Our Team

Meet The Team
Our team includes ecologists, educators, rehabilitators, interns, veterinary externs, research associates, field technicians, and administrators, all with one thing in common: a commitment to avian conservation. We love birds, and we love our jobs!

Our Staff

Amanda Penn
Amanda Penn
Avian Care Technician

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Amanda grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and developed a love of wild creatures from an early age. She later graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Zoology. After college she worked at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Seattle, Washington where she gained valuable experience working with raptors, songbirds, and various mammals. Amanda grew up visiting the Tetons every summer with her family. In 2015, she finally moved to Teton Valley, Idaho and began working for the Animal Adoption Center (a non-profit animal rescue) in Jackson, Wyoming. She is thrilled to be a part of the Teton Raptor Center Avian Care Team and can’t wait to share her love of raptors with the world. During her free time, Amanda can be found exploring the great outdoors with her husband or cuddling on the couch with her rescue dog Josie and cat Pumpkin.

Favorite Raptor: Northern Saw-whet Owl

Amy McCarthy
Amy Brennan McCarthy
Executive Director

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Following a childhood in upstate New York and upon graduating from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a dual major in economics and environmental studies, Amy quickly made her way to Wyoming to work at the CM Ranch in Dubois. Amy participated in the inaugural year of Teton Science Schools’ Professional Residency in Environmental Education program and earned a master’s degree in Forest Resources and Natural Resource Policy from Utah State University. These experiences left her with a substantive foundation for understanding the natural history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a deep appreciation for the community of Jackson Hole, a commitment to sustainability and wildness, and a thirst for ongoing discovery. Amy has mixed drinks at Dornan’s Bar in Moose, guided trips in the Tetons and Wind Rivers for Exum Mountain Guides, served as Communications and Development Director for The Murie Center, explored the world of documentary filmmaking as the associate producer of Don’t Fence Me In (a production of The Equipoise Fund), headed operations for an independent investment advisory firm and experienced a season in Antarctica as a recycling specialist. Amy now feels as if she has truly landed in the role of Teton Raptor Center’s first Executive Director, serving in this leadership position since 2010. Amy lives in Victor, Idaho with her husband Forrest and three furry family members — felines Marshall and Lhakpa and canine, Tasman, a mountain-mutt.

Favorite Raptor: Osprey

Anna Tobin
Anna Tobin
Education Coordinator

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Anna’s experience growing up in five different countries and traveling all over the world led her to develop a deep passion for the environment and wildlife. She obtained an International Affairs undergraduate degree at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. After working as an educator and wildlife keeper at four different wildlife facilities across the United States she attended Alaska Pacific University to obtain an M.S. in Outdoor and Environmental Education. During this time, she tested for her IATCB certification, a certification done in partnership with the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE), which provides formal recognition of knowledge and practice in the field of avian care and training and requires an extensive understanding of the theory, training, and practical care of avian ambassadors. She became the only Certified Professional Bird Trainer (CPBT-KA) in both Idaho and Wyoming. She is delighted to join the team at Teton Raptor Center and when she isn’t working, she is taking time to explore her new home.
 
Favorite Raptor: Peregrine Falcon

Bryan Bedrosian
Conservation Director

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Bryan has been studying raptors in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for the past two decades. He completed his master’s degree from Arkansas State University studying Common Raven ecology in Jackson Hole and Red-tailed Hawks wintering in Arkansas. Bryan has continued and expanded his management-based research with dozens of projects across Wyoming and Montana, focusing on raptors and sage-grouse. His current work involves many on-going projects on spatial ecology, habitat use, bioacoustics, genetics, and conservation planning. He enjoys tinkering with engineering projects and has developed several new wildlife traps, GPS tracking transmitters, and automated recording systems. Bryan has served as the president of the Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society and co-chair of the Wyoming Golden Eagle Working Group. He has aided and worked with many researchers and projects across North America and Europe and believes that collaborations are the key to successful wildlife science and conservation. Bryan lives in Jackson with his lovely bride, Emily, and is proud father of his son, Oliver, and daughter, Alice.

Favorite Raptor: Golden Eagle and Great Gray Owl (one for day and one for night!)

