The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with varied backgrounds including wildlife biology, plant range and ecology, wildlife management, public relations, law, conservation, planning and development, private business, and education. We believe the Board represents a good cross-section of the community and enables us to have thoughtful debate about current issues that includes many different perspectives.
Robert Kopp, President
After spending as much time as possible in Jackson since 2002 Bob and his wife Debbie relocated here on a full time basis in the fall of 2009. Bob has worked in computer marketing and equipment leasing for his entire career and for the past 20 years has served as the President of The Walden Asset Group. He joined the JHWF board to help make a difference in preserving the wildlife that makes our area so special by participating in the many hands-on projects available through the organization. In addition to this board Bob is very involved in the programs of the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, serves on the Grants Committee of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, volunteers as a Mountain Host at the Jackson Hole Resort and participates in both the Jackson Hole Chorale and Cathedral Voices vocal groups.
Joan Anzelmo, Vice President
Joan Anzelmo served for 35 years in public service as a career employee of the National Park Service (NPS). Most recently she served as Superintendent at Colorado National Monument until her retirement on July 2, 2011. Joan is well known in the Greater Yellowstone region having served as Chief of Public Affairs and spokesperson in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well as the agency’s national Chief of Public Affairs and senior spokesperson in Washington, D.C. Joan has also served as Chief of External Affairs for BLM at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, ID, as park manager of Great Falls Park, in McLean, VA and as Chief of Visitor Services at the National Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. Joan is a nationally recognized spokesperson, communications expert and message strategist. Upon retirement, Joan moved back to Jackson and is enjoying being “home”.
John Freeze, Treasurer
John Freeze joined the board January, 2012. John and his family moved to Jackson in 1999. John’s love of nature and wildlife began in his early years on the farm in eastern Iowa where he learned and the importance of animal stewardship and conservation of the land. John retired May 2011 after a 25-year banking career primarily with two community banks in Iowa and Jackson Hole. John hopes to combine his financial background and love of the land to benefit the organization. "I have long been intrigued by the JHWF mission to promote ways for our community to live compatibly with wildlife. I found an opportunity to volunteer this summer become captivated by the ability to make a difference through tangible, on-the-ground projects." In addition to this board, John serves on the board and as Treasurer and coach for Jackson Hole Youth Soccer. John enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Susan, and children, Lucas, Jess, Jacob and Hannah.
Steve Brandenburg, Secretary
Steve joined the JHWF Board of Directors in early 2013 after participating in two Fencing Projects the previous year. The value of that experience and learning about all of the other good work that the organization undertakes made the decision to join the group an easy one. Prior to relocating to Wyoming, Steve's professional endeavors included education and the administration of business and technology groups creating solutions for telecommunication firms and health care institutions. Over the years he also served on several not-for-profit organizations Board of Directors. Having lived in the Jackson area for 13 years, Steve and his family have experienced the wonders of the environment and especially the wildlife whom we all share it with. Working to improve the interaction between humans and the area's wildlife is important work that deserves continued and consistent support and effort by everyone.
After growing up in Maine and attending St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, Aly Courtemanch came to Jackson Hole in 2005 to pursue a career working in wildlife biology and management. She has worked for a variety of agencies and organizations in the area, on bison, elk, raptor, bear, sage grouse, and bighorn sheep projects. Wildlife work has also taken her internationally to Kenya, Panama, and Mexico. Aly spent the last 5 years working on a master’s degree with the Wyoming Cooperative Research Unit at the University of Wyoming studying habitat selection and impacts of winter backcountry recreation on bighorn sheep in the Tetons. In 2011, her goal of a permanent wildlife career in Jackson became a reality when she was hired as the Terrestrial Habitat Biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Aly’s interests include migration ecology and conservation, relationships between ungulate nutrition and reproduction, impacts to wildlife from human recreation, and promoting citizen science. Aly and her partner, Forest, enjoy spending time outdoors and traveling.
