Membership & Special Events Officer
Heidi grew up on a farm in northeast Nebraska and attended the same one-room schoolhouse as her father and grandmother. She identifies strongly with a sense of place and history in rural communities.
The Yellowstone and Beartooth Mountain area became Heidi's second love after a weekend visit to the small hamlet of Silver Gate, Montana in 1983 (Yellowstone’s northeast entrance). The following summer Heidi began work at the Log Cabin Cafe in Silver Gate and continued on for seven more summers. In 1990 Heidi met her husband, Jim and they married the next year making their home in Silver Gate. During that time, Noranda/Crown Butte’s plan to mine next to Yellowstone National Park became public and thus began Heidi’s work in environmental issues facing Yellowstone.
She and her husband led the Beartooth Alliance, a local grassroots group, in the fight against the New World Mine proposal. It was a crash course in activism, organizing, fundraising, and logistical planning for Heidi who was the sole employee of the Beartooth Alliance for five years. The Greater Yellowstone Coalition was a key player in the Noranda battle and Heidi worked closely with many staff and board members of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition before joining GYC in 1997.
Heidi now lives in Livingston, Montana, with her husband, Jim. They have lived TV-free for over 21 years and encourage others to give it a try. Heidi enjoys baking, cooking, photography, skiing, hiking, and lounging next to the Soda Butte Creek with family and friends.
Heidi has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Education, from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and before her life in Montana, taught K-12 Art in Nebraska public schools. She has served on the board of the Livingston Center for Art and Culture and the Park County Environmental Council, and is currently the community coordinator for Shakespeare in the Parks for Silver Gate, Montana.
Information Systems Manager
Peter has over 25 years of professional experience in the computer field. He is familiar with many types of computer systems and networks. His supporting role for the GYC staff enables the staff to work more efficiently and securely. In addition to his computer expertise, Peter also has a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University.
Peter grew up near the woods in Virginia. His family loved to take nature walks and explore the outdoors. He spent the last two years of high school at a private school in Colorado where backpacking and skiing were required parts of the curriculum. Montana State University was next and Peter has lived in Montana ever since. He built a log cabin in the mountains south of Big Timber and has climbed many of the peaks in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. Upon moving back to Bozeman, Peter became involved in a local grass roots group that lobbied to raise the money for the Forest Service to purchase four sections of land owned by a timber company and saved them from logging.
Peter is happily married to Robin, a holistic health practitioner. They enjoy organic heirloom gardening, hikes in the mountains, photography and rock collecting together. They have raised their three daughters to continue their passion for nature to the next generation.
New Media and Online Resources Officer
Nick is GYC's new media and online resources officer. He has a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience and is passionate about digital marketing, social media, and the environment. Prior to his arrival at the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, he spent several years providing digital marketing, SEO, social media, content marketing and web-development services, both as a freelancer and as manager of a digital marketing company. He helps guide GYC's online communications strategy, and manages the website and other online systems.
Caroline Byrd comes to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition with a rich history in conservation and outdoor work throughout the West, including 14 years with The Nature Conservancy in Montana and Colorado. As Western Montana program director for The Nature Conservancy in Missoula, she worked on the Montana Legacy Project and the Blackfoot Community Project — two landscape-scale conservation efforts in which the Conservancy purchased and protected about 400,000 acres of Plum Creek Timber lands in and around the Crown of the Continent region. Before her tenure in Missoula, Caroline was TNC’s Southwest Colorado program manager in Telluride, Colo. Prior to her time with TNC, she was a staff attorney and the Greater Yellowstone program director for the Wyoming Outdoor Council in Lander. Also in Lander, for many years she led National Outdoor Leadership School courses in leadership and outdoor skills in the Rocky Mountains, Southwest deserts, North Cascades, Canada, Alaska and East Africa. She also directed Earlham College’s Kenya program as well as the school’s Southwest Field Semester. Caroline has served on the boards of the Blackfoot Challenge and High Country News. She also worked seasonally for the Forest Service as a wilderness ranger and trail crew in Wyoming and Alaska. She has several mountaineering highpoints to her name, including being the first woman to climb the Northwest Buttress of Denali and as a member of the first American women’s expedition to climb an 8,000-meter peak (Cho Oyu) without oxygen or Sherpa support. Throughout her career, Caroline has worked with a wide array of partners and communities to come to long-term conservation solutions. She has an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and anthropology from the University of California-Santa Cruz, a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana, and a law degree from the University of Montana School of Law.
Barb joined the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in December, 2004 as our Community Outreach Director and now serves as our Montana Director, working primarily to protect and restore the public lands of southwest Montana.
