Todd Wilkinson has been a professional journalist since 1985. A native of Minnesota's North Woods, he began his career as a violent crime reporter with the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago. Wilkinson’s work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications, ranging from National Geographic and Christian Science Monitor to The Washington Post and many others in-between. He is the author of several critically-acclaimed books on topics ranging from Ted Turner and scientific whistleblowers to the harrowing life of famous Jackson Hole grizzly bear mother 399 featuring photographs by Thomas Mangelsen. Proudly, he adds, "I was also a grunt cook working minimum wage for the park concessionaire at Canyon Village in Yellowstone during two summers of college." For more on Todd's background, go to toddwilkinsonwriter.com
Development and Executive Assistant
Having grown up in East Anglia, England—a region which prides itself on beautiful countryside and its famous landscape painters—Sarah DeOpsomer has long been interested in national parks, wildlife, conservation and environmental protection. A graduate of MSU, she has lived in Bozeman for more than 23 years and has worked for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Yellowstone Park Foundation and more recently the Bozeman Public Library Foundation. When not at her desk, she is either hiking, riding, kayaking, reading or painting.
Associate Editor for Content
Angust O'Keefe, MoJo's associate editor for content, is a proud native Montanan, an irreverent yet optimistic member of the Millennial generation, fanatical sports fan and well-traveled lover of the great outdoors. Raised in Helena, the state capital, he is the son of a veterinarian mom and a father who is a former Army paratrooper, natural resource specialist and Montana politician.
Lorea Zabaleta grew up in a firmament of passionate discussions as her dad, a world class climber, and her mom, a respected conservationist and local school board trustee, imparted their own sense of reverence for nature. Zabaleta, who joins Mountain Journal as our summer writing intern, brings a Greater Yellowstone perspective to thinking about not only the intersection between people and the environment but pondering what the obligation of stewardship means and how it translates to people of different cultures and generations. Lorea just completed her freshman year at Colorado College where she is studying International Political Economy and Journalism.
Roger Lang has been involved in analytical software since leaving Stanford
with two degrees. Lang founded Infinity Financial Technology, which grew
to become the world's leading supplier of derivatives trading, risk
management and processing software. Lang led Infinity through its IPO,
and was named one of the 50 most influential people in the history of
financial risk management by Risk magazine. Lang also founded Cutthroat
Communications, Inc., a rural broadband and telecommunications company
headquartered in Montana, now sold. An active angel investor in innovative
technology companies, Lang’s angel investment portfolio currently includes
an Icelandic spirits company, ConnectAndSell, NetLevel, InSequent,
SnapLogic, Predicta and others. Today, he is CEO and co-founder of
Predicta, a growing company that specializes in brand analytics. Dedicated to conservation and
science, Lang is a ranch owner and board member of the Catalina Island
Conservancy. He divides his time between Greater Yellowstone and the coast.
Joanne Dornan came to the Greater Yellowstone as a seasonal park ranger in Grand Teton National Park in 1971 and has—more or less—never left. Her community connections in Jackson Hole run deep.
A life-long fascination in animal behavior led her to Masters Degrees in Conservation Biology and Clinical Psychology. Some of Joanne's writing is featured in her close friend Terry Tempest Williams' new critically-acclaimed book, "Erosion: Essays of Undoing." Joanne lives and works in Bozeman Montana.
Dr. Shane Doyle
Shane Doyle, Ed.D, is a Crow tribal member who grew up in Crow Agency, Montana and currently resides in Bozeman. He is involved in many educational interests, causes and organizations. A singer of Northern Plains tribal style of music for 30 years, he holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University-Bozeman, and completed a post-doctoral appointment in genetics with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2016. With 20 years of teaching experience, Dr. Doyle is a full-time educational and cultural consultant, designing American Indian curriculum for many entities, including Montana public schools, the National Park Service, and the Museum of the Rockies. He is also currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Bozeman-based Extreme History Project, Hopa Mountain, and the Archaeological Conservancy, as well as serving on the Montana Arts Council culture and aesthetics committee, the advisor team with the Montana Wilderness School, and the Governor's Parks in Focus Committee. He and his wife, Megkian, are blessed with five children.
Sandra Lambert grew up not far from the banks of the Missouri River in Kansas City, where history and literature led her to the University of Missouri, advanced degrees, and college teaching. Then, after a few seasons backpacking and skiing in Switzerland, she and her family moved west.
