Meet the Team
Khale Century Reno
"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 has been Executive Director for just under a year. The title KC has held the longest has been educator. She has been in the education world for about 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." KC
Three days after receiving an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont in the spring of 2005, Matt moved to the GYE for a field biology job in Yellowstone and hasn’t looked back. He has spent the last 15 years in Wyoming working in conservation in roles such as a field biologist, educator, wildlife guide and spatial ecologist. He completed a Master’s degree at the University of Wyoming in 2017 and most recently worked as a researcher for the Wyoming Migration Initiative and Wyoming Corridor Mapping Team. Matt is excited to put his research background to work in advocating for conservation of our remaining wildlands. Recognizing the connections between wildlands, wildlife, recreation, public ownership and healthy ecosystems, Matt is passionate about conserving what we already have, and fighting for what we’re all at risk of losing. Away from work, Matt is either on a trail or river, a set of skis or on a bike enjoying the access to public lands that keep him passionate about Wyoming.
BLM Wildlands Organizer
Peggie grew up in the mountains of rural western Maine where she developed a deep respect for the natural world. However, it was not until she moved west after her undergraduate work that she realized the true importance of our Public Lands and began to feel a responsibility to protect them. Peggie has lived in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for over five years now. Her first role in the area was as an AmeriCorp intern at the Teton Science Schools where she soon became a full-time field science educator, and then completed the graduate program there. Peggie obtained her M.S in Natural Science Education and Environmental and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming in 2018. Since then, she has become enthralled with her work protecting the public wildlands of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Marketing & Communications Director
Originally from Laramie, Addi's life is a tale of a ski bum turned marketing specialist. Eager to live out of a Subaru Outback, she finished high school 6 months early and soon after was on the road to Breckenridge. An enthusiast for the outdoors, Addi is an avid mountain biker, hiker, skier, and snowboarder who spent years playing in the backcountry of Colorado while also traveling the world on a waitress salary. Volunteering with various non-profits in Central America, she worked to get children outdoors and to develop appreciation for the activities available to them. Addi returned ready to put that global knowledge to work. Fluent in Spanish and having completed a bachelor's degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, she went on to work for two non-profits as a Spanish translator.
In May of 2020, she will graduate with an MBA in the Outdoor Industry from Western Colorado University. Through her graduate studies, Addi worked full time at a marketing agency helping clients large and small bring their vision to life. She excels at developing a cohesive strategy to help amplify the organization’s voice and stay true to its mission. Bringing creative expertise and a positive attitude to everything she does, Addi is devoted to protecting public lands and preserving the beauty of the west for future generations of ski bums and everyone else.