Chuck Preston
Research Associate

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Dr. Charles R. Preston is the Willis McDonald, IV Founding and Senior Curator Emeritus at the
Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody, Wyoming. He
retired from the Center in 2018. He garnered international recognition for his “visionary” design and development of the Draper Museum, where he forged a groundbreaking partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to foster biodiversity conservation in Greater Yellowstone. He established the Draper Museum Raptor Experience employing live raptors in public educational programming, and he has been recognized as a “leading thinker” concerning conservation issues in Greater Yellowstone. Prior to his appointment at the Draper Museum in 1998, Dr. Preston was Chairman of the Department of Zoology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (1990 – 1998) and a tenured Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock (1982 – 1989). While at the Denver Museum, Preston’s research and public education initiatives contributed to the establishment of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. He holds or has held adjunct appointments in the Haub School for Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming; Biology and Environmental
Science, University of Colorado (Boulder and Denver); Environmental Policy and Management,
Denver University, and Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. His research on various species of raptors has spanned more than four decades. Since 2009 he has directed a
long-term monitoring/research platform on Golden Eagle nesting ecology in Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin along the eastern margin of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He continues
participation in this platform through the affiliation with Teton Raptor Center.

Connor Hartnett
Avian Care Technician

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Connor grew up in northern Vermont as a part of a dairy farming community, spending a large portion of his childhood outside and surrounded by both wildlife and domesticated farm animals. Connor’s love of wildlife and the outdoors began there and further grew when he was able to experience new environments and animals after moving to Colorado. He attended Colorado College for undergraduate school where he received a BA in History. He moved to Jackson soon after and began volunteering at the TRC in raptor rehabilitation. After a year of volunteering, Connor was extremely excited to be offered the opportunity to join the TRC staff.

Favorite Raptor: Great Gray Owl and Golden Eagle

Georgia Coleman
Conservation Intern

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Georgia originally hails from the shrub-steppe of Washington state. She completed her B.S. in Environmental Science (Wildlife focus) at the University of Washington in 2021. During her undergrad, she had the opportunity to participate in a study of the ravens of Yellowstone National Park, and so she’s excited to be returning to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem! As a wildlife technician most of her work so far has been with raptors, which she has been interested in ever since she made a presentation about Northern Goshawks in the 4th grade. Most recently she counted raptors during fall migration at Grand Canyon National Park. Georgia is excited to join the TRC and further her skills in raptor conservation. In her free time she loves hiking, bird watching, and baking bread.

Hannah Leonard
Hannah Leonard
Sporting Lead-Free Outreach Coordinator

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Hannah was born and raised under the Big Sky in Montana and has enjoyed outdoor pursuits her whole life. She is an avid fly fisher and hunter always looking for ways to be involved, from leading women’s fly fishing groups and participating in sustainable hunting programs. Earning a bachelor’s in marketing and a master’s in resource conservation, she has a unique perspective on outreach efforts for the benefit of conservation. Her first connection to lead-free sporting came from encountering a leaded golden eagle while hunting with a family friend in southwest Montana. This experience ignited a desire to educate others in the use of non-lead alternatives not only for the benefit of wildlife and human health but for the continuation of our hunting heritage. In addition to hunting and fishing, she enjoys tending to her ever-growing indoor jungle of plants and spending as much time outside with her best pal, Cedar, a German Shepherd-chocolate lab mix.

Jessie Walters
Jessie Walters
Administrative & Volunteer Coordinator

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While growing up in the northeast corner of Oklahoma, Jessie would explore the outdoors at any given chance. Her love of birds began at the tender age of three, when she was introduced to penguins. She moved out west in 2006 to pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. Jessie’s first exposure to the Tetons came in 2011 when she landed a job with a scenic float company. Since then, she has worked for the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a few wildlife tour operators. Jessie began volunteering with Teton Raptor Center in April 2015 and hasn’t looked back.

Favorite Raptor: Peregrine Falcon

Josh Layfield
Josh Layfield
Graduate Research Associate

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Josh grew up in the Great Appalachian Valley of Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee where he found his passion for birds working as a field technician on a project investigating the effects of cattle grazing strategies in native warm season grass pastures on nesting songbirds. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Wildlife and Fisheries science in 2016, Josh has worked for the United States Forest Service as a ranger technician and type II Wildland Fighter on the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont, and as a Reservoir Operations Manager for a water supplier in western Massachusetts. In 2020, Josh’s dream of working with birds began to take form when he was accepted to the graduate program at the University of Wyoming in the department of Zoology and Physiology. His graduate research with the Teton Raptor Center will evaluate factors influencing the habitat selection and space use of migratory golden eagles wintering in Wyoming. During his spare time, Josh is all about being outdoors birding or wading the waters of the North Platte River. Josh lives in Casper, Wyoming with his wife Riley and their two pups, Pippin and Myotis.

