kick started my love affair with the land, the animals, and the water of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and helped me understand the concepts of stewardship, conservation, and connectivity that are so very important to the ecosystem we love. Having lived in Wyoming most of my life, I admire the way the Greater Yellowstone Coalition is working with the people who live and work in the area to ensure an intact and functioning ecosystem for generations to come.

Tom Winston

I first moved to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in 2003 to attend the M.F.A. program in Science and Natural History Documentary Film at Montana State University in Bozeman.  It didn't take me long to fall in love with this extraordinary place and I went on to start my own film and television production company, Grizzly Creek Films. Since opening our doors in 2007 we've produced over twenty natural history films, including a long running series for the National Geographic Channel and an interactive video game for Xbox Kinect.  Highlights from the field have included trips to film grizzly bears on Franc's peak and otters in Lamar Valley in subzero winter temps.

I look forward to a lifetime of exploration and discovery throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as I permanently set down roots in the area. I am very honored to be considered to serve on the Greater Yellowstone Coalition board and carry on the organization's proud legacy of stewardship and advocacy for healthy and intact ecosystems in and around Yellowstone National Park.

 

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