Conservation Program Director
Scott joined the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in 2003 after graduating from the University of Utah and working on several political and environmental campaigns in Salt Lake City, Utah. He started in GYC's Idaho Falls office, working with citizens in the Henry's Fork area of eastern Idaho to conserve key private lands, as well as on several river and native trout protection and restoration projects.
In 2007, Scott joined the headquarters office in Bozeman, Montana to become the Private Lands Stewardship Director. In this role, Scott worked to shape and guide the Coalition’s approach to conserving ecologically important private lands across the ecosystem. This included collaborative, community-based work in the Henry’s Fork and in the Madison Valley of southwest Montana to protect critical wildlife habitat, such as migration corridors, winter range and riparian areas.
Scott’s lifelong fascination (termed obsession by his wife, Celia) with rivers and trout led him toward the issue of climate change and in 2010 he took on the position of Climate Change Program Director.
From grizzly bears to cutthroat trout, a warming climate is making life more and more challenging for many of Yellowstone’s most iconic wildlife. Scott is charged with bringing science-based climate change adaptation strategies to bare in GYC’s campaign efforts, as well as working to conserve and protect some of the ecosystem’s most climate sensitive habitats and species – rivers and native trout.
Scott’s interests include exploring the outdoors with his wife Celia and their three children, Henry, Ruby and Abram; climbing in the great mountain ranges of the West; getting lost in southern Utah and chasing large trout (preferably native cutthroats).
Joyce works in the Finance Department, along with a little bit of work in Human Resources. She pays the bills and processes the paychecks, so people are really nice to her. She’s been with GYC since 2002.
“I have lived in Dillon, MT for 30 years and plan to be there forever. I grew up in Nebraska and then Colorado, graduating from Colorado State in 1973 with a degree in Psychology. We escaped to Montana in 1976, searching for a place with lots of mountains (Nebraska’s are fairly limited) and a lot less people (Colorado’s are fairly unlimited!).”
Joyce spends as much time as possible hiking with Mike, her husband of 35 years and with her two grown sons whenever they’re in the area. Her current geographical passion is the northern Yukon, along with canyon country (the more remote the better) and Beaverhead County, Montana (a well kept secret when it comes to the wealth of public lands!).
Finance and Administration Director
Val is responsible for GYC's financial and human resources management. She joined GYC's staff in 1987 as our Office Manager, and has taken on ever greater levels of responsibility and leadership to meet GYC’s evolving needs.
She grew up traveling the world with her family - her father was an Air Force pilot - often living in major cities, such as London, Los Angeles and Tokyo. She grew to appreciate village patterns of development that were set before the time of automobiles. Public transportation in Europe and Japan allowed her to do a lot of traveling with friends without the need for cars, something that is not possible in most of this country.
Her love of wild places stems from her family spending summer vacations on a lake in northern Minnesota’s boundary waters country, juxtaposed by the experiences of living in some of the most developed parts of the world. Her favorite times are now spent rafting wild rivers, and hiking and skiing - exploring the nooks and crannies of our wildlands.
Executive Office Manager
Terry first worked as a graphic designer when she moved to Bozeman in 1991 from Oregon and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in studio arts. She joined the Greater Yellowstone Coalition staff in 1997, committed to its mission.
For Terry, Yellowstone National Park has everything to do with family. Her son, Taylor, (2006 graduate of Bozeman High School) and Terry have been sharing adventures in the park since he was three. The magic of the park, its landscape and wildlife, have provided cherished memories and valuable experiences, molding their values and inspiring them to protect this place they call home.
Chris grew up in San Luis Obispo, Cailfornia, along the beautiful Central Coast, but in the late '80's decided to give up the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean for the majestic mountains, lakes and streams of southwest Montana. With a background in graphic design and web development, Chris handles all the creative print and marketing for GYC. He also has a passion for digital video, photography, creative writing, mountain biking, canoeing, backpacking, racquetball, and paleontology.
As a dedicated Christian, Chris takes his role in protecting and preserving this spectacular area very seriously as a solemn responsibility of his faith.
Chris lives in Bozeman with his beautiful wife Missy and his two kids, Kalen and Kaeana, the two best children in the world (okay, he admits he may be a little biased, but only slightly).
Montana Conservation Associate
Joe Josephson was born and raised in Big Timber, Montana and grew up in the Beartooth Mountains. Joe works as our Montana Conservation Associate focusing on the Gallatin Range collaboration; bringing diverse interests together for long-term solutions that protect the range’s extraordinary wilderness and wildlife values while also improving quiet recreational opportunities.
After graduating the University of Calgary, Joe lived in Alberta for over a decade as a professional ice climber and writer returning home to Montana in 1998 as a sales rep for the clothing company Patagonia.
