Mark Aronowitz, Board Co-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.
Amy Brennan McCarthy, Board Co-Chair 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).
Franz Camenzind, Board Secretary & Treasurer 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.
Ed Krajsky, Board Member, 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."
Annie Band, Board Member, grew up in the Northeast, where she spent her childhood wandering in the woods and at the seaside. Her lifelong passion for animals, wildlife, art, and writing led her to Colby College in Maine, where she studied biology and poetry. At the age of 19 she came to Jackson Hole and fell in love with the wild places and creatures of Wyoming. She completed her Masters of Science in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana. Following graduate school, Annie became fascinated with bats, and researched bat populations and ecology for 18 years. She mentored over 100 middle and high school students during her research, and ran a bat education and conservation program. She also taught art and science at the Teton Science School in Grand Teton National Park, and was fortunate enough to work on a teaching team with Mark Aronowitz, also a GTA board member. Annie served on the board of Bat Conservational International for 9 years, and was elected to the Teton County Board of Education in 2016. Annie and her husband Jon are raising their son here; since 2006 she has expanded her jewelry design business in order to spend more time with her family. Her academic background influences all her designs, and 10 percent of every sale is donated to environmental and other causes. Annie joined the board of Grand Teton Association in 2015. The mission of GTA is one that she is deeply passionate about- supporting science, education, art and conservation in Grand Teton National Park, the National Elk Refuge, and the Bridger Teton National Forest.
Amy Williams, Board Member, spent 26 years in a variety of financial and management consulting positions with Fortune 500 companies. She led new market entry strategies, new product development, organizational redesign, and several merger integration projects as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She served as Senior Vice President – Strategic Planning and Senior Vice President – Human Resources for USF&G Insurance Company, as well as head of Corporate Planning & Strategy for Allstate Insurance Company. Most recently, she served on the Board of Teton Science Schools (“TSS”), chairing the Strategic Planning and Finance Committees. She was appointed Interim Executive Director of TSS from December 2014 to October 2015 during which she implemented a strategic realignment, financial restructuring, and the acquisition of The Murie Center.