Gretchen relocated to Jackson in 2006 as an Independent Travel Consultant with Protravel International. She graduated from University of New Hampshire in 1985. She began her career in the travel field in downtown Manhattan arranging corporate travel for 7 years, continuing in the White Mountains of NH for 13 years, now working remotely in her ‘western’ chapter. Gretchen had been a volunteer of the Fence Pull activities of JHWF for 4 years before joining the Board. She continues to help on the Fence projects along with helping the JHWF preserve wildlife and wild places. She has always helped in various community programs including homeless shelters, Hospice, highway cleanup, and besides working with JHWF, she is a volunteer with JH Therapeutic Riding Association. She is devoted to helping others with their travel plans to help them to see other backyards of this fascinating world, but she knows the public lands of this backyard - the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the most amazing. She feels blessed to live here and share this area with the wildlife and nature.
Photographer Henry H. Holdsworth is a biologist with a background in animal behavior and environmental education. Henry has spent over twenty five years photographing wildlife and wilderness landscapes. Much of his work is centered on the natural history of threatened species such as the grizzly bear, bald eagle, bison and trumpeter swan. His images are used regularly by leading publications including National Geographic, Nature’s Best, National Wildlife and Wildlife Conservation. His work has also been displayed in galleries and museums such as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. and The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. His first book on grizzly's was published in 1997, and has been followed by sixteen other photographic books on the mountains and wildlife of Alaska, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. His latest portfolio, “Moose of Yellowstone and Grand Teton” was released in June of 2009. Besides serving as a JHWF board member, Henry divides his time between running his Wild by Nature Gallery and photographing remote and wild areas. He and his family make their home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Jared’s interest in conserving natural places began as a child in New England. His career in wildlife biology began at the University of Montana and has expanded across the American West. Jared shifted his passion from field biology to natural history education around 2002. For the last decade, Jared has called Jackson Hole home. He is a biologist with Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools educating visitors about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Through his career in wildlife biology and guiding, Jared has been fortunate to witness nature’s marvels in the Canadian and Norwegian arctic, Botswana and Mexico. Jared continues to work as the Program Coordinator of Wildlife Expeditions. He is excited to bring his background in wildlife biology, education and customer service to the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
Sue Consolo-Murphy joined the board of JHWF in January 2013 as a non-voting member representing Grand Teton National Park, where she is Chief of Science and Resource Management, facilitating research and management of fish and wildlife, geophysical, and cultural resources for the past decade. In Yellowstone NP, where she lived and worked the previous 20 years, Sue was on the wolf restoration team, managed grizzly bears, studied beavers, and edited Yellowstone Science magazine. She and her husband, Dr. Kerry Murphy, and two daughters, enjoy hiking, camping, travel, and other outdoor activities in the ecosystem and beyond.
Shirley is a retired CPA who grew up in Washington state and also lived in California. She began serving on the Wildlife Foundation board in 1995, shortly after she retired and moved to Jackson. Her interest in learning more about living with the wildlife and habitat of our valley is what prompted her to become involved with the organization. The Foundation’s on-the-ground projects and non-political activities are what has kept her involved. She has participated in the growth and development of the organization over the years, and continues to be involved as an emeritus board member.
Meredith Campbell co-founded the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation with her husband Tom Campbell in 1993 when it was established as a 501(C3). Meredith’s lifelong passion for wildlife lead her to study and graduate with a degree in the natural sciences from St. Lawrence University followed by a certificate in Scientific Illustration from Cornell University. Meredith illustrated nature related books and text books in her early career. After moving to Jackson in 1990, she switched her focus to painting the abundant and diverse wildlife found throughout the west and in particular Jackson Hole.
Bruce spent most of his 30-year career as a wildlife scientist with the federal government managing wildlife populations on the Wind River Indian Reservation and the National Elk Refuge. His research produced over 40 technical and popular papers and book chapters dealing primarily with wildlife population dynamics, habitat ecology, diseases, migratory behavior, and predator-prey relationships, focused mostly on large mammals. Bruce holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. After retiring from federal service in 2004, he and his wife Diana moved to Sheridan, Montana, where he continues his conservation work. His latest books are Wildlife on the Wind (2010) which chronicles restoration of wildlife on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, and Where Elk Roam: Conservation and Biopolitics of Our National Elk Herd (2011), about the elk of Jackson Hole. Bruce joined the JHWF Board in 2003 while working with other concerned citizens to remedy private feeding of wildlife in Teton County.