In Missoula, a forest fire leveled their home and surrounding mountain canyon, impelling them on to the Tetons. In nearly 30 years in Jackson Hole, she taught skiing and kayaking, rode horses, and climbed––all the JH stuff. She also followed Todd’s columns in the News&Guide. She served on a number of boards and led the capital campaign to build a shelter for abused women and children. Her professional life has been as an author’s editor, which entails the re-working and shepherding of manuscripts to publication.
A lover of rivers, she now makes her home in Livingston––to fish.
Hank Perry is a resident of Teton Valley, Idaho and Denver, Colorado - where he thrives on being outside, doing just about anything with his dog Ranger. His passion about wild places started young, usually with a camera, growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico before attending California public schools and graduating from UC Berkeley. His career has been spent forming and building three large San Francisco bay area real estate companies. When he was able, Hank traveled many of the National Parks in the U.S. focusing on Greater Yellowstone and Alaska before building his home in Teton Valley, Idaho; taking some award-winning photos along the way. As he expanded his photography to Africa, the Arctic and Antarctic, he grew his knowledge and awareness of international environmental issues and approaches of the local people. Recently, Hank was involved with the Save Mount Diablo organization in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mike Person is a retired, professional football player. A native of Glendive, Montana, he is an avid fly fisherman and a Westerner who values clean water and healthy environments—both public wildlands and private property where everyday people make their living. Person graduated from Montana State University where he played for the Bobcat football team. He was a consensus FCS All-American selection his senior year in college and was selected to the All-Big-Conference Team two seasons running. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children.
Rick Reese exemplifies what it means to be an avid outdoor recreationist and conservationist. This Utah native arrived in Helena, Montana in 1970 to teach at Carroll College and already by then he was known as a skilled mountaineer. In subsequent years, he served as deputy director of the State Commission on Local Government, executive secretary to the Montana Board of Public Education and was the founding president of the
Greater Yellowstone Coalition. Along with his wife, Mary Lee, he served as co-director of the Yellowstone Institute, a non-profit entity founded to educate people about the natural history of America's first national park. Rick then worked at the University of Utah and retired in 2004, returning to Montana. Notably, though he won't tell you unless asked, he as an alpinist took part in a famous rescue effort on the North Face of the Grand Teton in Jackson Hole in 1967, featured in the documentary "The Grand Rescue." The team included Ted Wilson, Pete Sinclair, Leigh Ortenburger, Bob Irvine, Mike Ermarth and Ralph Tingey. Another of Reese's accomplishments: he was a major catalyst for creation of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Salt Lake City whose route traces the shoreline of ancient Lake Bonneville. It is both beloved by local residents and held up nationally as a model illustrating the benefits of non-motorized urban pathways.
Mike Sutton has a diverse, varied and deep background in conservation that has led him to the upper levels of leadership positions. He currently is executive director of the Goldman Environmental Foundation based in San Francisco. Goldman's prestigious annual prize awarded to conservation advocates around the world is considered the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize. After a childhood spent growing up in Yellowstone, Sutton went on to get a degree in wildlife biology from Utah State University and worked for the National Park Service as a ranger. Later getting his law degree from George Washington University, he served as investigator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Sutton has had executive management roles with World Wildlife Fund, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the National Audubon Society. A lifelong hunter and angler, he recently served as board president of the California Fish and Game Commission.
Paige Byron Curry
Paige Byron Curry has over 10 years of experience in fundraising and non-profit management; during that time, she helped complete multiple $6M+ capital campaigns and launch two new organizations: Astoria Park Conservancy and Jackson Hole Children’s Museum. She is an avid outdoors-woman, and a Teton County, Wyoming native.
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins is the cofounder and president of Tompkins Conservation and the UN Patron of Protected Areas. The former CEO of Patagonia, Inc, she has spent almost 30 years protecting and restoring Chile and Argentina’s wild beauty and biodiversity through creating national parks, restoring wildlife, inspiring activism, and fostering economic vitality as a result of conservation. A key figure behind the establishment of 13 national parks in Argentina and Chile, she has helped to protect approximately 14.5 million acres through Tompkins Conservation and its partners. With her late husband Douglas Tompkins, who passed away in 2015, Kristine is considered one of the most successful national park-oriented philanthropists in history. In 2017, she received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. A global leader in conservation, she currently serves as Chair of National Geographic Society’s Last Wild Places initiative.