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.
Roxanne Bierman, Director of Operations
Though I was raised in the Midwest, I was given the opportunity to accept a summer seasonal job in Yellowstone while I was in college. From the moment I saw the Tetons while on my way north I knew I never wanted to leave. I spent every summer after that working, hiking, camping, boating and climbing in Yellowstone or the Tetons. After receiving my B.A. from Augustana College I moved out west permanently. I met my husband here and raised my children here. I have worked mostly in the areas of Human Resources, Retail Management, and Operations Management. I began working seasonally for the Grand Teton Association in 1990 graduating soon after to year-round, full-time employment. I enjoy all aspects of this organization. I like the challenge of the business end, the creativity and merchandising of the stores, and the partnership with our public lands agencies. I can’t think of anything more worthwhile than working to support those who are protecting and preserving our beautiful public lands.
Andra Adamson, Sales Manager
I moved to the valley in 1999 and have been with the Association since 2003. Growing up in Yankton, South Dakota I always knew I wanted to be a mountain girl. When I was looking for a place to do my college internship the first place I looked was Grand Teton National Park. Now I get to do what I love in a non-profit environment while living in one of most incredible places in the world and support our public lands. The commute to work never gets old! Our public lands in the Great Yellowstone Ecosystem continually amaze me. My favorite ways to enjoy them are to spend time on my raft on the rivers, to hike anywhere in Grand Teton, and to downhill ski.
Erin O’Brien, Inventory 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 Inventory 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.
Judy duPied, Bookkeeper
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 Walchenbach, 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.
Kim Booher, Store Supervisor
I grew up in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountain's of California, not far from Mt. Whitney and Death Valley the highest and the lowest elevations in the lower 48.
I've been visiting my family here in Jackson for the last 15 years and 4 years ago decided to pack up my 2 teenage boys and move here as well.
My young men and I love to hunt, fish, hike, camp and enjoy all seasonal sports, and Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding mountains have truly fulfilled those desires. The park has some of the most amazing sites around, with plenty of hiking trails, animal sitings every month of the year, along with beautiful lakes and sunsets.
The National Elk Refuge is another favorite of ours with the beautiful animals that roam throughout the winter season; I am also privileged to manage the bookstore for the Grand Teton Association at the Jackson Hole Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center which is located on the National Elk Refuge. This is one of few Visitor Centers in the country that operates as a successful interagency center. This amazing partnership includes the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Grand Teton National Park, Bridger Teton National Forest, National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton Association and the Wyoming Game and Fish. It is a dynamic Visitor Center to work in, shop, learn, and to be able to give back to the community.
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!