Charlie Craighead, Board Chair, was born in Jackson, Wyoming and is a writer and filmmaker who grew up in a family of biologists. Charlie graduated with a BS from Utah State University and worked on research studies of grizzly bears, golden eagles, and elk before switching full time to writing and cinematography. His love of Grand Teton National Park and surrounding wild lands prompted him to join the Grand Teton Association board of directors in 1994, and he chaired the board from 1999 to 2003. During his career writing and filming on public lands he realized the importance of cooperative work among the managing agencies, and he rejoined the GTA board in 2010 with the continued goal of seeing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem preserved intact. He believes that only through education and interpretation will people really understand the importance of this region.
Mark Aronowitz, Board Vice Chair, is originally from New York, and he received his undergraduate degree in English with a minor in History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Mark relocated to Jackson in the summer of 2000 for a teaching position with the Teton Science School, where he taught environmental education courses in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks as well as on the Bridger Teton National Forest. In 2002, Mark returned to school, earning a law degree in from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 2005. After graduating, Mark moved back to Wyoming and became an associate lawyer for the Spence Law Firm in 2006. In 2008, Mark was promoted to serve as the Executive Director of Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming, a public-interest, not-for-profit law firm. Mark lives south of Jackson with his wife and daughter and enjoys kayaking, cycling, back country skiing and front country toddler sledding.
Mark has been associated with the Grand Teton Association since joining the Board of Directors in late 2010 and is proud to be part the Association for several reasons. First, it is deeply satisfying to know that the Association's work influences and positively impacts tens, if not hundreds of thousands of visitor’s experiences to Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding public lands every year through educational and interpretive programming. Second, it is a great privilege to provide meaningful support to the National Forests, National Elk Refuge, and GTNP and their dedicated, inspirational personnel. Finally, it is a pleasure to be part of an organization whose work recognizes and honors the incomparable beauty and power of this phenomenal place.
Sue Cedarholm, Board Secretary, has lived in Jackson, Wyoming since 1980. One of the main reasons she came here was because of the mountains. All her free time was spent hiking, biking, boating, skiing and camping in Grand Teton National Park and Bridger Teton National Forest. For two years she was lucky enough to work on trail crew in Grand Teton National Park. Once her children were born they spent lots of time camping and hiking with them. She says that being the board of the Grand Teton Association has been great experience for her. She has gotten to know all the partners from the agencies we work with. She is thankful that she is able to give back to all of the people that do so much to care for our public lands. Sue is currently an artist; painter and photographer, she feels privileged to be able to share her love of this area through her art.
Amy Brennan McCarthy spent summers working at the CM Ranch in Dubois, WY, confirmed Amy's deep love for the Wyoming landscape and the wildlife that call it home. Following a childhood in upstate NY and upon graduating from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a dual major in economics and environmental studies, Amy returned to Wyoming permanently in 1994. Amy participated in the inaugural year of Teton Science Schools' Professional Residency in Environmental Education program and earned a Master's degree in Forest Resources and Natural Resource Policy from Utah State University. These experiences left her with a substantive foundation for understanding the natural history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a deep appreciation for the community of Jackson Hole, a commitment to sustainability and wildness, and a thirst for ongoing discovery. Amy has mixed drinks at Dornan's Bar in Moose, guided trips in the Tetons and Wind Rivers for Exum Mountain Guides, served as communications and development director for The Murie Center, explored the world of documentary filmmaking, as the associate producer of Don’t Fence Me In (a production of The Equipoise Fund), headed operations for an independent investment advisory firm and endured a season in Antarctica as a recycling specialist. Amy now feels as if she has truly landed in the role of Teton Raptor Center’s first Executive Director. Amy lives in Jackson with her husband Forrest and their young mountain-mutt Fryxell (named after Grand Teton National Park’s first naturalist, Fritiof Fryxell).