Favorite Raptor(s): Northern Goshawk and Golden Eagle

Julie Polasik
Research Biologist

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Julie grew up in upstate New York where she spent a great deal of time outdoors and gained an early interest in the environment and wildlife conservation. She spent her college years in the Adirondack Mountains where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Paul Smith’s College. Julie moved to the western states soon thereafter and spent several years working seasonal wildlife jobs until she returned to school to complete her master’s degree in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management at the University of Wyoming. Over the last decade she has studied songbirds, raptors, and shorebirds, as well as amphibians, reptiles, and bumblebees across Wyoming, Alaska, California, Colorado, Michigan, South Dakota, and New York. Julie finally landed in Jackson Hole in 2019 when she discovered it was the ideal location for combining a career in wildlife science with outdoor recreation in the mountains. She is a passionate birder who loves being involved in research focused on the conservation of wildlife. Julie lives in Teton Valley, Idaho where she spends her free time hiking, backpacking, and Nordic skiing with her rescue dog, Bandit.

Favorite Raptor: Boreal Owl

Karina Li
Karina Li
Conservation Intern

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Originally from a small mountain town in Southern California and formally educated in St. Paul, Minnesota, Karina lived in seven more states before arriving in Wyoming as TRC’s newest intern. Having worked as a veterinary assistant, environmental educator, and wildlife technician, she is excited to find a position that not only combines her passions but lasts a whole entire year! Last summer, Karina assisted with Glacier National Park’s Golden Eagle nest monitoring effort and can’t wait to learn more about these enormous, magnificent birds while working with the research and avian care teams at TRC. Karina enjoys several mountain sports, but is most proud of turning her friends into birders. This serves the dual purpose of increasing general appreciation for avian life and also slowing them down a little on the trail.

Favorite raptor: Golden Eagle

Katherine Gura
Graduate Research Associate

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Katherine is a doctoral candidate in the University of Wyoming’s Program in Ecology. For her graduate research, she is collaborating with TRC to study the mechanisms underlying variation in habitat selection, movement ecology, and demography of Great Gray Owls in northwestern Wyoming. Specifically, she is using GPS location data to quantify breeding habitat requirements for this state-sensitive species. She also is incorporating long-term nest-monitoring, prey abundance, and weather data into her research to understand how each of these factors may influence Great Gray Owl reproductive performance and movement ecology. She considers herself extremely lucky to have spent the past ten years researching this elusive, understudied forest raptor. A testament to her love for Great Gray Owls, she authored a book on this raptor species, Phantom of the North, which is available at TRC’s gift shop! Prior to attending the University of Wyoming, Katherine worked as a field biologist at Teton Raptor Center and has conducted avian wildlife research in Wyoming for 14 years. She received a B.A. from Middlebury College, and she originally hails from North Carolina. During her free time, Katherine enjoys trail-running with her favorite field assistant, her pup Dipper.

Favorite Raptor: American Kestrel

Linnea Gardner
Linnea Gardner
Avian Care Technician

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Linnea’s appreciation of raptors, wildlife, and love of the outdoors began with her life in the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains in Southern California and family camping trips in the Sierra Nevada. Since then, she has spent a majority of her life searching out adventure. Her love of wild places and wildlife brought her to Jackson in 2000 where her ongoing search for the perfect job led her to volunteer at Teton Raptor Center, which in turn led to the fantastic opportunity to join the staff at TRC. She couldn’t be happier.

Meghan Warren
Meghan Warren
Avian Care Director

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Meghan grew up in Sedona, Arizona, but spent every summer in Pinedale, WY where her parents and grandfather ran Skinner Brothers Wilderness School. There she spent the summers camping, riding horses, fishing, and hiking. Growing up in two incredibly beautiful places gave Meghan a lifelong interest in conservation. She started at TRC as a volunteer in 2010, then completed TRC’s internship in 2011 before being hired on as a full-time staff member. Meghan now directs all avian care at Teton Raptor Center. Meghan graduated from Willamette University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and took a year away from TRC to complete her master’s in Conservation Medicine at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019.

Favorite Raptor: Swainson’s Hawk

Sarah Ramirez
Sarah Ramirez
Graduate Research Associate

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Sarah Ramirez grew up in the Bay Area in Northern California. She attended the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon, where she quickly discovered her love for the outdoors and passion for birds. Sarah graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and has since moved across the country participating on a variety of projects, such as studying crow funeral behavior in Washington, monitoring endangered shorebird species in Rhode Island, ensuring California Condor survival in central California, and to the eventual raptor work she does today for Teton Raptor Center. Originally with interests in both rehabilitation and research, she spent a year with TRC in the rehabilitation clinic. While her interests in rehabilitation remain, she found field work was a better fit for her and switched over to TRC’s research team.

