JAN LYNCH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Coming from a small town in Oregon, I had never visited the Wyoming National Parks until I married a park service employee. After attending Southern Oregon University, majoring in Business Administration, I went to work for a national corporation in Portland. I left my corporate job and moved with my husband and small baby to Yellowstone. When we moved to the Tetons, I didn’t know what a cooperating association was or that now, almost 25 years later, I would still be working with one of the most successful associations in the country. During those years, I have held almost every position in our organization, and have been the Executive Director for the past 10 years.
The work we do is critical to our park, forests and refuge. Being able to be a part of sharing and preserving this special place is something I will never take for granted. The changes that I see in our organization are exciting and continue to evolve to meet the current needs. The need to inspire, protect, and educate has never been greater. I am extremely proud of the Grand Teton Association, its staff, board and our mission. I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.
MARJIE PETTUS, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
While in high school I entered the world of retail and set my sights on a corporate level career. I obtained a B.A. in marketing, managed a national chain store and even worked as a buyer. But it turned out that what I aspired to do left me completely unfulfilled. Recognizing that I had to make a change, I earned an MBA then started working in municipal government. I was fortunate to work for a city that provided many opportunities for growth. A career in government proved to be a very satisfying but after 27 years I chose to leave public service. It was time to make a lifestyle change. My husband and I relocated to my native Wyoming. A place we visited often that would enable us to take advantage of our love of nature, wildlife and outdoor activities. I was fortunate to connect with Grand Teton Association, first as a volunteer and now as an employee. Not only do I get to work in my favorite national park, I am part of GTA – an organization that enhances park programs and experiences.
ERIN O’BRIEN, SALES MANAGER
My dad was a park service employee so I was able to spend much of my childhood living here in Grand Teton National Park. The Tetons and the surrounding public lands hold a special place in my heart. I have moved away from this extraordinary place, but I’ve always come home to the Tetons. Over the years I have held many titles: I was a Potato Harvester in Idaho, a Missionary in New York, Yīngyǔ jiàoshī (an English Teacher) in China, and most recently the Sales Manager for the Grand Teton Association in Grand Teton National Park, a job that I love. Out of all the titles I have Held, my kids call me mom and that is my most rewarding title.
Joe Meyer, Inventory Manager
The first moment I saw the Teton Range I was nine years old on my first major trip out of Ohio, and I was hooked. My Uncle was a Park Ranger at the time, my Aunt has wrangled horses in the park for over thirty years, and now I am fortunate enough to spend time with them soaking in their vast knowledge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a BBA in Finance, my journey took me to fantastic places like Charleston, SC, Pittsburgh, PA, Charlotte, NC, and Denver, CO. I am now fortunate enough to work at a place that supports not only my own beliefs, but public lands that has supported my family for years. As a bonus I get to work with some fantastic people who all appreciate the wondrous place we get to live and work. Fishing, paddling, camping and skiing are my favorite hobbies to put these beautiful lands to use.
Judy duPied, Accounting Manager
I grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Skiing and the outdoors, specifically the mountains, were a big part of my life. The Rocky Mountains of my earlier years in Banff National Park are so similar to the Tetons of my life today. I moved to Jackson in 1986 with a goal of skiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the Bridger Teton National Forest as well as at Grand Targhee in the Caribou Targhee National Forest.
I love all aspects of Grand Teton National Park, Bridger Teton National Forest, Caribou Targhee National Forest, and the National Elk Refuge. I spent 20 years enjoying the Bridger Teton and Caribou Targhee National Forests on skis and on horseback with my daughters. In the most recent years, I have been enjoying Grand Teton National Park both with my daily drive to work and weekends boating on Jackson Lake. The scenery both driving to work and boating are second to none.
A variety of events brought me to working at the Grand Teton Association, but a new challenge for my career drew me to my position here at GTA. I have worked with other non-profits but GTA is so much more diverse than most. The four different partnering agencies combined with a variety of funding sources keeps my job very interesting and challenging. In addition to all of the above I have a great view and work with some amazing people.
Shauna Lockhart, Events and Outreach Coordinator
Like most people who work in public lands stewardship, I grew up with a great respect and appreciation for the open spaces in this country. I grew up in Seattle, but spent summers working in both Glacier and Yosemite National Parks where I realized that it takes a great deal of planning and funding to protect, support, and preserve the wild places that I love. My appreciation for the human element of public land stewardship led me to complete a degree in Geography at UC Berkeley. After graduation, I moved to Jackson Hole and started work at the Grand Teton Association, where I have been lucky to have an exceedingly varied list of job responsibilities. I love my job because engaging the community through outreach and events is a great way to promote the important work of the Grand Teton Association. I also love living in a place where I can ski and trail run as much as I can handle, where I also get to work with a group of fun and like-minded people who are committed to Wyoming’s Public Lands.
ANGELICA DELGADO, STORE SUPERVISOR
I grew up on the Pacific coast of Mexico. I was the youngest of four close-knit generations sharing our family’s modest home overlooking the ocean at Zihuatanejo. Years later, I would come to be married in Jackson Hole and take my wedding photos with the Tetons and majestic bison as a stunning backdrop. Even at that time, I would have never imagined that just two years later, my husband and I would be so blessed as to come to Jackson Hole to live and work at Grand Teton National Park.
I really enjoy working for the benefit of our park, the National Elk Refuge, our partners, and many important conservation initiatives. Our stores are full of beautiful items, and it inspires me that so many of these help educate the visiting public about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. I really enjoy interacting with our visitors arriving from all corners of the world. And as I serve them, their comments always remind me what a blessing it is to live and work in this natural paradise!
For me, all of life is art, and I thrive on the artistic expression I find in creating appealing displays for our store here at the Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. I try to make these indoor displays resonate with the special beauty of the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Area itself!
Jacob Gampe, IT and Inventory Specialist
Who knew that a little Jakub, born in Europe, would now reside in Wyoming. I grew up sneaking away to the forest preserves of Chicago, IL (yes, they exist there) to mountain bike, fish, camp, and dance. It wasn't until I moved to the Wild West that I realized there was a greater calling than making shareholders a profit. I realized that I can use my skills for something more in-line with my personal beliefs. So after a year in Los Angeles, I accepted an IT Specialist position with Grand Teton National Park. I felt at home but my employment with the NPS was temporary and I realized I might not be able to prolong my stay. This is when I joined a great group of folks who are passionate about conservation and education of the mountains, rivers, forests, and wildlife. GO GTA!