Kim Springer has been living in Jackson Hole for the past 34 years. She holds degrees from the University of Colorado and Antioch New England Graduate School in Environmental Studies. Before moving to Wyoming, Kim worked for the National Park Service at Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Park. Kim has been a teacher, administrator, and environmental advocate in the Northern Rockies since the mid-1980’s. She has worked as a wildlife biologist and naturalist mountain guide in the Tetons and a trekking guide in the Himalaya. She loves to ski, climb, hike and botanize in Wyoming’s wild country.
Ben’s first trip to Wyoming was in 1981 when he arrived to interview Mardy Murie for Earth First’s newsletter. Mardy’s radical affection for all things wild made a lasting impact on Ben. Eight years later, Ben and his family moved to Jackson Hole permanently to be the program director for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance. Since then, Ben’s continuously involvement in environmental politics and advocacy of various kinds, including joining WWA’s governing council in 2016, has proved a deep adoration for Wilderness and the natural world in the Jackson Hole.
Don Crecelius Sheridan, WY
Don moved to Sheridan forty years ago to begin a job with the state DEQ Land Quality Division. His field office permitted and inspected all surface mining in NE Wyoming. To escape the large scale disturbance he witnessed, it was, and is, a great escape for him to hike and camp in the wilderness areas and public lands in our state. These lands have become more and more important to Don as he has watched an alarming progression of development and loss of roadless areas.
He began volunteering for the Wyoming Wilderness Association several years ago and has been on the Governing Council the last five. He is also a seasonal employee of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) the last six years and enjoys monitoring conservation easements in NW Wyoming. Both WWA and TNC have brought him in touch with Wyoming citizens that care deeply about preserving our remaining wild lands. He considers it an honor to be a part of this work.
As a junior in high school, three buddies and Bryon muddled through a multiple day adventure into the Cloud Peak Wilderness to camp, fish, and experience the sanctity of being young men outdoors. Since then, Bryon has been enthralled with the wilderness experience and the serenity that it brings to the individual. He became involved with WWA in 2007, just as the Rock Creek campaign in the Big Horn NF was ramping up. During that year, he attended a backpacking trip with WWA members into the Rock Creek roadless area and became passionately invested in the campaign. Within months Bryon was stuffing envelopes, engaging congressional delegates, volunteering at a fundraiser jam, collecting signatures of support, and leading an outing of my own.
As a mental health counselor, Bryon is a firm believer in the research that supports countless benefits of being outside and disconnected, especially for youth. He has lead numerous outings and overnighters with students into the canyon country of Utah, to the grizzly’s domain in the Washakie Wilderness, and up to frozen alpine lakes of Rocky Mountain NP.
Since attending graduate school at University of Wyoming in 1972, Bart has been in love with Wyoming’s wild wide-open spaces. In 1979, Bart became an original co-founder of the Wyoming Wilderness Association--the group responsible for passing the landmark Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984. Bart has served numerous conservation leadership roles from the Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, securing protections for the Tongass National Forest, to an issues staffer with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, to the Director of the Wilderness Society's Wilderness Support Center. His dedicated advocacy played a leading role in helping to protect over 10 million acres of America's public wildlands in Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, California, Vermont, Virginia, New Hampshire and the territory of Puerto Rico. He is also a proud singer/songwriter of 2 albums. Bart was granted lifetime achievement awards for his work in Wyoming, Nevada, nationally, and in Alaska. He adheres to the saying: "Always Ride a Buckin' Horse Uphill”.
Now retired, Dennis Knight taught courses in ecology and forest management at the University of Wyoming for 35 years. During this time he wrote the book Mountains and Plains: The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes, now in its second edition (2014). Growing up in eastern South Dakota, his interest in wildland conservation began as a teenager when he took canoe trips in the Quetico-Superior Wilderness Canoe Area of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario, known as the Boundary Waters. The prospect of teaching at UW was especially attractive because of the wildlands nearby, in the lowlands as well as the mountains. He soon learned, however, that road construction, industrial development, and overland vehicles constantly threaten the opportunities that wildlands provide. Dennis enjoys driving Wyoming backroads in his 4WD and on an ATV, where permissible, but believes that some public lands throughout the state should be accessible only by foot, horse, or mule. Realizing that roads go nearly everywhere in the state, he joined the Wyoming Wilderness Association to help protect the roadless wildlands that remain and has been on WWA's Governing Council for the last 10 years.
Tyler was born and raised in South Dakota. At the age of 12, he started spending summers at the base of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. Upon graduating high school, Tyler headed to where he was most at home, near the Bighorns. He attended Sheridan and Casper College and has a degree in Occupational Health and Safety. He currently works as the Safety/Human Resource Director for L&H Industrial and a former member of the Wyoming Army National Guard and volunteer firefighter for Campbell County Fire Department. Tyler spends as much time as possible exploring the wilds of Wyoming, taking adventure with his two children.
Martha Tate was born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming and now calls Laramie, home. When she was in high school, Martha attended a Wyoming Wilderness Association trip into the Cloud Peak Wilderness in the Big Horn Mountains and was forever changed by this introduction to the Wilderness. She has been a Wilderness advocate, aspiring mountaineer, and WWA supporter ever since. Martha holds a Bachelor of Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming and has practiced law in a variety of different legal fields for over three years. She has traveled extensively throughout the globe, having lived and worked in China, India, Thailand, Egypt, Holland and beyond. Most recently she worked as a Legal Advisor for a refugee organization in Cairo, Egypt- a highly polluted, 20 million person city. One of the greatest lessons Martha has learned from her travels is that the vastness and solitude that the Wilderness in Wyoming offers is unique unto this exponentially populating world. To still have a place to unwind, re-center and breathe in crisp, high alpine air is invaluable. Martha is honored to be serving on the board and defending the places that make her so homesick when she is away.
When not outdoors and playing in the wild – you will find Mila planning out her next opportunity to explore and share her love of the wilderness. Mila was born and raised in Montana and has never left the mountain comforts of the Rockies. She graduated from University of Utah after playing basketball for the Utes. Earning an alternate spot for the USA Women’s Olympic Basketball Team, University of Utah Athlete of the Year and Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame were a few of her outstanding athletic honors. After completing undergraduate course work in Biology/Chemistry, she changed focus from medicine toward teaching our youth about all things life-science. As a past Presidential Awardee, Mila has designed, and continues to be involved in organizing and implementing unique expedition-based learning opportunities for area locals. These adventures focus on learning how important wild areas are to all life, and how we as humans are responsible to protect and preserve these diminishing places. Mila’s favorite pursuits include; mountaineering, backcountry skiing, fly-fishing, whitewater kayaking, rock-climbing, mountain biking, multi-day river rafting on remote rivers. She loves to cook (especially outdoors), teaching others to love the mountain life, and traveling to remote and rugged destinations with her kids and grandkids.
Bill was born in Illinois and spent his summers exploring the lakes and boreal forests in Northwest Ontario. He moved to Wyoming in 1970 to attend the University of Wyoming. Bill is currently retired after working for the federal government and the outdoor industry. He lives in Laramie, but you can find him enjoying outdoor activities in Wyoming’s wild places.