Favorite Raptor: American Kestrel

Selena Humphreys
Selena Humphreys
Operations Director

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With over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Selena is passionate about bringing people closer to nature and creating systems to allow nonprofits to deliver their missions effectively.

A childhood in Maine spent hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, and running from black flies instilled in Selena a love of the outdoors and a tolerance for extreme winters. She relocated to Jackson in 2005 and found the low humidity, powder skiing, proximity to incredible landscapes, and the community irresistible. In the region, she has worked as a bird bander, server, veterinary assistant, and naturalist. Before joining the TRC, she spent 9 years at Teton Science Schools as field education faculty and registration director.
Her educational background includes a bachelor’s in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Connecticut, a master’s in science education from the University of Washington, and a graduate residency at Islandwood.

Selena lives in Victor, Idaho with her husband, daughter, two dogs and a cat, spending as much time on the Teton and South Fork rivers and in the mountains as possible. She loves birding, baking, gardening, and telling terrible jokes.

Favorite Raptor: Barred Owl

Sheena Patel
Sheena Patel
Clinic Coordinator

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Sheena has worked with both captive and wild raptors since 2015 in wildlife rehabilitation, field research, and education positions before joining the team at Teton Raptor Center in 2017. She received her bachelor’s in Biology in 2015 from Longwood University and her master’s in Wildlife Conservation & Biology from the University of Maine in 2021. Working with birds has taken her all over the country to different wildlife rehabilitation centers before she eventually landed here in Wyoming at Teton Raptor Center. Sheena is thrilled to be a part of the organization and to be able to specialize in raptor and corvid rehabilitation in Jackson Hole.

Favorite Raptor: Barred Owl

Step Wilson
Research Associate

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Step Wilson began working with raptors as a volunteer bander at the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in 1995. After seven autumns, he moved to Colorado and worked alongside Sigrid Ueblacker at Birds of Prey Foundation and monitored raptor breeding, migration, and wintering sites throughout the Rocky Mountains and Great Lakes. He has studied raptors through counting and banding efforts in Mexico, Canada, Italy, Israel, and South Africa. He has been collaborating with our research team for the past 13 years on a variety of raptor and raven projects. Step’s main interests are raptor conservation and public education.

Favorite Raptor: Red-tailed Hawk

Our Board

Teton Raptor Center operates under a Board of Directors and with the guidance of an Advisory Council. Our fantastic members donate their time, experience, talents, and generosity toward the continued growth and success of our mission to advance raptor conservation through education, research, and rehabilitation.

Our board members bring experience from many different professions, offer diverse perspectives, and share our commitment to raptors. You will frequently find board members fixing a shelf, blowing snow from the walkways, or just stopping by to ask, “how can I help?”

Aleathia Hoster Brown
Aleathia Hoster Brown
Director

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Aleathia Hoster Brown is the COO for FenixVerify. She is a mentor for Womentum and is a board member of the YPO Personal Investing Network and YPO Hunting & Fishing Conservation Network, as well as serving as Spouse Officer for the YPO Jackson Hole Chapter. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Political Science and has been coming to the valley since she was a child. She now lives in Jackson with her husband, and they love the outdoors.

Favorite raptor: Elf Owl

Bill Egan
Bill Egan
Vice-Chair

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Bill Egan retired from his health care career at Johnson & Johnson and Warburg-Pincus. He has been involved in numerous non-profits, including two in Jackson where he serves as Chairman—Brain Chemistry Labs and the Trout Unlimited Advisory Board. Following his graduation from Trinity College, Bill served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America prior to getting his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He first came to Jackson 30 years ago on a fly-fishing vacation. Since then Jackson has become the epicenter for his entire family that numbers 27 including 14 grandchildren.

Favorite raptor: Osprey

Chansoo Joung
Chansoo Joung
Director

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Chansoo Joung is a consultant for TPH Asset Management LLC, an affiliate of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. His investment career spans three decades, including senior positions at Goldman Sachs and Warburg Pincus LLC. Throughout his career he has been involved in the energy sector and clean energy finance, with leadership in diversity recruitment and development. He holds an MBA with High Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Chansoo and his wife Elisabeth have three children and they split their time between Jackson Hole and Nantucket. Their daughter Greta, currently studying at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, interned at Teton Raptor Center in the summer of 2016.