Prior to joining GYC in February 2013, Joe has also worked as an award-winning author and guidebook publisher, Exum mountain guide, French cook, founder of a 501c3 “Friends of Hyalite,” and most recently as the Yellowstone Wildlife Fellow for National Parks Conservation Association.Since 2006 he has directed the Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival every December, which is now one of the largest climbing festivals globally.
Joe currently resides leaning on the wind in a 19th century home in Livingston with two cats and an unruly raspberry patch.
Grants & Foundations Officer
Donna joins Greater Yellowstone Coalition after nearly 35 years of work with non-profit organizations. Her experience includes serving as Regional Director for developing, supporting, and overseeing close to eighty affiliates for a national non-profit. Her expertise includes non-profit development and administration, grant writing and other facets of fund development, board development and governance, strategic planning, marketing, community development, and volunteer recruitment/retention.
Having been born and raised in Florida, Donna’s love of the natural world and its inhabitants developed after the death of her husband in 2002, when the wilds of the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee became her solace. When her previous employment territory expanded to include Bozeman and other parts of Montana, she was given the opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park for the first time. She was enchanted by the land and wildlife and has returned each year since. In her travels, she has also explored Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Maine, and all states in the Southeast.
An accomplished photographer, Donna is happiest when on a trail or otherwise exploring and capturing the wilderness with her camera. She is excited to be able to merge her personal passion with her professional life, to help preserve and protect the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem now and for future generations.
Development and Marketing Director
Majken brings over 30 years of non-profit management and successful fundraising experience to her position as Development and Marketing Director.
A seasoned professional, Majken brings a proven track record of management practice including; board recruitment and development, strategic planning, corporate recruitment, community networking, public relations and marketing, personnel management, fiscal and budgetary management, fundraising and fund development.
Majken was born and raised on the shores of Cape May, New Jersey. Ensuring the beauty of the beaches, ocean, land and wildlife was and continues to be a priority for her family. During her father’s tenure of service as Mayor, Cape May was designated a national historic landmark, forever preserving the beauty, lifestyle and natural environment for generations to come.
She and her husband Steve’s greatest joy is raising their son Cameron along with Sandy, their 90 pound lab mix, and Gracie, their gray tabby cat.
Human Resources Manager
A forest dweller in her childhood, Jen Murray, our Human Resources Manager, lived in wonder of creation. Her parents’ 15 wooded acres in Meadville, PA, complete with a majestic ravine and stream, were her playground. Even though catching crawdads, making mud pies and tending baby rabbits didn’t exactly transfer to adulthood, her respect and desire for others to share in that enjoyment has.
Ministering to teens from 1992-2008 has enabled her and her husband, Don, to experience a variety of cultures while living in Tallahassee (FL), Gulf Shores (AL), Pittsburgh (PA), and now Bozeman (MT). They are instilling in their children, River and Moses, a respect for life as they hike (geocaching is a favorite pastime), camp and fish together.
GYC’s vision intrigues Jen since working for such an organization enables her to not only impact the lives of staff but help them protect an ecosystem rich with diversity and life. In 2008, she brought over five years Human Resources experience from for-profit and non-profit organizations to GYC.
Corporate Relations & Marketing Officer
Christi Weber is the Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s Corporate Relations & Marketing Officer. She came to GYC in May 2008 after more than a decade of working in communications, marketing and fundraising in both the public and private sectors. She is charged with building and maintaining GYC’s corporate giving program, which helps our future and ongoing conservation initiatives.
As a native Idahoan, she has a deep appreciation for the outdoors and is enamored with all wildlife. She is a sports enthusiast and is usually up for trying anything once.
Christi, along with her husband Doug, son Miles, and dog Jessi enjoy spending time hiking, camping, and exploring new places. She loves languages and hopes to visit all 7 continents in her lifetime.
Jeff Welsch came to GYC as communications director in February 2008 after nearly three decades as a sports writer and sports editor with newspapers in four western states. Though a sports writer by trade, his passion has always been for the outdoors and related issues. He created outdoors pages for newspapers in Oregon and Montana, and has written about environmental issues ranging from the water crisis in Oregon's Klamath Basin to climate change.
Jeff has written three books, including co-authoring with his wife, Sherry L. Moore, a guidebook called "Great Destinations: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and Jackson Hole." He continues to serve as an executive editor for Montana Quarterly magazine.
As a writer, Jeff has always attempted to draw new readers into stories and publications with emotion and human interest. He is striving to use a similar philosophy with communications to spread the word about the wonders of Yellowstone and the importance of this intact ecosystem to our national psyche.