Ed Krajsky grew up in Florida and came to Wyoming to work a summer job in Yellowstone National Park in 1978 and essentially just stayed in this beautiful area. He studied Wildlife Biology in the School of Forestry at the University of Florida, but he has always worked in the hotel industry. In his 6 years in Yellowstone he managed a number of properties including Old Faithful Lodge. In Grand Teton National Park he spent 9 years managing Flagg Ranch. Currently he is the General Manager of The Lexington Hotel at Jackson Hole. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards including Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Rotary Club Board, Rotary Foundation Board, Teton County Recycling Board, and Visitors Counsel among others. Ed met his wife Lucinda while managing at Lake Yellowstone hotel. Ed and Lucinda Love the Jackson Hole area and are enthusiastic explorers of our federal lands, hiking, climbing, kayaking and just wandering the forests and mountains. Since his son has graduated from College, Ed has taken a part time job working for Backroads, leading adventure travel trips through Yellowstone and the Tetons. "I have watched all the good work that GTA has done over the years and have always wanted to be a part of the organization. I am very pleased to be on the Board of this exceptional nonprofit."
Mickey Babcock says she likes to blow on dandelion fluff and see where the seeds land. Finding the joy in bringing a venture to fruition is personally and professionally satisfying. That's why it's not much of a surprise that she started a non-profit as a 50th birthday present to herself. The Equipoise Fund has a mission to energize, enrich, and encourage the vision, voice and visibility of women and girls of Wyoming. Babcock is an entrepreneur at heart and the programs launched by the fund tend to take flight, gather their own momentum, and sustain a diversity of objectives. It’s truly a portfolio of generous initiatives.
The documentary, Don’t Fence Me In, is an Equipoise project that reveals the stories and hardships of Wyoming’s ranching livelihood. Babcock and her team also started Womentum, a legion that pivots on “active philanthropy” in order to support each other as well as the younger girls they mentor. Additionally, the organization spearheaded the bipartisan Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus for “building equality in the Equality State, where women hold less than a quarter of state-elected positions. The Caucus focuses on four priorities: regular gatherings, a Speaker’s Bureau, candidate development and an Intern/Aide Program.”
"My opportunities in Wyoming are so much greater and so much more welcoming than what they might have been elsewhere." In other places she’s noticed established ways of doing things, less chance to stick one’s neck out and make a new path forward. And "taking something from nothing is inspiring," she says.
Babcock has noticed that she’s always been a leader. When she wore red high top tennis shoes to her college graduation in 1998, the school turned it into a tradition. The phrase spawned from her lead continues to be: “walk loud”.
Kathryn Mapes Turner is a fine art painter who paints the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Here she was born as the fourth generation to be raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. She grew up riding the trails of the valley, learning wilderness lore and gaining an eye for landscape amid what she believes to be the most spectacular scenery on earth.
Kathryn began studying art in her teens from noted local painters. She then attended the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Studio Arts. She spent an influential semester in Rome, Italy and then studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. Turner also has a master's degree from the University of Virginia.
Having been passionate about painting since childhood, Turner is now nationally recognized.
She believes that growing up in a place with such dramatic light and dramatic natural composition gave her an intimate appreciation for art. "I believe the valley of Jackson Hole evokes expression," says Turner. She now travels all over the world to paint. With watercolors and oil paints, Turner responds to what she sees in hopes of sharing this love of the sublime with others through her work. Turner believes beauty, which can be found everywhere, is a true richness in life.
Franz Camenzind holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, an MS in Zoology from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. Franz’s Doctorate research involved six years of field research on the ecology and behavior of free-ranging coyotes in Jackson Hole Wyoming. His research was the first to document hierarchical and territorial behavioral patterns in relatively unmolested coyote populations. He has appeared in front of numerous federal committees testifying against the indiscriminant coyote killing programs conducted by state and federal agencies.
Dr. Camenzind is also well-respected wildlife cinematographer and has produced films for ABC,Turner Broadcasting and National Geographic and a film on coyotes for PBS-Nature. He was the first person to film giant pandas in the wilds of China. He has also produced films featuring wolves, grizzly bears, pronghorn antelope and black rhinos, and has filmed major segments on the California condor, black-footed ferret, and red wolf and Mexican gray wolf captive breeding programs.
Franz retired as the Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, a position he will have held for 13 years when his retirement takes effect in 2009. Previous to that he served as a board member for 13 years. He has also served on the boards of Keystone Conservation (Formerly, Predator Conservation Alliance), Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Wyoming Conservation Voters.