Favorite raptor: Bald Eagle

David Hoster
Emeritus

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David retired as the President and CEO of EastGroup Properties and remains involved as the Chairman of the Board. Based in Jackson,
MS, EastGroup is a NYSE real estate investment trust focused on industrial properties in the major sunbelt markets. David’s prior community service includes the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (MS), the Board of Trustees of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and fundraising for a variety of schools. He is a graduate of Princeton University with honors and received his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He was also an officer in the U. S. Army with service in Vietnam. David and his wife Missy have visited Jackson for over 40 years and have had a home in the valley for many years. They especially enjoy hiking and cross-country skiing.

Favorite Raptor: Great Horned Owl

Eddie Opler
Eddie Opler
Director

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Eddie Opler is the Chairman and CEO of World’s Finest Chocolate. He represents the third generation in his family to lead the company since its founding in 1939. And, he is the second generation within his family to serve on Teton Raptor Center’s board of directors. Eddie’s father, Ed Opler, was a member of TRC’s founding board, serving from 2008-2014. Eddie is a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Middlebury College, and The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Eddie and his wife Sarah have four children and they split their time between Wilson, Wyoming and Chicago.

Hadyn Peery
Hadyn Peery
Director

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Hadyn is a financial advisor and partner at SINGLETON PEERY Financial. A Virginia native drawn to the Tetons after graduation from N.C. State University for – who can believe it – the skiing. Jackson Hole is also where Hadyn was first introduced to raptors by the acclaimed Roger Smith while working at 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club in 2006. Hadyn likes to think these may have been the early origins of Roger’s idea to create the Teton Raptor Center. Hadyn is proud to now be a part of such a remarkable origination. Hadyn lives in Jackson with his wife and two children.

Favorite Raptor: Peregrine Falcon

Leslye Hardie
Leslye Hardie
Chair

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Leslye is a graduate of University of Alabama in accounting and marketing and had a career in commercial real estate. She currently serves on the board of Womentum, a nonprofit that strives to empower and connect women as leaders in their community. Leslye is a long-serving volunteer with the Jackson Cupboard and a great supporter of Wyoming Public Radio. Leslye and her family have been friends and fans of TRC for two decades, stretching back to encounters with Owly the Great Horned Owl at the Wilson Elementary School to outings with TRC’s Founder Roger Smith. Leslye states, “We are so grateful to have this amazing asset in our community.”

Favorite Raptor: Great Gray Owl

Lisa Friesecke
Lisa Friesecke
Secretary

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Lisa started her love for the valley back in 1990 when she and her husband Are made Jackson Hole their second home from Florida. While in Florida, Lisa worked as an educator for special needs children and then on to quality control in Are’s company for 12 yrs. While raising their son Kai, she contributed to the Ft. Lauderdale community on various boards including the Charity Guild of Ft. Lauderadale, the Seafarer’s House, Inc, and the LYC Sailing Foundation. When she is not chairing sailing regattas or working on race committees her love is in the mountains enjoying all the activities that go along with it. Having worked at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton NP for seven years both as a ranger and a volunteer, she is thrilled to be able to come and help at the Raptor Center. “The last eight years have been such an incredible learning experience at TRC, working with such a great team and I look forward to many more.”

Favorite Raptor: Osprey

Mark Aronowitz
Mark Aronowitz
Director

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Mark grew up in New York, attended college in Southwest Ohio and moved to Wyoming in 2000 to work at the Teton Science Schools. After several years of teaching and guiding with TSS, Mark studied environmental and natural resources law earning his degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2005. After graduating, Mark moved back to Wyoming joining the Spence Law Firm in Jackson, Wyoming. In 2008, Mark was promoted to serve as the Executive Director of the public interest, not for profit law firm Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming (L.A.W.), a position he has held ever since. Mark lives south of Jackson with his wife Ryland, daughter Atten (10, named for Sir David Attenborough), and son Raylan (7), all passionate naturalists of varied abilities.

Phoebe Coburn
Phoebe Coburn
Director

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Phoebe’s appreciation for the natural world developed during her childhood in Wilson, Wyoming and Kathmandu, Nepal. At age 10, Phoebe’s foray into conservation began with a project directed by Roger Smith to install signs on Fall Creek Road encouraging drivers to slow down to avoid hitting owls. Phoebe holds undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Geography from the University of Denver and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Her Master’s capstone work focused on project evaluation and community outreach. Phoebe currently works as the Communications Specialist for Teton Conservation District. She’s honored to join Teton Raptor Center’s Board of Directors and appreciates the opportunity to support raptor conservation.

