Meet Our Team
Khale Century Reno (Big Horn, WY)
With deep roots in the Wyoming landscape (family settled in Big Horn, Wyoming in 1883) and a first name that doesn’t fit neatly on most bubble forms, Khale Century (KC) Reno is the Executive Director. The title KC has held the longest has been educator. She has been in the education world for over 20 years teaching students from young to old in various disciplines: environmental science, outdoor education, health, and physical education. After completing the graduate program with the Teton Science Schools, she received her M.Ed. from Montana State University. Some other work and education adventures include: sports medicine/health education degree from Linfield College in McMinnville, OR, semester study in Queensland, Australia, basketball pro-player in Switzerland and Denmark, a college basketball coach in Seattle, WA, and teaching PE and health at the Journeys School in Jackson, Wyoming. Outside of work adventures include: raising two boys (Boone and Ace) with husband Renzy, working on her family’s cattle/sheep ranch, backpacking, teaching piano, watching polo and still playing basketball. All of these experiences have taken her through the ups and downs of working with people, creating community, and navigating topics that have sides sitting on opposite sides of the table. KC loves to create conversation amongst those that would at first seem to be at odds and help them connect over shared stories. "At the end, one finds that we have more commonalities than not and the challenge lies with how we move forward."
Carlie Ideker (Alpine, WY)
Bridger-Teton & Tribal Engagement Coordinator
Carlie is a fourth-generation Wyomingite raised in Dubois, who grew up exploring the wilderness areas and public lands of northwest Wyoming. Her early encounters with the archaeological record eventually led to a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming and an M.S. in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management from Utah State University. She has worked in the rocky mountain west professionally since 2012, centering her career on the connection between people and place. Carlie is passionate about including the cultural landscape in conservation discussions to recognize the value of wilderness to all stakeholders. Outside of work, you’ll find Carlie with her sidekicks - husband Mike and two dogs, Aspen and Otter - enjoying the region’s public lands either trail running, hiking, fly-fishing, hunting, backpacking, or skiing.
Lauren Marsh (Lander, WY)
BLM Wildlands Organizer
Growing up in the suburbs of Alabama, Lauren’s initial concept of public lands stemmed from family camping trips at local state parks and a vague notion of the National Park Service. Post-bachelor’s degree, Lauren drove out west to work for the Bureau of Land Management conducting habitat restoration for desert tortoise in the far reaches of the Mojave Desert. She has been in love with these landscapes ever since; the more rugged the better! Following her time in the Mojave, Lauren dove heart-first into a 10-plus year career of stewarding western wildlands, primarily as a wilderness & climbing ranger crew lead for the US Forest Service in Washington’s southern Cascades, and recently she comes to us from the realm of special use permitting on the Bridger-Teton National Forest in which she has been developing programmatic efficiencies to provide space for creatively addressing conflicts between public demands and natural resource protection. Lauren is excited to bring her love of wilderness together with her love for deserts and high plains landscapes in her new role for WWA. Off-the clock you can find Lauren following elk tracks, trying not to fall off her bike on technical descents, or reaching desperately for that next climbing hold, and generally spending as much time as she can with her partner Brian and their three dogs Kai, Millie, and Thea.
Sarah Walker (Dubois, WY)
Sarah has spent the greater part of her personal and professional life dedicated to Wyoming’s wildlife and wildlands, and is pleased to be back on the WWA team as our Policy Director. Sarah first came to Wyoming with an undergraduate degree in Biology and worked a variety of conservation biology and education positions, including studying Wyoming’s songbirds, native trout, big game and sage grouse populations. After pursuing her Masters in Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, Sarah first joined WWA as the Shoshone Wildlands Organizer where she worked on our Forest and Travel Planning efforts and found her passion for public lands. More recently, Sarah founded and directed the non-profit partner, Friends of the Bridger-Teton, where she gained a greater understanding of the challenges our land managers face and the role of non-profit partners in our shared mission to protect our public lands.
In her current role as policy director, Sarah assists in monitoring and addressing threats to Wyoming’s public wildlands across Wyoming. The statewide policy position works with WWA organizers, members and conservation partners to identify critical opportunities to engage the public and decision-makers in protecting Wyoming’s remaining wildlands. In her spare time, you can find Sarah out walking, fishing, and birding our public lands with her partner Seth and pup Sora.
Addi Jenkins(Sheridan, WY)
Member Relations Director
She's back! You can take the girl out of Wyoming but you can't take Wyoming out of the girl. After a few years away, Addi returns to Sheridan and WWA as the new Member Relations Director. A Wyoming girl at heart, Addi is originally from Laramie and grew up camping, biking, hiking, skiing and exploring public lands across the state. Passionate about the outdoors, she graduated with a masters in Business Administration specific to the outdoor industry from Western Colorado University in 2020 and soon after joined WWA as the Marketing Director.
She later went on to explore agency life as the Senior Account Manager at a large marketing and public relations firm in San Francisco where she led strategy for national non profits and global brands such as the National Forest Foundation and Mountain Hardwear.
Eventually realizing the corporate life wasn't suitable for this Wyomingnite, Addi decided to return to her roots and WWA. She is eager to get to work engaging members, building strong relationships and helping to protect public lands for future generations of wilderness stewards and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.
Bill Voigt - President
Tyler McLaughlin - Vice President
Martha Jenkins - Secretary
Mila Stender - Treasurer
Bart Koehler - Advisory Council
WWA is thrilled to welcome Jack Smith to our governing council. Based in Lander, Jack has an
M.S. degree in Range Management (Reclamation and Restoration Ecology) from the University
of Wyoming and has a long history of involvement in the protection of Wyoming’s wildlands,
including leading numerous hikes for WWA throughout the years. Jack had a successful 30-year
career with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality within the Land Quality, Water
Quality and Abandoned Mine Lands Divisions. As a retired Environmental Scientist, but full-
time wildlands wanderer, he brings an extensive knowledge of Wyoming’s natural and human
history to the team and has visited most of the state’s wilderness, wilderness study and
designated roadless areas. Jack also enjoys cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, flatwater
kayaking, and wildlife observation. Jack’s first trip into the wilderness occurred when he was
eight months old as he was carried to Lake Geneva in the then Cloud Peak Primitive Area. He
has been visiting wildlands ever since. He believes wildlands are critical, not only to the plants
and animals that depend upon functioning ecosystems to survive, but also for humans to
understand our connection and role in the natural world. “Trying to get people to understand the
significance of these lands to the level where they are committed to preserving them is a difficult
and important job.” With extensive public speaking experience at professional symposia, agency
meetings, and public outreach meetings and forums, Jack will provide valuable leadership as we
navigate conservation challenges. Our executive director is especially excited to get a fellow
Tongue River High School alumni on the team. Welcome Jack!