Favorite Raptor: Great Horned Owl

Porgy McClelland
Porgy McClelland
Emeritus

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Porgy moved to Jackson Hole in 1975 after graduating from the University of Vermont and growing up in the Adirondacks of New York State. He has been a building contractor since 1980 with a current interest in working on renewable energy projects. Backcountry skiing, hiking and hunting continue to fuel his love for the natural world, and he is keenly appreciative of the opportunities to support birds of prey and their habitat through his role on Teton Raptor Center’s Board of Directors.

Favorite Raptor: Rough-legged Hawk

Rich Bloom
Rich Bloom
Treasurer

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Rich’s commitment to the environment began early on, when he received a BS in Renewable Natural Resources from University of California at Davis, followed by an MA in Experiential Environmental Education from the University of Northern Colorado. He also holds a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. During a 30-year field career, Rich taught at Yosemite Institute, Keystone Science School, Outward Bound, National Outdoor leadership School (NOLS), and Mountain Journeys (an eco-travel company he co-owned with his wife) throughout the western United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, India, Chile, Argentina, Tibet and Nepal. During his 40 years living in Jackson Hole, Rich also served as Teton Science Schools’ Education Director (1980-1987) and Associate Executive Director/CFO (1996-2006), during which time he managed $40M in land and capital projects. He currently also serves on the board of the Melody Ranch Improvement & Service District. Rich is a passionate advocate and neighborhood organizer for land-use planning that complements our natural resource base. Rich and wife Rebecca Woods Bloom enjoy exploring mountain ranges and cultures around the world.

Favorite Raptor: Great Gray Owl

Roger Smith
Roger Smith
Founding Director

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Roger Smith has spent his entire professional career in the natural sciences and environmental education. Roger started his professional life in 1977 as a field biologist researching grizzly bear demographics in northwestern Montana. He continued to study both grizzly and black bears in Alaska, Maine and Colorado before completing his secondary science degree in 1984. After teaching high school science in Montana, he moved to Jackson Hole in 1985 and joined the resident faculty at the Teton Science School (TSS). At TSS, he designed and implemented field-oriented natural science curriculum for all ages. In 1987, he joined the field staff at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), leading courses in Wyoming, Texas, Mexico and Kenya. In 1994, Roger completed his master’s degree in Wildlife Biology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming. Roger’s research has focused on raptors and ravens of Grand Teton National Park, and he has continued to pursue this work to this day. In 1994, he helped initiate and manage the Professional Residency in Environmental Education program at the Teton Science School and was on faculty there until 1999. From 1999 to 2001, Roger worked as a field research biologist with Beringia South, a nonprofit wildlife research and educational institute in Kelly, Wyoming. There, he managed all aspects of independent research, from grant and proposal writing, research, and publication in peer-reviewed professional journals. Roger began the Teton Raptor Fund in 1997 with his wife and fellow wildlife biologist Margaret Creel. Since then, his focus has been primarily on medical care and public education around raptors of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In 2002, Roger developed the Nature Center at 3 Creek Ranch, where he became their year-round Resident Naturalist.

Favorite Raptor: Red-tailed Hawk

Stew Harvey
Stew Harvey
Director

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Stew Harvey has retired from his businesses of providing materials for municipal water systems. Growing up in Montana, the Mountain West was calling for Stew and his wife Carol to find a new home in retirement. It didn’t take much to gravitate to Jackson and both are active in Valley charitable organizations. When not volunteering at TRC, you can find Stew fishing, Nordic skiing, biking or doing woodworking projects.

Favorite Raptor: Bald Eagle

Advisory Council

Andrew Salter, Lawyer, Teton Law Group
Bert Raynes – In Memoriam, Author, Naturalist
Dr. Dan Lorimer, D.V.M., DACVO, Blue Pearl Veterinary
Dr. Heather R. Carleton, D.V.M., Owner, Jackson Animal Hospital
Dr. Joe Weinman, D.V.M., Jackson Animal Hospital
Dr. Mark Pokras, D.V.M., Associate Professor, Dept of Environmental and Population Health, Wildlife Clinic & Center for Conservation Medicine, Tufts University
Steve Cain, Retired Senior Wildlife Biologist, Grand Teton National Park
Susan Patla, Retired Non-game Biologist, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

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